Getting Personal: Lynn Canfield

Getting Personal is an email Q&A with a local personality. Here, Paul Wood chats with Lynn Canfield, who works in behavioral health by day and sings with the Brat Pack by night. Getting Personal appears first in print. In the April 1 newspaper, we'll have a chat with local R&B and blues entertainment icon Candy Foster.     

Explain in one sentence what it is you do.

Member of administrative team for two (county) public trust boards — we evaluate, plan and monitor local systems of behavioral health, substance abuse and developmental disability services.

What time do you typically get up? What do you do the first hour of the morning?

Around 7, and the first hour is madness — making coffee, lunches, beds, feeding pets and finding socks that match. I do get to listen to NPR for about 15 minutes at the end of that.

What did you have for lunch today? Where? With whom?

Free-range chicken dinner salad at Black Dog with Jesse. It's very rare for me to leave the office for a lunch that's not a meeting, but I did it.

Best high school memory.

Surviving it.

Tell me about your favorite pair of shoes.

Flat, no shoelaces, brown. How can you beat that?

What does a perfect Sunday afternoon include?

Breakfast at OPH with band members et alia, a good workout and an early dinner with family and friends. Maybe we can fit a rehearsal, a playmate and a movie in there, too.

Was there one book you read as a child that you still cherish? Own? Read?

"The Little Prince," but I really don't understand it.

Where on earth are you dying to go? Why?

Outside. Because it's good for me.

Tell me about your favorite pet.

A Congo African Grey Parrot that pretends she doesn't talk but then talks behind my back, in my voice, about things she wasn't supposed to hear.

Have you discovered that you are becoming like one of your parents? Which one and how?

Yes. Pretty much everyone. Didn't they show me the way?

What would you order for your last meal?

Maybe I'd go back to Black Dog for that salad again.

What can you not live without?

Solid running shoes. Oh, and a couple of meds.

Who do you have on your iPod?

A bunch of iTunes U courses, "Mysterious Universe" and "Ask the Low Carb Experts" podcasts, Erykah Badu.

What's the happiest memory of your life?

My daughter's recitals.

If you could host a dinner party with any three living people in the world, whom would you invite?

Anthony, Brendan and Ms. X, because they would entertain me with magic tricks.

What's the best advice you've ever been given?

Wasn't David Lee Roth almost like the Dalai Lama with his quote about not sweating the small stuff and it's all small stuff? That was a useful tidbit.

What's your best piece of advice?

Lower the carbs.

What was your first job and how much did you make an hour?

Selling tickets at the county fair, but I don't remember what it paid. That gig ended very badly.

What was a pivotal decision in your career and how did you arrive at that decision?

As an undergrad at UIUC, the decision to focus on music, and build everything else around that, somewhat mysteriously led to a really interesting career completely outside of music (and a smaller one in it too). At critical decision points, I have considered what will make the best story when I'm very old sitting around telling stories that may or may not be true to people who may or may not be listening.

Do you have a bad habit? What is it?

I have many former bad habits, but my favorite current ones are staying up late editing videos, counting all sorts of things in my head, watching "Cake Boss" and "Hoarders."

How do you handle a stressful situation?

I have all sorts of terrible strategies for managing stress (see above), still working on a healthy one. Looking up helps.

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rsp wrote on April 01, 2012 at 3:04 pm

“Don't sweat the small stuff...and it's all small stuff.” 
― Richard CarlsonDon't Sweat the Small Stuff... and it's all small stuff