We're back with a new edition of Talking the Talk. This interview features one of the collective's newest members, Danielle Angeloni. Read on to find out more about this San Diego new-comer!
LB: Thank you for being a member of the Lady Brain Collective! What inspired or motivated you to join?
DA: As a new member of the San Diego community, I am hoping to meet new people, collaborate, and grow. I love the focus of Lady Brain and want to not only give to a cause I believe in, but also benefit from being lifted and lifting up other womxn!
LB: How would you describe your art in three emojis?
DA: 🌞 🌚 🌊
LB: What are some common themes or topics that show up regularly in your songwriting?
DA: Nature, connection, and elements (fire, water, air, earth).
LB: What are your thoughts on the San Diego music scene? Which local stages and/or festivals would you like to book in the near future?
DA: I am very new to the scene! I’d eventually love to play stages like Panama 66 and The Music Box.
LB: We believe in speaking goals and dreams into reality. What are some thing you’d really like to accomplish over the course of your career?
DA: I’d really love to write songs that are placed in movies/TV and tour internationally at some point.
Tell us about your day job as a music therapist. What is something people would be surprised to learn about this field? What do you find most rewarding about the job?
DA: I currently work with special education in public schools. My job consists of collaborating and consulting daily with therapists of other disciplines such as speech and language pathologists, occupational therapists, and physical therapists. When I work with these other therapists, I am focusing on specific goals for a student (for example learning to count to 100 or writing their name) and demonstrating ways to use music therapy techniques to advance the student’s progress. The most rewarding part of this job for me is watching students engage in music and have fun while meeting their goals.
LB: Imagine someone is reading this article and learning about you for the first time...what song/project would you direct them to for the best/most accurate representation of who you are as an artist?
DA: I would say check out my website and there you’ll find my EP I released in 2017. In addition to writing and co-writing the music and lyrics, I also co-produced the EP. It really sounds like what I heard in my head when it was a mere dream. I am currently writing new music which you can find on Instagram or YouTube.
LB: Who is inspiring you at the moment?
DA: I really love Maggie Rogers, Emily King, Phoebe Bridges, and Jade Bird right now. There seems to be a resurgence of the 90’s Lilith Faire movement where a lot of strong female songwriters are coming out of the woodwork (in my point of view anyway).
LB: What is challenging you at the moment and how does it inform your art?
DA: I struggle with finding a creative flow! I have a week or two of pouring out music like a fountain, and then I get too comfortable and stop. I am currently working on consistency. As a result I’ve been writing songs that sound very different from each other.
LB: A lot of indie artists are accustomed to the DIY life, acting as their own publicist, booking agent, manager, producer, web/graphic designer, social media manager, etc. Which “hats” do you enjoy wearing, and which areas would you like more support?
DA: I enjoy writing, arranging, and producing. I’d love support in the ways of a booking agent, graphic designer, and social media manager.
LB: Do you have any upcoming projects or events readers should be aware of?
DA: I am very excited to be performing as part of Lady Brain's Songwriter’s Book Club Takeover on 4/19. I also regularly visit open mics at Cafe 1134 in Coronado and You Belong Here in City Heights. I recently formed a band called Malachite Moon - follow us on Instagram to stay up to date with our events.
LB: Anything else you’d like readers to know about?
DA: I love art of all kinds and want to meet you! I love collaborating and writing songs for videos and short films, so please don’t hesitate to reach out.
LB: Who are some other local womxn creators the San Diego community should be aware of?
DA: My good friend Meera Sinha is a fabulous creator and music therapist. She is starting an intuitive singing series and you can check her out on intuitivesingingseries.eventbrite.com!
Greetings, friends! Welcome to our new series Talking the Talk. In each interview, we ask Lady Brain Collective members to talk about the personal, professional and creative walks they walk. We'll chat about their passions and pursuits, entrepreneurship efforts, and more. We hope you'll follow along and discover your next favorite artist! First up, an interview with author, poet, teacher, and songwriter Susan Lipson. In addition to curating, hosting, and performing at this month's community gathering entitled “A Way With Words," Lipson will also be facilitating an optional creative writing activity for all attendees. Read on to learn more about this kind, creative soul.
LB: Tell us a little bit about yourself. How is creativity at work in your life and/or career?
SL: As I’ve stated on my website, I work at “inspiring awe for words and awesome writing.” In addition to teaching creative writing lessons and workshops for over 20 years in San Diego County, and doing occasional freelance editorial work for other authors and agent-clients, I regularly write poetry and poetic prose for kids, teens, and adults. I have published three books (one children’s novel, one instructional text for teachers of writing and their students, and one poetry book), and have edited and coached many more works into print as a freelance editor and former literary agent. Although I have composed dozens of songs, I have never mastered music theory or played any instrument well, and yet a few of my spiritual songs have found their way into synagogue and interfaith music programs in which I have sung them as a soloist, sometimes backed by a choir. I also write two blogs, “Writing Memorable Words” and “Writing for Students and Teachers.” As a mom, I poured my own creativity directly onto my three kids, now all in their 20’s, all multi-talented creative artists in LA.
LB: What made you want to be a part of the Lady Brain Collective?
SL: I attended the Lady Brain Festival last summer and felt the tangible supportiveness for fellow artists in the air, even as I felt blown away by all the talented women striving together to fill hearts with their music. I then decided to lend my voice to Lindsay White's group recording of “Let Love Lead the Way,” and even brought one of my singer daughters to sing with us, too. That joyful experience made me want to become more involved. Unlike other professional artist groups I have joined, I detected no competition among these women, and no wariness of my enthusiasm for supporting my fellow artists. I may be older than many Lady Brains, but I have a forever-young spirit, and I hope to deepen my connections with other Lady Brain artists through attending more events in the future.
LB: You've performed at a community gathering before, but this time you are also hosting and were involved in the planning of the showcase. Thank you for contributing so much to the collective! For those unfamiliar with community gatherings, how would you describe them and why should people attend on November 17?
SL: I am thrilled to host a community gathering, which enables artists to share their passion-powered works with new audiences, in intimate settings, and to broaden their fan bases by personally connecting with people whom they might never have met without their fellow Lady Brain connections.
LB: What new releases or projects are you currently working on? Where can people find more information?
SL: I recently published a book of poetry, Disillusions of Grandeur—and Other Eye-Openers, which I have been reading from at poetry open mic nights in the past month since the book arrived. The book is available exclusively from Amazon, or from me personally (for an autographed copy), and I promise that you need not be a poetry scholar or even a regular poetry reader or a to connect with my poems. I write poetic words to move you, not impress or confuse you. I also maintain an active poetic presence on my Instagram, @susanllipson, often pairing my poetry-evoking photos with short poems or poetic thoughts. Please buy my book and follow my poetic meanderings online!
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