No matter how much people may worry about the superficiality of modern pop music, artists like Phoebe Bridgers are proof that the art and craft of songwriting isn't losing out to science.
Though she was introduced to classic rock and folk music at a young age, Bridgers didn't always want to be a singer.
As she tells Q104.3 New York's Out of the Box with Jonathan Clarke, her earliest career choice was marine biology. But that dream lasted only as long as it took for her to get on a boat.
"I get really seasick," she says. "...I puked before a plane took off once, so I get really sick traveling."
In fact, her wistful ballad "Motion Sickness," from her Stranger in the Alps album, comes from both figurative interpretations of the term and the literal illness from which she suffers.
Bridgers assures the show that her literal motion sickness has improved over time; being a sickly traveler makes touring much more complicated.
But anytime Bridgers is feeling unwell, she can just remember that her childhood hero Jackson Browne is among her many adoring fans.
"[Browne] was at one of my shows at the end of last year," she recalls. "It's just super weird. He bought my record with his own money, which he's told me like three times. I was like, 'I would have sent you one (Laughs)!'"
Recognition, encouragement and praise from her heroes has at least convinced her to stay out of the water.
"I don't think I've looked back at all as far as making music my life. It's hard, but it's also really rewarding."
Watch the full interview above!
Here's the official music video for Phoebe Bridgers' song "Motion Sickness":