This is the first in a series of Fast and Fun Interviews we're doing with our first artists in the Songs for Sandy initiative - so you all can get a little insight into what makes them creatively "tick." Caution: this interview might make you hungry!
Gene Ellsworth has been fine-tuning his songwriting craft in Pittsburgh, Nashville, and California since 1985. He’s had several number one hits, including "The Fool" (Lee Ann Womack) and "All Aboard" (the Del McCurry Band). He met Kimberly Manns in Pittsburgh through yoga, and together they plan to produce and release an Indy Folk CD in 2013.
Why do you write?
Kim: Well, I don’t think Gene has much a choice… it just comes out. Of course, then he spends chunks of time fine-tuning and tweaking. Gene encouraged me to work with him and found out how fun the process can be...even when he disagrees with me. I love the journey and sharing something we’ve completed.
Gene: I don't have the words for why, but I love the feeling of not knowing where a lyric or melody came from...like magic it's just there.
What fills you with great joy?
Kim: The sunset, the sunrise, watching the sky.
Gene: Being on a bike ride with Kim.
What gets you out of bed in the morning?
Kim: I get out of bed because I’m tired of being there. I am a doer.
Gene: I like to stay in bed and vegetate...you know, I'm a vegetarian. (editor's comment: ha ha)
Do you meditate?
Kim: Meditation Is the best part of my yoga practice.
Gene: Yes, meditation reminds me again and again of who I really am.
What’s your favorite food?
Kim: Popcorn made with coconut oil and a little garlic salt.
Gene: I shouldn't but I love sweets...cake, pie, candy, cookies...yeah.