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…
Curtis is from Charlotte, NC, USA
What do you do during the day?
I teach Delta Airlines Ramp techniques to their contractors. Its a dangerous job with loud machines that have their own rhythms. I end up hearing melodies that I often have to leave the ramp to go write down.
What Day of 100 is your piece from?
Last year. Part of the Mission 22 Project. Addressing the fact that 22 veterans commit suicide in America everyday.
... Sometimes the darkness seems so powerful
And I know sometimes the light brings no relief
Just know that you are in my heart and on my mind
And I'm praying for your strength and for your peace...
Is there anything surprising about your musical taste?
The variety of artists that I listen to surprises me. As long as I can see images in their sound I'm with it. You'll hear anything from Mozart to Montell Jordan to Men at Work to Metallica
What does your songwriting habit look like?
I get snippets of song in my head constantly. The voice notes on my phone is full. I create mostly at night when I get home. Occasionally I awaken from dreams and have to put ideas down immediately.
Who are your influences? How have they shaped you?
I was exposed to story telling artists as a child.
What challenge are you facing with songwriting?
Completing the piles of song ideas that I generate on nearly a daily basis.
Tell us an early memory about a song that woke something up inside you.
I remember listening to Earth Wind & Fire's brazilian rhyme (ponta de areia)... All of a sudden I could see snow falling around me. As if I was transported to some mountain top at night with lightly falling snow that I could almost feel. I've been trying to create works that "transport" ever since. I wanted to take people places with music.
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