We had the good fortune of connecting with Jeannie Caryn and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jeannie, how do you think about risk?
“You can’t expect to hit the jackpot if you don’t put a few nickels in the machine” – Flip Wilson To me, taking risks is essential to moving forward, so I have always erred on the side of taking the risk versus waiting to see how things will play out. Sometimes it pays off; sometimes it doesn’t. Starting a music career at age 41 was a huge risk as it’s hard work and a game for those with a free spirit, flexible schedule, and high energy. Luckily, I have those qualities. It is also risky walking into a new venue to perform or share a new song. The risk of sharing intimate thoughts in song with strangers is something that I really enjoy about being a performing songwriter.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am most proud that I took the risk to join the music community. I’ve learned to push myself and to take both compliments and criticism so that I can grow. What sets me apart often is being a mom and somewhat older than a lot of my music peers. I’m most excited that I have an album in the works! It was due to be completed by June, but Covid-19 changed everyone’s plans. I am still excited that it will get out sometime soon.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
The best time ever to me is pretty simplistic– hanging out and laughing with friends, sharing dreams and goals, no matter where we are. My favorite places in the city are Black Bear Tavern, The Family Dog, Centennial Olympic Park, and The Botanical Gardens, so those would be fun to visit. Honestly, my friends would know that I tend to like the outdoors, with the beach being my favorite place ever, so we would probably meet at the beach, or we would head up to Dahlonega, Blue Ridge, or Helen to enjoy the mountains. Either way, we’d all bring guitars and we’d bring our dogs. and let them enjoy the trip too.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My shoutout goes to my group mates (Lianne Hutcheson and Katie Martin). Together we are The Georgia Succulents. We share our music career goals, struggles, and successes, with one another, and once in a while, we get to share our voices in performance and song. Both Katie and Lianne are amazing artists, wonderful souls, and good friends, and we reflect and support one another along this journey. I also cannot neglect to thank Larry Mitchell, Grammy Award Winning Music Producer, for working with me to realize the full potential of my songs using his guitar textualizing magic.
Katie Martin, Larry Mitchell, Kirk Thalmueller