G Meets Ezra Koenig from Vampire Weekend!

Posted by The G on March 9, 2010 under Encounters with G | 2 Comments to Read

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Ezra Koenig of Vampire Weekend and G.

On March 8, 2010 at the New York Public Library, the Young Lions Committee presented a conversation with Ezra Koenig (of the group Vampire Weekend) and writer John Wray.  The discussion primarily dealt with the subject of music and words and both Koenig and Wray were very interesting to listen to.  Ezra Koenig talked a lot about the inspirations behind the songs on Vampire Weekend’s recent album “Contra,” which debuted at #1 on the Billboard charts.  Plus he talked about the fact that while the song “Rapper’s Delight” pretty much changed music forever, he is still wondering what in the hell the lyrics mean.  Ezra also revealed that the first band he was in was a rap group, and while he didn’t reveal the name, he did say that his stage name at the time was Ezra-Factory. I was also amused as he addressed the fact that when people listen to his lyrics, they often assume that the words are a transcript of a therapy session, which is not necessarily the case.  I had a lot of similar experiences after my first book was released.  I am glad that Ezra brought that out into the open – inspirations come from lots of places.  Sometimes they are true, but most times, they are just fantasies.  A fun fact about John Wray: his recent novel Lowboy was written primarily on the F and 6 trains whilst he listened to music in headphones.  I can certainly relate to that writing style also, though I more of a person that likes to hop on the E train. As you can see from the above picture, Ezra Koenig was nice enough to pose for a photo with your favorite blogger and he was extremely cool. What could be better than Ezra?  Discuss…

Ezra Koenig and John Wray discussing words and music at the New York Public Library.

More photos of Ezra Koenig and John Wray after the jump.

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