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Rumpus: Jumping back to process for a second, do the words come after you’ve already developed vocal melodies?

Garbus: Yes. And often that means that [sings wordless melody] is how it starts. “Blah blah blah blah blah, gangsta.” It starts way more with the sounds of the words and the sounds of the vocal melody than trying to shove words or ideas into a melody.

— From “The Rumpus Interview With Merrill Garbus Of Tune-Yards