Talking music with Portland trio
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
GLENWOOD SPRINGS ” Though she grew up in Nashville, singer/songwriter Audie Darling spent her early twenties in the Roaring Fork Valley. About a year ago, she left for Portland, Ore. to pursue her music career. While in the “big city” she started playing with Leonard Mynx, a guitar player from upstate New York and Nathan Clark, a guitarist, bassist and Illinois native who plays in the Portland-based band, Les Flaneurs. Though they came from different musical backgrounds, in Mynx’s words, Portland “was calling all of us in the same way.”
This weekend, Darling has returned to the area, bringing along Mynx and Clark, and her gentle, distinctly feminine brand of folk music.
Why music? Darling: “Well, I grew up around music and Nashville, and my dad and my mother were musicians.”
She said she’s always been a painter as well, but as she grew older, she became more comfortable with her musical talent.
“I really like music. I feel like it’s a good way to express myself and meet new people and stuff.”
Mynx: “It’s just all that there was to do ” music.”
Clark: “I don’t know. We’ll go with that. It’s fun.”
What drew you together as musicians? Mynx: “We all met playing out in Portland. We all kind of have similar taste in music. We could relate to each other. We could tolerate each other, too, which helps.”
Describe your sound. What are you trying to say? Darling: “Well, I guess I play kind of Americana music. I’m not really trying to say anything. I’m just singing about my experiences.”
What’s the scariest thing about being a musician? Clark: “Oh, putting out a lot of importance and having it judged, in a sense, when you’re on stage.
What’s the best part of being a musician? Clark: “Having fun…and the girls. I just made that up.”
What do want in your future, musically? Darling: “I just want to play in as many places as I can, and play for as many people as I can. And play good shows, and evolve as a person and a musician.”
Mynx: “I don’t really think of the future. I’m living in the past, man.”
Clark: “I can’t follow that up. It’s ditto.”
What’s the most important thing in you life? Audie: “I guess my family, my dogs, and oh, him, too (she nudges Mynx). He’s important.”
Mynx: “Ah, just the people. Everybody, everybody. Some people are more important that other people.”
Clark: “Sharing things with people you care about, and people who care about you.”
For more information on Darling, Mynx and Clark, visit their Web sites: http://www.myspace.com/audiedarling, http://www.myspace.com/leonardmynx, http://www.myspace.com/lesflaneursband and http://www.lesflaneursband.com.
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