Shana Morrison has lived in Marin County for half of her life and has performed with her band, Caledonia, at various local events and venues since 1995. I reached out to her as a fan of her music and was extra thrilled that she agreed to the following interview.
What do you do?
I’m an instructor at Internal Fire Pilates in Mill Valley. I’ve been enjoying the benefits of pilates for 23 years, teaching for almost 20. I also sing with my band, Caledonia, mostly on the weekends these days.
Where do you live?
How long have you lived in Marin?
On and off for 25 years.
Where can we find you when you’re not at work?
My favorite coffee shop is The Lighthouse in Sausalito (RIP Dipsea). For dinner, India Palace in Mill Valley. I love seeing movies at the Rafael Film Center, especially during the Mill Valley Film Festival, when you can see filmmakers discuss their craft.
If you had to convince someone how awesome Marin was, where would you take them?
Rancho Nicasio in the summer, Sweetwater Music Hall in the winter. A stroll along Blackie’s Pasture, stopping off for a sip and snack at Sam’s in Tiburon. And, West African dance class at Stapleton School of the Performing Arts in San Anselmo.
What is one thing Marin is missing?
A jazz supper club.
What’s one bit of advice you’d share with your fellow Marinites?
Get outside in the sun whenever you can. Fresh air and Vitamin D are so crucial to our overall health.
If you could invite anyone to a special dinner, who would they be?
My grandparents. I have a lot to catch them up on, and maybe they could give me a few pointers too.
What is some advice you wish you knew 20 years ago?
Live for today, because tomorrow is not guaranteed.
What is something that in 20 years from now will seem cringeworthy?
Replacing human interaction with virtual relationships.
Big question. What is one thing you’d do to change the world?
No more career politicians.
Morrison continues her family’s musical tradition (some may know the work of her father,Van) at Rancho Nicasio on Friday, June 2—tickets are going fast. Keep up with her at @shanamorrisonband on Instagram for more music and good times.
Nish Nadaraja was on the founding team at Yelp, serves on the San Anselmo Arts Commission and attempts to play pickleball at Fairfax’s Cañon Club.
This interview was about as in-depth as talking to a stranger on the bus.