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Streetalk: What was mom's impact on you musically?

Damon: She's solely responsible for music in my life. From the earliest I can remember, she was getting me into percussions. She was constantly motivating me, constantly singing. I came out bobbing my head. They were concerned I may have had some mental defect. I constantly bumped my head in my sleep as a baby. She would hand me cooking spoons and I would get pitches and sounds out of different objects around the house. She bought me my first drum set at 4 years old. She always sang in her church, and I grew up a church drummer. She has a beautiful voice.

John: My mother made it possible by believing in the gift. She sang. I grew up listening to Johnny Mathis, Brook Benton and Nat King Cole. I'd be hearing the Duke Ellington Orchestra, Count Basie, all the time. She's the one playing the music in the house, while your daddy is out, and also see that you'd practice. She was very advanced because I had a lot of friends that didn't have that. It's a lineage thing. It's not one day you wake up and say I want to play music. You're coming from somewhere. My mom had eight children and everybody played.

Rachel: I had three brothers and my dad. Her whole impact was that anything guys could do women could do, too. So when I got into music in elementary school, I wanted to be a guitar player. My mom knew there weren't many female guitar players to look up to, so it's really cool to have someone to push you, to encourage you, and found role models for me like Kim Gordon and P.J. Harvey. My mom's great uncle played music with Hank Williams. And she encouraged me to not be a Belinda Carlisle and just settle for being a front woman without a guitar.



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image-2Haki:  More musical performances that gear towards the young urban communities. Maybe some R&B and hip-hop. Last time it was all folk music. Just needs a little urban feel to it, just a little bit so that every crowd can be included. They cater to a certain audience. That demographic is more folksy, more artsy, more '60s, kind of hippieish, nothing wrong with that, they have things to offer — nice art, they make beads and necklaces. It's still good to come out and soak up the culture, but just some R&B, some hip-hop. Bring more people.

image-3Heather:  Moonwalk for grownups because the grownups never get to go on the moonwalk. It's always the little kids in there and I want to jump on the moonwalk, but I'm too big. It's hard for grownups to get in there because you bump into the kids and then you hurt them and then the parents are staring at you and wonder what you're doing in there. I enjoy everything else about the festival. The food is good, the beer, the art is good, I love funnel cakes, but it would be perfect if they would just have a moonwalk for adults.       0,0,10    "inman park festival"  13047274 1449746                          Streetalk: What changes would you make to the Inman Park Festival 2010 "
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