Shannon McLaughlin Scully '91

Which dorm(s) did you live in?
All except Best and Abbey. Burpee wasn't really open back then, and by the time it was, I had moved off campus.

Which staff or faculty member had the biggest impact on you?
Fine and Performing Arts Professor Jerry Bliss and Director of Academic Affairs Nancy Teach '70. Jerry was a great drama teacher, an excellent human being, and taught me a lot. And Nancy was one of the hippest, most straight-up people I knew. She never talked down to us, she was real.

Where do you live now?
Kemah, Texas, on my sailboat, Silverheels.

How'd you end up there?
I was trying to make it as a musician in Austin, Texas, "The Live Music Capital of the World." I was doing alright, had cut a few CDs and received good reviews, but after my blues band fell apart, I thought, there has got to be something more than this. Inspired by the book Tales of a Female Nomad by Rita Golden Gelman, I realized that what I really wanted to do was travel the globe in a sailboat and make music with the people that I encountered. So my partner, Mike, and I bought a sailboat and we moved onto it last year.

Okay, we're intrigued. Tell us more about this nomadic plan.
You can find out all about it on my Web site The idea is to spend years on a journey of music and global communication. I'm planning a documentary about the journey as well as recording music. We're looking for investors, sponsors, musicians, and educators to get involved. Anyone that's interested can email me at How's that for shameless self promotion?

That's what we're here for. Anything else to plug while you're at it?
I have a new band, The Albergs -- called that because all three of us live on Alberg-designed sailboats. You can listen to the rough cuts of our CD at We plan on taking all three of the Albergs out one weekend, rafting up at a place called Redfish Island and giving a floating concert. It should be a blast.

Time for the important questions. Favorite TV show?
"Reno 911."

Favorite record?
I have had so many different musical influences my whole life I don't think I can answer that definitively. Possibly "Talking Timbuktu" by Ali Farka Toure and Ry Cooder. Or anything by Led Zeppelin.

Last book read?
I am currently reading Don Quixote. I realized the other day that I had never read it. An oversight on all my teachers' parts, I am sure!

What was your New Year's resolution?
I don't make New Year's resolutions, because as soon as I tell myself that I can't do something, I go right ahead and do it. With a vengeance.

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