81 – Listener Lightning Rounds: Amie Ma and Catina Franklin Sweedy

In this episode of the podcast Clarineat listeners Amie Ma and Catina Franklin Sweedy answer the lightning round questions. They share some of the best advice they ever received, their favorite books, and more.

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Interview with Clarineat Listener: Amie Ma

Where are you in the world and how did you hear about the podcast?

What piece of music or album changed your life irreversibly?

  • Eddie Daniel’s albums Breakthrough and Five Seasons.

If I were to walk over to your music stand right now, what would I find on it?

  • James Moody’s solo for tenor saxophone There Will Never Be Another You.

If you could play any other instrument what would it be and why?

  • I would love to learn to sing!

If you could go back in time and meet any musician who would it be and why?

  • I would want to meet Joe Allard. He was a highly regarded saxophone and clarinetist during his lifetime, in addition, he taught clarinet and saxophone at Juilliard.

While we are back in time, what advice would you give to your younger self?

  • It’s easier said than done, but I would tell my younger self to just worry less and things will work out. Just work hard!

What is the best advice you ever received and who gave it to you?

  • It’s very simple: work hard and be nice to others.

What is one book you think everyone should read?

How many clarinets do you own?

  • Three! (R-13 Bb, R-13 Greenline A, and a metal clarinet)

Interview with Clarineat Listener: Catina Franklin Sweedy

Where are you in the world and how did you discover the podcast?

  • Catina runs a private clarinet studio in Woodbridge, VA and has her own YouTube Channel (The Clarinet Project)
  • Discovered the podcast on the Facebook page International Clarinetists Discussion

If I were to walk over to your music stand right now, what would I find on it?

  • A jazzy clarinet quartet arrangement of Jingle Bells and a clarinet choir version of Mele Kalikimaka.

What piece of music or album changed your life irreversibly?

If you could play any other instrument what would it be and why?

  • I got a guitar about fourteen years ago when I got a guitar because I envisioned myself sitting around the campfire playing folk music and it’s still sitting in my studio.

If you could go back in time and meet any musician who would it be and why?

  • For me, it’s clearly Mozart. I definitely want to go to a party with Mozart.

While we are back in time, what advice would you give to your younger self?

  • I would give myself the advice to treat myself with the same kindness as I treat my current students.

What is the best advice you ever received and who gave it to you?

  • David Krakauer said during one of my first lessons, “Don’t be a jerk. Be a good person. Be a nice person. Work well with people. Be yourself.”

What is one book you think everyone should read?

How many clarinets do you own?

  • Six off the top of my head!


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