• What are you working on now?
  • I’m collaborating with a group of phenomenal musicians to develop our sound and our set. This incarnation of my music is driving, danceable, indie rock that has a soul and a sense of humor. I have a backlog of songs and half-written songs that have accumulated over the course of making The Baby And The Bath Water. So I’m sitting down and composing in earnest now, with our emerging style in mind.
  • Then there’s my experimental recording project, which I’m also really excited about. Jim Hemingway, who mastered my record, built me a powerful recording station equipped with Logic Pro and the entire library of native sounds. This means that I can use my keyboard to play any instrument I can think of, including drums. Kind of a dream come true.
  • I’m putting to work the technical skills I developed producing The Baby And The Bath Water. And musically, I’m using the library, as well as all the real instruments I own, and of course I’m singing and creating wild vocal arrangements. My favorite thing. I plan to post my works in progress on the blog on the website throughout the process.
  • You self-produced The Baby And The Bath Water?
  • Produced, arranged, co-engineered, played violin, viola, keys, rhythm guitar, percussion, and vocals and backing vocals. I learned a ton.
  • We originally put down the bed tracks live in 2006, and then the members of my band at the time moved away, and I built the arrangements over those original tracks over the course of three years. The engineer I worked with (at Face The Music Studios in Shutesbury, Mass.) also plays horns and keys, so between the two of us we were able to do a lot.
  • What are your plans and goals for getting your music out there?
  • I plan to figure out how to be a successful independent musician in a way that is compatible with the other aspects of my life. My theory is that this is actually the perfect time for an artist like me because of how the music industry is changing, and how the world has opened up online. There are thousands of resources for connecting with a big audience. It’s a matter of discovering and making the most of the opportunities that are out there, and also creating some new opportunities myself.
  • Do you still teach?
  • I do. I love teaching as well as performing and I wouldn’t want to do one without the other. I’ve worked as a voice coach, music teacher, and choral director since college. Maybe it sounds cliché, but I don’t mind: I find the work of teaching profoundly rewarding.
  • Do you ever consider leaving southern Vermont to pursue your music career in a more urban area?
  • I’ve considered it in the past, but I don’t consider it now. Vermont is my home, and the things that I do here besides music are as important to me as music. My husband and I live on a beautiful, wooded piece of land about 20 minutes outside of town. We built our house by hand, and we’re in the process of collaborating with another couple to establish a farm and an intentional neighborhood here. We’re off-grid, and we generate our own solar power, which is super fun. We both believe in living sustainably, but really the driving force behind what we’re doing is that living this way makes us happy.
  • So, living in a city or on a tour bus isn’t going to work for me. I like being rooted, and healthy, and coming home at night. I hike, snowshoe, and watch the birds. I cook and enjoy eating good food with my friends and local community, and watching movies and playing Bananagrams with my honey. I teach and write and study and compose and arrange and direct and record and practice.
  • I love it here. Living on this land in Vermont definitely inspires me as an artist. And I think that, ultimately, being happy makes me a better musician as well. I really do believe it’s possible to be a rock musician and healthy and happy all at the same time.

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