I was born into music. My father, a drummer; mom a piano teacher. I remember climbing up onto the piano bench in that tiny living room where Mom taught 35 students a week, feeling contentment as I discovered each magical note. The bench seemed at least 88 stories tall from my 3-year-old point of view. I would pluck away at the keys for hours without awareness that life was happening around me. Years later, Mom and I played a 'game' where I would stand in the other room and she would play any note or chord, and I would tell her what it was. Throughout middle school, we would play a game in the car where I would 'guess' which key a song on the radio was in... then we'd check it when we got home (and I was usually on target!). Mom was always amazed when she had taught a student a classical piece, and from hearing it over and over from my room, I was able to sit down and play it in its entirety. This is all being shared to simply convey that the music was in me.
At age 15, I wrote my first song. When I played it for my parents, my father said, "If you write 9 more by your 16th birthday, then I will take you to a recording studio to record them." I wrote *exactly* 9 more, and absolutely loved being in the studio. It scared me, but I loved it. Little did I know what my future held...
When I was in college, someone wrote a song about me entitled "Renaissance Girl," as they noticed my passion for music, art, theatre, dance, literature, history and world culture seemed to define me in a lot of ways; and they were right. (However, they left out the part of about the ever-changing colors of my hair as another defining attribute!! For the record, my official position on hair stlye choices is that it is just another place to make art!).
My ultimate hope is that alongside being creative, people will define me as someone who is kind, patient, compassionate, open-minded, generous, trustworthy, smart and FUN!
After a few years at college where I studied both art and music, I became unsettled with the lack of specific direction for my career. I didn't want to be a jack-of-all-trades type, however I couldn't pick just one outlet as I loved (and still love) them all equally. However, I knew I would need to focus my energies on something that would grow into a way of successfully supporting myself.
At age 19 and 'only' a singer and pianist, I quickly became musically and socially frustrated that I couldn't "jam" in the dorms with the guys, so I decided to learn guitar. Someone made a napkin-sketch of 4 chord positions, and shortly thereafter, a friend (who was in my favortie local rock band) decided it would be his mission to get me to an open mic night (Club Dada, Dallas). He "kidnapped" me & took me to my first 'gig' (well, a gig in a training bra sorta way). I had only written a handful of songs, and was a guitar novice...(aka - totally sucked!), but that night in 1995 I performed 3 of my own songs on a stage with club lights and a big sound system. The experience was a rush that changed my life; I knew what I was put on the planet to do creatively. The next 18 months I focused on guitar and songwriting; in 1997 played my first *real* band gig (Hard Rock Cafe, Dallas), and well, 2,200+ gigs-on-a-couple-of-continents-touring-in-support-of-14-albums later, "the rest is history!"
I am forever grateful for the wealth of experiences I've gained from interacting with so many people from various places on our spectacular planet, while being allowed the privelege to share my stories and art with so many of you.
Thank you for sharing your time, stories & perspectives with me ... you each are a treasure.
"If I can stop one heart from breaking, I shall not live in vain.”
There have been times when I couldn't express my life-place thru music or writing, and so I paint. When there are no colors to accurately capture the inner hues, it is comforting to know I can sit in my favorite comfy chair listening to music, and let other peoples’ art capture & convey my nebulous feelings perfectly. It makes me know I am not alone.
Music and Art provide a release for me; and my hope is that my art will also provide expression for anyone listening or looking. That it will remind us that we all love the same & cry the same; that there is a thread of connectedness in raw human emotion & spirit. We are never alone in our life-place. I am You are Me. We all come here to learn, teach and grow, and there is comfort in being open, being honest, and finding strength by clinging unwaveringly to the abundance of Grace... and to each other.
So... Sing. Laugh. Live. Love. Hope. Dream. Dance. Believe. Forgive. Accept. Inspire. Understand. Trust. Transcend. Embrace. Release. Shine!
"It’ll all be ok in the end. If it's not ok, it's not the end."