Cathy Grier Blues+Grooves
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When I'm in NYC, I find myself stopping to listen to people who are singing/playing music. Do most people stop or just walk on by? what's the largest group you've ever had while in the subway?


Cathy Grier Blues+Grooves responded on 04/26/2011
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most people walk by, slower of course when they realize there's live music. Remembering for the most part people are on their way to places and don't have time to stop. The largest group I have is a few hundred in the SI ferry terminal and that's so much fun-my captive audience I call them! Other than that 20-40 people at most, but usually at any given time it's more like 2-10 who'll stay for a song or 2.

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Hey Cath. No question, just hugs n kisses!
Cindy


Cathy Grier Blues+Grooves responded on 04/25/2011
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hugs right back.

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No questions to ask. I just wanted to say that I dig your music and your whole scene. Keep doing what you do.


Cathy Grier Blues+Grooves responded on 04/25/2011
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thanks so much, it always makes me happy to hear how my music and scene is experienced.

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What was your inspiration for becoming a musician?


Cathy Grier Blues+Grooves responded on 03/04/2011
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Life is a song, I learned that when I was young, so it inspired me to keep on singing. That led to my curiousity with instruments, thankfully my brother had a guitar lying around and so I was hooked.

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Hey that was me, Robin G, writing you in response to your email to me.


Cathy Grier Blues+Grooves responded on 10/12/2010
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Love hearing from you and did change your email. FYI I played your wonderful CD at a Festival where I was the sound engineer-fantastic. Hope all is well, Cathy

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Not a question, just looking forward to seeing you at the Habitat benefit. Mary Lou


Cathy Grier Blues+Grooves responded on 10/07/2010
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Look forward to seeing you too, I was excited to be asked to speak/perform at a Columbia County Habitat For Humanity benefit brunch.

To share what the director said: "I like your music and that you have found a new work "home" in the NYC subway. I was a confirmed subway rider the 20 years I lived in the city and I loved the subway culture, especially the musicians who could change the quality of your ride, even your day, with a few bars. We would love to hear you sing and to hear a little about your experiences."

I Can't wait.

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What keeps you doing what you love when what you love to do isn't paying the bills?


Cathy Grier Blues+Grooves responded on 10/07/2010
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from my perspective if you do what you love and are focused, sooner or later money comes in. I have always believed in myself, have lived through the highs and lows of earning and have excellent credit (which I never abuse-hence my excellent credit) and has helped me many times in my career.

Constantly review your passion, for example, when things have gotten tough I can still be a musician, I just might have to do a club gig or party to bring in extra cash. I can list 20 ways right now that could bring in extra money if I needed and still be in the music field. Through my career I've been motivated by the incredible range of possiblilities to keep me "working."

My advice is take a pen and paper and write out all the possibilities. And if you do something you love and you're good at it, why not pass it on to others and teach. That can always bring in some needed cash.

Networking is important, get out and meet people. Connections and shared experience make stuff happen!

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When is the next time you might be in the 79th Street #1 Stop?


Cathy Grier Blues+Grooves responded on 10/07/2010
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hmmm, been a while since I've been there, maybe I'll request it in my next call in for my schedule. Stay tuned. gigs I post on my website too

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hi Cathy:

can you use windyrec@aol.com for your group missives, and robinpg@aol.com for personal email? Thanks, and hope to see you soon! Robin G

p.s. how do you like fanbridge?


Cathy Grier Blues+Grooves responded on 10/06/2010
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will do Robin, I love your new CD, played it over PA during a festival I was sound engineer this summer