Susan has been making music since singing “99 Bottles of Beer On the Wall” with her sisters as they drove across country on childhood vacations (while driving her parents crazy with the repetition!) Fortunately she evolved and began to develop her own song repertoire, which became her pre-sleep ritual until she was eight or nine years old, singing songs to herself like “Ghost Riders in the Sky” before drifting off to sleep. In addition to songs, she also began composing poetry around this time, a skill that later proved to be a valuable asset in writing song lyrics.
Since learning to play the guitar after college, Susan has been singing and playing primarily folk, country, and her own contemporary folk compositions. Her early “muses” were Joni Mitchell, Judy Collins, Bob Dylan, and of course, the Beatles! Although she has played and sung over the years at various “open mike” settings and community events, she did not start studying voice until ten years ago, when she began working with Elisabeth Howard, the developer of the Vocal Power method. It was at this time that Susan began to learn about her voice as a true musical instrument. She continues to study with Ms. Howard, continually working to improve her vocal abilities.
Most importantly, Susan finds music, song and poetry to be among the most enriching elements of her life, whether listening to others, including classical and jazz artists, or working on her own creations. She aspires to what Oscar Wilde wrote long ago:
Life has been your art.
You have set yourself to music.
Your days are your sonnets…