Nine Questions

Gretchen Lück

Gretchen Lück currently works at Access for Long Term Care; she is a case manager who helps people with disabilities. In her spare time she likes to make candles, and volunteers at KXCI as a substitute DJ.

What was the first concert you attended?

My parents took me to see Pink Floyd at Brewers Stadium in Milwaukee. It was the Animals tour. Who could forget that giant inflatable pig?

What are you listening to these days?

Having recently been in South America for four months, I'm in my cumbia and chicha phase! And, always since 1983, KXCI community radio. 

What was the first album you owned?

A 12" version of Sugar Hill Gang's "Rapper's Delight."

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

I don't get Tom Waits. I know he is very talented, but I think he sounds like a drunken Santa Claus. Also, The Decemberists. They are, to me, like listening to cardboard. 

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

Led Zeppelin, Bob Marley.

Musically speaking, what is your favorite guilty pleasure?

I love cranking music up to the highest volume right before distortion, in the car, all the windows rolled down. And, not so much a car stereo crank up artist but, I love Enya. I find her uplifting and calming at the same time. 

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

I would like to have played "The Parting Glass."  When I heard Swell Season perform this song, they said it was a traditional Irish funeral song. I read later it's a Scottish or Irish drinking song.

What band or artist changed your life, and how?

Tucson's Greyhound Soul because they sparked my interest in local music, through which I have met so many amazing and inspiring people.

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

Miles Davis, Kind of Blue and Bob Marley's Babylon By Bus.  I wore out the tape on my Walkman on my first overseas trip. I'm sure I'm risking my life figuratively but, I must sneak in one more: Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga by Spoon.