(April 12, 1999 Andrea talks about Croatia)
(Don't forget to read Jane Davidson's interview of
"When I was a kid I had a hard time sleeping. My parents gave me a transistor
radio which I put under my pillow. Every night I fell asleep to the voices of
Aretha Franklin and Gladys Knight. My angels.
"Folk was the first music I learned to play on the guitar. Joni Mitchell and
Judy Collins inspired me with their beautiful voices. But the Beatles
songwriting and harmonies, and the raw edge of the Stones gave me a glimpse
of the power I wanted to possess.
"Janis Joplin and Grace Slick showed me it was possible. The first band I
ever saw live was the Jefferson Airplane at the Fillmore Auditorium in
San Francisco. I was just a kid but I felt the magic instantly.
"I started performing in my first band at age 16 in Berkeley, California.
I wrote most of the music for it. We were pretty good, but I had such stage
fright I was usually drunk, so... who knows what might have happened?
"At 18, two weeks into my first year of college as a music major, my mom
suddenly passed away. We had been fighting about my boyfriend when she had a
stroke, went into a coma and died the next morning. I was devastated. I left
home, and to punish myself, didnít pursue music again until I met my husband,
Cheth, seven years later. It was love at first sight. Especially when we
realized we were both musicians.
"We started a rock band in Seattle, played five years on the road, and then
quit. We were tired of the club scene. It was grueling and creatively
unsatisfying. At the time, you had to play covers and you had to play them
perfectly, just like the record, or you didnít work. I always knew in my
heart that my original music had to be born, so I started from scratch.
"I went back to college and studied classical music. What a trip! After
singing rockíníroll for all those years, I found a deep love and gift for
singing Italian and German opera. My teacher was amazed. He had thought I
was a hopeless case. I had purple hair and smoked cigarettes. I gave up the
cigarettes--but not the hair.
"On a trip south, Cheth and I found Cannon Beach. Love at first sight, again.
Within six months we sold our house in Seattle and moved to the coast. Weíve
survived twelve winters and summers here.
"Soon after moving here the acting bug bit me. I've performed
many exciting musical roles including Marian in the "Music Man,"
the Witch in "Into The Woods," Miss Hannigan in "Annie,"
and Aldonza/Dulcinea in "The Man of La Mancha.".
"Six years ago we started a recording studio, "Studio M.A.R.S.," so we could
record my material and help others on the coast realize their musical dreams.
Recently my musical dream came true with the release of "Hold Your Vision," an album
of original folk, rock and blues.
"It has been a tough job. I was used to singing other
peoples songs, even in theater. I didnít realize the risk involved when you
sing straight from your own experiences. It is a very vulnerable feeling.
My life has had some rocky roads, but I survived. I want people to know they
can create wonderful situations for themselves, even out of the hardships of
life. I want my music to have a truly positive effect on everyone who hears
it, whether it inspires them, makes them dance or lets them cry."
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