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In 10 Withg Melani Skybell

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Instrument(s): Piano, voice.

When were you happiest? Performing on concert stages for large, listening and joyful festival audiences.

What is your greatest fear? Fears are wasteful emotions. But if had to pick one - fear of unexpected stage freight or not being prepared for a major performance.

What is your earliest memory? First piano lesson at five years old.

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself? Self-judgment.

What is the trait you most deplore in others? Narrow mindedness in acceptance of others' differences.

What is your most treasured possession? Stage gems (not necessarily real).

What would your superpower be? To fly.

Who would play you in the film of your life? Sara Jessica Parker if she can sing.

What is your most unappealing habit? Wanting to educate others, more than they care to know.

Which living person do you most admire, and why? Gandhi - lives and teaches the path of peace.

Which living person do you most despise, and why? The Cheney/Bush/Rove machine that got us into Irag, and pulled this country down further.

If you could go back in time, where would you go? Atlantis.

Which words or phrases do you most overuse? Consciousness, unconscious, .

Aside from a property, what is the most expensive things you have ever bought? Musical equipment - mainly keyboards.

Where would you like to live? Tropics, New Zealand, Hawaii.

What makes you depressed? Seeing the inhumanity and injustices around the globe.

What is your favorite smell? Fresh cut lemons, limes, fresh coconut oil.

What is your favorite book? Autobiography of a Yogi by Yogananda, or Neal Donald Walsh's first book, or Louise Hay's early books.

To whom would you most like to say sorry, and why? My mom - not being better about keeping communications close.

Have you ever said "i love you" and not meant it? Maybe in much younger years.

Who would you like to invite to your dream dinner party? John Stewart (The Daily Show), Stephen Colbert (The Colbert Report).

When did you last cry, and why? Watching a sad movie about a family coming together after years of separation and illness.

What single thing would improve the quality of your life? Living closer to the ocean, with clean air, less city stress.

What keeps you awake at night? Which players to use for possible greater opportunities, or wondering how to continue pursuing the options, (as soloist or band leader, and overseas, or out of Texas, or not) and how to keep maintaining the drive and energy, or finally letting it all go its natural course - knowing when that is obvious.

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