Having spent much of my life juggling my love of writing and my passion for music, I finally came to the realization that I could make professional commitments to both. I’m thrilled that with Words & Music, I have the chance to work (and play!) with words and to be involved in projects with some incredibly talented musicians. The short version of what led to the shiny new company follows. The longer version includes award-winning copy, audio production for radio, television and music, graduate degrees in communications, world music and creative writing and a lifetime of improbable adventures. Maybe we should work together!
My parents gave me a Silvertone guitar for Christmas when I was ten years old. It was an auspiciously timed present. I was living in Grand Junction, Colorado. Peter, Paul & Mary were to be heard everywhere. The Kingston Trio were pop stars. And the day after I tuned the guitar, using the warped seven-inch 45 rpm single delivered in the cardboard case along with the guitar, a strap and a pick (“Everything you’ll need to be the life of the party!”), “I Want to Hold Your Hand” was released in the United States. That song would top the charts three weeks later and toward the end of 1964, Simon & Garfunkel would release Wednesday Morning, 3 A.M.
I was utterly seduced and any chance of my leading a solid, conventional life had evaporated before I was 12 years old, scuppered by the sights and sounds of guitars.
My other passion was the written word. My first-ever job was a volunteer position in the Children’s Department at the Grand Junction Public Library. For four hours each Saturday morning, I would shelve returned books and work to ensure that each title was where it should be. At least that was the idea. In reality, I think I spent as much time reading as working. A year or so after I began, I was put on the payroll at 50 cents an hour and on Tuesdays I would receive a check from the city for $1.92. Eight cents were withheld, of course, for Social Security.
Those early passions for words and for music have accompanied me in all the years since and I am grateful for (and occasionally surprised by) all the places they’ve taken me, geographically and otherwise. I live in Switzerland now and for more than seven years, had the opportunity to work as a copywriter for a great global brand. It was a chance to refine my writing skills in the area of public relations, advertising and a broad range of corporate communications. There are often tight deadlines for press release texts and welcome adrenaline rushes and bursts of creativity that ensure that they are met.
What a privilege to be able to divide my time between writing and music projects and the third graduate degree in this still-quite-new millennium! It’s at once exciting and liberating and I can’t wait to find out what happens next.