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Interview with Ten Miles: Aisling Peartree
June 2, 2013
Back in April, I profiled Boston’s Aisling Peartree and her unique brand of R&B and soul. In this week’s interview, she shines some light on her influences, what has happened in her music already, and what is yet to come.
What is your musical background?
This is a fun question for me, because I feel like I can tell the story of my life in musical terms. Each part of my life has its own soundtrack, and to this day certain songs take me right back to a very specific moment in time, and bring along all kinds of great memories. I had phases growing up where I would delve into one or two, sometimes a few, artists at a time and listen to them around the clock. One of my first performing experiences was in a gospel musical called Black Nativity, so I’ve always loved gospel, especially Cece Winans, Karen Clark-Sheard, and Whitney Houston’s gospel songs. Ever since I was a little kid, I always gravitated towards people like Otis Redding, Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Anita Baker, and Donny Hathaway, so Soul music has always been a huge part of my life. I always say two of my first vocal coaches were Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey, I remember being really young and imitating their runs and ad-libs, and repeating them over and over again if I couldn’t do them at first! I also played piano for many years and got a lot of great classical training in ear training, theory, solfege, classical piano and voice, etc. I feel like I’ve gotten a great musical education from a huge variety of styles: gospel, Negro spirituals, classical composers like Schubert and Bach, singer/songwriters Tori Amos, Fiona Apple, David Gray, etc. and my contemporary R&B favorites Usher and Jazmine Sullivan who are, in my opinion, vocal geniuses. I started writing songs with the piano at around 14 and about ten years later started writing to hip hop and R&B beats. The music I write is a mix of all those different elements, at least that’s what I feel and hear in my music, and my writing is very much influenced by the music I grew up listening to.
What do you like to do outside of music?
Music. Lol. I just love songwriting so much that if I’m not doing it, I’m probably thinking about it. I write songs around the clock, lyrics and melodies are always popping into my head. I have a notebook for lyrics that I keep with me at all times, and a lyric file on my phone and computer. When a new melody comes to me, I’ll sing it over and over again until I know I can remember it. I l love to cook, spend time with friends and family, I’ll use any excuse to throw a party and cook and have people over. I love to read, my favorite author is Toni Morrison and I can read any of her books over and over and still not want it to end and be sad when I’ve finished it. I spend a lot of time organizing for the “project” my sisters and I are creating, more accurately a new way of life, a new civilization, what we call the Freedom School Movement. In a very brief nutshell, a model for peaceful community living that is self-sustainable (energy, agriculture, economy, etc.), productive- always growing to help more people struggling in our current society, and educational- where we all teach, and learn from, each other.
Do you have a favorite out of all your songs?
That’s a tough one! I don’t have one favorite, but I do have a few. “End of Story,” I love the beat, and how old school it feels, and I like that the song has been considered a Blues song and not just R&B, because I have been influenced so much by the Blues, Soul music and older artists. I’ve heard it called a Blues revival, which is awesome. I love “Breathe,” I find it so therapeutic. If I’m in a funky mood, without fail listening to that song, especially in the sun, completely alters my mood. “Face in the Moon” (produced by another friend Ali Kanu, also from Boston), has probably been my number one since I wrote it. The beat is crazy, and the lyrics are very personal. All of the songs I’ve listed so far are very much about my life. Nothing is exaggerated, added or censored. It’s Aisling’s life in the form of a song. Particularly some of the more difficult experiences I’ve had. The song that’s at number 1 for me right now is actually the opposite, it has nothing at all to do with me and my life, but I inject so much emotion to it from other experiences that I have lived, that it makes me cry just to sing the song. It’s called “What Do You Mean?” produced by Smokey from Smoked Out Ent., and it’s all about the person you love telling you they’re not in love withyou anymore, and you just feel so floored and so devastated, and you’re literally like “what the f*** do you mean?!” That story hasn’t happened to me (hope it never does!), but the pain I’m singing about I find very relatable, and I think other people can relate too.
And lastly, can you tell a story, good or bad, about an experience you had as a musician?
I did a show once, my whole family was in the audience, it was definitely not a big show, it was at a dive bar, but I was doing a lot of the covers I love to do: Etta James, Anita Baker, Whitney Houston. I definitely “caught the Spirit,” as I like to call it, where I’m so moved by what I’m singing that I feel it come over me. It’s a very joyful feeling, and it seems to be transferred to the listeners in the audience as well. I finished the set and looked up and my mother was beaming with pride and my sister was crying. I have a family who not only recognizes that I like to sing, not only supports me, but wholeheartedly believes music is something I need to pursue, that it’s my calling. My mother has told me “Singing is not your hobby, it’s your Soul.” And she’s totally right. It’s in me, it’s who I am. To have a family believing in you and helping you along is a beautiful, incredible blessing, and I’m beyond grateful. I could easily have parents that say “we didn’t help you pay for an Ivy League degree for you to be singing in dive bars.” But I don’t. I have family and friends who genuinely believe this is what I should be doing. I really couldn’t ask for more than that.
Read the full interview HERE.