It’s a mixture of jazz, country and Brazilian music, her first proper collection of new material since I found it a bit dark and melancholic, what with its autobiographical tales of jealousy and lost youth. ‘That’s a song about early relationship negotiation – when you get to that point where the reality sets in and you have to start negotiating differences.
A few hours before I am due to meet kd lang, her publicist phones to tell me that she has food poisoning, has been throwing up all night, and has to cancel.
I’m disappointed, especially as I had seen her play live only the night before – at the Apollo in Hammersmith, West London – and am still buzzing.
And since no game of WISSW can be complete without some sort of personal connection, earlier this winter I went to see Lenka and was watching her band when I thought, “Who is that cute little lesbian on guitar?
” So I went home that night and – of course – Googled and said cute little lesbian on guitar was none other than, yep, Meghan Toohey.
She says:“I never want to put a label on myself — but knowing that not everyone comes from such a liberal place, when something like Prop 8 comes out, you realize it’s important to stand up and be counted. I even went back to watch her August appearance on This Just out With Liz Feldman to see if I missed anything.
A little gay kid in a small town is more important than whether I want a label. But other than being eternally thankful for her decision to wear a black tank top that day, I still didn't get the vibe.
I don’t know that much about art.’ The biggest love of her life is Buddhism.
‘It informs everything I do and say and breathe and eat and think; I can’t even imagine it not being there.’ She reveals that she meditates for two and a half hours a day, which makes me roll my eyes. I’ve only been a practitioner for seven years – inner peace takes several lifetimes.’ She is passionate about cooking – she is vegetarian – and laughs as she looks down at her stocky frame, saying how easy it is for her to put on weight.
‘I’m extraordinarily happy,’ she says, giving me that slow smile.