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    She's a singer/songwriter. My brother just introduced me to her music and I'm LIKING it!!

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    Interview:


    Q: Who are your influences?
    A: My parents' record collection: Simon & Garfunkel, James Taylor, Mozart and Beethoven, 60s Mandarin pop. That's what I started with and it'll never leave me. Later on, pianist-songwriters: Elton John, Billy Joel, Tori Amos. These days I'm influenced by whoever intimidates me. I hear them, I'm astounded by them, I think daily about quitting music because I'll never be able to do it as well as they do. Then I try to steal from them without imitating. A tricky thing.

    Q: How long does it take for you to write songs?
    A: A long time. Sometimes months. Occasionally over a year. I don't actually revise much; it just takes that long for all the pieces to form and assemble.

    Q: How would you characterize your music?
    A: Oh man, I don't know. I've taken to saying "chamber folk" or "singer-songwriter" to some people. "Somewhere between folk and pop, with a bit of classical and jazz," if they look confused after that. It's frustrating that I have no succinct phrase to offer; at the same time, I think it also means I'm doing something right.

    Q: How long have you been playing piano?
    A: Since I was five.

    Q: Did you study at a conservatory?
    A: No, just one-on-one piano lessons until I was 17. Changed my life, though.

    Q: How did you learn to sing?
    A: In the shower, and in school choirs. I took some voice lessons here and there, which amounted to paying $40-150 a week to be told that I was doing it all wrong. I don't think we fixed anything. So maybe I haven't learned to sing, actually.

    Q: When did you start writing songs?
    A: I think I was six when I decided I could cobble my own piano piece together. As for songs that I still play in public, the earliest ones are from high school.

    Q: How old are you?
    A: Born October 1978.

    Q: Is it true that you used to be a software engineer?
    A: Yes. I got my bachelor's in Computer Science at Stanford University, and went to work for Cisco Systems for two years. These days I remember exactly enough to crash whatever computer I'm working on.

    Q: Is it true that you went to/dropped out of medical school?
    A: No. Can't imagine paying off med school loans and funding an album...

    Q: What was it like being on Letterman?
    A: Surreal. Pretty much like how it'd be for you if you got called to play on the Late Show. I still think I dreamt the whole thing. Except the studio was very, very cold, and my dreams aren't often cold.

    Q: Which of your albums is the best one, in your opinion?
    A: Like anyone, I'd hope that the most recent is always the strongest. I think I'm getting better as I go...

    Q: Does constantly talking about yourself ever make you feel like an egomaniac?
    A: Yes, yes it does. Makes me wish I were in a band sometimes.

    Q: Are you going to release a live album?
    A: When the time is right, certainly. In the meantime, there's always the Internet Audio Archive.
    Q: Do you ever reply to emails?
    A: No, and I apologize. It's not a policy or anything; I'm just not good at staying on top of it. I promise that I do read everything, and that I'm grateful.
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    xxFp
    But, for a certainty, back then,
    We loved so many, yet hated so much,
    We hurt others and were hurt ourselves...

    Yet even then, we ran like the wind,
    Whilst our laughter echoed,
    Under cerulean skies...

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    She's really cute in the first picture; INFp?
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    I was actually leaning ENFp.
    But, for a certainty, back then,
    We loved so many, yet hated so much,
    We hurt others and were hurt ourselves...

    Yet even then, we ran like the wind,
    Whilst our laughter echoed,
    Under cerulean skies...

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    Quote Originally Posted by gilligan87
    I was actually leaning ENFp.
    yeah, I was thinking ENFp too.
    EIE, ENFj, intuitive subtype.
    E3 (probably 3w4)

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    ENFp? Anyway, if u r interested in Vienna Teng, I recommend that u also listen to Corrinne May. She has nearly the same style as Vienna Teng.

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