Last month we had an opportunity to interview Lee Ann Womack, who turned out to be a gracious and wonderful mother, with an interesting insight into her world. Her upcoming album Call Me Crazy is available everywhere now and we have 10 copies to give away ourselves!
At the end of the interview, leave us a comment about her or the interview and you are entered to win! If you tweet about it, we will give you a 2nd entry.
Lee Ann Womack: 2009 Interview with MomDot
Lee Ann, first I wanted to say that we are humbled by the opportunity to interview you today. It speaks volumes regarding social media being more accepted as mainstream. If you don’t know who we are, we are a mom blogging community at www.MomDot.com that provides a place for moms to advertise their sites, talk about our own experiences as parents, share how to get involved in PR and reviews, and just a tad bit of everything! I am the main blogger and owner and my name is Trisha.
1) MD: Let me start first there a little bit. Are you involved in blogging or twittering and if so, has it been a positive experience?
LAW: I twittered (or whatever it’s called) a little recently during the Academy of Country Music Award show weekend. I was in Vegas and had agreed to keep some of my friends in radio and their listeners up to date on the happenings back stage and at rehearsals, etc. But I had help from the people at my management company and record label so I really just had to say what I wanted to report and they did all the technical stuff.
2) MD: Do you have a blog or two that you really love visiting? Do you surf any “mom” blogs?
3) MD: How has promoting your newest music changed from when you first started till today? Is it more of an online campaign then it used to be?
LAW:: My first record came out in ’98 so, naturally, there is a lot more that goes into marketing a record and an artist online now than then. I don’t have time to micro manage all of that and take care of my house, kids, and music too. So I let those people whose job it is to know that stuff take care of it.
4) MD: Now when I had my daughter, I have to say that motherhood didn’t jump right out at me. I was one of those people that thought……ok, this is MY child, now what do I do with her? Did you take straight to being a mom or was it more of a learning process?
LAW:: I was just saying to a friend of mine today that I think parenting classes should be mandatory in school today. A lot of young people don’t even know (or consider) the very basics of child rearing and home keeping anymore. I can remember my mom handing me a toilet bowl brush and saying, “Today you’re going to learn to clean a toilet.” The same with cooking dinner, hemming a garment, doing laundry, taking care of pets, etc. I just don’t know if parents are as engaged now as they were when I was a kid. It’s a shame. Not so much that people don’t spend time learning to clean a toilet but that young parents don’t know what is a decent time to put their child to bed!
5) MD: What has been the biggest challenge of having children and being a celebrity? Is it more about being on the road, the public eye, or something else that most are not aware of?
LAW: Maintaining celebrity is something that takes a LOT of time. Too much time! From what I’ve seen it’s nearly impossible to do both in a very big way! Hands on parenting should take most of your time, with a little left over for what Mom/Dad wants to do. The hard part is knowing that you have so many people on your payroll that are depending on you to maintain your status as a recording artist/star and trying to keep that up too. Expectations are high coming from both sides. Like anything, I do believe you get better at it the more you do it.
6) MD: Has being a parent influenced your music the past few years? Also, as a parent, I always think “oh wait till my daughter grows up and finds out I did X, Y, and Z.” With your life in the public eye, are there things that you think about your kids seeing and knowing about you once they are grown up?
LAW: You can’t hide your “teenage or college” years the same way the rest of us can! (Not that I was a bad kid, ha!) I’m not so sure hiding things from your kids is the only way to handle being a parent and a real person. I think being honest with them works the best for us. I try to just tell them when I’ve made mistakes and how those mistakes affected me. There is no better teacher than life.
7) MD: One of the biggest questions that our site wants to know is that as parents we often want to help develop our children into whatever talent they may have, that may be sports, music, writing, math….how do you encourage your child without pushing your child into something. Did you feel like your parents were an influence on getting you where you are today or did you ever feel you were pushed too hard?
LAW: There seems to be a lot of controversy among parents regarding how much is too much. I think it’s VERY IMPORTANT for kids to not have too much time on their hands. I feel sorry for kids who are not involved in any extra curricular activities. One thing to remember is the number of options there are. Every kid doesn’t have to be a football player or a cheerleader. There’s dance, music lessons, gardening, cooking, creative writing, photography, and on and on. Help them choose something and then help them stick with it.
8 ) MD: What talents do your children have that you are proud of?
LAW: They’re both good dancers and they both show an interest in music. Probably the thing I’m most proud of in both of my girls is their ability to empathize with others. I think they got it from Frank! LOL!
9) MD: How do you stay grounded as a person with everything you have going on? Do you ever want to just pack up, go get a house on the beach, and walk away from the business of it all? (because that is how I personally feel some days)
LAW: Yes girl! I have thought many times that I just wanted to move to a mountain top somewhere, get rid of the television, and just spend time with each other. Reading and learning, etc. We’d probably kill each other, wouldn’t we?? Ha!
10) MD: I love to read in the bathtub in my downtime. What special things do you do for yourself in your off time?
11)MD: If you were not singing, is there another career you would find yourself happily in?
LAW: I really don’t know. I’ve thought I would be a stay at home mom, at least for a while. I’ve thought I would probably be in radio because that’s what my father did when I was little and it fascinated me.
12) MD: What is your favorite song off your new album and what special meaning does it have for you?
LAW: There’s no way I can ever pick one favorite song from a record. There is one I wrote with Dean Dillon and Dale Dodson called “Have You Seen That Girl” that’s about being where I am in life now and looking back on the younger and more care-free person I used to be. I think a lot of women will relate to that one.
13) MD: Are there are any charities that are dear to your heart you would like us to know about?
LAW: Yes. A friend of mine created the Shalom Foundation and, probably because they have made the lives of so many children so much better, I’ve fallen in love with it! There are so many organizations out there that really need help. I encourage everyone to find something in their area that they can help with and teach their own children the importance of volunteer work too. Most of the time you only have to look as far as your own church to find places you can help!
14) MD: Last but not least, please feel free to openly share with us anything we may have missed. We are nervous.
LAW: Always remember the importance of communicating with your children!! Listen to what they have to say as if they are teaching YOU something, because they will! I sometimes play a trick on myself if I’m feeling a little disconnected at that moment: I pretend that I’m talking to a girlfriend of mine. It’s not long before my daughter has me either riveted or dying laughing at something!
Some of our audience also had a few questions for you, they are:
What do you do to make things easier on yourself as a busy mom?
Let Frank take the kids to school in the morning!
Do you take your children on the road with you? They come with me some but not all of the time. But I’ve elected not to spend too much time on the road during my 11 years doing this. Not always the best career move but ALWAYS a better Mom move!
What types of things do you do to keep your family connected while you are recording or traveling? Ichat, texting, emailing, and phone calls.
What is your most influential musician in your life? When I was in high school and college I saw George Strait in concert several times. I guess because he grew up in a small town in Texas and I did too, I always thought if he could do it I could too. That had a huge impact on me.
What type of activities were you involved with as a child that helped shape who you are today (girls scouts?) Piano lessons. And I wanted to quit day in and day out. But my Mom wouldn’t let me. She made me keep going and keep practicing and I’m very grateful for that now!!
We thank Lee Ann for taking the time out to meet with our blog, give some answers into being a mommy and celebrity and donating 10 copies of her excellent CD to 10 lucky winners! Dont forget to leave a comment and/or tweet to enter and we will pull winners next Monday, May 4th