The latest installment of our Baristanet Profile series, where we get to know the people in our neighborhood:
Name: Tracy Herrick
Where do you live? Erwin Park… this is our 3rd (and final!) home in Montclair.
When did you move there? We moved to Montclair in 1998, and bought this house in Dec of 2003. We didn’t move in until Summer of 2004… LOTS of renovation.
Where did you grow up? I was born in Lorain, Ohio and then moved one city over to Amherst. Both are modest towns on Lake Erie, about 30 miles west of Cleveland (go Cavs!). I had a typical midwestern upbringing. I go back every summer to visit the few family members who still live there, and to take my daughters to Cedar Point Amusement Park… BEST coasters in the world!
How do you make a living? I teach by day, and sing by night. I am a vocal coach, and work primarily with elementary and high school students. It’s a privilege to watch them grow, both as performers and people. I still sing myself, mainly for pleasure, and mostly with a fabulous musical group called 3rd Valve. We have an 11-piece horn band that covers artists like Chicago, EW&F, Aretha Franklin, Clapton etc…. it’s a BLAST. We also have a smaller jazz ensemble, and an R&B group. I sing it all and will stop when I drop! (Shameless plug #2.., go to http://thnjsongbird.wixsite.com/tracyherrick for more info!)
Coffee, tea or … ? Both. Two cups of coffee in the morning (and please don’t expect a coherent conversation until I’ve finished the first one), and Chai tea in the afternoon when I’m teaching.
What’s your idea of a perfect Saturday? Going out on the Harley during the day… my husband, Scott and I have a Road King, and we love to get out of the burbs and up into the countryside and hills of NY State and explore. There’s nothing like breathing in the fresh air, while cruising down winding roads on a motorcycle. Heaven! Then home, perhaps a nap, and out to do a gig at night… singing my heart out, watching our audience shake their booties and act like teens again. Our followers cut loose!!
What’s your favorite local restaurant? Oh, SO many ‘favorites’! Egan’s for great beer and wings, Highlawn for a martini and the view, Ruthie’s for BBQ (and live music in the Summer), Ani Ramen for shrimp buns, and I so miss Giotto. Their pasta, risotto… everything, was delicioso! I am a complete foodie, so there’s no way could I pick just one. We are very fortunate to have Many fabulous restaurants in Montclair, these are just a few. Continue Reading