I had the pleasure of interviewing driven young luthier and musician Curren Effinger about his passion for building instruments, his single-pointed focus and smashing his first guitar into bits. Curren has just graduated from the Guitar Repair and Building program at Minnesota State College – Southeast Technical in Redwing, MN and can be found at his website www.curreneffinger.com
Amanda Palmer is a force to be reckoned with. I first learned of her wily charms from her duo The Dresden Dolls and from afar have followed her marriage to the rad author Neil Gaiman, her solo career on the ukelele, her SMASHING Kickstarter success of over 1.2 million dollars and her celebrated TED talk reflecting on her life as a musician, artist and live statue called “The 8 foot Bride.”
“There is nothing more vulnerable than creativity … and what is art if it’s not love?” – Brené Brown
In the midst of putting a new album into the world, I am faced with some trepidation. I’ve heard Tori Amos in an interview describe her songs as babies … on that thought, when you send your children out to live their lives outside of you, mothering instinct must kick in – fear for their safety, how will they get along in the world, who will love them? I can only imagine … comparing songs to babies might be a long shot, but to create something bearing soul, sweat, love, tears and fling it into the universe is quite a courageous act.