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Posted by Mary Dolan on February 8, 2009 at 4:00 AM

In Bloom


In Bloom

Singer-songwriter Mary Dolan � a fixture in the San Diego music scene in the �90s � was off the local radar for several years.

�Our son Jack was born in November 2004, the day before my Little Flowers CD release,� says Dolan, �and I continued to play out during his first year or so. I was also working at a library and taking classes part time at City College, and I was just burning out on everything, really. Something had to give. I really lost inspiration and drive and, for the most part, gave up the music.�

After receiving a promotion at the library in 2007, Dolan became ill and was in and out of hospitals through early 2008. �While recovering, I rediscovered the necessity of music in my life and in the lives of others, and I became reacquainted with creativity as a part of my spiritual path. During this period of recovery, I wrote the songs for the In Bloom CD [released September 2008]. It�s a homegrown and deeply personal collection of tunes, and musically�it�s a pretty big departure from my past recordings.�

WHAT�S IN YOUR CD PLAYER?

1. Living Now, Dying Later by Destructo Bunny. �This stuff is amazing and fresh and always gives me a lift. You might not figure me for a fan of rap, but this guy is genius and brilliant when freestyling live.�

2. Gloria by Antonio Vivaldi. �It�s getting to be the time of year for choral music, and I love this particularly bold, brave, bombastic approach to glorifying the good in life. Yeah, I�m the dork with headphones walking down the street while conducting an imaginary choir.�

3. Heaven Tonight by Cheap Trick. �I�m digging this trip down memory lane right now. This was the first record I ever bought with my own money � yard-work earnings. I got it at the Tower Records on Sports Arena Boulevard, which was heaven to a 13-year-old. By re-listening I get to relive the memories and enjoy the creativity of a classic pop-rock band.�

MUST-HAVE DVDs?

1. Amadeus. �It�s so well acted, the score is unapproachable, and I love how it depicted the one and only Mozart in a very human light.�

2. Jackass: The Movie. �For anyone who ever thought that boys do the dumbest things, this is proof.�

FAVORITE BAND?

�The Beatles. Some of my best childhood memories are related directly to the Beatles, so that�s kind of a natural for me. My older siblings were listening to them, and I can remember completely tripping out and getting shivers over the harmonies on �Drive My Car.� When I started playing music myself, I began to recognize their genius, versatility, and impact on all popular music. No one has ever come close, as far as I can tell.�

LENNON OR McCARTNEY?

�I think Paul had more in the way of natural musical talent � where would some of those songs be even without those bass lines? However, John was the more gifted intellectually. He was the visionary.� If I had to choose an album from their solo careers, it would be McCartney�s Band on the Run. Go figure.�

MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTIONS?

�I don�t subscribe to any magazines but do occasionally pick up What Is Enlightenment, Shambhala Sun, and O for inspiration.�

MOST-VISITED WEBSITES?

1. Facebook. �I�ve been having fun catching up with old friends and meeting new ones. I got hooked on the game Scramble there, too, when someone challenged me to a match. Facebook is like MySpace simplified. It loads quickly and gets right to my friend updates, which is really what I want.�

2. RoadsideAmerica.com. �I used to visit this site a lot when I was on the road. I still check it out when I�m going on a road trip with the family. It touts itself as �Your online guide to offbeat tourist attractions,� and it really is. I�ve been to the center of the earth, seen the world�s largest building shaped like a teapot, and visited a glass tree farm. You just never know what treasure may be hidden on some side road when you�re on your way from point A to point B.�

GUILTY PLEASURES?

1. �Facebook, when I should be doing something else.�

2. �True Blood on HBO.�

3. �Cheese sandwiches in the middle of the night.�

BEST THING YOU�VE EVER WON?

�My little sister entered me in a contest to go for a limo ride, meet Alan Hunter of MTV, and see a Pretenders concert. I won and brought some friends who were mega Pretenders fans, and of course I brought my little sister.�

DRINK OF CHOICE?

�Diet Coke.�

  1. Outtakes:

    SOMETHING IMPOSSIBLE TO DO WITHOUT?
    �Sleep. I've tried to do without it, but I just end up getting dangerous.�

    FIRST BOOK YOU REMEMBER READING?
    �One Fish Two Fish, by Dr. Suess.�

    SOMETHING ABOUT YOU FEW WOULD KNOW OR GUESS?
    �My pinky toes have stubby toenails.�

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