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My Firsts: Springtime Carnivore (aka Greta Morgan)

Morgan on Her First Kiss, The Spice Girls, Almost Famous, Saved By the Bell, and the First Time Her Heart Was Broken

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My Firsts is our email interview series where we ask musicians to tell us about their first life experiences, be it early childhood ones (first word, first concert, etc.) or their first tastes of being a musician (first band, first tour, etc.). For this My Firsts we talk to Springtime Carnivore (aka Greta Morgan). Springtime Carnivore’s sophomore album, Midnight Room, was released last week via Autumn Tone. Chris Coady (Beach House, Future Islands) produced Midnight Room, which features Morgan on vocals, guitar, synthesizers, piano, and percussion as well as La Sera‘s Katy Goodman on background vocals, Alex Greenwald (Phases, Phantom Planet) on bass, and Jason Boesel (Rilo Kiley, Bright Eyes) on percussion. It’s the follow-up to 2014’s self-titled debut album. Morgan and Goodman also recently teamed up for a new album of post-punk covers entitled Take It, It’s Yours, which came out in August via Polyvinyl. Read on Morgan talks about her first kiss and broken heart, the first album she bought and first movie she saw in the theater, her earliest celebrity crush, initial experiences in performing music, and the first time she got drunk.

First person you kissed?

It was my brother’s friend Derek and the kiss occurred in a game of truth-or-dare when I was 13. My friend Eileen dared us to “French kiss until you’ve traded gum with each other.” I remember falling asleep thinking about how I’d gone from Big Red to Doublemint and felt a boy’s tongue for the first time.

First time you had to go to the hospital?

Age 3. My brother Garrett pushed me into my mom’s bureau and my forehead caught the corner of it and split apart. I received seven stitches and still have a scar on my forehead.

First time your heart was broken?

Age 18. I dated a boy for a year and learned afterward that he’d been a-cheatin’ on me. I felt betrayed. He’s an identical twin and I recently mistook him for his brother when I ran into him in Chicago. All this goes to show that you can be in heart-broken agony for months over someone you may not recognize in 10 years!

First movie you saw in the movie theater?

Little Women. It was also the first time I cried during a movie. Spoiler alert: my favorite character died.

First TV show you were obsessed with?

Saved By the Bell. I used to dress up to watch it because I thought Zach would be able to see me through the TV.

First record your parents played for you?

John Denver was a staple in our house because “Annie’s Song” was my parents’ wedding song. I have a soft spot for John Denver’s music and I worry that anyone who doesn’t might have ice in their veins.

First album you bought?

The first record I bought with my own money was Wilco’s Being There when I was 12. (The “my own money” was earned babysitting.) I bought it because my coolest and oldest friend said Wilco was his favorite band. I took the Being There CD to summer camp and listened to “Sunken Treasure” on my Walkman every night many times in a row. The line about “rows and rows of houses with windows painted blue/the lines from the TV running parallel to you” became a burned image in my brain.

First favorite band?

The Spice Girls. I was 9 when they hit the scene.

First favorite song?

I listened to Dion’s “Abraham Martin and John” on repeat as a kid not understanding what it was about. Though I didn’t know who each character was, I found the song to be one of the most heartbreaking songs of all time. We had a Wurlitzer Jukebox in our basement and I’d hit the F17 red button to select the song over and over.

First musician you had a crush on?

Billy Crudup’s character in Almost Famous. (Can movie musicians count?)

First music festival you went to?

I played CMJ when I was 16 at CBGB’s right before it closed. If CMJ doesn’t count as a “festival,” then it would be my first SXSW at age 18.

First time you got drunk?

I was 18 on tour in England with my first band. We played a festival in Leeds and then I drank a small amount of vodka and had to be escorted by a friend back to the tour bus because I had turned into a giggle-monster who had no sense of direction.

First social media account?

MySpace. I had Sia’s “Breathe Me” as the profile song. I met her a party a few years ago and she must have mistook me for someone else because she insisted that we had met before. In my mind I thought, “We definitely have not met because I would remember meeting the person who sang my MySpace profile song.”

First roommate?

My friend Mia Christopher, who is a talented visual artist living in San Francisco now: She baked the most beautiful deserts and I still associate the pastel-colored, confectionary quality of that habit with the artwork she makes now. Her drawings feel sweet enough to eat.

First book you read outside of one assigned for school?

I was obsessed with Roald Dahl and read The Witches and The Foxes and BFG under my desk in class.

First instrument?


First band you were in?

At age 14, I was briefly in a band called Departure of Alex. We practiced in my friend Billy’s basement. I was too scared to tell them when I was quitting, so I just left my Casio keyboard at Billy’s and didn’t talk to them for a few months. (I’m fortunately a little better at communication now.) Ten years later, Billy joined me in Springtime Carnivore for a few tours.

First recording device?

My mom had a 2-tape deck recording system that I recorded my first songs on. I layered piano and guitar over each other for the first time and it was a magical time to explore writing melody and accompanying myself.

First time you performed in public?

Piano and singing recital age 11. I tried to sing “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” from The Lion King but froze and couldn’t finish the piece. I was horrified and wanted to crawl under a pile of leaves.

(Also read our recent The End interview with Springtime Carnivore about endings and death.)

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Vikas Gupta
December 2nd 2017

First Love and First Encounter is the best moments for all lover’s in this world

December 2nd 2017

Awesome post Mark..Everyone face this First time situation and they really mean a lot in life ! Very impressed