July 26, 2012

Making Noise: Songs from the heart pop into singer's head

Monique Barrett talks about her forthcoming EP and her evolution as a musician.

By Aimsel Ponti aponti@pressherald.com
News Assistant

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Monique Barrett has been recording with Eric Bettencourt and will release her first EP of her songs in the fall.

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"Lemon Tree," Sorcha

"Will You Be There," Michael Jackson

"Barton Hollow," The Civil Wars

"I Wish It Would Rain Down," Phil Collins

"Grandpa's Chair," The Ghost of Paul Revere

"Look at Miss Ohio," Gillian Welch

"Can You Picture That," Dr. Teeth and The Electric Mayhem

"Sinnerman," Nina Simone

"Loves Me Like a Rock," Paul Simon

"Oh Father," Madonna

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I have three older sisters, who I of course wanted to be just like, so I listened to everything they listened to, which was mostly top 40 pop music kind of stuff. I know way too much '80s music for someone who was actually born in the '80s. But I am also shamelessly enamored with that music too. I could listen to Lionel Richie, Madonna, Tina Turner and Phil Collins all day long. Sometimes, I do! I'm not quite sure how it influences my songwriting, but I'm sure there is some benefit to it. Right?

 If you could collaborate with any musician, who would it be and why?

Locally, it would definitely be Lyle Divinsky. I wrote a duet that had a part that I actually heard in his voice as I was writing it -- but I'd never heard him sing before. Then, the same week I wrote it, a friend shared a video on Facebook of him, and I freaked out when I heard him. I'm hoping I can get him to record with me for my full-length album. That would be dreamy. Otherwise, it would be Bobby McFerrin. He is a musical genius. It would be fun to do a mouth trumpet duet with him.

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