Nine Questions with Sharon Glassman

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Name: Sharon Glassman

Birthplace: Philly

Currently residing: Longmont, CO

Musical past and present in one rambling run-on sentence: I started playing classical violin in fourth grade and after a lifetime of trying to hide in the second violin section, became a fiddler in Northern Colorado and thought, “Wow, I remember I used to play guitar, too, so how about writing some songs to go with that draft a novel I moved here with an Oh, look, now I’m a singer who tells stories fueled by songs on little stages where folks can eat, drink and smell beautiful things, too.”

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1. Who are some of your favourite composers, musicians and bands from the past and present?

Harold Arlen and Johnny Mercer (they wrote the classic “One for My Baby“; Arlen also wrote the music for Somewhere Over The Rainbow); Tom T. Hall (those lyrics!!), Peggy Lee (she wrote some very cool tunes); Tim O’Brien, Darrell Scott, Claire Lynch, Dexter Payne, Stacey Earle, Matraca Berg…

2. Is there a particular song or musical passage that never fails to move you emotionally?

One for My Baby: “It’s quarter to three; there’s no one in the place but you and me.” Talk about a world in a line!

3. How would you describe your perfect day?

Most of my days in Colorado fit that description of perfection: sunny, quiet, friendly, open-spaced, time with my dog and my beau and my books/music, home-cooked meals, and a walk by the lake (the lake!!) near our home.

4. What would your friends say they appreciate the most about you?

My large-hearted, warmhearted, good-hearted creativity – on and off the page/stage.

5. What is your most valued material possession?

My violin.

6. Who were you, or would you be nervous to meet?

I met the solo stage performer Spaulding Gray many years ago – had been so excited to meet him! But upon meeting him, could not say a thing.

7. If you could blink your eyes and be in a favourite place right now, where would that place be?

Italy, with my dog and my beau and our musical instruments.

8. Is there something you would like to do more of in the future?

I’d love to do more “jewel-box shows” where I can perform for audiences of five people or less in a super-fun, yet quiet way.

9. Where would you like to find yourself in ten years?

Doing what I love (performing, combining art forms, collaborating) in a way that flows beautifully, organically and rewardingly on all levels for everyone involved (and beyond)!

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