*How has music inspired you? Do you have any musical inspirations?

I am always listening to music. Inspiration is easy to come by if one looks and listens for it, and for me, it's often heard in music. Not so much by lyrics, but by the emotional swaying of certain melodies. I take to Celtic music quite often (Loreena McKennitt, Enya, Clannad). I also adore the tranquility and sensory seduction of the classical masters. Moonlight Sonata by Beethoven is one of my favorites.

*Has music gotten you thru a difficult or traumatic time in your life?

Gotten me through? Not entirely, but it does help.

*Are there any CDís or songs that are meaningful to you?

"I Will Find You" by Clannad... or U2's "One". I try to never listen to either of those while in a melancholic mood, however. Still, those are good for the soul and the senses.                                              


* Your musical inspirations?

Robert Smith of the Cure is my biggest inspiration next to Thom Yorke of Radiohead and Tori Amos. When I get the "artist blues" I can turn them on and I'm reminded that I have something to say through my visual art.

* Favorite CD's, songs, or musicians?

Favorite Musicians

The Cure, Radiohead, Depeche Mode, Tori Amos, Heather Nova, Deftones, Bjork, Jeff Buckley, Portishead, Rufus Wainwright, Muse, Prince, Duran Duran, The Orb, Massive Attack, Psychedelic Furs

Favorite CD's

*The Cure - Disintegration

*Radiohead - each album is more brilliant than the last, I can't pick just one

*Deftones - White Pony

Favorite Songs (a few)

The Cure - Charlotte Sometimes, Disintegration, A Night Like This, Sugar Girl...

Tori Amos - Tear in Your Hand, Sugar, Liquid Diamonds, Spacedog...

Radiohead - Black Star, Myxomatosis

Jeff Buckley - Nightmare By The Sea, Yard of Blonde Girls

Depeche Mode - In Your Room, Behind the Wheel

* How has music inspired you?

Every morning I wake up with a song in my head. Thank goodness it's usually a song I like. When I am out with friends, or even going to get the mail, a song is still playing in the back of my head like a cassette tape that doesn't end. It's as though these songs are gathering visual images to appear when I sit down to paint.

Certain music gets me in the mood to paint. I get excited, and I can usually feel it if a good painting is going to appear. It's like the equivalent of 4 shots of espresso. I turn on the music, and it's as though the music goes through me onto the canvas. That beat. Those drums. How can you listen to Radiohead's "There There" and not feel the creative energy start to swirl?

Without music, I would never have been able to create a single painting. Honestly, art galleries and museums bore me. I'm much more comfortable in a music store or at a concert.

* Has music helped you thru a difficult time in your life?

Oh of course, many difficult times... the passing of my mother, relationships with guys who just weren't the right one... Wow, what did I ever see in them?! Just think, you can listen to a song, sort out the situation in your life and not have to pay a therapist. I've never seen a therapist, but I have a good cd collection going.

Artwork by Lisa Albinger

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