Sitting down and writing a song is so much fun. If you see me walking down the street in Philadelphia with a weird, far away look on my face, its not because I'm composing lyrics and melody. If I'm scowling, its about being late or having too many things on my to do list. I never smile until someone gets right in my face and says "Hi Jane!". People make me smile. People and their lives inspire me.
I was born in Washington D.C., and lived in the Maryland suburbs of D.C. until I was 12. Now that I've written several songs, I can look back and say, "Oh yes", that must have been a musical influence. When we went to my father's side of the family's, we all sang out of old fashioned song books after dinner. My mother played classical Irish and Italian tenor records, and sang church songs while she did her housework. For a long time, I thought that's what everybody's mother did.
When I was 12, my father lost his job as the result of a new president bringing in new people. He found a job in Bristol, Tennessee. I don't think I would have ever have written a country song like "She Forgets That Mama's Her Name" or an Appalachian-style ballad like "Daisy Chain" if this hadn't happened. It was a real culture shock to leave Washington and move to a small Southern town. They put me in the marching band and taught me how to play the drums. The drum section was all girls. It was a lot more fun than playing the piano. This bliss ended in about three years. We had to pack up and move back to the D.C. area when my mother got too home sick. I entered a big new high school, once again, not knowing anyone. Even though my song "New Kid" is about a teenage boy moving to a new town, there are parts of my own experience underlying this song.
By now, you've probably guessed that I love to analyze human behavior! I take bits of myself, bits of other people, unique experiences, common experiences, add a tablespoon of poetry and a half cup of melody and start singing!
In 2008, I founded Songs For Singing Productions to record my songs. I have a wonderful group of arrangers, vocalists, musicians, and interns that contribute to the projects.