Nine Questions

Sarah Cafiero

Sarah Cafiero has lived in Tucson for 15 years. She is the mother of two boys, a massage therapist and a jewelry-maker. (Visit She blogs about it all at

What was the first concert you ever saw?

I was taken to Billy Joel in the early '80s, but the first concert I went to independently was Edie Brickell and the New Bohemians.

What are you listening to these days?

M. Ward, Rilo Kiley, Frightened Rabbit, The Dead Weather, always Elliott Smith, The Walkmen, Agent Ribbons, and Neko Case.

What was the first album you owned?

It was either Sha Na Na or (a) disco hits of the '70s (compilation). Don't rock the boat, baby.

What artist, genre or musical trend does everyone seem to love, but you just don't get?

Phish. There, I said it. I just lost at least four Facebook friends. Oh, and whatever Liz Phair turned into. I don't get that.

What musical act, current or defunct, would you most like to see perform live?

Joni Mitchell in the '60s.

Musically speaking, what is your favorite guilty pleasure?

No guilt allowed when it comes to music, but I may get mocked for owning George Michael. I can take it, though. Try not to dance to "Faith," I double-dog-dare you. Oh, and I'm pretty sure someone has video of me rapping the entire song "Push It" by Salt-N-Pepa at my wedding. And I'd do it again.

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

Two songs that are necessary are The Sundays, "I Feel," and Richie Havens, "Freedom" (live). And there will be dancing.

What band or artist changed your life, and how?

Recorded? Sinéad O'Connor, because the time was totally right. Live? Elliott Smith, because he was completely vulnerable, which I'm sure was excruciating for him, but he did it again and again.

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

Meanie. I can't choose one: Joni Mitchell, Blue; Elliott Smith, Elliott Smith; Sinéad O'Connor, The Lion and the Cobra; Rickie Lee Jones, Naked Songs.

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