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Who Is This Woman?

Who Is This Woman

I am a singer songwriter in Tampa Florida..I am also a baby boomer..
I have been in love with music all of my life.It is the essence of whom I am..
In 1992 I became agoraphobic..Fear of the market place..
I never left my house for nine years and now I can only venture out when someone accompanies me..
I continue to write my music and wrote a song titled who is this woman..
I am trying to find a way to get it into the hands of an artist who would love it and do it for all of us women baby boomers..I am of course unable to do a lot of my leg work in shopping my music out so as so many do I turned to the Internet I have been blessed with a wonderful group of friends and family who help me every step of the way.
If you go to www.whoisthiswoman.com you will see that a friend of mine in New York is trying to help me.

Who Is This Woman

Interview With Linda Castellano.

We had a chance to interview Linda Castellano via email and here is our Q&A session with Linda.

Jeri:
It must be difficult not being able to go out in public. Please tell us how do you manage, this is not easy for you but not too many people are familiar with this kind of condition. I have friends who hate to go out in large crowd but they are able to cope with smaller crowd. and how do you maintain your living.

Linda:
So many have asked how do I manage living within these four walls..
It has been a hell on earth..When I lost my fight to anxiety I lost my freedom as I had known it..I could not even make it to my mail box for the first seven years..I became dependent on my family and friends for everything that we all take advantage of in our everyday lives.. Going to the grocery store, to dinner to the mail to the movies to get a hair cut to the dentist to work to support myself and so on..

I had my own cleaning service for twenty three years.. I lost it all when I became a prisoner in my own home..

I must say that the most difficult time for me is when my Grandmother became ill and all she wanted was to see me before she passed away and I could not get my feet to walk in that direction..

Having a panic attack is to me has been liking staring death in the face every time it hits you... You cannot breathe..My heart would race as though it was trying to get out of my chest and nothing I could do would chase it away from me until it was finished robbing me of the moment..I did find in the beginning a therapist who came to my home and talked with me and tried so hard to help me push the dark clouds away..

I thank God for her and all the times she came and never gave up..

I finally found a Doctor in the year of 2000 that came to my home and he convinced me to take paxil and I have been on it every since..I can now venture out from time to time but never alone..It has not been easy but I know that it is the path that God has put me on and with my wonderful family and friends with each new day there is hope..As you know I am first and foremost a singer songwriter..

Jeri:
Tell me more about how did you start in music writing. Did you take lessons?

Linda:
I love music and all that it has been to me all of my life.. When I turned thirteen I began to try my hand at singing..

Jeri:
Did you sing before you starting to write music?

Linda:
I come from an Italian family, and music was a big part of or lives..My sister also sang at this time and she was a big influence..In high school I was in every talent show that ever came around..I did a teen show at the age of seventeen..My first experience in a studio was at eighteen.. I began singing in night clubs at nineteen years old.

Jeri:
Do you play any musical intruments?

Linda:
I started playing guitar at the age of eleven years old.. I am self taught.. I wrote my first song the age of twenty eight.. I lost my Grandfather and his death had such an impact on my life that I put it into words.Since his death I have written over two hundreds songs..

Jeri:
Have you ever perform anywhere? Do you considered performing again and do you think that you would be able to perform on stage?

Linda:
I have not performed in front of a crowd since 1991..I miss it so very much and ache for the chance to do so again..I have a recording studio in my home and all of my band members minus my bass player who passed away in 1993 are still with me.. I want so much to be heard for I have so much to say.. If it is in God's plan for me and I do pray that it is one day I will be set free to sing to the crowd again.. Thank you all so much for the chance to share a piece of me and my hopes and dreams..God Bless and Peace be with us all..



Jeri:
Do you plan to write more songs?

Linda:
You asked if I plan to continue to write songs.. As long as there is breathe in my body and melodies in my heart..

Thank you again..



Jeri:
Linda, Thank you for sharing an intimate part of your life with us.

Visit Linda's web site: Who Is This Woman

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