“I am a mother of 3 and work in the film industry as a script supervisor. I've had a weird life in terms of careers, and am probably one of your quintessential Xennials. I have an undergraduate degree in History with a minor in music (classical piano); and my masters in Cinematic Directing and Screenwriting. I'm currently working on writing my first feature film. I love to do kickboxing, strength training, playing Apex Legends and carting my kids around to wherever they need to go... if I'm not on a film set!”
What is the soundtrack to your life?
Hm, this is tough. If I had to choose only one, I'd probably go with E.T. by John Williams. There are so many themes that are associated with emotions I connatate with my life. The flying and bike themes give so much hope and inspiration to drive forward. At the same time, Williams incorporates a fragile piccolo solo that makes me feel like a youthful hope for better days. Something else that I love is that when you listen to the score, you know exactly what parts of the movie are being played - when ET is left on earth, when Elliot takes the Reeses out to the shed, when the frogs are released - all the music is so vivid. To me, you hard find a whole soundtrack with that characteristic anymore.
What is the most annoying song in the world?
What’s more important to you? Music; or Lyrics? Why?
It depends on the genre and style. Today, I had the honor to sit in on my husband's high school choir's masterworks clinic with Charles Bruffy (who is a Grammy winner for Best Choral Performance - https://www.kcsymphony.org/conductors/charles_bruffy). He had the students evaluate the text (lyrics) and emphasize their meanings - onomatopoeia. It was beautiful. Sometimes the students would be slightly out of pitch, or not up to tempo, but the passion being exuded from their being with the words - the music no longer mattered. Just when we say "I love you" to someone - it's how we say the word love that we infer the meaning. BUT, I come from an instrumental background, and often argue with my husband that music (anything without words) gives the listener ownership of their own perceptions. When we hear "love" in a song - we know exactly what is being communicated. "Love" is different from "affection, lust, passion, etc." So, in this way, music is equally important.
Again, depends on the genre. I think Chopin is my favorite classical composer - I enjoy playing his nocturnes. I also have an affinity for David Grohl - from Nirvana to Foo Fighters. I think he's so talented, and an overall wonderful human being. As a group, I love Starship and work that Grace Slick still does today. To me, she is one of the best female rock artists EVER.
If you had the chance to interview an artist, who would it be? (Dead or alive)
Mozart. I would love to know what he would think about music today, and if he would be as successful today as he was back then. I think he would have capitalized on the simplicity of music and been a great music producer. But, who knows :)
I just went to the Kansas City Symphony Orchestra's performance of Carmina Burana last night! I loved it. I especially enjoyed the first piece they played that I never heard: Something for Darkness by Sarah Kirkland Snider. I like how conductor Ryan McAdams described the piece. The whole concert's theme was cycles, and Snider's piece "at the beginning is a naive, young optimism that fades to struggle and recapitulates to the beginning theme with mature defiance and wisdom". At this age, I feel like I'm transitioning from the struggle to accepting who I wanted to be when I was younger and it makes me a happier and wiser adult.