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Summer is busy. There are tons of events, parades and parties to attend. I avoid a ton of them. Not by choice, but because I have other commitments for work. My friends know that though I'd love to swing by for a drink and celebrate with them at their gatherings, usually on a Friday night I'm headed to a concert.
If you read my blog with any consistency, you'll know that last Friday I was at Bethel Woods (again) for the first rendition of Mountain Jam held at that location. It was packed. PACKED.
I met some cool people and watched some great bands. The crowd there was one of the biggest mixes I've ever seen at Bethel Woods. From children in wagons to people old enough to be my grandparents, hippies and punk rock styles... it was an eclectic group for sure. Which meant one thing.
They say that any good photographer has a niche. It could be that they're really good at nature shots or landscapes. Some are fantastic at photographing kids or weddings. But... what niche am I? I go photograph all kinds of things. There's people, places, interesting animals. I have a problem with putting the camera down most days. It sits in the front seat of my car. I never leave home without it. I'm almost more attached to the camera than I am my dog. (I said almost. Don't you worry... the Canon won't be replacing Abby any time soon.)
The best way I think I've found to describe my niche is photojournalism. Basically a cop out considering I work at a newspaper.
What I do, well... I try to make the person looking at the photo feel like they were there, so they get the experience. Capturing the moment in a way that you see exactly what I saw and had the same reaction that I did. (Your reaction may vary... mostly because I have a twisted sense of humor and find some unusual things interesting.)
So with that being said... I got an email this week from Caroline Jones. She'll be at Bethel Woods tonight opening for the Zac Brown Band at a sold out show. I'm scheduled to be there photographing. But, she wanted to see if I was interested in chatting and writing about her being on tour. Generally speaking, I don't write stories. (Ok... that's a lie... I do write for and edit the hunting magazine every fall.) I certainly don't do interviews.
So, I had to come up with some questions to ask her. Well crap. (Yeah... I typed crap.)
I already read about her, checked out her music and her other interviews on various websites. It was all pretty much standard interview stuff. I wanted to find out something that wasn't posted all over the web. So, I turned to my favorite website and looked for some good questions to ask.
Thank you Reddit. You gave me something fun to ask. I did ask the one standard question... just to make it seem like I'm not just making questions up on the fly. But the results of the questions I asked Caroline offered a little more insight than what you'll hear in every news outlet that does interviews.
· What inspires you to pick the songs you do? Is there a certain quality or trait you look for in the song? In terms of covering other artists' songs, it’s usually a natural gut instinct — a song I am particularly drawn to melodically, lyrically and/or production-wise. Then it is always a fun challenge to make it my own, vocally and production-wise. We are covering a few songs on this tour that I feel very proud of, arrangement-wise.
· If you weren't performing, what would you be up to right now?
Songwriting and producing. I am fascinated by and very passionate about music production and modern technology. Or writing/creating in some capacity.
· What’s a skill you learned when you were young that you still use today?
Manners, honesty and accountability. A good handshake. Looking people in the eye. Listening and being clear. Being honest and accountable with others, especially in a profession like music.
· What’s your favorite Instagram account?
Mateus Asato is my favorite guitar player right now; I love his videos. Jacob Collier is a huge inspiration.
· You have to wear a t-shirt with one word on it for one year. Which word do you choose?
At the risk of sounding like a hippie, probably “joy” or “heart”, to remind myself of the purpose of playing music.
· What's your favorite holiday?
· What would be your super power?
Instant travel/teleportation would make touring super efficient!!
· If you could travel back in time to any single year or event then back again only once, what would you choose and why?
I would like to go back to Jesus’ time and be able to witness and feel and know Jesus for myself.
I had a few more questions than that. But when I sent the email, I told her to feel free to answer whichever ones she wanted. I knew they were a little out of the ordinary.
I was slightly disappointed that she didn't answer one of the greatest questions Reddit users have ever asked... "If you had to choose, would you rather fight one horse-sized duck, or 100 duck-sized horses?"
Maybe I'll ask her in person when I see her tonight. Because, though I know I'd take the 100 horses over a giant duck any day... she might just have the voice to sing that giant duck to sleep.
So, if you see me at Bethel tonight, you can give me your answer for that or email it to me.
If you'd like to see some videos from Mountain Jam or have early access to next weeks pictures, you can check out my instagram @martysthreegirls and the papers official one @theriverreporter