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Take Five With Molly Holm

By Published: March 11, 2013
What are some of the essential requirements to keep jazz alive and growing?

Rehearsing, playing out and listening. Keep the egos out of the arena as best as possible. Keep letting everyone know the music and the artists need constant and consistent financial support.

What is in the near future?

Making plans to record my second CD—I still have a quite a few originals that I want to get recorded. I'd like to record all the choral music and songs I wrote for Marcus Gardley's play, This World In a Women's Hands. I'd like to start recording all of the best vocal chants that I am creating with my new women's group, Molly Holm and The Impermanent Ensemble.

What's your greatest fear when you perform?

Not being in tune and feeling that pit in my stomach when I lose confidence because of a mistake that's happening!

What song would you like played at your funeral?

"Someday We'll All Be Free," sung by Donny Hathaway ("Hang on to the world, as it spins around; Just don't let the spin get you down"); "The Creator Has A Master Plan," sung by Leon Thomas; and Linda Tillery singing the Texas Prison Chain Gang song, "Ain't No Mo' Cane on Dis Brazas."

If I weren't a jazz musician, I would be a:

a dancer; a poet; a more formal student of African-American history and culture; a more serious student of Tai Chi and Qi Gong; a wildlife biologist; a professional hiker; a teacher of meditation.

Photo Credit

Courtesy of Molly Holm
Molly Holm
Molly Holm


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