Behind every hard-working, dream-chasing musician is a mom who let her son or daughter convert the garage into a studio, or drove the minivan to their first show, or made them practice guitar for an hour every night before TV-time. As we lead up to Mother’s Day on Sunday, we’ve decided to salute these hippest of ladies through stories and quotes from many musicians (and their moms!) Here is Anastasia of Brooklyn’s dark indie-rock outfit Cruel Black Dove and her mom Beatriz to indulge us:
From Anastasia’s mom, Beatriz:
When did you first notice your daughter’s musical talent?
When she was little, she liked to put on shows with kids in the neighborhood. She would organize all the kids on our block and put on shows for the parents…but it was more like theater. So I always thought she was more into acting. I never thought of her singing until she got older. I was surprised when she started showing me recordings.
Are you musical yourself? Play an instrument?
I didn’t play an instrument, but I sang…. which meant in school shows, at events, etc. I grew up in a middle-class, traditional home in South America, so I was rather sheltered. So my parents weren’t very supportive, because if I got serious about dance or music (the arts) and was successful, I might “leave.” They also imagined a fast life they didn’t want for me.
What career advice have you offered your little rock star?
She’s always had drive. I would say “put your heart into it.” In general, I’m not really the right person to give advice about the subject though!
What is your favorite song by your daughter?
“Forgotten Place.“ I was overcome by emotion when I heard it. I loved the sound and also couldn’t believe it was coming from her.
Any big plans for mother’s day?
I’m just looking forward to spending time with my three daughters and my grandson.
Growing up, what kind of role did your mom play in your music?
She didn’t play a direct role as much as just being the strongest force in shaping me as a person. I adore my mom… She’s my best friend; very radiant and warm, quietly strong… she’s kind of the embodiment of song for me. I’ve always admired her.
What was the first show of yours that your mom attended (beyond your 4th grade band recital)?
She came to my first show by my very first band, and I think I scared her.
What kind of music would your mom play in the car?
Well, usually I would take over and play things for my mom. I love showing her music, she’s always been open to it…. she had crushes on Axl Rose and George Michael. Aside from that, and until now, when I borrow her car I have to laugh, because I turn the ignition and classic rock usually starts blaring. She’s got a secret love affair with mean guitars.
What career advice have you gotten from her?
One thing she said to me when I was a child, and taking violin and piano lessons, was “Stick with it. You’ll thank yourself later. The wonderful thing about playing music is you will always have that…when you’re sad, happy… you will always have that relationship and expression as release.” That made a deep impression. I can remember exactly where I was sitting in our kitchen when she said it.
What are you going to do for Mother’s Day?
Hang out with my sisters and mom, and try not to exclude my dad!
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Source: LimeWire Music Blog