Check out theÂ music video for Anna Coddington’s new single,Â Latern. You can purchase the track here.Â
TellÂ us something most people donâ€™t know about you.
I have an MA in Linguistics and I’mÂ a massive word nerd. The thing about linguists is that they donâ€™t necessarily think that prescriptive grammar is the best thing, they think about language as constantly evolving. There areÂ rules around any language, but theyâ€™re destined to change. When a language stops changing itâ€™s dead.
Does that influence how you write songs?
It definitely did while I was still at university. It changed the way I sang. I did my thesis on pronunciation in New Zealand popular music. I couldnâ€™t sing a word without analysing the accent I was singing it in! Iâ€™m a real lyrics person, I canâ€™t really enjoy a song if the lyrics are bad.
Whatâ€™s one piece of advice you would offer a busy mother who has a career sheâ€™s passionate about?
Be organised and be kind to yourself. There are days where you go “Iâ€™m going to do this, this, this and this.” And thatâ€™s organised, but sometimes if I canâ€™t do those things I really beat myself up about it. You have to remember life sometimes doesnâ€™t work out like that. When you canâ€™t do all the things that you planned, itâ€™s okay.
What beauty product canâ€™t you leave home without?
Trilogy Ultra HydratingÂ Hand Cream. Â
Whatâ€™s your go-to outfit?
I always opt for comfort: jeans, sneakers, a tee-shirt and sweatshirt. Â
Where’s your favourite place in NZ?
I always say Raglan, I grew up there, itâ€™s beautiful and my mum and dad are there. But I also really love Wanaka. Itâ€™s so beautiful and I love the way it centres on the lake and the whole town is drawn to the lake. The people down there are really cool, Iâ€™ve always had really good gigs down there.
If you werenâ€™t doing what youâ€™re doing now, what would you be doing? A linguist?
Laughs. No! Itâ€™s such an academic pursuit, thereâ€™s not that much practical application for it. I realise that now after spending five years studying it! I guess that was always one option though, doing a PHD and becoming a lecturer. There are a lot of things that interest me, so itâ€™s hard to know what Iâ€™d do. I did think about this when I had kids, maybe itâ€™s time to get a real job with a steady income and all that. But Iâ€™ve managed to get this far without having to get a job, so Iâ€™ll cross that bridge when I come to it!
What are your beauty must-haves?
I don’t have a lot of spare time to put into a beauty regimen, so I keep it simple. I wash my face with Trilogy Cream Cleanser, and moisturise with Vital Moisturising Cream SPF15. At night, after cleansing, I always apply Trilogy’s Certified Organic Rosehip Oil. I remember when Trilogy launched the oil, thinking: ‘This is crazy! You don’t put oil on your face.’ But they were really ahead of the game; everyone’s doing oil nows.