ode boutique

August 2012

Artist Interview

Brenda Hickson

August 6, 2012

Brenda Hickson is a force. A force of energy, style, music, optimism, heart, and so much soul she must have 10 lives inside her. Everything about her gives off light: from her bejeweled toenails, to her dazzling smile, to her luminous spirit.  A born performer, she's been known to break out into song and dance in the middle of Ode.  We knew if we wanted to celebrate our 2nd birthday in style, Brenda would have to be a part of it.  She, along with a jazz trio and all the "Women of the Loft" will be performing at Ode for Arts Night Out on Friday, August 10th, 6-8pm. A big THANK YOU to Brenda and the The Loft at the Clarion for helping us make this night possible.

How did you get started?
With an innocent question: "Are you planning on having music on New Year’s Eve?"

What do you love about your job?
Music Music Music

Where do you find inspiration?
In my brother, Bill. He is all things good.

Who is your role model?
My husband Paul. He is totally self-contained.

What are your plans for the future?
To love it.

If I wasn’t doing this, I would be...
Having fun doing something else

What's your favorite line from a movie, song, or book?
“….That Sunday that summer”

What is your dream project?
I’m doing it—- giving talented artists a venue in which to perform live.

If you were a piece of clothing, what would be and what color/pattern?
Anything that sparkles in silver/gold/red.

You’re building a robot. What does it do?
Drives my car.

What's the first line in a book about your life?
It was a day like all days.

What is your favorite word, and why?

Perfect. I am an optimist and I believe in hyperbole.

What's your go-to "happy" song?
Roll Out the Barrel.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever gotten?

Believe in yourself-- I think I can I think I can

What super power would you like to have, and why?
The power to guarantee a life lived fully, blessed with good health.

Who would you want to play you in a movie about yourself?

Drew Barrymore.

When was the last time you laughed so hard you cried?
Much of life tickles me—but laughing so hard I cried is not in my DNA.