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Aimee Mann Thinks Pie is Sexier Than Cake

Singer-songwriter Aimee Mann tweeted the following comments yesterday:

I’ve never seen someone with such stage presence that you felt like you were eating a delicious piece of pie every time they were onstage.

That metaphor was super awkward, but I was up late. Sorry.

I know some of you are taking issue with me citing “pie” as the example of something that is satisfying and delicious, rather than cake.

But you have to admit there is something about the texture of pie that is a lot sexier than cake. Cake is merely a square of sweet.

Interview with Rosanne Cash: On Writing Her Memoir, The Nature of Mature Beauty, Twitter, and Pie Songs

Singer and songwriter Rosanne Cash‘s fourteen albums have charted eleven number-one singles. The genesis of her new album, The List, dates back to a day in 1973 when her father, Johnny Cash, discovered some gaps in her knowledge of American roots music. He spent the rest of the day making a list on a legal pad, and at the top he put “100 Essential Country Songs” handed it to her and said, “This is your education.”

Three-dozen years later, Roseanne has selected twelve songs from the list presented to her by her father to record her first album of covers. She approached each composition—from Jimmie Rodgers’ “Miss the Mississippi and You” to Bob Dylan’s “Girl from the North Country”—in search of its particular essence. She is currently on tour and I look forward to her concert at the Colonial Theater in Pittsfield, Massachusetts on June 29.

Rosanne is also the author of the short story collection, Bodies of Water, and the children’s book, Penelope Jane: A Fairy’s Tale. Her new book, Composed: A Memoir, will be published by Viking on August 10. She lives in New York City with her husband, John Leventhal, and her children.

The Cover of Rosanne's Upcoming Memoir

Gina: Why did you decide to write your memoir now? What was the process of writing it like for you?

Rosanne: I’ve been writing it for a decade, so ‘now’ is relative! Things kept happening, I was making records, raising children and a lot of Life went on. The process was …SLOW. And it was a great organizing principle for me. Many, many times I have not understood my own life until I wrote about it. I get to see the connections, past and future, the patterns, the depth of the relationships.

Gina: As the mother of a 15-year-old daughter, I’m thinking a lot these days about the notion of mothers ceding, or not, the spotlight. Do you have any thoughts on this issue having raised three daughters? How to support our girls and revel in their budding beauty and potential, while hanging on to our own sense of self as powerful, sexual beings?

Rosanne: It was jarring to me when they were teens…to see your daughter come into her own as a woman. I felt faded at first…then realized slowly that power, sexuality, and beauty are NOT age dependent! Youth and beauty are wonderful, but age plus authenticity equals another kind of beauty, and requires a life well lived.

Gina: You are a Twitter Queen. Your hashtags are always hilarious. What do you enjoy about the 140-character form?

Rosanne: It’s kind of how my mind works.  Short bursts. A little manic. It’s a perfect medium for me, sadly.

Gina: Off the top of your head, how many songs can you name about pie? And which one is your favorite?

Rosanne: Well.  There are songs that have pie IN them (“Ode to Billie Joe”) and then songs with Pie in the title (“American Pie”, “Sugar Pie Honey Bunch”) but songs SOLELY about pie? That will require some thought. And what an odd question, congratulations.

Gina: I was fishing for “Country Pie,” which I recently stumbled upon doing research for my Pie Contest in a Box. Here’s a great clip of your dad with Mama Cass.

Twitter 101 in San Miguel de Allende: August 20

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I’m heading down to San Miguel de Allende to visit my mom and will offer a “Twitter 101: They Don’t Call It Social Media for Nothing” how-to/why-to/what-to workshop on Thursday, August 20, 10am to noon, at our house in Colonia Guadalupe. I will cut through the Twitter hype with clarity, a rockin’ tutorial handout, and excellent snacks.

US$25 or peso equivalent. To reserve a spot, please send me an email at ginahyams@gmail.com.

Details on My April 5 Berkshire Intro to Blogging, Twitter, and Facebook Workshop


“Blogging is…to writing what extreme sports are to athletics: more free-form, more accident-prone, less formal, more alive. It is, in many ways, writing out loud.” –Andrew Sullivan, The Atlantic

Author and editor Gina Hyams (www.ginahyams.com) will teach a one-day Intro to Blogging, Twitter, and Facebook Workshop in Housatonic on Sunday, April 5, from 1pm to 4pm.

Topics: Nuts and bolts how-to with helpful hand-outs galore, savvy marketing/community-building tips, and oodles of creative inspiration to keep you fired up and cranking out compelling blog posts, tweets, and/or status updates. US$50. To sign up, send a note to ginahyams@gmail.com.

About Gina:

Gina Hyams is a writer and editor who specializes in travel, parenting, and the arts. Her books include the bestselling travel-design titles, In a Mexican Garden: Courtyards, Pools, and Open-Air Living Rooms and Mexicasa: The Enchanting Inns and Haciendas of Mexico, as well as Pacific Spas: Luxury Getaways on the West Coast, Day of the Dead Box, The Campfire Collection: Thrilling, Chilling Tales of Alien Encounters, and Incense: Rituals, Mystery, Lore – all published by Chronicle Books. She is also co-editor of the anthology, Searching for Mary Poppins: Women Write About the Relationship Between Mothers and Nannies (Hudson Street Press and Plume, divisions of Penguin U.S.A.).

Gina is a contributing editor to Berkshire Living. Her essays and articles have also appeared in Newsweek, San Francisco, Organic Style, Ideal Destinations, Healing Lifestyles & Spas, and Salon.com. She has contributed to Fodor’s Travel Publications, National Public Radio, and numerous anthologies.

Her background also includes extensive experience in marketing and public relations on behalf of Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, Berkshire Theatre Festival, The Mount, Mother Jones magazine, HarperCollins Publishers, Victoria Kirby Public Relations, and San Francisco State University Poetry Center. She is co-founder and editorial director of the newly-launched marketing and publishing firm, Blue Wing Creative.

Twitter Update


“Blog to reflect. Tweet to connect.”

I don’t know where this quote originated. I read it via Debbie Stier whose Twitter stream I stumbled upon a few days ago — how I don’t remember, I just liked that in her profile, she described her profession as “Publishing Insurgent.”

I figured out how to feed my Twitter updates to this blog (see right), so those of you who don’t want to join the fray can still get a taste of it and click as you like on the various interesting links that pass through.

RT = retweet, meaning one is forwarding on someone else’s post. @whatever name = who one is responding to or talking about. Out of context, the posts may not make much sense. That’s OK. Just let the experience of reading them wash over you and whatever pleasure or horror sticks, that’s the point.

My friend Susan Ito blogged about the appeal of Twitter and Facebook today. She wrote, “I was always a sucker for passing notes in class, and writing observations in a notebook a la Harriet the Spy, and this is the grownup, high tech version of that.” Exactly.

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