Mary Chernoff - Inspire

Mary’s first book about her creative life, stories, and practices is Inspire. She’s my mother, and she sure inspires me.

Mary Chernoff - Inspire
Mary Chernoff contributed the original photo for this episode.

On the Rhythm Changes Podcast, Mary Chernoff talks with her son Will about Inspire: her first book about creative living. She originally self-published it from New Westminster in 2017, then secured wider distribution for it in 2021.

We talked about:

  • The room of Mary’s house where we are for this recording
  • Her daily reading habit
  • What she gets instinctively about how to throw a good party
  • Creating Inspire, editing the book, and having a launch party
  • Publishing it and making the layout with InDesign, doing the hard work herself
  • Her memories of parenting me when I became a teenage musician
  • Lessons from being a self-employed professional for 30 years
  • Doing media for her day job in interior design, talking about recently finished projects
  • Diving into visual art around age 40 and having art shows in Vancouver
  • An idyllic time where she and I made art at home together, when I was a kid
  • Her musical background, including singing in church and playing folk music (similar to what Jonathan Baylis experienced)
  • Ideas for future Mary Chernoff e-books to follow on after Inspire
  • The concerts we’ve seen together and which artists have the most overlap in our lives