I first met Alana in 2002 when we were both going through divorces. During these difficult days we supported each other, maniacally wrote about our tribulations, and attempted to make are of our lives. She quickly became involved in Mamapalooza, and I quickly became a staunch fan of hers. I’ve watched her grow and develop as an artist, and our friendship remains strong.
Alana Ruben Free and Joy Rose at Mamapalooza, NYC
Here’s a great interview with Alana Ruben Free online at Stay Thirsty Magazine:
In the nimble hands of a savvy storyteller, the deft exploration of an idea can add a powerful dimension to a literary work. In such cases, success usually depends on the delicate balance between idea and story. Too much emphasis on the idea will make the work pedantic; too little dramatic interplay among the characters will render the story lifeless. – Read more….
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I wrote the song “Late Bloomer” early on- expressing my fear of entering this new and unfamiliar phase of life verses the comfort of home and family. I thought about my mother who was a 1950s housewife and never realized her dreams, my daughter who has so much more opportunity than previous generations- and me, in the middle- hoping I did bloom after all.
MamaBlogger365 – HOW CAN WE IMPROVE The Experience of MOTHERHOOD FOR THE ARTIST by Patrice Moerman.
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Tagged 1950s housewife, Bad Mom, Good Mom, Hot Flash band, late bloomer, Mamapalooza, mamazina, mom band, Mom Music, mom musicians, mother artists, Motherhood museum, Museum Of Motherhood, Patrice Moerman, school of rock