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Saturday, June 4, 2011
Chicks Rockin' the Garden! Planting the seeds...
While our popular culture projects youth oriented images, I represent a woman of a “certain age,” but I am definitely no old fuddy duddy! I am still growing, and producing art and performing. Young stars are being made on competitions like American Idol, and reality TV bombards us with the petty conflicts of wealthy celebrities. Have you ever seen the show “Doggie Moms”? Ooof. This is why I think it’s important for my audience to hear my point of view, and for them to share theirs, too. Contributors to this blog will tell their stories of thriving in the face of obstacles, along with photos of growth in their lives, their fantastic adventures, and of course, what blooms in their garden!
“I worship in the church of Rock ‘n Roll.” That’s what my husband says. Some hotshot! But, I heartily agree! Our first date was a Talking Heads concert a few days after we met in environmental biology class at Buffalo Stage College. Ever since then, all of the time we have spent together these past couple of decades has revolved around music—listening to it, talking about it, and watching it all go down on stage.
I feel a pull to have music separately for myself, like a kid who wants her own room. I am a “words” person and John is a “music” person. In the song “Michelle, My Belle,” the Beatles may as well have been singing, “Someday monkey play piano song.” Yet, his knowledge of Rock and Roll music is so in-depth it goes beyond mere interest, to one of a well-read historian as a respected industry professional. Like the Yin to his Yang, the product of my interest in music takes on a life of its own.
The songs on my upcoming CD, “Sonic Bloom” are filled with a yearning to grow, to blossom and sometimes— to explode! I write the words first. I observe, question, describe and bare my soul on the blank page and fill the empty space with explanations, then lay them on a bed of music. The process starts with an ache to tell where it hurts, and to “get it right” at the same time, and to plant that kernel of truth and feed it. My songs portray a normal woman of substance and independence—qualities that are relevant to what real women experience and can relate to.
As I grow as an artist, I’m learning that, its important to know were you’re coming from, before you tell people where you’re going with it— and when you create something for the public (that means you) to see or hear, it becomes yours, too. So, I will share my songs right here, and the ideas behind them —in demos, lyrics, and videos.