What was the first concert you ever saw?
Only a few days old, my parents would cart me to local blues venues. But the first concert I can remember seeing is Raffi at UA Centennial Hall.
What CDs are in your changer right now?
A vinyl record of an Unknown Norwegian Recording Taken From a Found Cassette Tape, compiled by Tommi Grönlund, Petteri Nisunen and Mika Vainio; Philip Glass, Glassworks; Henri Salvador, Chambre Avec Vue; an amazing mix CD compiled by my friend Christine Fugit; and the soundtrack to The Jungle Book--it's the Bear Necessities and definitely worth revisiting!
How many total albums do you own (CDs, vinyl, cassettes, 8-tracks)?
I have a short-term relationship with a piece of music--I listen to something 'til I get bored and pass it on. I try not to keep more than 20 albums at any one time. One album in, one album out.
Do you download music, and if so, legally or illegally?
Download? What's that? I don't even own a single piece of downloaded music. Vinyl is absolutely the best. Analog forever!
What was the first album you owned?
I think that would have to have been the record I walked home with from the Raffi concert.
What song would you like to have played at your funeral?
"Gloomy Sunday" by Billie Holiday.
Musically speaking, what do you love that your friends don't know about? What's your favorite guilty pleasure?
Well, there is this one song that every time I hear, I giggle with delight: a little ditty by Akon called "Bananza (Belly Dancer)." I think it's completely and totally American, like french fries and fortune cookies.
What band or artist changed your life, and how?
Billie Holiday. I remember lying on a cold concrete floor as a child and listening to old scratchy records, her deep, soulful voice resonating. She taught me how to listen.
Figurative gun to your head, what is your favorite album of all time?
XO by Elliott Smith.