Well, I guess I would say that I have been playing music since I was little and making a career of it for 22 years. I’ve released many albums, both as a solo performer and as a band member of Eric’s Trip, and I continue to collaborate with friends. I feel extremely lucky about this! Also, I am a mother of 4 children and that is my biggest blessing along with being born into a family who have always loved and supported me.
A lot has changed. It goes without saying that the internet has changed everything. It has both made things easier and harder. Easier because we can reach everyone constantly. We can make connections with fans, music promoters concert bookers. People can listen to anyone they want to, anytime they want! And that has helped us discover so many artists that we never would have discovered… On the other hand, because we can listen to everything, watch everything anytime, it means we don’t have to ever leave our homes. We don’t ever have to actually buy anything. And there is so much to choose from. Because musicians can not survive on record sales anymore, they have to tour all the time. And therefore everyone is touring all the time but less people are going to shows, it seems… But recording is easy, yes.
I can’t really take the credit for the mixes. My last three albums were recorded and mixed by my friend Rick White from Eric’s Trip, he takes mixing very seriously and loves doing it. So I trust him to do it and leave it to him. He sends it to me when he is done, and then I can tell him if I want to change anything, but usually it’s perfect.
Some of the lyrics are coming from true stories, but many times I am just trying to convey a feeling or emotion. Sometimes I write about stuff I am experiencing and sometimes it is stuff I am just observing.
I think most of the time the songs kind of decide themselves. Often, while I’m writing, I have an idea of how I think the song should sound, but really most of the time it is a pretty organic process. I don’t really have any set rules on how to work when I’m writing or recording.
Well, my older daughter actually speaks Spanish pretty well. I have wanted to learn for years but haven’t really been able to dedicate myself fully. But I know how to get by a little bit. As for the songs, I think I will be singing them in Spanish. I do love the language so much.
I have nothing planned at the moment, but I have many undeveloped films that I may try to develop soon. I still take many photos.
Yes, I do believe it helps. Firstly, I find the winter to be very inspiring. The big open fields covered in snow with big open skies really are romantic and painterly. And I think when we live in a very cold climate, we play a lot of music ‘cause it is so cold outside and it gets dark so early in the day that we end up having nothing else to do, especially when we are young.
I think I am going to try to record it this autumn and it will probably come out in the spring of 2016. I am really looking forward to making a new album!