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Who? Describing Glass the Sky's music is difficult, the way describing a dream is difficult. It's not a fully-formed thing most of the time. Instead, their largely improvisational and atmospheric songs weave in and out of structure, yet never seem to lose their firm, melodic grip.
Photo courtesy of Erin Rodgers
One of the linchpins of the band's sound is Erin Rodgers, who lends an ethereal keyboard and vocal presence as well as some clarinet when the situation is called for. Music has been her life for as long as she can remember; she says a song is playing somewhere in her head 100 percent of the time. In school she focused on the clarinet, and eventually learned the piano after her parents acquired an ancient model that had been on someone's front porch for years.
Though Rodgers picked up the guitar to try and get into the live-music scene, she disliked the instrument and jumped at the chance to ditch it after a former band broke up and Glass the Sky started auditioning for a keyboard player. She's been with them ever since.