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An interview with Cathasaigh

Why do you dress the way that you do?
Personal choice, first of all. I love dresses. I think they're beautiful. Long dresses down to my ankles... I just think they're really feminine and pretty. And modesty. I just don't feel comfortable walking around in a mini-skirt, or short shorts.

Have you always had long hair?
Not always as long as it is now. [laughs] Obviously I didn't start out with hair this long. I started growing it out when I was five... I think.

Do you want to change your hair color? Why, and to what?
Oh...uhh....sorta. I've always loved the idea of black hair. Raven black hair down to my waist just does something for me. I think it's because of the Indian in me. Makes me feel more 'attached' to my ancestry. I doubt I'd really do it, though. And if I did it'd be natural dye, not chemical.

What is your heritage?
American Indian (Cherokee and Chickasaw tribes I believe), Polish, Czech, Hungarian, German, Irish, Welsh.... I think that's it.

Would you say that you are any religion in particular?
Christian. Just Christian. No denomination.

What kind(s) of music do you like?
Ooo all kinds. IRISH CELTIC! Scottish Celtic. Classical. Folk....um....some new age, a bit of metal, bit of Goth rock, classic rock, opera, rock opera, musicals.....all kinds.

What is your favorite band? Why?
Ooo tough one. I don't have a 'favorite' band. I have a bunch of favorites. Carnival of Souls, which is a local Celtic band. They are where I first learned of my love for Celtic music. ApologetiX, because they parody secular music and I can listen to their versions. Evanescence, because I love their mix of Goth rock, metal, Amy's voice and soft piano and guitar. Jody Abbott, who is a local artist. I've been very inspired by her works. And quite a few others.

If you could meet anyone who is alive today, who would it be? Why?
Alive today..... humm. MICKEY MOUSE! No, just kidding. Minnie Mouse! [laughs] Seriously. I don't know. There are so many people out there to meet.... I don't know that I could pick a 'just one'. Two years ago I probably would have said George Lucas. Now I'm not sure.

Who is your favorite historical person? Why?
Jesus. He's God.

How has your Mother influenced your life?
How has anyone's mother influenced their life? By being a Mother. OTHER than tha-aat....she's let me be me. She hasn't pushed me into a mold...she's let me mold myself. Let me learn what I want....let me be who I am. Taught me morals, and what the Bible says. What really matters. And how to cook. [laughs]

How has your sister influenced your life?
She's done a lot to help me through my hard times....like when I'd have a argument with (or in two cases lost) friends, she was always there for me, helping me get through it. We can talk to each other really easily....and we played together a lot when I was little. She used to play stuff on the piano for me, and then I'd sit down and repeat it. It was a lot of fun.

What would you want your epitaph to say?
"Back home with my Father and brother [Jesus]. Singing at His throne now."

What are some of your goals for the next few years?
Further my relationship with God. Continue to improve my guitar abilities. Perform as often as I can. Play with my friends. Do some acting. And continue to be a kid.

Do you have any hobbies?
Jewelry making. And art. Drawing, painting, sculpting, everything. Writing, I love to write. Music, poetry, short stories, long stories, all sorts of stuff.

What is your favorite book? Why?
The Bible is my favorite book. God's word to His people....and a guidebook for your life.

What is your favorite color? Why?
Green! I don't really have any clue why. It's just so pretty. Not like lime green, but darker greens... hunter, jungle, grass. Those greens. I also love blue and purple.

How long have you been into music?
Since before I was born. After all, in my mother's womb I listened to her heartbeat, which was music.

Why do you like to sing?
It makes me feel good. It's kind of like flying is for some people....just this amazing experience. Of being free. When I sing, I feel like I haven't a care in the world. Everyone needs a way to let their worries and troubles disappear...and singing is my way. The fact that God's given me this incredible gift makes it all the better. And I like the way I make other people feel when I sing. To help them forget about their worries is amazing. Like I said....it's a feeling of being free. Just simply amazing and wonderful.

Why do you like playing so many instruments?
Variety!!! [laughs] Music is my life. It's like eating. I have to play music. I don't have a choice. You wouldn't want to eat just spaghetti every day of your life. You'd want different tastes. And I don't want to just play one instrument for the rest of my life. I want different tastes... different sounds.

If you had to choose between singing and playing, which do you think that you would pick?
That's one of those really difficult questions to answer....it's like having to pick between eating and drinking. I think I'd have to say singing..... I can take my voice with me wherever I go, and I can only have an instrument at certain times and places.

In one word, how would you describe yourself?
Unique.

My name is Grace Lydia W., and Cathasaigh is my best friend. We're very close, and she's a very good friend to have around. She's very passionate about her music, and that's definitely a plus about her. She's got a couple sides to her. The music side, and then the...music side. She's seems to entwine her music with everything else. She's all about it. Mostly. She's also a person. A very nice person, but she's not a goodie-goodie. Though she is very sensitive and compassionate. Definitely.

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