Residence: Barrington

Guilty associations: Currently, The Eastern Sleds and solo projects of a low-fidelity nature. In the past, Lost Nation Road and The Water Section.

Favorite Seacoast spot: Odiorne State Park

Average amount of sleep: Not nearly enough

Favorite color: Blue

Here we go:

EDGE: Music. What is it good for? Why do you seek it? Why do you create it?

Carloni: Iíve never figured out how to get the stuff tucked away in the deep recesses of my brain out into the world in any other way than through music. When I donít have music, my perspective starts to overflow and darken. Music is like a spigot that relieves the pressure. Iím not sure if I seek it out or if it found me back when I was a kid and never let me go. I create it because it brings me joy on a level I canít put into words. Music speaks to the things that canít seem to be expressed through verbal conversation. Music makes me feel like a kid.

EDGE: What do you get out of the act of writing songs? How does songwriting fuel your existence or help you make sense of things?

Carloni: Iíd say songwriting allows me to speak to the horrid and the mundane in ways that allow for pondering instead of depression. In the best of times, the act of writing songs is similar to a fever. The process collapses around me and holds me captive until it passes. I used to become anxious when I hadnít written in a long time, but Iíve come to appreciate that there is a cocooning that could last months and this for me is part of the songwriting process. Iím not sure if songwriting helps me make sense of things, but it definitely helps me cope with all the unknowns.

EDGE: What do you do for a "day job"? What do you enjoy about it?

Carloni: I work in the field of counseling at a high school. Without question, the greatest joy in my job is working with students. Despite what you may hear about young people these days, in my experience, most are courageous, insightful, thoughtful, and hopefully will one day save us all from ourselves. I donít wish upon anyone to grow up in this era of infinite uncertainty and ennui, and it is a gift to be able to help young people through these times.

EDGE: Community. What does that word mean to you? What's the importance of community? What do you appreciate about the creative community you're a part of?

Carloni: The word makes me think of barn raisings, town hockey rinks, and helping neighbors for no good reason other than it feels good. A lot of what I love about community feels kind of dormant right now in these insular times. Money has become a guiding driver for many of us, and out of that, there is a mistrust of others and a lot of selfish endeavors. I miss those old times of helping others as a daily practice, but I have found that there is still a powerful community here in the Seacoast that I am grateful to be a part of. People who attend local events and shows, buy locally made goods, crafts, and records, and even help fell trees that are threatening a neighborís property. This region is thick with community and even though Iím more of an introvert by nature, I enjoy whatever small role I have to play in it. I should add that this album by the Eastern Sleds would never have happened without said kindness from Eric Ott. Heís a genuine community spirit, offering studio time, expertise, and knowledge. The trick with community is that to experience it, you really have to put yourself out there.

EDGE: What's the greatest life lesson you've learned thus far?

Carloni: Thatís a tough question. Iíve had to learn so dang many life lessons that itís hard to pare it down. One is that kindness is a necessity. Iíll never know what other people carry with them from their lives so whatís the point in making it worse for them?

When I graduated high school and moved to Philadelphia with some fellow musicians, I learned of my own foolishness, arrogance, and misconceptions of myself and the world. At times, that experience felt like a massive existential haymaker. I guess I would say failure has been one of my closest companions and best mentors.