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Hampshire Life ID: Leticia Diane Davies

  • Leticia Davies

    Leticia Davies

  • <br/><br/>Leticia Davies

    Leticia Davies

  • Leticia Davies
  • <br/><br/>Leticia Davies

Leticia Davies is a musician through and through. In 1994, she was signed to The Blue Rose Record Company based in London and Seattle, and she spent six years touring in the United States, the United Kingdom and Europe. Now that she has settled here in the Valley with her husband and two children, she teaches guitar and ukulele, and continues to perform.

Full name: Leticia Diane Davies

People know you as: Miss Leticia

Date and place of birth: May 27, 1960, Palo Alto, Calif.

Address: Amherst

Job: Owner of the Miss Leticia Music School (private and group guitar and ukulele for people of all ages), musician, music teacher at Pioneer Valley Montessori, preschool and music teacher at The Learning Playground Preschool, performer

Who lives under the same roof as you? Rhys Davies, a tall Welsh painter

Children: Gruffydd Davies, 11, and Rhea Davies, 7

Education: American High School, Mexico City; a bachelor’s degree in anthropology and a bachelor’s degree in feminist studies, both from the University of Washington, Seattle

Pets: Lilly the Cat

Hobbies: Knitting, sewing upcycled sweater bags, painting, playing music, dancing, going to movies, reading

Book you’d recommend to a friend: “Someone Knows My Name” by Lawrence Hill

Favorite musical groups: Radiohead and The Bird and The Bee. I like beautiful voices and poetic lyrics

Five items you can’t live without: Glasses, Rhea, Gruff, Rhys, guitar

Last thing you purchased just for fun: The book “Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail” by Cheryl Strayed

What’s at the top of your bucket list? Taking the kids to Europe

Life-changing experience: Recording and releasing my first CD, “No Songs About Trains.” From there came touring the U.K. and Europe and I met my bass-playing husband

Strangest job you ever held: Singing waiter in Seattle

Current Facebook status: ;0)

A little-known fact about you: I’m not a huge cheese fan

Dumbest thing you ever did: Watched all the “Twilight” films in the theater. Consolation: I was not alone

One trend you’d like to see return: Daily music and art in schools. It’s a pipe dream, I know

What really sets you off? I think religion and patriotism are private belief systems. It bothers me when people overshare

If you could spend the day with a celebrity from any time in history, who would it be? Maybe Jesus. I’d like to know what he really said

Worst advice you ever got: How about we just look into the military as a career choice for you? Not a good match for me!

Favorite place to get a bite: My sister’s house in Amherst

Favorite team or athlete: I love the Olympics. I like (soccer players) Chicharito Hernandez and Robin van Persie

What does your ideal weekend look like? Walking to the farmers market in town in the sunshine with one or both children, buying fresh bread for a snack and getting a lovely coffee. Having friends come over for dinner and then going to a movie together and sleeping late

One thing you would change about yourself: I would love to accept myself just as I am

What gives you the creeps? People brushing their teeth in front of me. I can’t stand it in movies either. And please don’t talk to me while you are doing it

People who knew you in high school thought you were: Bubbly and artsy

Whom do you most admire? Barack Obama. What a difficult job to hold, raise a family in a fishbowl and make decisions that might haunt the world for a long time. Can’t imagine the pressure

Parting shot: Play music because it’s fun to do. Remember to pace yourself. You are in it for the long haul

Editor’s Note - To suggest someone for ID, email Keri-Ann Aubin at kaubin@gazettenet.com.

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