Interview with Alice Marie - song writer, formerly television producer and magazine editor.
Alice Marie is from
she's more than a singer/song writer, formerly an English teacher,
magazine editor, and television producer who can relate to various
situations. Her music speaks truth and sheds light on many different
When did you first know you could sing?
knew I wanted to sing when I saw Olivia Newton-John in Grease. I
couldn't get enough of her. I bought all her albums (with my mother's
help, of course) and sang along with her night and day. As far as
ability, winning a contest in eighth grade made me realize other people
liked my singing too. And it's still a process, getting to know my
voice and its range, its different inflections and moods. Singing to,
and with, my daughter has brought out a whole new level of awareness
How long did it take for your CD to get produced?
Equilibrium, my debut EP, took five months to make, but I also say it
took 31 years of living, striving, failing, searching, praying, and
What is the title of your latest CD?
Angels Near, which is named after a song about my relationship with
Where do you get your inspiration from?
first thing that comes to mind is my love of words and finding the
perfect metaphor to express a complicated and seemingly inexpressible
feeling or thought. There are so many things that influence me, from
other artists like Tori Amos, Kate Bush, Peter Gabriel, Loreena
McKennitt, Vienna Teng, Jo Davidson, and Shauna Burns to books, bumper
stickers, and butterflies (can you tell I like alliteration?). I think
when you're paying close attention to what's before you, anything can
What made you stop teaching?
interesting you ask that because I'm embracing the teacher in me more
than ever through my podcasts and with my daughter. I'm just not in a
traditional classroom anymore. I was very young when I started teaching
and I burned myself out quickly, grading for hours and days on end,
taking on extra responsibilities without thought for balance. Also,
once I started publishing articles, I was hooked and wanted to do it
What magazine were you the editor of, and tell us a little about your responsibilities?
I was associate editor for Channel magazine, a lifestyle and entertainment magazine in
I wrote local and national celeb profiles, booked shoots, wrote
headlines (one of my favorite things to do, especially when it involves
puns), edited and proofread the entire text, attended galas here and
there, and "suffered" through massages for a spa round-up.
As a television Producer what were some of the shows you produced?
produced for a Miami-based show called The Times, which was a local
version of The Daily Show with a little Dateline thrown in. It was such
a fun job, not only because of the kind of writing I did but because of
the warm, funny, and brilliant people on staff. It was a relatively
short stint, but I'm still in touch with some of them.
Can you tell us about Podcast and why it's such a rave?
you told me a few months ago that I'd be podcasting, I would have
checked your temperature or something, but it has been such a
revelation for me. The ubiquitousness of the iPod is obviously helping,
but I think it's appealing to listeners for the same reason indie music
is making an impact. Podcasts are very democratic with little or no
control from a media conglomerate, so while the content and quality can
vary greatly, that also means there's some beautifully honest,
uncensored stuff out there. I feel very much myself and at home in this
medium, and it's turned out to be a more joyful and spontaneous way to
say what I used to say in essays.
Do you donate to any charities or volunteer your time?
husband and I like to donate to Save the Music and a Jersey City-based
charity called Hudson Cradle that cares for babies whose mothers cannot
care for them because of drug problems.
Where do you imagine yourself to be in five years creatively?
Doing a radio or television form of Let's Get Metaphysical, teaching
and recording new CDs that incorporate all these mantras that keep
showing up and and doing something completely unexpected!
In closing I would like to say thank you for being an inspiration to so many people!
Thank you, Nicole, for such thoughtful questions and the opportunity to share my answers. Best of luck with the anthology.
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