Juliana Hatfield: ‘Another Girl,’ and another workday

Hatfield says she thrives on anxiety.

After one day and one night, Juliana Hatfield is done with vacation. Apparently, the one day off is Hatfield’s idea of a summer holiday.

“I went to Martha’s Vineyard recently. I was sort of planning on being there for three days,” says the Boston-based alt-pop singer-songwriter. “But I had to come home after 24 hours, because I couldn’t handle any more than 24 hours of relaxation. But I really, really enjoyed the 24 hours of relaxation. I just didn’t want any more.”

Hatfield, whose candid memoir “When I Grow Up” was published in 2008, admits that instead of allowing stress to control her as it did when she was younger, she now uses it as fuel. She celebrates the release of her new album, “There’s Always Another Girl” next week.

“I put a lot of pressure on myself, and I definitely have anxiety about getting stuff done, about getting songs written,” she says. “I guess I kind of thrive on anxiety, I need it. If I’m not constantly producing work then I’ll seize up and become a log on my couch, doing nothing. Inertia is a powerful force, and I can get sucked into black holes of doing nothing for a long time. I try not to let that happen.”

Plenty of albums (and rest)

Even Hatfield admits that doing nothing can sometimes be quite an attractive way to spend your time, especially for someone who has been hard at it as a professional musician for, astoundingly, 25 years. “I do allow myself plenty of rest. I always say that I work hard and I rest hard. I can be really lazy and I look back on all the albums I’ve made and say, ‘Well, I deserve a day of doing nothing. I’m going to do nothing today and enjoy it.’”


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