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Margo Price, a singer and songwriter from Illinois, was born in 1983. She attended Northern Illinois University where she studied dance and theatre. While living in Nashville, she worked as a waitress and took on odd jobs while also performing in various bands. In 2016, she released her first album, Midwest Farmer’s Daughter. She received a Grammy nomination for Best New Artist in 2018 and published her memoir, Maybe We’ll Make It, in 2022. Last year, her fourth album, Strays, was released and she is currently on tour in the UK and Ireland, with performances from January 26th (Gorilla, Manchester) to January 30th (Koko, London).

1. Film

Martin Scorsese will direct “Killers of the Flower Moon” in 2023.

Leonardo DiCaprio in a bed with his arms around a sick-looking Lily Gladstone.

I recently finished reading David Grann’s book, which is one of the most heart-wrenching true stories I have ever come across. It sheds light on an important topic that more people should be aware of. I also had the pleasure of watching Martin Scorsese’s brilliant film adaptation. The story follows the Osage nation, a Native American tribe living in 1920s Oklahoma who became the wealthiest group in the US, ultimately attracting the attention of some despicable individuals. Lily Gladstone delivers an outstanding performance as the lead character. Interestingly, I was asked to audition for the role of Robert De Niro’s wife, although I did not get the part. Nonetheless, I was grateful to be considered.

2. Hobby

The dulcimer

A traditional wooden Appalachian mountain dulcimer.

I began learning the dulcimer approximately one year ago and it has been an enjoyable experience. I utilized online resources to learn about chords and had one lesson. Despite this, I had the courage to bring the instrument on tour and perform in front of an audience. With only three strings, it is surprisingly simple to play a melody. It is understandable why Joni Mitchell would bring one while traveling – it is compact and light, making it more convenient than carrying a guitar through an airport. Hopefully, my experience will encourage others who are over 40 to try learning a new instrument.

Ten Percent Happier podcast logo.

3. Podcast

Ten Percent Happier

Dan Harris, the host, used to be a news anchor, but left the media world due to a panic attack and substance abuse issues. He identifies as a “fidgety skeptic,” but his podcast has Buddhist influences as he interviews guests like the Dalai Lama, monks, nuns, and others such as Esther Perel and La Sarmiento. He speaks with individuals who have faced challenging experiences and survived, which helps me gain perspective. Harris comes across as genuine and has a sarcastic, subtle sense of humor.

4. Memoir

Please do not share the confidential information that I have shared with you, as instructed by Lucinda Williams.

Lucinda Williams performing in Chicago, Illinois, 2001.

I am a follower of Lucinda Williams and consider her to be one of the most exceptional songwriters of our era. I chose to listen to her audiobook because I adore her voice and could listen to her speak for hours. I was particularly drawn to her openness about her childhood and not having her mother present in her life. Her story was inspiring, as she did not achieve widespread success until the age of 51. As a woman, there is often a belief that our potential declines after 30, but this gave me hope and made me think that perhaps I am just beginning my journey.

5. Restaurant

Bar Continental, Nashville

Bar Continental.

I love hanging out at this establishment, which includes a restaurant, bar, and vinyl listening room. My friend Sean Brock, an amazing cook and a close friend of Anthony Bourdain, has revolutionized the dining scene in this city. The menu is fantastic – they even serve a prime rib that is carved at your table – and they offer delicious mocktails. The sound system is top-notch: they recently hosted a Willie Nelson themed night and a Dolly Parton dance party. The speakers they use are vintage and were previously used to mix the final album of the Highwaymen – it’s a unique and special piece of Nashville’s past.

6. App

Insight Timer

the InsightTimer sleep aid app.

I struggled to fall asleep at night despite feeling physically tired. To address this issue, I began using a sleep meditation app six months ago. By listening to 10-20 minute guided meditations with headphones, I am able to quiet my mind and improve my sleep. The app also offers self-compassion meditations which have been helpful in quieting my inner critic and keeping me away from mindlessly scrolling through my phone before bed.

Source: theguardian.com

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