Priscilla Ahn ponders love, play, creativity 

The centerpiece of Priscilla Ahn’s upcoming sophomore recording “When You Grow Up” might be a sparkling processional called “I Don’t Have Time to Be in Love,” produced by UK studio whiz Ethan Johns, and recorded on his home turf of Bath and London.

But don’t take the track too seriously, cautions the lissome-voiced singer, who counters it with a lovey-dovey devotional, “Torch Song.”

Only a few months ago, she was standing on a scenic Kauai bluff with her longtime beau, actor Michael Weston, and 10 of their closest friends, reciting spur-of-the-moment wedding vows.

The musician, who will preview her ironic new material in The City on Tuesday, wasn’t planning on becoming a bride so soon. She and her fiancé were simply visiting Hawaii to scout early-bird nuptial sites. “Which was not normal for us, because we’re just two big procrastinators who are always late for everything,” she says.

“Then, of course, midway through our trip, we were like ‘What are we doing? Why are we waiting another year-and-a-half to get married when we’re ready to be married now?’ So we just said ‘To hell with it,’ and got married three days later!”

It wasn’t easy, coordinating guests’ last-minute flights, then scrambling off on a whirlwind Thai/Japanese honeymoon, says the Korean-descended Ahn.

But it dovetailed nicely into the maturity-themed songs she was writing for her follow-up to 2008’s critically acclaimed debut album “A Good Day.” “Because when does anybody really grow up?” she asks, rhetorically. “I mean, I feel more grown up now, more in a place of solidity and peace. But I think a lot of people take on these roles as parents, or husband or wife, and immediately think ‘That’s it. I’m grown up now. Done.’”

In Ahn’s opinion, creative people should never lose that sense of “Little Prince” wonder.

At home, she’s secretly rather squirrelly. She says, “I sing weird songs or do cartwheels – just anything that comes into my head. But luckily, my husband is the same as me, if not even crazier. And we can go into that childlike world so fast that it’s like we’re two kids again, playing.”

Yet there are limits. Weston will soon direct his first self-penned screenplay, and he’s currently in casting mode.

Yet his wife isn’t asking for any soundtrack favors. “I don’t have any scoring experience, but if he wants me to write stuff, I’ll try,” she says, realizing how grown-up she sounds. “So I’m not going to say ‘You have to hire me!’ because I want his movie to be the best that it can be.”

IF YOU GO

Priscilla Ahn


Opening for DeVotchKa

Where:
Great American Music Hall, 859 O’Farrell St., San Francisco

When: 8 p.m. today

Tickets: $26

Contact: (415) 885-0750; www.gamhtickets.com

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