Last week a determined reporter from NPR managed to land an interview with the elusive Lauryn Hill following her appearance at the Harmony Festival in Santa Rosa, California.
Hill, who is touring a lot more now that her five kids are growing up, hinted at what everyone is waiting to hear: that she’s about to make her long-awaited return to the recording studio. When asked if she’ll ever release another album she told NPR, “I think it’s just time. I’m starting to get excited again.”
We’ll get ten times more excited when it actually happens, but in the meantime the NPR report is worth a listen thanks to the giddy blow-by-blow account of the reporter’s pursuit through Ms. Hill’s maze of handlers and publicists:
I was told by various people to not touch her, don’t look her in the eye; that instead of talking directly to you, she writes on a Post-It note and sticks it to your chest. I’ve also been told repeatedly not to call her “Lauryn” anything — she goes by Ms. Hill. This is the only rumor that turns out to be true, in my case. Because after her performance in Santa Rosa, when we ask Ms. Hill if we can ride with her back to the hotel and ask her some questions, she tells us to get in the car.
2010 Rock the Bells Festival:
August 21 – San Bernardino @ NOS Events Center
August 22 – San Francisco @ Shoreline Amphitheater
August 28 – New York @ Governor’s Island
August 29 – Washington, DC @ Merriweather Post Pavillion