If they were still with us...
Photo: Chris Cunnington
"Tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it."
- L.M. Montgomery
2nd Favorite Quote:
"...Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God..."
- Marianne Williamson
Tranquility Based Recording Group Woody & the Knotholes
aka entertainment that fit the budget for the annual Bose Sales Meeting
My dad loved the Rat Pack crooners, and my mom played everything from musicals like Hair and Jesus Christ Superstar, to folk/pop groups like the Association, Peter, Paul & Mary, Neil Diamond, the Beatles and Simon & Garfunkel. She also played comedy records by Cheech & Chong and George Carlin. And lesser-known artists like the Brazillian guitar duo, Los Indios Tabajaras. Thanks, mom!
This was in the days of vinyl 45s and LP albums, which I played relentlessly on a little turntable in our
basement, listening to every nuance far beyond the lead vocal and melody. I was intrigued by the bass lines,
the rhythm, string arrangements, song structure and harmony. I would find these things on my guitar and the organ we eventually bought.
What I couldn't play, I would sing note for note. I'd be the entire band as much as one person could be without the technology we have today. My thighs stood in for the drum kit.
I credit everything I do to these early influences, and the many artists who have provided what amounts to my musical education, and the soundtrack for my life. I also thank Mrs. Rosalie Sharpe, my elementary school music teacher, who introduced me to Shel Silverstein and
believed that young children should learn to read music, play instruments beyond the recorder, and listen to Mozart.
The music I love and the many talented people around me, inspire me to keep getting better. But whether or not I will ever be looked on
with as much admiration as I have for them is not my goal. The pure joy of making music and enjoying it with others is what drives me. It continues to be my outlet, my therapy, and where I go to find my way again when I'm getting lost. It's a universal language when allowed.
I'm glad to be able to participate in the conversation.
Simon or Garfunkel
This page is supposed to be all about me, but that's never easy for me because I'm much more interested in learning about the people that I meet. So that's the first thing to know about me. Here's a bit more...
Like so many people, The Sound of Music was a huge influence on me. I was 3 when the movie came out. My mom played the soundtrack for me before we saw it in the theater, and I picked out all the melodies on my little red toy piano. When we finally saw the film, it was all she could do to keep me from singing the entire score at the top of my lungs in unknowing bliss. Wish I could thank the two very understanding nuns who sat behind us (true story).
I swear that music runs through my veins as much as red blood cells do, but even though I was playing guitar and writing songs since I can remember, being a singer wasn't on the top of my What I Want to Be When I Grow Up list.
I dreamed of being a ballerina (but was never tall enough or flat enough) so I moved on to symphony conductor,
Broadway actress and crew member on Jacques Cousteau's ship, Calypso. (I would still do that, if given the chance).
But music remained the one constant in my life.
Wouldn't turn down lunch with...