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Journal of Biomusical Engineering
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Opinion Article

The Healing Vibration of Music: An Interview with Artist Woody Simmons

Bonnie JM*

Women’s Studies Program, George Washington University, Washington, USA

Corresponding Author:
Bonnie JM
Women’s Studies Program, George Washington University
Washington, USA
Tel: 202-994-1263
E-mail: [email protected]

Received date: January 12, 2016 Accepted date: January 19, 2016 Published date: January 22, 2016

Citation:Morris BJ (2016) The Healing Vibration of Music: An Interview with Artist Woody Simmons. J Biomusic Eng S1:003. doi:10.4172/2090-2719.S1-003

Copyright: © 2016 Morris BJ, This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.


Woody Simmons, best known for her unique banjo style, began her career writing and singing radio commercials in Seattle. She first appeared on Olivia Records playing banjo on Cris Williamon’s 1975 album The Changer and the Changed, and subsequently toured the West Coast playing guitar, banjo, piano and singing background vocals. Woody’s first album, Oregon Mountains (Deep River Records) debuted in 1977 and her second album, Woody Simmons (Deep River) was released in 1980. In 1988, FRETS Magazine named Oregon Mountains one of 12 landmark banjo albums of all time “that influenced the evolution of the instrument in other directions.” After working as a sound engineer at John Altmann Recording in San Francisco, Woody released two more CDs, BanjoRama (2001) and Mile By Mile (2008.) Now writing a memoir about her life and career, Woody has emphasized the healing power of music and its impact on the body as well as the spirit. This first excerpt from her book-in progress is one sample of an artist’s recollection of biomusicality.