Q&A with Singer-Songwriter Elizabeth Blodgett
By Bridney C.
It is a pleasure to interview Elizabeth Blodgett for the Sweet Scoop.
Elizabeth is a 22-year-old singer-songwriter born and raised in Connecticut. Her grandmother was a singer who sang in her church choir, and Liz believes that's where her singing voice came from.
Her brother is a musician who she played the violin with when she was younger. Elizabeth recalls, "We both had an ear for picking up other instruments like piano and guitar."
In this edition of Q&A, Elizabeth Blodgett discussed her music goals, whether she is self-taught or learned to play the guitar, and her favorite original song she has performed.
Bridney C: From the earliest you can remember, when did music come into your life? What is your favorite highlight?
Elizabeth Blodgett: I can remember at a very young age singing and singing. I had CD’s I would learn every lyric to every song. I was probably 4 or 5. I went to Ledyard High School, which had, and still has a wonderful choral program. I participated in multiple choirs throughout high school. I would say my favorite highlight of high school was getting to compete at a choral competition in Washington D.C. and winning the soloist award. I struggled with finding confidence in my music in high school, but winning that award was extremely validating for me and motivated me to continue working on music.
BC: Are you a self-taught guitarist, or did someone teach you how to play?
EB: I am only trained in one instructment, which is violin. I taught myself how to play guitar and piano.
BC: What is your favorite original song you have performed so far? What is your favorite song cover you have performed?
EB: I would say my favorite original song of mine is a song called, “Love You.” It’s about struggling with societal pressures, expectations, and self-doubt, but knowing that at the end of the day the most important love you can receive is self-love. My favorite song to cover really depends on my mood. I love covering anything by Lana Del Rey, Billie Eilish, Fleetwood Mac, and I also think it’s fun to do slower acoustic versions of popular pop or hip-hop songs. Getting to perform at Madison Square Garden is the pipeline, kind of cliché dream. I also think it would be super cool to be a guest on NPR’s tiny desk concerts.
BC: Musically, what are your goals? Is music simply just another niche of yours or would you like to possibly pursue a singing career?
EB: Growing up, I have always dreamed that somehow music would become my career. However, it’s a lot easier said than done. When I was sixteen, I auditioned for NBC’s The Voice. I was lucky enough to pass the first round of auditions, however, I could not handle the pressure during my second audition, and forgot the words to the song while performing for 5 of the show producers and a camera crew. Blowing that audition kind of took a hit on my confidence regarding my music, and for a while, music took the back burner for me. It wasn’t until my senior year of college that I suddenly got the passion and fire re-ignited for the passion for music I once had when I was younger, which is when I started writing music again and started working on my first EP, which is currently in progress. My goal is to continue working towards my career in marketing, but continuing to make music a priority as well, and if my music career somehow takes off, doing music full time is the dream.
BC: How do you manage your time between music and school?
EB: I decided to study communications in college. I recently graduated, and am currently working for a local marketing agency. Music wasn’t a huge part of my life during college, and I let it slip away from me. My advice for someone who is in school and also pursuing music is, as corny as it sounds, don’t give up. I found myself constantly making tons of excuses why I didn’t write music anymore, why for months I never even played anymore because I was a "busy college student." If you have a passion and love for something, make it a priority. It’s up to you to keep it alive.
BC: If you could be any flavor ice cream, which one would choose and why?
EB: If I could be any flavor of ice cream, I think I would be Phish food by Ben & Jerry’s. One, because it’s my favorite ice cream, but also because there’s more than one layer to it. I think people are really quick to look at someone and think they know exactly who that person is, but there are so many layers to people that go deeper than the surface view. I guess that’s how I relate to the flavor of Phish food.
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