Why do I love being a Sweet Potato?

I've been blessed to have made my living as a musician since I was in my early 20's.  I've done everything, including accompanying dance classes, piano bar, music for kids, wedding bands, original bands, writing and playing musicals, improv live and on television, and film scoring.  I wouldn't change a thing I've done. Even the bad gigs have taught me something, even if it's "I don't want to do that again".

 

But this band, oh, it's my true love.  My favorite thing is that I get to write whatever I want, and not worry if it's "radio friendly" or anything else.  I can write songs from my experiences and observations, which at this point feel like a lot.  I'm not in my 20's anymore, I'm married, I've got kids, I've taken my knocks, paid my dues, been around the block, had the joys and losses that come with living and loving. The subject matter feels endless to me, and this band feels like my true creative outlet.

    

I also love singing with Kelly & Rick. Peggy Lennon, from the Lennon Sisters, once said to me, "Isn't harmony singing great?  What you create is so much more than the sum of the voices." That's exactly how I feel about it, because when we're singing together and really connected, it feels magical.  Plus, this band has just made me a better singer, because I'm using that muscle all the time. 

 

And last but certainly not least, we have tons of fun together.  We laugh a lot at rehearsal and on stage.  I know bands that play together beautifully but don't really like each other personally.  We're a band that genuinely likes each other as well as playing together.  And I think we bring out the best in each other musically, we challenge each other and improve each others musicianship.  It feels like we're growing and getting better all the time.  You can't ask for much more than that.