What is the best thing that I love about my work?
My work is extraordinarily rich in creativity, flexibility and encounters with beings of all ages and backgrounds.
What is my idea of happiness?
Happiness is feeling joy, and bringing joy to others.
What is my greatest fear?
I’m afraid technology will increasingly replace our sense of humanity and connection to nature.
What is the trait that I most deplore in myself?
I can be pretty indecisive – I think – actually, I’m not sure!
Which living persons in my profession do i most admire?
I tend to admire women artists who have stayed creative and present despite the march of time, such as Joni Mitchell and Dolly Parton.
What is my greatest extravagance?
Once in a while I do a spa with all the trimmings! Then there’s the occasional chocolate/peanut butter binge, which plays to my decadent, American side.
What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work?
As rewarding and fascinating as my work is, it comes with its share of rejection – still a challenge after so many years.
When and where was I the happiest, in my work?
Though there are so many, two really moving musical moments come to mind: performing some original songs for an event with the “Artists United for Animals” group near Turin, Italy (to benefit animals harmed by the devastating wildfires in Australia in 2019); performing the music of Vladimir Cosma with the Voice Messengers for three shows at the Grand Rex in Paris.
If I could, what would I change about myself?
In the coming years, I hope to increase my patience and attention span, to create longer works and bigger productions.
What is my greatest achievement in work?
Each of my three albums (and a fourth on the way) has been an achievement. It’s like climbing Mount Everest, again and again, with a thrilling view at the top – of the next mountain to climb!
Where would I most like to live?
I honestly can’t say where I’d most like to live, having moved so often (Michigan, New York State, Miami, near Boston, Munich, Paris, Turin). I love the cultural and geographical diversity of Europe, as well as New England and the southwest of the U.S. As long as there are animals and nature within a short distance!
What is my most treasured possession?
A truly lovely Martin GPC-16E guitar, bought in 2020 for the wilderness artist residency that gave rise to my forthcoming album, “Leaps and Bounds.” “Martha” symbolizes new paths, inspiration, and nurturing of my art.
What is my most marked characteristic?
It would help to have an outside point of view on this! I guess what I hear the most from people who know me is that I am very kind.
What is my most inspirational location, in my city? What is my favorite place to eat and drink, in my city?
The Palais Royal, a small, immaculate park near my home, has always brought me sun, color, insight and solace at just the right time. It’s impossible to pick a favorite restaurant in Paris, but I’ve had some great times (and food) at local wine bars such as Willi’s Wine Bar, Juveniles, Les Fines Gueules and Le Comptoir Legrand.
What books influenced my life and how?
The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron was a fabulous tool for unblocking and nurturing the creative energy that got me where I am today!
You Only Die Once. What music would I listen on my last day?
Actually, I should get to work on a compilation! It would be seriously eclectic: Mel Tormé, Take 6, Tchaikovsky’s “Pathéthique,” “What a Fool Believes” by the Doobie Brothers, a couple Barbra Streisand songs, and selections from my own albums.
Who is my hero or heroine in fiction? Who are my heroes and heroines in real life?
My fictional hero would have to be Spider Man. My real hero would have to be Mr. Rogers (a pastor and musician who had a groundbreaking children’s TV show for decades). He was kind and subtle yet delivered powerful messages and shaped generations. And then there’s Betty White, for her panache, longevity and dedication to animal causes.
Which movie would i recommend to see once in a lifetime?
Cinema Paradiso is a beautiful Italian film, directed by Giuseppe Tornatore (1988) and shaped by my absolute favorite movie music, by Ennio Morricone.
What role play stories in my life and work?
My work is based more on images and fleeting thoughts than stories, actually. I like to play with words and sounds, and they only occasionally turn into stories.
Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime?
My sister Brenda has been a guiding influence through the years, cheerfully advising, encouraging and applauding.
Which people or companies would I like to work with in 2022?
It would be a pleasure to work with the Blue Note or ACT labels, a booking agent such as Loop Productions or Christophe Deghelt, and such inspiring artists as Jamie Cullum, Gretchen Parlato, Luciana Souza, Sheila Jordan, Judy Niemack, Maria Joao, or Rufus Wainwright.
What project, in 2022, am I looking forward to work on?
This year I plan to release my fourth album, “Leaps and Bounds,” a collection of songs inspired by a wilderness artist residency in my birth state of Michigan in 2020. I will be performing in France (near Paris in April and during the Avignon Festival in July). I will also be singing with the prestigious “vocal big band,” the Voice Messengers, in different French venues.
What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me?
Isn’t that the truth?! More and more, “retirement” seems like a dirty word! For the passionate creator, there is no such thing – only phases and transitions.