“Painting requires space and music time, yet the act of seeing is indeed temporal, and the concept of music spatial” from The Secret Language of Birthdays by Gary Goldschneider & Joost Elffers

Ann Maria Aase by © Aaron McCullough

Image by © Aaron McCullough

An Interview with AnnMarie

Q. What is the best memory you have from a previous birthday?

A. I permitted myself to turn 30 for all of six hours. I have been redundantly 29 ever since! We threw the party in a Mexican restaurant in Hanoi, Vietnam. They decor, though, was an African motive, mixed with photos of Che Guevara. I loved the randomness of it.

Q. How about the worst? And why?

A. There was one birthday a couple years ago, where absolutely everyone I knew and loved was in another town, so I had to spend it alone.

Q. What was the present you’ve received for your birthday that surprised you most?

A. A ruby necklace my son picked out for me for my 40th.

Q. Is there a food or dish that you insist on eating on your birthday?

A. As long as there is wine, I am all good. Ha Ha. Funny enough, I don’t really like eating cake.

Q. What do you believe is the most important aspect of celebrating a birthday?

A. Laughter, love and time with those who matter.

Q. Do you have any traditions or thing you always do to celebrate a birthday? What is it?

A. One of my best friends and I make a point of celebrating our birthdays together (we are 8 days apart). It usually involves trips.