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Right now in my middle years, I’m getting to enjoy a resurgence of my own creativity, which I’m fully embracing and enjoying.


she’s curated tonight. For me, it’s such a different story from when they were 14 and 9, that’s very consuming for any mother. And when you add special needs on top of it—that just adds another layer of complexity.


What are you most excited about now in your music? What is it creatively that you’re working from?


develop [yourself] as a woman, and then you want to be this caretaker, and you have so much going on in your professional life, do you ever feel that pull?


Well, I am lucky in that my children are grown, my youngest is 27. I didn’t have the conflict between artist and mother while they were young because I really focused, very much, on the mothering aspect, and I see the Bridge as just an extension of that mothering way. Trying to make sure my kid had the opportunities to be the best person he could be. He’s 33 now, and he lives as independent a life as possible, given his physical disabilities, but he’s got a great


team of people that support him. While he lives with us, he’s got his own separate part of the house that’s his world. He goes off in the morning and takes care of his business. He’s an organic egg farmer, so he’s got a whole operation that he runs and an office downtown. So he leaves in the morning and comes home at the end of the day. I still like to have dinner together. It doesn’t happen as much as it used to when they were kids, but we still like to have dinner together when we can. And then the last couple nights we’ve just been getting the fire going and hanging out in the living room, their dad and I, and so that’s been pretty mellow. My daughter is an active artist, and we’re going to see a show that


I’m very excited about the new record. I’m really happy with it. I’m excited that it’s going to be coming out next month. You never know how people will respond to it, one way or the other, but I’m really happy with it. I feel great about the band, and I’m happy with the songs. I just think we did some really good work. Hopefully people will like it and take it into their lives. Like any of the best music, you want to have a song that people will listen to and go, “Oh, yeah! That reminds me of something in my life or something I’m currently going through,” or maybe something happens later and you hear the song and go, “Wow! That really was telling a story that I can relate to now.” That’s my hope... For instance, “I Don’t Want to Talk About It,” on this record, is not an original composition. It’s written by the late, great Danny Whitten, and I just love that song. I’ve always loved that song! So it seemed like, for some reason, this was the right time for me to record it, and I love the way it turned out. I’m super excited about that. Of course… I’m very excited about the fundraising efforts we’re doing on behalf of the Bridge School and the concerts are always a lot of fun.


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