Member Highlight: Angela Perry

Here is one of our many members who have brought life to our community. We are grateful to see the process and progress our members share with us, and we are honored to give them the spotlight! Their story is our story. Read on to be inspired by our latest Member Highlight interview...

Meet Angela

What do you do during the day?
I am a music teacher at a Public Expeditionary Art School

Is there anything surprising about your musical tastes?
I love underground hip hop and rap and I love to dance so sometimes I will crank it up as loud as I can in my house and dance as dirty as I can.

What does your songwriting habit look like?
My usual habit of songwriting (although I took a break a couple of weeks this summer) is that I write every day for at least 6-10 minutes on a topic. Just write trying to use the 5 senses in that writing. I then use a couple of different techniques I learned from Tweedy and Shane and break it down. It may or may not turn into anything but I try to do some part of this every day. if I get something I then will sit on my piano and just play different melodies, rhythms etc. and then begin to put something together.

Who are your influences? How have they shaped you?
My grandmother inspired me to keep working on my journey with music and even though she has passed, she continues to inspire me. As a kid when she came to visit, she would sit in a chair by the piano and I would play for her no matter and no matter how poorly I played, she would tell me it was beautiful. IIf I was upset about my life or how things were going with music she would say "It will be alright just relax things will get better."
 As I attended college for my music degree, she would send me money so I could make it. At my Senior Recital, she helped pay for my dress and attended and cried as I was singing.

What challenge are you facing with songwriting?
I have a tendency to write sad songs and I have to work on writing something upbeat.

Tell us an early memory about a song that woke something up inside you.
My parents did not have a lot of money but because I loved music, my mom decided I could have the family record player/radio in my room. It was the kind that flipped up and only when it was opened could you play records. I had it flipped down most of the time because I would play my mom's old records. For Christmas, I got the Star Wars album. I was so thrilled and I would crank it up and escape into another world where I was fearless and had the freedom to do and be whatever I wanted. This was one of my first memories of understanding how music could transport and transcend me. What is interesting about this experience is that I had not watched the movie yet. I had asked for the record just because. This just because changed my perspective on music for the rest of my life.

What Day of 100 is your piece from?
Day 80 of 100


In the Shadow of the Rose
by Angela Perry

She sits in the corner sheltered from the sun,

Noticed by all, Noticed by none

Others in party glow carry on

superficial, plastic artificially numb. 

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