What was the first concert you ever saw?
I was something like 11 years old, and I was with my parents in French Lick, Ind. The then-current incarnation of the Mamas and the Papas were playing at the resort.
What CDs are in your changer right now?
After my vehicle was broken into for the fifth time in three years ... I gave up on having a stereo in my car. I listen to most of my music in MP3 form on my computer.
How many total albums do you own (CDs, vinyl, cassettes, 8-tracks)?
Before the last few break-ins, about 200. Now, probably 50.
Do you download music, and if so, legally?
So, explain to me again what the difference is between making a tape of a song off the radio and listening to it, and downloading a song onto a CD and listening to it. ... Nobody was on my ass when I was 12 and making radio mix tapes.
What was the first album you owned?
Bon Jovi's Slippery When Wet.
What song would you like played at your funeral?
I don't care what is played as long as my sister is singing it. She has an amazing voice, and I wouldn't want anyone else singing but her.
Musically speaking, what do you love that your friends don't know about? What are your guilty pleasures? What are your guilty pleasures?
I really love big band music--Count Basie, Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, etc. ... I don't care what anyone says; that music still kicks ass.
What band or artist changed your life, and how?
Nirvana. After they started that piece-of-shit grunge craze, I vowed never to wear flannel again, nor will I travel to the Pacific Northwest.
Figurative gun to your head, what is your favorite album of all time?
I'm going to go with Paul Simon's Graceland. The songwriting is great, and his ability to fuse the South African music in nine of the tracks with his own is still impressive 18 years after the album came out.