Teddi Tarnoff and I have never actually met, but luckily our work has. Randy Grishow Schade became a fan of her work and suggested we ask her help when coming up with promotional material for The Bridge.
I was shocked by the amount of talent and heart her voice and lyrics possess. Together with three other musical ladies Teddi completes a female cover band: Misstalica. Which I think is just…well, cool.
Teddi took on the task of composing a score for the two trailers we shot to promote my first book of poetry The Bridge. Then she worked magic on the poem ‘Arias’ and made a beautiful song out of it. Along, with fellow musician Gina Gleason she was able to cut the fat off ‘Arias’ and transform it; giving it wings.
I never would have thought words I put together could be sung with such passion by an award-winning, professional singer/songwriter.
When I interviewed Teddi I was not at all surprised by the honesty, presence and humor of her answers. It is all there in her music.
Check out what Teddi and Misstalica are up to:
Watch the music video shot and directed by Randy Schade, music by Teddi Tarnoff and lyrics by Jenny Checchia, here:
Come along with me now and meet a songbird who knows how to give a poem wings.
J: If a book from your childhood (or one you have read recently that you wish had been around during your childhood) fell open and you were pulled by a big hand into its adventure, which would it be and why?
T: Umm “Helter Skelter”.. does that make me a big weirdo? I think I romanticize serial killers too much.
J: If you could spend a week in the company of any writer (dead or alive), who, what would you do, and which story/novel/comic/whatever would they be writing while you were there.
T: Roger Waters, he wrote the lyrics in Pink Floyd. Some of the most profound things that man sings about and it all comes from a very dark place. I guess I think I can relate to that and I’d want to try to figure him out and maybe myself too.
J: If you have ever suffered from something; heartbreak, allergies, depression, lactose intolerance, etc. what made you feel better, what did you learn from it and what did you wear?
T: Alcohol? I mean sometimes but it’s fleeting. But I like to be alone in my head, and sometimes that’s good and other times I get lost in there.
J: If you were to write a poem about your life so far, how would it go?
T: Lost her wings at birth
She is only a young girl
But she is ready…
J: If you could replace any actor and play their character; who, what, why and how would you bring something astonishing to the role?
T: I would play Veruca Salt in “Willy Wonka”, mostly cause it would be totally fun, but also cause I think the young actress did a fantastic job and I like to mess with perfection.
J: Being humans, we tend to be overly self-critical and spend great amounts of time saying terrible things to ourselves. What about you do you think is awesome? Go ahead. Go look at yourself in the mirror and find that zipper at the base of your skull, unzip and tell us a story about that one time when you… and found out you are…and DON’T tell me somebody once told you your eyes were pretty. Lame. And duh, anyone can see they are breathtaking. ( if you are the type of person who doesn’t happen to do this, please, give yourself a lovely pat on the knee and then write about how being nice to yourself has changed the way you treat others.)
T: I am kind, sometimes too kind. I am considerate and at times, far too accommodating. It can be frustrating but I think these are my truest and best attributes because anyone can see my bitchy facade, but it’s the people in my life that see all of the good at my core. And I like my toes!
J: What color does the word ‘Penelope’ make you think of and how long does it last?
T: Periwinkle and it’s gone in a flash
J: If you could get any artist in all of history to draw/paint/ take a photo portrait of you who would it be and what roll would you play in their lives?
T: Frida Khalo! I would be the lover she would run to when Diego was acting a fool.
J: Good one!
J: When you fall in love, what does it smell like? If you have never fallen in love write about what you think it smells like.
T: Sweat and salty tears, flesh of someone so sweet
J: In a perfect world I would be there with you, and we would have tea and cookies. Where would we meet, and after a lovely hug or warm hand-shake, what would we talk about.
T: Harrods Tea House, cause in a perfect world we’re filthy rich and can fly off to London whenever we please. And while in London we would speak of the Queen and rugby, all the time in our best British accents.
J: If you could write a book what would it be about, who is the person you would want to read it the most, and why?
T: I would write about life because there is nothing more astounding, comical and unbelievable then our everyday. But I wouldn’t want anyone to read it, I would write it for me alone. And it would be private and thoughtful, far too personal for prying eyes.
J: Sometimes we do things we regret. Think of the person you feel like you have wronged the most and simply write down what you would say to them if one day you turned a corner and they were there.
T: I have already had the very scary and awful experience of coming clean to the person I have wronged the most, hurt the most. I told her of the pain and weakness that lead to the deception. I told her of the daily struggle to deal and make amends. I told her that her love makes me better and stronger and promised there would never be that kind of hurt again.
J: That is very brave.
J: Draw a picture of your favorite style of moustache.
T: Cause it looks like a squid!
J: This is AWESOME!
J: If you had a soundtrack to accompany the story of how you feel right now, what would it be made up of?
T: Urge for Going- Joni Mitchell, on repeat (no lie)
J: If you had a child what would be the most important thing you would want them to learn from you?
T: That they are only entitled to what they work for and that appreciation and respect go a long way.
J: If you could build a bridge to a different time and save your younger self from something scary, what would it be and how would you do it?
T: I would want to save myself from desperate decisions made in darkness. I would show myself pictures of forthcoming happiest days and ask her to be patient.
J: Give a title to the picture below.
T: “See No Evil”
J: One last thing….
What would make you happiest right now?
T: A quiet day at home without responsibility, a movie marathon with kettle corn and my babies- actually have most of that going on, so go me!
J: Yay, you!