What was the first concert you ever saw?
MC Hammer at the Tucson Convention Center. En Vogue opened. I was 9 and wore purple Hammer pants.
What CDs are in your changer right now?
The Gossip, The Knife, Antony and the Johnsons, The Beta Sweat, The Crowd.
How many total albums do you own (CDs, vinyl, cassettes, 8-tracks)?
A couple thousand total, including vinyl, CDs and a brutal tape collection from junior high.
Do you download music, and if so, legally or illegally?
I use iTunes, but I am old-fashioned in the way that I like to go to Zia and buy a bunch of records and go through the liner notes during the first listen to read the lyrics and see who worked on the songs. It's about the experience, and I find I fall in love a little harder that way.
What was the first album you owned?
Salt 'N' Pepa, Very Necessary.
What song would you like to have played at your funeral?
My funeral will be a huge karaoke party emceed by Sarah Beal. So probably Pat Benatar's "Heartbreaker."
Musically speaking, what do you love that your friends don't know about? What's your favorite guilty pleasure?
The Top 40 crap they play at night remixed to a disco beat. Anything remixed to a disco beat is 10 percent better.
What band or artist changed your life, and how?
John Turi. He really changed the way I listened to and wrote music. He taught me to listen to a song as a whole, then to appreciate all parts of a song broken down--to tune into the details arrangement- and instrument-wise that will change the personality of a song, making it more than just a nice first listen.
Figurative gun to your head, what is your favorite album of all time?
David Bowie, Hunky Dory.