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ID: Debra Weyl

  • Debbie Wehl<br/>JERREY ROBERTS
  • Debbie Wehl<br/>JERREY ROBERTS
  • Debbie Wehl<br/>JERREY ROBERTS
  • Debbie Wehl<br/>JERREY ROBERTS
  • Debbie Wehl<br/>JERREY ROBERTS

Debra Weyl moved to the Valley in 1975, having grown up in New York City. A career musician initially known by her maiden name, Debbie Fish, she has performed as a guitar and bass player, vocalist and songwriter. Spanning many styles of music, she toured the United States and Europe and recorded several albums and CDs. She’s performed with Raintree, The Valley Partners, Debbie Fish & Diane Sanabria, Blue Plate Special, Berkshire Country, Debbie Weyl & Way Out West, The Debbie Weyl Band and finally, Debbie Weyl & Outbound.

In 1982 Weyl went to massage school and has had a therapeutic bodywork practice ever since.

Full name: Debra Fish Weyl

People know you as: Debbie

Date and place of birth: June 3, 1954, Forest Hills, N.Y.

Address: Amherst

Job: Director/teacher of Music Together for Valley Families, private practice at Pathways Body Therapy, and office manager for The Psychology of Peace and Violence Program, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Who lives under the same roof as you? Henry Slater, my husband.

Children: Maraina Leigh Weyl, Kyle Slater, Dylan Slater and Andrea Slater, step-children

Education: High School of Performing Arts, New York City, 1972; bachelor’s degree from UMass Amherst, 1986; attended Boston College School of Social Work, Stillpoint School of Massage in Amherst, and the Center for Music and Young Children in Princeton, N.J.

Pets: Cairo the cat, Allie the dog

Hobbies: Music, dancing, film, theater, exercise, ceramics, cooking

Book you’d recommend to a friend: “The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Favorite TV shows/musical group: “I Love Lucy” and “Seinfeld”; the Beatles

Five items you can’t live without: Running water, some kind of music player, a fan when it’s hot, a warm coat when it’s cold and safe drinking water. Everything else is really gravy

Last thing you purchased just for fun: A Dunkin’ Donuts Coffee Coolata

What’s at the top of your bucket list? Aside from world peace?? Traveling around the world with no time limit

Life-changing experience: Going out of my neighborhood in Queens, N.Y., to Manhattan to attend High School of Performing Arts

Strangest job you ever held: I’ve been lucky, nothing is strange at all except, of course, being a professional musician

A little-known fact about you: I really just want to be a backup singer for a fabulous front person

One product you’d like to see return: LP Records — you can read the liner notes and enjoy the cover art

What really sets you off? Injustice of any kind

Best advice you ever got: Don’t sweat the small stuff

Favorite team or athlete: No interest in sports, sorry folks

What does your ideal weekend look like? Sleeping late with my husband until I wake up; being served breakfast in bed; a walk with my family and dog; taking a dance class and/or going dancing at night someplace to great live music; getting a massage and eating wonderful meals, seeing live music or a good movie together with family or friends. All this can be from home or away at a charming B&B by the beach

One thing you would change about yourself: I’d slow down and have more patience for myself and others

What gives you the creeps? Horror movies

People who knew you in high school thought you were: Kind and smart — I just looked at my yearbook for the recurring themes in the autographs

Whom do you most admire? The Dalai Lama, because he values and promotes compassion above all things

Parting shot: You got to sing like you don’t need the money / Love like you’ll never get hurt / You got to dance like nobody’s watchin’ / It’s gotta come from the heart / If you want it to work (from the song “Come From the Heart” by Susanna Clark and Richard Leigh)

— Compiled by Brenda Nelson

To suggest someone for ID, send an email to bnelson@gazettenet.com.

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