Linda Chorney flies from Eagle’s Nest |

Linda Chorney flies from Eagle’s Nest

Ted AlvarezVail CO, Colorado
Dominique Taylor/Vail DailyApres musician Linda Chorney has her car stuffed to capacity with her guitar riding as her co pilot Monday in Eagle-Vail, as she packs up her life and heads for Arizona where she has recently signed a record deal.

EAGLE COUNTY If you ever schussed into Eagle’s Nest for an afternoon break from skiing this season, you may have noticed a dark-haired singer rocking the crowd with her collection of sharp, original songs, like “You Suck.” But while performing at the top of a ski mountain might seem unique, Linda Chorney has prepared for it with far more exotic gigs in her 30-year career.”Before I played in Vail, I played at Everest Base Camp at 17,300 feet,” Chorney says. “So playing at 10,000 (feet) and change isn’t so bad.”In addition to Tibet, Chorney has played in Patagonia, Southeast Asia, the Caribbean and numerous times in Palau in the South Pacific, where she’s something of a celebrity. But Vail has a special place in her heart.”I like to play in nice places – that’s why I play in Vail,” she says. “I love skiing, I love golf and I love scuba diving. I love playing on top of the gond – when the weather’s nice, it’s pristine up there. And some of the most important people I’ve met in my life have been in Colorado.”One of those people was a Continental flight attendant who was so moved by Chorney’s songs that she chose to give her a companion pass, which allowed Chorney to fly anywhere in the world on standby and enabled her to visit and perform in some of the most exotic locales.”I wrote a song called ‘Boxes’ because I just packed up and left,” she says. “She gave it to me five years in a row. She said, ‘your music has changed me, and I want to give this to you.'”Chorney’s travels often creeps into her songwriting – “Island Boy,” a hit in Micronesia, was originally about overly helpful locals in the Caribbean, but it applies to the South Pacific as well.”Whatever adventures I have when I travel absolutely inform my songs,” says Chorney. “When I was in Tibet, I wrote a song about permits, because you have to get them to go anywhere or do anything. I wrote a song on the way here after I got caught in the big holiday ice storm in Kansas. I spun around and ended up perpendicular to the road before I finally stopped in Hays. It’s called ‘Please Don’t Let Me Die In Kansas.”Nearly makin’ itIn her career, which includes four CDs and a few cassettes before that, Chorney has seen her labels and representation and labels go under, and she’s had more than a few brushes with mainstream success.”On September 11, I had three meetings with major labels in New York,” Chorney says. “Then everything happened, the label went bankrupt and it all fell through. For me, even though I worked hard to get to that point, I wasn’t upset because that wasn’t important in the scope of things.”Chorney also broke the Top 40 on the Adult Contemporary radio spins while she was living and playing in New York. Before that, she says she wrote a song in ten languages and performed in front of Nelson Mandela and hundreds of thousands of people in Boston. But neither to long-lasting fame and fortune.But Chorney keeps chugging along, and her latest stab at fame involves her recent signing to DEG, a label founded by Perry Damone, son of famed singer Vic Damone.”I played him a song live called ‘The Looney Bin’ – it’s the longest song I’ve ever written,” she says. “He said, ‘Linda, this is why I’m in this business. I could’ve listened for another thirty minutes. You just did that to me.'”In addition to “The Looney Bin,” Chorney will release a new CD that includes songs like “Dance More, Less War,” and she recently completed her first music video, which is available to view on YouTube and through her website,”It was so much fun to do,” says Chorney. “We shot it in Palau with Kevin Davidson, a gifted underwater photographer who lives there. I swam next to a giant manta and near sharks, and I swam with this sea turtle. It was like we were doing a dance underwater.”Bye bye Vail, hello ArizonaBy the time you read this, Chorney will have moved to Arizona to focus on recording and working with her Arizona-based label. She will downshift on travelling gigs and work on taking another shot at the big time.”I’ve (travelled and performed) for five years, and I’m actually tired,” Chorney says. “I love it and I can sit back and say, ‘that was awesome.’ But it’s always nice to get back and be safe in America. Tibet and Patagonia might’ve been my favorites; the people there are beautiful. But then there’s Palau – the rock islands are beautiful.”Those who might’ve missed their chance to see Chorney at the top of Eagle’s Nest probably shouldn’t hold their breath until her return, but you never know.”Tourists from all over the world have seen me here, and I get gigs all over the world from being seen in Vail,” she says. “If people want me to play anywhere in the world, they pay me and I will. It’s pretty nice, and I’m going to miss playing on top of the gondola.””This is not a bad thing to fall back on.”Arts & Entertainment writer Ted Alvarez can be reached at 748-2939 or Daily, Vail, Colorado

Support Local Journalism