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Never Enough Time: A Quick Talk with Nate Borofsky
By Matthew S. Robinson
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2001-05-24
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In a professional career which has spanned only three years, Groton's own Nate Borofsky has become one of the local scene's brightest stars. Having gently conquered the hometown crowd, Borofsky has chosen to change his trajectory and to try his capable stuff in the wilds of New York. SoundCheck was able to catch Nate before he headed off to grayer pastures, and this is what he had to say....

[Matthew] How have your musical tastes changed?

[Nate] In high school, I was into metal. I still listen to it occasionally, but I soon realized that it was a difficult kind of music to make, as silly as that might sound. It is technically very difficult and it is also hard to get a band together. Solo acoustic guitar is a simple and viable music form. Solo metal guitar is at least less so.

[Matthew] Who were some of your early influences that changed your mind and your style?

[Nate] When I got out of high school and discovered both my father's acoustic guitar and my parents' record collection, I started to listen to singer/songwriters, especially Bob Dylan. I got caught up for a time in the 60's revival and wanted to be like Jim Morrisson for a time because I liked how he used the power of the mob, but I got over that.

[Matthew] So who do you want to be now?

[Nate] I want to be like Ani Difranco meets Martin Sexton, because they are just so talented.

[Matthew] Who are some of your other influences and musical heroes?

[Nate] I love Dylan, The Indigo Girls and Paul Simon because they write beautiful and poignant things that I feel close to as a musician. I listen to them and think 'Hey! I could actually do that...or at least something like it.' I also listen to a lot of local songwriters, like Ellis Paul, Jim Infantino and Richard Shindell. I'm really into good lyrics and listening to them has really helped my lyric writing.

[Matthew] Your songs make lots of references to travel and to historic events you did no tlive through. Where do they come from?

[Nate] Road trips have always inspired me. Getting out past the limits of my imagination has always inspired me. I am also in a long-distance relationship, so I spend a lot of time in a car or on the bus. As far as the historical stuff, I love history. I had never really known a good way to write about it until it just started to come to me and I let it come. That was a big step for me, to just let the songs happen and not question the inspiration.

[Matthew] How has the Boston scene treated you?

[Nate] Very well. The Cambridge acoustic scene has been great. I've met people here who taught me a lot about making music and performing, and who are just great people.

[Matthew] But now you are off to New York. What do you expect there?

[Nate] I have no idea. My impression is that, in Boston, you have a built-in audience and people will come and see you, whereas in New York, there are so many places to play, it's near impossible to get anyone to come out, which always seemed silly because there are eight million people there. I'm optimistic about it, but I already have Boston gigs booked for next year so I'll be back!


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