What piece of art changed your life? How did it affect you?
I was in the 5th grade and was instructed to do my very first book
report. It was suggested we branch out and read something more "adult" and
start realizing the importance of historic literature. My Daddy was an avid
reader and handed me his copy of The Old Man and The Sea, by [Ernest] Hemingway. He
said this was the book I should do my report on. I fell in love with
Santiago and his adventure. This piece of work is with me in my heart
everyday. The story is simple and there is only one character if you don't
include the big fish, but it is strong writing at it's best. If I had a kid
in the 5th grade I would hand over the exact same work.
I have gone on to read most all of Hemingway's work, loving it all. Reading
The Old Man And The Sea set a standard for me as far as writing and reading
goes. I love to read but I never want to waste time reading anything that
doesn't impact my soul.
Shelby Lynne released one of the best southern/country/soul records of all-time, I Am Shelby Lynne, in 2000. Since then, she's crafted a diverse body of work that makes the most of her Dusty Springfield evocations and storytelling skills. She taps her inner Hemingway on a new disc, Revelation Road, that's inspired by a chilling personal narrative and infused with hushed musicality (Lynne wrote, produced, and played the entire thing). Lynne rides this of wave of creativity into Annapolis tonight, for what promises to be an excellent show at the Rams Head.