Stonington Borough, CT
Mystic Chamber of Commerce
Noank Historical Society
OCCUPATION Songwriter and performing musician.
RIGHT NOW I’M IN THE MIDDLE OF Releasing a new album with my band, Wild Sun, and performing the material live most weekends.
BORN, RAISED, AND GREW UP IN Born and raised in Westerly; became an adult in Boston and Los Angeles.
FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND MY TIME Laughing.
PROUDEST ACCOMPLISHMENT Recording an album with producer Bryce Goggin. He has produced artists I have listened to and have loved for most of my life, including Phish, Herbie Hancock and the Ramones.
WHAT I’D LIKE TO BE REMEMBERED FOR Making someone else’s life a little more relatable by sharing my personal experiences in my music. My favorite moment in music is when a song succinctly expresses a feeling I couldn’t put into words and connects me closer to the human experience. I aim to do the same.
ON MY BUCKET LIST Completing the Appalachian Trail, from Georgia to Maine, in one uninterrupted hike.
ALWAYS IN MY POCKET Guitar picks.
WHAT I WANTED TO BE WHEN I GREW UP A writer.
PERSON OR EXPERIENCE THAT HAS INFLUENCED ME THE MOST My great-grandfather, Thomas Gouvin, lived with my family when I was growing up, until he died at the age of 101 — when I was 13. I was impressed with how he lived his life — with dignity and simplicity and how he believed that the most valuable thing in the world was to enjoy good times with family and friends.
FAVORITE AUTHOR John Steinbeck.
LAST BOOK READ “The Year of Magical Thinking,” by Joan Didion.
FAVORITE SONG “Desperados Under the Eaves,” by Warren Zevon.
FAVORITE MOVIE “Donnie Darko.”
FAVORITE TV SHOW “The Simpsons.”
FAVORITE PET My family’s white standard poodle, Lucy.
FAVORITE MEAL Chicken parmigiana.
AMOUNT OF TIME I SPEND A DAY ON FACEBOOK 10 minutes.
TRAIT I MOST ADMIRE Honesty.
PET PEEVE Insincerity.
FAVORITE QUOTATION “We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master.” — Hemingway.
MY FAVORITE THING ABOUT OUR LITTLE CORNER OF THE WORLD Being able to go most anywhere in town and see a familiar face.
CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT Pizza.
LITTLE-KNOWN FACT ABOUT ME I worked on a hot air balloon crew in South Kingstown during high school.
BEST ADVICE I EVER RECEIVED “Do what you need to do. Don’t worry about how it’s going to work out or you’ll never take the first step.” — My mother, at many a crossroad and crisis.
ADVICE I BEST LIKE TO GIVE We all have the same journey to take and mark to leave. We are just at different points on the timeline.
IF I RULED THE WORLD I WOULD Likely forget I was the same person before I had power, like nearly every other ruler or power figure seems to do ;) .
IF I WON THE LOTTERY THE FIRST THING I WOULD DO IS Pay back my student loans and take my family on vacation.
I DRIVE A 2012 black Ford Fusion.
I WISH I DROVE A Wonkavator from “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.”
ALWAYS IN MY FRIDGE Takeout from the best local spots.
IF I COULD HAVE DINNER AND A CONVERSATION WITH ANYONE IN THE WORLD I WOULD CHOOSE J.D. Salinger and my parents, Tom and Mary Carol Kendzia – I’m grateful for how often I do.
— Interview conducted and edited by Nancy Burns-Fusaro