Lady of the Week – Molly Smith

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Molly Smith

Alto 1

How long have you been in the choir?

I started at the beginning of the 2015 season. So I’m a newbie (relatively)!

What’s your favorite PFLC song?

Oh my goodness, that’s a tough question! I really enjoy all of the songs! But I’d have to say that “Aeroplane Over The Sea” and “Can’t Hardly Wait” are up there. I’m a sucker for the original versions of those songs, so it’s amazing to hear the choir do their own interpretation of them.

Also, singing any original song from a choir member always tugs at my heartstrings.

What’s your favorite thing about being in this choir?

I love the ladies! Everyone is so talented and passionate and fun and hardworking! I love getting to know them all as the brilliant individuals they are, musically and otherwise.

I also love the snacks. The way to the heart of a Minnesotan woman is through her stomach!

What do you like to do outside of choir?

I love to bake, take long bike rides around the lakes, train in roller derby with the MN Rollergirls, make random playlists on Spotify, snowshoe, eat pizza, sing in my car, giggle with my baby nephew Finn, binge watch “Doctor Who” and “Parks and Recreation”, and travel with my fiancé.

Things I don’t like to do outside of choir – run, clean the shower, or talk on the phone. Blech.

Who are your favorite local bands/musicians?

I love Doomtree (and all of its individual members), Astronautalis, Lizzo, Bloodnstuff, The 4onthefloor, The Bad Plus, Jose James, GRRRL PRTY, Now, Now, Polica, and PRAIRIE FIRE LADY CHOIR!

What’s your go-to karaoke song?

“My Sharona” by The Knack or “Give It Away” by RHCP.

Describe yourself in three words

Animated, thoughtful, and observant.

If there was a movie about your life, who would play you?

Wouldn’t it be nice to think that someone like Emma Watson or Zooey Deschanel would play us in a movie? But in reality, I’d probably end up with a Lifetime original movie about me, starring Tori Spelling wearing a really awful short wig.

What do you want to be when you grow up?

A professional mountain unicyclist. Or an artist manager.

Lady of the Week – Christina Perfetti

Christina Perfetti

Christina Perfetti  

 Alto 1

How long have you been in the choir?

3 seasons

What’s your favorite PFLC song? 

All My Little Words

What’s your favorite thing about being in this choir?

The everlasting network and relationships that spring from our time and investment in each other

What do you like to do outside of choir?

visit friends in other cities, farm, admire pointy mammals

Who are your favorite local bands/musicians? 

AIR DUX

What’s your go-to karaoke song? 

Anything Frank Sinatra

Describe yourself in three words

 presence, activator, depth-seeker

If there was a movie about your life, who would play you?

Linda Cardellini (of Freaks & Geeks fame)

What do you want to be when you grow up?

influential and responsible

Photo courtesy of Angela Aird

Lady of the Week – Stacy Salmi

Stacy Salmi

Stacy Salmi

Soprano 2

How long have you been in the choir?

This is my 3rd year, I think.

What’s your favorite PFLC song?

Hive, with Violet as a close second. Wait, maybe Hot Knife….

What’s your favorite thing about being in this choir?

Singing with all of you. The power of all the women in our group coming together to make so much beauty is intoxicating.

What do you like to do outside of choir?

I am a potter and a stay at home Mom and that takes up a lot of my time. I also like to cook, knit, see live music and spend lots of time with my friends.

Who are your favorite local bands/musicians?

I am sadly somewhat unschooled about local bands. I go see bands with people who know local music and that usually goes well.

I love Dessa, Chastity Brown, Roe Family Singers, Matt Latterel, lots more I can’t think of.

What’s your go-to karaoke song?

Blue Bayou

Describe yourself in three words

Loving, impulsive, strong

If there was a movie about your life, who would play you?

Melissa McCarthy

What do you want to be when you grow up?

A potter who makes a living selling pottery and who sings in the PFLC.

Photo courtesy of Angela Aird

Lady of the Week – Heidi VanDixhorn Nesser

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Heidi VanDixhorn Nesser

Alto 1

How long have you been in the choir?

Since the beginning

What’s your favorite PFLC song?

Too many to choose from. No one favorite.

What’s your favorite thing about being in this choir?

The magic that happens

What do you like to do outside of choir?

Read books, take long walks or short runs, travel, watch T.V. series/movies.

Who are your favorite local bands/musicians?

Prince, Dessa, Brother Ali, Low

What’s your go-to karaoke song?

Route 66

Describe yourself in three words:

Complex, Curious, Pessimistic

If there was a movie about your life, who would play you?

Kristen Wiig

What do you want to be when you grow up?

An all around good person – only got parts of that worked out so far

Lady of the Week – Janet Malotky

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Tenor 1

How long have you been in the choir?

This is my second year

What’s your favorite PFLC song?

Madeleine Mary

What’s your favorite thing about being in this choir?

Making music every week with a passel of amazing women

What do you like to do outside of choir?

Garden, write poetry, read, canoe, make stuff

Who are your favorite local bands/musicians?

Cantus

What’s your go-to karaoke song?

I had to sing alone in front of people once and nearly wet my pants, so I don’t do that by choice.

Describe yourself in three words

I’m torn between “I am tall” and “funny, private, sensitive”

If there was a movie about your life, who would play you?

I have no idea

What do you want to be when you grow up?

I’m already pretty grown up but I want to be a force for joy.

Photo courtesy of Angela Aird

Lady of the Week – Anna Raudenbush

Anna Raudenbush

Anna Raudenbush

Alto 2

How long have you been in the choir?

4 years?

What’s your favorite PFLC song?

Porchlight

What’s your favorite thing about being in this choir?

1) Feeling like a part of something with others

2) Breathing at the same time with our hearts

What do you like to do outside of choir?

I like to do social worky things and road trip in Minnesota through prairies – I’m just now discovering them.

What’s your go-to karaoke song?

I’ve never done karaoke before!

Describe yourself in three words

Thoughtful Integrity Whackadoodle

If there was a movie about your life, who would play you?

Mae West

What do you want to be when you grow up?

A show boat captain who does therapy up and down the Mississippi.

Photo courtesy of Angela Aird

Lady of the Week – Laura Lindsay

Laura Lindsay

Laura Lindsay

Alto I

How long have you been in the choir?

This is my second year.

What’s your favorite PFLC song?

Freedom – it’s so fun to sing and the audience can tell we’re having a blast.

What’s your favorite thing about being in this choir?

Being back into making music again in a community of lovely ladies!

What do you like to do outside of choir?

Bike, run, read, go to concerts, hang with my honey, drink Minnesota beer and black tea, jump in lakes, and do crossword puzzles.

Who are your favorite local bands/musicians?

Pert Near Sandstone, Trampled by Turtles, I’ve been getting into Hippo Campus, and DJ Fancy Restaurant, who knows just how much Robyn is enough Robyn (never enough)

What’s your go-to karaoke song?

I haven’t sung karaoke in years, but if Man in the Mirror ever comes on at a bar, I can get down. It’s a family tradition.

Describe yourself in three words

Pensive, excitable, curious

If there was a movie about your life, who would play you?

God, I hope Winona Ryder.

What do you want to be when you grow up?

Master Cheesemaker

Photo courtesy of Angela Aird

Lady of the Week – Amanda Olson

Amanda Olson

Amanda  Olson

Soprano 2

How long have you been in the choir?

This is my second year and it’s like the second year I’ve ever been alive.

What’s you favorite PFLC song?

All of them. I have no favorite children

What’s your favorite thing about being in this choir?

The other women! I love them all. Also, the energy & rush I get from singing a gig.

What do you like to do outside of choir?

Face painting, watching movies and reading comics. I’m a dog groomer for a living and I love that too. I also love hiking, biking, and camping and singing while I do all of the above.

Who are your favorite local bands/musicians?

There’s so much! Local? Dessa, Trampled by Turtles, Jeremy Messersmith, you know, the usual. I also love to go to The Kitty Cat Klub & The Turf Club and find new young bands to fall in love with. My all time big faves are Ani DiFranco & Talking Heads

What’s your go-to karaoke song?

“Fell in Love with a Girl” by The White Stripes

Describe yourself in three words

Creative, Sensitive, Authentic

If there was a movie about your life, who would play you?

Claire Danes or maybe Gillian Anderson or an orange cat.

What do you want to be when you grow up?

a Dalek; “Exterminate”

Photo courtesy of Angela Aird

Lady of the Week – Amy Wilkerson

Amy Wilkerson

Amy Wilkerson

Tenor 2

How long have you been in the choir?

Since 2011

What’s your favorite PFLC song?

Flood Plain by Molly Balcom-Raleigh. It’s also fun to sing Violet by Jeremy Messersmith.

What’s your favorite thing about being in this choir?

The opportunity to sing at First Ave and other exciting venues. Singing with incredible, strong, smart, funny women!

What do you like to do outside of choir?

Volunteer in my community for Open Arms of MN and Store To Door. I also like to ride my scooter in the Summer.

Who are your favorite local bands/musicians?

Hollow Boys, Catbath, Little Man, Kinda Kinky, Haley Bonar, The Uranium Club, Ye Ye Pow

What’s your go-to karaoke song?

“New Rose” by The Damned

Describe yourself in three words

Spacey, Compassionate, Mellow

If there was a movie about your life, who would play you?

Carol Channing

What do you want to be when you grow up?

A maker of fine wooden furniture.

Photo courtesy of Angela Aird

Lady of the Week – Emily Johnson

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Emily Johnson

Soprano 1

 How long have you been in the choir?

This is my 4th year

What’s your favorite PFLC song? 

I love all our originals – Floodplain, Expiration, We Can Be – it’s really amazing the amount of talent in this choir!

What’s your favorite thing about being in this choir? 

Being a part of a community of amazing women and creating music together.  We also eat very, very well.

What do you like to do outside of choir? 

Social work, yoga, walking, hiking, going to the beach, anything FUN (fairs, rollercoasters, ziplining, canoeing, you name it and I’ll do it – I’m a bit of a thrill seeker!)

Who are your favorite local bands/musicians? 

Dessa, Doomtree, Aby Wolf, Ashley Gold, Toki Wright, Mason Jennings, Roe Family Singers, Danami, Caroline Smith, Chastity Brown, The Anatomy Of…(my brother’s singer-songwriter project – CHECK HIM OUT HE RULES AND I’M NOT JUST SAYING THAT BECAUSE HE’S MY BROTHER)

What’s your go-to karaoke song? 

I’m not too fond of karaoke because I’m more comfortable singing with many voices but a friend and I love to sing “The Way You Make Me Feel” by Michael Jackson and once my husband and I sang “Zero” by the Smashing Pumpkins and were complimented heavily…it was weird.

Describe yourself in three words 

Intelligent, earnest, warrior

If there was a movie about your life, who would play you? 

Jennifer Lawrence?  That would be awesome.

What do you want to be when you grow up? 

A children’s mental health therapist and I’m really close to getting there!

Photo courtesy of Angela Aird