Meet Valerie, a music lover from Pittsburgh, PA.
“Hi, my name is Valerie and I am a happily married mom of two little boys. Between the music I listen to for my own enjoyment and the short and sweet preschool songs of childhood, there is nearly always a joyful sound bouncing off the walls in my home. One other way I share music with others is as a children’s worship leader at my church."
What is the soundtrack to your life?
Francesca Battistelli’s “Free To Be Me” is the soundtrack of my life. I know I am fully loved by those around me, but I am also keenly aware that the label of “hot mess” wouldn’t be too far off, on most days. I love that it is a catchy song that is easy to sing along with, too!
What is the most annoying song in the world?
I think most anyone who has been around a young child can agree with me when I quickly and simply say that “baby shark” is the most annoying song in the world.
What’s more important to you? Music; or Lyrics? Why?
Music is more important to me than the lyrics, although it is a close race. Undeniably, lyrics and the melody need to support each other and give way to one another. However, the musicality of a song is an incredible vehicle to allow for lyrics to be impactful, earning it greater value than the lyrics. I think a great example of this dynamic is the opening notes of a concert- the initial sounds open your heart and spirit to receive the messages of the lyrics and the intentions of the artists performing them.
My favorite artist is Michael Buble. There is such a powerful mood-changing ability to his body of work: everything from Frank Sinatra covers to comparably much newer pop-hits such as “Hollywood”. I enjoy the timelessness of the crooner music style, and his entertainment value is through the roof. On stage he is funny, carefree, and something should be noted about any performer who can duet seamlessly with artists so artistically different from one another as Josh Groban and Meghan Trainer. Now that he has rejoined the music scene after taking some time to care for the needs of his family, I am really looking forward to the new music he will surely be releasing.
If you had the chance to interview an artist, who would it be? (Dead or alive)
If I had to interview one artist it would be Béla Fleck. Arguably one of the best banjo players alive, he has an impeccable level of musicianship and skill. He is best known for his role in the bands New Grass Revival and Béla Fleck and the Flecktones. The jazz-fusion albums he has released with Béla Fleck and the Flecktones are some of my favorite albums and have redefined for me what both the genres of Jazz and Bluegrass can be. If you haven’t heard his cover of “Final Countdown” that he duets with his wife Abigail Washburn, I highly recommend it!
My most recent concert was Toby Mac on his Deep Hits tour.