alotta people ask

Alotta people ask musicians what or who has influenced them. I often feel obligated to rattle off other musicians, and do: Stevie Wonder, Cyndi Lauper, Joni Mitchell, Ani Difranco, Keith Jarrett. Here is a wider picture, in no particular order of what or who has influenced my work, my skin, my imagination.


This dude was, I think, the beginning of my obsession with the violin. I always cite him as the reason i started playing. My mom says it was this Japanese guy who came to one of their parties, and I apparently didn’t leave his side all night. So it’s either this Sesame Street fiddler dude, or the Japanese dude at our party. No need to compete! But only ONE is pictured…


I started begging my parents for one at 3. By 4, I began to play

my Mom. back in the day.

My first tape

was Whitney Houston’s “Whitney Houston”

i unwrapped it on the sidewalk outside the house where we had just moved. All my akward 6th grader-ness went into investing in this shiney cellophaned ball of talent. We will miss you Whitney!