Miriam Halleen is a folk singer/songwriter who has composed two albums, In the Sanctuary, a collection of Christian worship songs in 2012, and The First Slice of Earth Pie in 2014.
- Music background
I started taking guitar lessons at age 10, and I grew up singing in my church choir. That is where I got my style. Our choir would sing at group homes and nursing homes, and it opened me up to wanting to write about people who don’t have much of a voice, people who are often unseen.
- Trombone passion
I played trombone in high school, and I even went to All-State Band. I was pretty passionate about trombone for a short period of time. Sometimes when I record music at home, I like to add trombone, and sometimes I still play trombone during Christmastime at church if they want an extra brass instrument.
- ‘Til you hear a banjo
Yesterday I bought a banjo. I told the sales guy that I don’t really know anything about banjos, and he said, ‘Well, who really does?’ It was an impulse buy, so we will have to see where it takes me.
- Spoken for
Music is a different language, and I often don’t have the words to express what I am feeling in conversation. I can be at a loss when talking to someone face to face, but if I take some time to myself to reflect, I can communicate better. I like letting my music speak for me.
- My story
Music helps me process things that I am going through. When I share my music, I share my stories.
I want to inspire people to create. I think everyone can create, maybe not musically, but I think it adds another dimension to life.
- Favorite place to play
I like playing more intimate atmospheres. I went on a house concert tour, and I enjoyed that because people are coming to listen to my music. They aren’t just coming to eat, drink, and have music in the background. My songs are driven by the lyrics, so I like it when people are listening to them.
- Rochester music scene
I like how connected musicians are and how much they want to help each other. People want to collaborate, too.
- Peaceful, easy feeling
I am a go-with-the-flow, come-what-may type of person. Getting worked up is not who I am.
- Where to find Miriam
Miriam plays at Potbelly Sandwich Shop on Mondays at noon.