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  • Take Aim: Amy Sciarretto vs. Keaton Simons

    Mon, 01 Apr 2013 14:04:47

    Take Aim: Amy Sciarretto vs. Keaton Simons - His new album is out April 30

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    • Hanson - NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 07:  From the group Hanson, Isaac Hanson performs during the 5th annual Sounds Like Paper Summer Music Festival at Roseland Ballroom on September 7, 2010 in New York City.
    • Hanson - NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 07:  From the group Hanson, Isaac Hanson performs during the 5th annual Sounds Like Paper Summer Music Festival at Roseland Ballroom on September 7, 2010 in New York City.
    • Hanson - NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 07:  From the group Hanson, Taylor Hanson performs during the 5th annual Sounds Like Paper Summer Music Festival at Roseland Ballroom on September 7, 2010 in New York City.

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    Singer/songwriter Keaton Simons is one of our favorites. His new album Beautiful Pain is out on April 30 and we could think of no pain more beautiful for him endure to than submit to the questions of the Take Aim column. We learned a lot about the singer, and his work with Hanson and Jason Mraz, and we are confident you'll dig him as much as we do.

    If you were not doing music, you would be...

    Probably doing something artistic or scientific. I wanted to be an astronaut and a scuba diver when I was three years old. I completed the Astronaut Training Experience at Kennedy Space Center a few months ago, and got certified in scuba diving while in Mexico a couple of years ago, so I'm off to a decent start... just in case!

    Do you have any non-musical hobbies, skills or talents? If so, tell us!

    Lots! But in order to keep this a family affair, I'll just have to say cooking, drawing and conquering iPhone games rapidly.

    Pick one song on "Beautiful Pain" and share a writing or recording story. Something that puts us inside the process. Bring us inside with you.

    A few years ago I was invited by my friends, the band Hanson, to a writing retreat that they host called "Fools Banquet." There were a ton of great artists and writers there, including Jason Mraz who I co-wrote "Is There Any Other Way" with on the new album. One night, Jason and I found ourselves awake at 4AM, wanting to write a song that tackled the concept of feeling alone. We asked ourselves, 'How do you feel about yourself when you're not concerned about other people's opinions of you?' That kind of lead to a larger concept and the song very naturally flowed out as a true collaboration. We've been friends ever since.

    What is the most beautiful kind of pain?

    The most beautiful kind of pain is absence and distance, being apart from someone you love, missing someone, loss of a loved one. It's beautiful because it's so magnificent, inspiring and gives way to so much creativity. It's a powerful kind of healthy pain.

    Twitter-size your bio. 140 words or characters (your choice) about what people need to know about you.

    I play music with the hope of sharing a personal experience with you. Please sing like no one ever told you that you suck and love yourself.

    Are you going to check out Keaton Simons' Beautiful Pain? The single of the same name is on iTunes now!

    —Amy Sciarretto
    04.01.13



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