What was the first concert you ever saw?
Either James Taylor, or a joint concert of Styx and Kansas.
What CDs are in your changer right now?
The Sweeney Todd soundtrack; Duran Duran, Red Carpet Massacre; The Cranberries, No Need to Argue; Bob Dylan, Time Out of Mind; The Fray, How to Save a Life.
How many total albums do you own (CDs, vinyl, cassettes, 8-tracks)?
I have probably somewhere around 100 CDs. If we're speaking cassettes, too many to count.
Do you download music, and if so, legally or illegally?
I do download music. A lot. Legally. I condemn illegal music downloading.
What was the first album you owned?
Unfortunately, it was probably Spice Girls, Spiceworld, or something by the Backstreet Boys.
What song would you like to have played at your funeral?
John Lennon, "Imagine." Funerals are the time when people evaluate life and mortality. Death forces people to face the blunt stupidity of societal expectations and human events, and this song really gets to the core of that.
Musically speaking, what do you love that your friends don't know about? What's your favorite guilty pleasure?
I'm pretty open about the stupid music I listen to. I guess I don't tend to advertise my soft spot for Eminem's Curtain Call.
What band or artist changed your life, and how?
John Lennon touched me through his lyrics for "Working Class Hero," and led me to re-evaluate all the things I assumed (to be) true about life. W.A. Mozart caused me to realize that music was where my future lay.
Figurative gun to your head, what is your favorite album of all time?
Well, pull the figurative trigger, because this is a strong draw between Green Day, American Idiot, and The Fray, How to Save a Life.