I play music because it is how I best express myself. I go out and play music because I truly enjoy the experience of sharing music with other people and I love how it evokes memories and feelings in all of us. And…It is fun!
Songwriting for me has always been a lesson about what is going on in my life and how I am experiencing the world around me.
Some of my earliest music memories are of sitting on top of the organ in my grandparent’s bar room, in Hyannis, MA during ‘Happy Hour’. My grandmother would play the organ and I would sing. Also of my father playing guitar and singing songs to me, like Wildfire and Mr. Bojangles. I took some piano lessons as a young child, but always wanted to play guitar. Eventually, that’s exactly what I did. I received my first guitar on my 13th birthday and started writing songs immediately.
My grandfather was a jazz musician who played in clubs in N.E. and eventually in FL.
I played music on and off throughout my life, though raising three children for many years often left little time to spend on creating music. I really got back into playing music more again around 2005, realizing how much it helped me and I missed sharing it with other people. Music continues to help keep me balanced and it keeps fun in my life. I have met some amazingly talented musicians in VT and hope to get to keep listening and playing music with them for years to come.
Artists who have influenced me over the years include: Joni Mitchell, Bonnie Raitt, Patsy Cline, Bob Dylan, Sam Cooke, Patti Griffin, Johnny and June Cash, Nora Jones, Etta James, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Nicks, and SO many more.
Going forward, I plan to keep sharing and learning music everywhere I can and to go where it takes me…