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Boston Beats:  Could you state your name, age and occupation for the record please?

Teresa Storch:  Okay.  Teresa Storch.  Age, thirty-one.  And my occupation is ďperforming songwriterĒ and ďweb developer.Ē


BB:  Could you give us a little history about yourself?

TS:  Sure.  Well, I grew up in Omaha and did childrenís theatre and performed with Ballet Omaha.  I went to college to study engineering in Golden, Colorado.  In college is where I started to get into the music scene. I would go to shows all the time. I lived there for eight years and saw some really great artists.


BB:  How did you first get into music, and when did you learn to play?

TS:  I was at a Lyle Lovett show at Red Rocks Amphitheater in Colorado when I turned to my boyfriend and told him I want to do this.  I want to be playing in front of people.  I had always been into music, ever since I was little, and always into dance.  Although I was pretty shy as a child, I used to put on shows for my family and friends.  I took guitar lessons for 3 months when I was 13 and quit.  Through high school and college I sang a lot in choir and studied ballet, but it wasnít until after college that I took my first formal voice training and picked up the guitar again.  The voice class was therapy for me because it focused on getting over your fear of performing.  I was writing music and doing some open mics while I was in Colorado, but I didnít really do my serious playing until I came to Boston.

BB:  What made you decide to make the move from Boulder to Boston?

TS:  I had a roommate that was from Boston.  She introduced me to artists like Martin Sexton, and she knew Boston musicians like Peter Mulvey and Patty Griffin to name a few.  It really just became music that I fell in love with.  When she moved back to Boston, I decided to leave my ballet and engineering life behind in Colorado and go surround myself with the music I loved and focus on performing.





BB:  When did you write your first song?

TS:  When I was about 20 I wrote my first song, but I didnít play guitar or even have one
then.  I completed my first song with music a few years later when I got a guitar as a gift.  I started guitar lessons mainly so I could write.  I first played them for people in my voice class and then moved on to open mics.


BB:  Do you still perform your earlier songs?

TS:  The first song no, but the second song is something I still use.  I like the first song, but I
just need to revisit it.


BB:  Tell me about your songwriting style.

TS:  I usually start with a mood or an emotion and from that I develop a rhythm.  Other times Iíve written the lyrics and then gone back and applied music to them, but that can get tricky trying to get words to fit into a rhythm.  I often have a melody in my head though when I am writing.


BB:  What music has influenced you?

TS:  My first influences go back to high school, and it was the Indigo Girls and Melissa Etheridge.  In college it was more like Dave Matthews and Tori Amos.  Tori was very interesting to me.  I just loved her candidness and she seemed to be connected to something else.  Watching her and others like her, I just loved seeing someone so genuinely free.  I wanted some of that freedom.


BB:  How would you describe your style?

TS:  My friend Bob Sinclair once described my style as ďdreamy and intellectual,Ē and that seemed really cool to me. I try to just really play with passion.  Iím not really a "strum-strummy" type of guitarist Ė is that even a word? I always go for truth, so I would hope that come across in my performing.





BB:  How has your experience been recording music?

TS:  Making my CD was for me (having never been in a studio before), one of the most overwhelming and amazing experiences of my life.  I was able to create the music that I had in my head.  The electric guitar and full band really added so much to the songs.  I literally cried when I was able to hear the final product.  To me it was a hundred times better than I
could have imagined.  And I still havenít really been pushing my CD.  It wasnít until just recently that I was introducing it to radio stations.  Once it was made I think I really didnít know what to do with it.  Possibly because I went in thinking I was just going to use it as a demo for getting gigs.


BB:  On your CD you have a full band, but for the most part, you play solo shows.  Has that been a factor when you use the CD to shop for gigs?

TS:  No, not really.  At least not yet.  Actually, what comes to mind is a "coffeehouse" concert series I know of that they hold in a church.  They were looking for artists and someone who organizes it heard me playing in the subway.  She wanted me to send her a CD so she could tell the others at the church about me.  She emailed me asking asking if I had another CD because it wasnít what she was expecting, I guess it was just a little too rockiní.  In that case I was able to send her a demo of just me and my guitar.





BB:  What makes a good show, and what has been your best show so far?

TS:  I think that my most recent show was my best show so far.  It was at the Midway Cafť.  What makes a good show is when people are really listening and there arenít a lot of distractions.  Itís just easier for me to do my job because Iím not distracted either and Iím not fighting for their attention.  When I can connect with the audience, I can just feel this energy
go through me.  Itís really like some power greater than myself.  Sometimes I have to get out of my own way to have a better show.  Thatís sort of the goal for me anyway, to get out of my head and drop anything that has been going in the day and just be in the moment.  And that is really what I hope happens for my listeners as well.  Talk about a great job.  I mean, what else could I want to do with my life?  Music, I think, allows us to feel, since we aren't allowed to really "feel" in our normal workday.  It's a release to help us deal with whatever may be going on in our lives.


BB:  Do you do any interesting covers?

TS:  Tom Waitsí ďChocolate Jesus.Ē  I do the typical Ani DiFranco and Joni Mitchell covers.  Iíve been covering Tom Pettyís ďWild Flowers.Ē


BB:  Do you have any pre or post show rituals?

TS:  I usually do some yoga or stretching to get into my body.  I think it harkens back to my ballet days when that was just what you did before a show.  If Iím doing a three-hour show I usually do a little less because I donít want to be wiped for the show.


BB:  What are some of your favorite places to play?

TS:  I really like The Burren, and The Kendall Cafť was always great and right near my work. It was really my favorite; I could tell people in my office to just go across the street and check me out tonight, and that was pretty cool. Iíve been playing at Abbey Lounge, which is a nice and unpretentious place to play. Club Passim is fun, and there is just such a history there. I actually feel like I havenít played a lot of different places. I end up going back to the same ones.


BB:  Which artists in the Boston scene would you most like to play with?

TS:  The people I had on my CD would be great.  We really donít get to play out a lot.  Playing with Tom Bianchi would be cool, or opening for Peter Mulvey. 


BB:  Who are some of your favorite local musicians?

TS:  Erin McKeown is amazing, as is Ryan Montbleau Danielle Miraglia and Lisa Bastoni, and Burt LaFontaine are people to check out.





BB:  What do you hope people will get out of your music?

TS:  Iím a little bit idealistic I guess. I just hope that I am giving people something that they can use to help them get through life. I know that music has helped me and I would hope that I could give something back. It blew me a way once when someone came up to me and said that my music really helped them out...because, thatís really the whole point.


BB:  What advice would you have for aspiring local musicians?

TS:  Keep putting yourself out there. Someone once told me something that really helped me out. That no matter what the outcome of a show, youíre still the same person you were when you went into the show. You canít know what people are going through in their lives and if you arenít connecting or had a rough show, that isnít necessarily a reflection of you. I played once where there were people trying to have a lunchtime meeting right in front of me and I could tell that they didnít want me there. I had to just say, oh well and thereís nothing I can do about that.  It can be tough because you want to be open and sensitive to make a connection with the audience, but if you do that and theyíre not connecting or worse, it can really hit you.


BB:  Thanks, Teresa.  Itís been a pleasure talking with you.

TS:  Well thank you.  This has been really fun.

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