Here are some questions direct from Sophie’s fans.
Q: Now that you are a mommy has the way you come up with songs changed any?
A: Becoming a mother hasn’t changed my musical style, it’s made me enjoy my music more, I am actually getting more raw by each performance. I have more passion for what I create, because I give so much of myself to my son. Becoming a mother has made me understand how great it is to be me, and how unique my expression is. It has brought me to my essence, basically.
Q: If you could speak to your 20 year old self, what would you tell her??
A: If I could speak to my 20 yr old self I would first listen and listen and listen, and at some point I would say, “you’re doing everything right except 2 things: Drop your addictions (go to AA) and when you make money, buy your apartment.”
Q: I would love to see you work with the producers of Tongues & Tails and Whaler. It’d be great to hear how you’ve matured within the context of the familiar. What do you reckon? Good idea?
A: I would love to work with the producers of tongues and tails and whaler, I hope Rick Chertoff and Stephen Lipson feel the same and invite me in on a project!
Q: Hello Sophie, first of all thank you and God Bless you for the many times your songs have lifted my heart heavenwards. My question is ‘what is the best piece of advice you have ever been given?
A: Best piece of advice, “Begin as you intend to carry on”, from an old Jewish woman in Brooklyn
Q: Who are some of your favorite musical artists?
A: My favorite musical artists changes depending on my stage of life, although there are some that have grown deeper and deeper into my soul. One of those is Billy Holliday, another is Bach. Yoyo Ma playing the Bach inventions I can’t get enough of. I’ve opened up to Opera, to the stories and melodies, like Puccini, and also to the singers, Callas, and Renada Tabaldi. I always love great songs, like “On the street where you live”, “If I were a Bell”, and “Blue Skies”, for instance.Though I have to say my passions for certain artists has shifted to just appreciation, my whole perspective on what music “is” has changed. I love Bob Dylan more, Billy Holliday more, Nina Simone more, and Negro Spirituals more. I love Bobby Gentry. One my favorite albums is “Music Of My Mind” by Stevie Wonder.
Q: What will it take for rock and roll to stop being a boy’s game?
A: Rock n’ Roll is simply a business game, and no one knows how to make money in it anymore, except for touring, sponsorships, and endorsements. So it’s anybody’s game who knows how to cross collateralize and seize marketing opportunities in which music is a part of selling something else. Licensing falls into that category. If you’re asking why women give away their power more today than ever as a social opinion I don’t have the answer. Why women accept what they accept and give themselves away for free boggles my mind. It makes the whole human race weak. Every great species depends on strong women to define and lead and teach them. Women need to set the standards for how to treat women. Don’t get me going on this issue.
Q: What do you do to stay in shape physically?
A: I do work out videos, no more than 30 minutes a day, like boot camp with Amy Bento and Beach bodies and The Firm with Allison. I eat well, I love to eat, I have eggs and toast (gluten free) and coffee with milk or coffee mate in the morning, I eat lots of tomatoes, sprouted wheat tortillas with cheese and humous, garlic, basil, cillantro, oregano, olives. I eat fattening popcorn outa the bag, drink lots of water, eat free range organic meat including hot dogs occasionally, I eat new, rich exotic foods when I eat out and travel, but basically I stick to simple, fresh, organic foods at home. I love to cook! I cook for Dashiell every day, sometimes three meals inspite of even having a nanny during working hours cause I love to experiment and relax and nourish the family with good smells and healthy yummys.
To answer the question, though, I believe it’s because I work out hard, but not too much, and do different work outs every day. And I’ve always done yoga.
Q: When you refer to Ishi, are you speaking of the man who was the last member of hisNative American tribe, and he went to live at Berkley and be studied by anthropologists? R u channeling him?
A: Yes, that is the Ishi of whom I speak. My dear friends Teresa and Laura from Chico sent me the book, and I’m learning. They have a radio show, I wish I could remember the name of it. And, yes, I hope I’m channeling at least some of the wisdom Ishi was given by the spirit of nature. Inspiration comes from “in spirit”. Beethoven said he didn’t write his symphonies, God did. Channeling is really opening up to creative wisdom, is that God?
Q: Will you ever release all of your videos?
A: Yes I will release all of my videos, but I need help going through storage. Someday I will have someone who comes to me and wants to archive my demos and videos, maybe a retired librarian. Then I will let you know they are all organized and available. Thanks!
Q: How do you balance life as a Mother and a musician?
A: I’ve always been a mother, but I’ve just recently had a human child. I’ve always been, even without knowing it, a musician. They have always nurtured each other, and now that all is manifest, the nurturing is beyond. Dash sat on my lap today as we both banged away at the drum set, it was heaven. Being a mother and being a musician requires one thing for sure: TRUST.
Q: Hey Sophie, what was the inspiration behind the song Mr Tugboat Hello (one of my favourites!)? x
A: Mr tugboat hello, definitely my favorite! I always think of being in 1st grade and looking out the window onto the east river and watching the tugboats-day dreaming.
Q: What do you think we can do to change the stock sexuality that it seems most female performers are forced to (directly and indirectly) put forth, as opposed to rare exceptions like you and Macy Gray?
A: The sexuality question is interesting to me personally, because I’ve been drawn to women individuals with unique sexual expression like Greta Garbo, Marlena Deitrich, Vanessa Redgrave, Virginia Woolfe to name a few. It seems to me that most people are not comfortable with exploring their own creative, sexual power, but I love it. I love walking the edge of many sexualities, I love the experience of diverse relationships, I love to explore my chemistry with a full range of people from macho to ultra feminine in my work, in my mind, and in serious relationships. I love different genders. I don’t say, “same sex”
relationships, I say “similar sex” relationships. So it’s about being yourself and letting others find out how freeing your creativity is. Stock sexuality just means superficial, but inside of everyone is a unique combo platter waiting to feel safe enough to express itself. I don’t worry about stock anything, I look beneath the surface and there is always something more…