Exclusive Covers: May 2012

Radiohead's "I Will"

I chose Radiohead for our RupertGrint.net list of bands to cover. Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood appears in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire as Kirley Duke, lead guitarist for The Weird Sisters. Phil Selway, Radiohead's drummer, also appears as Orsino Thruston, The Weird Sisters' drummer.

Our cover artist for this month, Rachael Gallman, selected Radiohead from the list and chose their song, "I Will," for her cover.


The Cover Artist...

Rachael Gallman

Rachael Gallman is an aspiring musician, costume designer, and teacher. Her costumes have been featured in local film and theatre, and she frequents open mic nights, performing her own songs as well as covers by her favorite artists. She is also a member of the jazz band, B Natural Jazz Quartet.

You can hear more from Rachael here.

She has also recorded a video of her performing an original song, which you can find here.

Q&A with Rachael

Q: How did you get started in music?

A:  I've been singing all my life, but my first memory of performing was when I sang in front of my 4th grade music class.  It was an a capella song I wrote about Jesus. It had sort of an 80s feel to it, if I remember correctly.  Then I started taking guitar lessons when I was 12, and I suppose that's when my interest in making music really started to take shape.

Q: What types of music are you inspired by and what is your favorite type to play/write?

A: The answer to this question changes daily.  But I would say that old music in general is what I'm most drawn to.  Specifically, WWII era jazz/swing, and folk/country from the mid-20th century.

Q: Are there any specific artists or bands that have influenced your own music?

A:  My first "favorite band" I ever had was Eisley, and they continue to be a favorite even now. I think their music is really what taught me about harmony and how important it can be vocally.  Besides Eisley, here are a few big influences:  Ella Fitzgerald, Blossom Dearie, Gillian Welch, Lucinda Williams, The Everybodyfields, Loretta Lynn, Emmylou Harris, Midlake, and Belle & Sebastian.

Q: You perform with several different bands/artists. How do these differ, and what is it about each that you enjoy the most?

A: Yes, I sing in a jazz quartet [B Natural Jazz Quartet], a pop/rock band, and do my solo stuff.  They differ in obvious ways in terms of genre, but surprisingly, everything kind of hinges on the jazz. That's where I feel I've developed most as a singer, and where I feel most like myself, which is odd, considering I don't write any of the jazz songs that we play. I've only been singing jazz for a couple of years, but there is a distinct kindredness that I feel with that music and the era in which it was written.

Q: What do you like to do when you aren't performing or writing music?

A:  First of all, I have to share something really funny, which is that last night I had a dream that I was performing at a jazz concert, and Louis Armstrong randomly made a guest appearance in the opening band.  They were called Choc-o-Rama. Yeah. He conducted the orchestra and sang "The Very Thought of You."  I love dreams. Anyway, to answer the question, when I'm not performing or writing music, I am either in class (one semester of college left), shelving large print romance novels at the bookstore where I work, baking something, sewing something, crocheting something (I just learned!), or watching movies from the "Understated British Period Pieces with a Strong Female Lead based on Classic Literature" section of Netflix Instant Queue. And yes, that category exists.

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