Romanelli stopped by Asphalt Eden to talk about the Weepies, being a "harmony addict," and rooftop parties in this edition of "7 Minutes in Heaven."
Asphalt Eden: Who would you want to be stranded on a desert island with?
Asphalt Eden: Who do you wish you could sing a duet with?
Elaine Romanelli: Dolly Parton or Alison Krauss. Or both! I'm a huge fan of three part harmony. Ooh, or also Jonatha Brooke. Or Gillian Welch and David Rawlings -- they're terrific. Or the Indigo Girls. Or Dawn Upshaw. Or Pink. Or Sting! Ben Folds also has a lovely voice. Oh, the Weepies. I adore them! My friends Keith and Renee from Canada....
Hard to narrow it down (clearly). I don't have a pre-set wish list, and I'm not picky when it comes to singing harmony, because I love love loooooove it. 'Fan' is not a strong enough word. 'Harmony addict' would be much more accurate. :)
What I would really most love is to connect up with another singer and songerwriter, a la the Weepies, or GW or DR, and become a duo, and sing lots and lots of harmony all the time on our songs.
Asphalt Eden: What is your favorite time of day?
Asphalt Eden: Where in New York is the closest place to your own personal Garden of Eden?
Asphalt Eden: What's on repeat on your iPod?
Asphalt Eden: If you could ask God one question, what would it be?
Asphalt Eden: What message do you want people to take away from your art?
Elaine Romanelli: "Hang in there." : ) And also, "you're not alone".
Often someone will come up after a show and tell me that a song of mine seems to be exactly about their life, as if I had been listening to the voices in their head. They seem relieved; less alone, less odd, more understood, more connected. I certainly feel that way about songs I love that other people wrote.
Life is full of struggles, deferred dreams, confusion, loss, and uncertainty, just as it is of triumph and love and lust and exultation. I think my path is to explore the questions about ourselves that come to us in the middle of all of that, in a way that captures the compound nature of our beings. We're messy creatures, with loud brains, contradictory thoughts, irrational behaviors, and lots of other people's expectations which we've internalized. Sometimes it's healing just to know that other people are equally messy. : )
Alrighty, well, there you go -- my thoughts du jour, for what they're worth.