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Wendy Woo talks music

STINA SIEG
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS ” Singer and songwriter Wendy Woo has been a staple of the music scene in Denver and Boulder since the early 1990s. Between the Wendy Woo Trio and her solo career, she’s produced seven albums, the most recent of which is “Luxury.” For the past few years, she and her husband, Chris Maestas, have brought their eclectic mix of rock, jazz, blues and folk to nearly 200 shows a year.

At 7 p.m. on Saturday, she will give a solo acoustic performance at the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts. She gave this interview from her home in Denver, with her 6-month-old baby, Christopher, playing at her feet.

You were 18 when you first picked up a guitar. What brought you to music?



“I always loved music, and I always wanted to play guitar, but I was always traveling. The cool thing about playing guitar is that you can get to a satisfying place pretty quickly. Eventually I just kind of took it to another level than just strumming chords.”

(On teaching guitar on-one-one)



“I teach kids from 7 to 58 (laughing). I think that girls can just relate.”

Describe your sound. What are you trying to say?

“Well, you know, it’s been such a long journey developing my sound. It started out kind of folksy, and I have some jazz songs and some blues songs. And I just bought a new electric guitar. Just recently I’ve done some pop sounds and some big sounds.”

“Each song I sing is different. And each chapter in life is different. It all has to do with what is going on in your life. It’s saying a lot of things, I guess.”

What is it like creating music with someone you brush your teeth next to every day?

(Laughing) “I had a hard time sort of clicking with someone, and I got together with Chris, and it just clicked, and I was thrilled.”

“It’s fun. We work together, but we have our troubles too. But we work them out. We’re lucky our baby is really good.”

Has having a baby changed your relationship with music?

“No. If anything, it’s just strengthened.”

(She spoke of her pregnancy, nearly the entirety of which she spent playing)

“I think he (the baby) soaked it all in. But we’ll see. He seems to appreciate music. He’s really adapted to us, and we really adapted to him.”

What kind of future do you want as an artist?

(Before she could answer, her baby started to make noise. “Hey dude, I’m saying good things about you, don’t make me look bad,” she cooed to him.)

“I’d love to have more radio airplay and TV and stuff like that. I just recently had a song put on HDNet. That was awesome. For so long I was pursuing work really hard, and now I’m just home-based and writing and playing. My twenties were such a crazy scene, and how it’s just more settling.”

What’s the most important thing in your life?

“My baby. Definitely. Yup, absolutely.”

“It’s funny, because the most important thing in my life was my music and my career, and it just totally shifted. Everybody’s got their opinion on what’s going to happen, but it’s been great. It’s been very awesome.”

For more information on Wendy Woo, visit http://www.wendywoo.com. For tickets to her upcoming show at the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts, visit http://www.glenwoodarts.org or call 945-2414.


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