23 April 2024
Entertainment Music

Cher on Her First Christmas LP, a New Beau and 25 Years of ‘Consider’

What’s your relationship to ambition at this level in your life?

Look, I’m working my ass off, so I have to be bold. If I don’t have the love for it, I wouldn’t do it. However I’m happy with this album, too. And I like everybody on it. I by no means had individuals on my albums earlier than, and I didn’t plan to. It sort of began with Cyn [Cyndi Lauper]. I mentioned, I’m going to do that Christmas album, and I’m not even certain what I’m asking, however I simply wish to know that if I would like you, that you just’ll be there. She mentioned, “Yeah, yeah, yeah, high quality.”

After which I did a Stevie tune [his rendition of “What Christmas Means to Me”], however there have been components that I simply didn’t know how one can entry. As a result of it belongs to him, to not me. So I did my model, and I despatched it to him. I believed I used to be going to need to, like, get down on bended knee — however I didn’t. He mentioned, Cher, is it certainly one of my songs? Would you like me to play harmonica on it? When he mentioned sure, my sister and I had been in my bed room and I simply ran round and jumped up and down on my mattress. I used to be yelling, “Stevie Marvel goes to be on my album!”

Are you watching different veteran performers now, to see the way you would possibly do issues otherwise?

I’m not going to do issues otherwise. If individuals come to see you, they need you to do issues they like. I bear in mind seeing Bob Dylan — I believe it was “Blood on the Tracks.” And I went to the primary live performance and a few of the songs I went, “What is that this?” He acquired bored with singing the songs the identical approach. However individuals actually wish to hear their favourite tune precisely the identical approach. It doesn’t make any distinction if I’m bored with it. I’ve to search out it inside myself to find it irresistible and to like what I’m doing.

Had you thought a lot about this stage of your profession?

I by no means thought I might get right here. I imply, my age is so scary. It’s like, the numbers are so massive. And I hold considering, The place did it go? I used to be busy working. Whereas I used to be busy being Cher, how did this occur? Nobody’s given me any information.

I nonetheless have loads of power and I can nonetheless be actually enthusiastic about issues. I reside in Malibu. I can see the ocean, and that’s my favourite factor. I like my home. I’m grateful.

How do you have fun Christmas?

I don’t prepare dinner, however everybody finally ends up at my home. Stragglers, household. We’ve acquired plenty of children round, and youngsters. Principally we’re simply speaking and appearing loopy and watching films and hanging out. We don’t placed on actually Christmas music, simply enjoyable music. However music doesn’t appear to be a big a part of it. Everyone’s speaking too loud.