Maggie McClure – Norman Music Festival
Her songs have appeared in the film Cowgirls N’ Angels, and in such television shows as Dr. Phil, Cougar Town, The Real World, Worst Prom Ever, The Hills, The City, The Vineyard, and The Young And The Restless. Maggie McClure, who will be performing a free show at the Norman Music Festival, speaks with me in this performer question and answer session. She will perform at Sooner Theatre on Saturday, April 23, 2016 at 7:30pm. Since this is the ninth year for the festival, here are nine questions to get to know her.
1. To get people to know you, how would you describe yourself and your music?
I am a singer/songwriter/pianist, as well as my own manager/booking agent/label. My music is a reflection of my life, experiences, beliefs, and hopes. Music is my best form of communication and expression.
2. What song would you like a person who hasn’t heard your music listen to first?
That’s a tough question, but I’d say it would be between my songs “Good Morning and Good Night”, “Time Moves On”, and “Closer Than Before”.
3. What’s your song writing process?
[pullquote-right]”For the majority of the songs I write, I typically start with a musical idea or a hook idea, then craft the song around that. Each song happens differently though.”[/pullquote-right]For the majority of the songs I write, I typically start with a musical idea or a hook idea, then craft the song around that. Each song happens differently though. Sometimes I will write an entire song with melody and lyrics only, then add the music later. Sometimes I will have a complete piano part that I then write lyrics to. That’s the beauty of songwriting: it’s a free and ever-evolving process. Through it all I find journaling to be very helpful.
4. What are your thoughts on the Norman Music Festival?
I’ve been a part of the Norman Music Festival since its inception, although when I moved to Los Angeles, I couldn’t make it back for the festival the past few years. I’m happy that I’ll be in town during the festival this year and that I can participate. I think it’s an amazing event for my hometown of Norman.
5. In general, what inspires you?
Everything from conversations, other people, my faith, every day life experiences, books, movies, music, moments, and much more.
6. You’ve just been offered an all expenses paid trip. Where would you go?
I would go to Cannes, France in May. My original song “It’s Alright” is featured in a short film called BLUR that just got accepted into Cannes Film Festival. I also appear in the movie performing the song. I would love to attend the festival to participate in the screening of BLUR, so that’s where I would go!
7. Any plans while you’re in the Norman area?
Spend time with my family and dog and eat at my favorite Thai spots, Sweet Basil and Thai Thai.
8. Anything else you want the public to know about you?
This is my first time to play an entire show at the Sooner Theatre. My band and I are so excited to headline the stage for NMF. It’s going to be a very fun show!
9. What do you think should be the Ninth Wonder of the World?
If the Grand Canyon isn’t already a Wonder of the World, I definitely think it should be. It’s absolutely breathtaking and really puts things into perspective.