Nine Questions

Luke Knipe is an enthusiastic music fan who works behind the front desk at Hotel Congress.

What was the first concert you ever saw?

James Taylor and Karla Bonoff at the Tucson Convention Center arena. I think I was about 11.

What CDs are in your changer right now?

Mike Oldfield, Five Miles Out; Bill Frissell, Good Dog Happy Man; Pernice Brothers, Yours Mine and Ours; Joseph Arthur, Redemption's Son; and The Nick Luca Trio, Little Town.

How many total albums do you own (CDs, vinyl, cassettes, 8-tracks)?

If the number includes music stored in my computer, around 600 or 700 albums.

Do you download music, and if so, legally or illegally?

I love using the Internet to share music, and I am unconcerned about the legal issues. Never before have there been so many routes of availability between artists and their audiences, and I think it's a wonderful thing.

What was the first album you owned?

It was either The Kinks, State of Confusion, or Duran Duran, Rio.

What song would you like played at your funeral?

"Don't Think Twice It's Alright," Bob Dylan.

Musically speaking, what do you love that your friends don't know about? What's your favorite guilty pleasure?

Hard to say; I have so many of them. I'm a huge ABBA fan. I'm constantly amazed by Eminem. "Feels So Good" by Chuck Mangione is one of my all-time favorite songs.

What band or artist changed your life, and how?

Pink Floyd. I discovered them as a teenager. For me, they set a spectacular new standard for how powerfully music can affect one's mood.

Figurative gun to your head, what is your favorite album of all time?

Dark Side of the Moon.

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