Describe your sound in 3 words
Thoughtful. Loving. Honest.
Tell us a few things about your new song. What is the story behind it?
I composed this song years ago when I learned that someone very dear to me was going away. Unfortunately I was not able to convey my feelings to this person before they left and instead wrote a song about it.
Do you like the idea of collaborating? Is songwriting a lonely process?
I don’t find songwriting as a lonely process at all. On the contrary, I always feel heard whenever I write and compose songs, even if no one has heard them or even listens to them at all. Whenever I finish the melody and lyrics of a song, I feel as if my thoughts were fully conveyed not just by the words, but by the music that communicates what words cannot. Whether someone listens to them or not, I always find comfort in the fact that I have shared whatever it is that I needed to release, and if anyone wanted to somehow understand what I think and how I feel, they only need to listen to my music.
I do prefer collaborating with other people. In fact, if my words and melody make up the skeleton of the songs that I write, it is the talent of my brothers, Tommy and Teddy, that adds flesh and life to these songs. My brother Tommy creates the instrumental and my brother Teddy mixes and masters the whole song. Sometimes when the only thing I can share are the words, I ask my brothers Teddy or Tommy to compose the melody and I am always amazed by the outcome.
So, yes, I love collaborating with other artists because I know that my thoughts and feelings only represent a small part of reality and that the contributions of other people matter.
Artists and people who have influenced and inspired you?
Our High School music teacher was the most honest composer I ever met. Her songs and melodies touched and inspired generations of students and I often remember my High School days as both joyful and peaceful because her music was always in the background.
I can’t think of one artist who influenced me, but my music is highly influenced by Broadway music.
What would you change in the music industry?
Hmmm. I don’t know, to be honest. Maybe… nepotism? Gatekeeping? Sexism?
If you were asked to rescore a film, which one would you choose?
That I couldn’t say! Though I can share the films whose scores I do love— Casper, Pride and Prejudice, and Titanic!
What is the most trouble you’ve ever gotten into?
With my music? Finding the strength to keep going. 🙂