Nine Questions

Michael Silvers is a UA student pursuing a master's degree in ethnomusicology. Don't call him an ethnomusicologist until he has a doctorate and a teaching position. Silvers is an adept accordion player who says he can bust out with a mean Swedish polka. He also loves all things Brazilian.

What was the first concert you ever saw?

My sister took me to see a benefit concert with Jimmy Buffett, Ringo Starr and James Taylor when I was in the third or fourth grade. Jimmy Buffett stole the show.

What CDs are in your changer right now?

Lagrimas Negras by Bebo and Cigala; III by the Yoshida Brothers; Illinois by Sufjan Stevens; Timeless, the new Sergio Mendez album with Will.I.Am from the Black Eyed Peas; and Stevie Wonder's Songs in the Key of Life.

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

I'd guess around 500 CDs or so. More than 100 of those are just Brazilian music.

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

Both, all the time. Whenever I realize iTunes purchases have nearly depleted my bank account, I switch over to LimeWire for a week.

What was the first album you owned?

Honestly? It must have been Raffi's Baby Beluga. But the first album I ever bought was Dookie by Green Day. They're not so different, when it comes down to it.

What song would you like to have played at your funeral?

Well, I haven't decided whether I want people at my funeral to be crying, dancing or laughing. Maybe I'll have a raucous klezmer band so they can do all three.

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

I really love "My Humps." But I guess I already let on that I like the Black Eyed Peas. Also, Reggaeton has a special place in my heart.

What band or artist changed your life, and how?

Bonnie Raitt, because I was conceived in her bed. My parents were on a trip to L.A. a while back and, well, it's a long story.

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

Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.

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