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How would you describe your music?

Smart, quirky, soulful acoustic songs that Patty Griffin, Mary Chapin Carpenter, and Bonnie Raitt would sing.

What is your role in your band? In the studio? In business or marketing decisions?

I am the band. I am the creative, business, and marketing of my music. I work full time and so most days it seems I don't get very far. I am tired.

Describe your gear.

I use a Mac laptop, have Pro Tools, use Garage Band and an Edirol MP3 recorder to record. I have my own PA. I don't know much about gear actually. My brother is a guitar player and knows tons about gear, collects it... I just focus on the music.

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Do you think being a woman and a musician is different from being a man and a musician? If so, how? Was there a moment that made a difference clear to you?

Yes. Although I'm not sure I can articulate it very well today and this is probably an important part of your survey. Sorry! I'm 33, and most of my friends who are not in music are settling down and starting families. I have an agenda with my music, and I work full-time as an office manager, trying to support myself. I don't really want to settle and do the expected things a woman does (bear children, be a wife) yet. Not sure if I want children at all. Though at the same time, I think people in my life (good people) are worried about the path I take. Will I be penniless and alone and barren? I think being a woman in music is especially tough, because there are expectations on you. I do want a man in my life. I don't want to wimp out and have him support me, but I do know that (outside of music, at least) he'll get paid more for whatever he does than what I will. Sorry, I'm off on tangents here.

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Do you see differences between generations of women musicians?

I see some older women musicians I know who seem scared and alone and wondering how to support themselves if their career is not doing well. They're also incredibly smart, have a confidence about them, and just as talented and beautiful as ever.

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Did anyone ever give you any valuable advice about making your way in the music industry? What advice would you give to a woman musician just starting out?

I've had a lot of great mentors, many of them women. I can't think of any single one advice that did it. What I notice is that being around other women, sharing stories, validating each others' feelings of the struggles of the business, offering support and encouragement, has made the biggest difference to me. I'm not sure if men do that, the way we do.

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Why did you choose to play the instrument you play?

"Voice: I began to sing as a child, when there's no such thing as logic, it just felt good to do. I forgot about it along the way. I came back to it at 23, wondering if maybe I could make music with my voice? I wanted to impress my musician (now ex-) boyfriend at the time. We broke up before I could impress him.

Guitar: The original reason was probably to win the affection of the musician ex-boyfriend, with the added benefit of proving to my brother that I could play guitar too. The relationship with the guitar was on again, off again. At some point I got tired of asking guitar players to learn songs and play with me, so I decided to commit to learning. The reason I keep playing is that it gives my songs a bed to sleep on. And somewhere along the way I surmounted the first, long, painful learning curve, and have gotten to the part where I like it, it's fun, it's still very hard, and I even crave playing it sometimes. "

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