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Is It Safe To Gnaw Through The Straps Now?

Two interviews

Asked by born_to_me

1. Who is your favorite Marx Brother, and why?
Harpo, no contest. Read Harpo Speaks. He was illiterate, quit school in 2nd grade, and still counted amongst his friends Alexander Woolcott, George Kaufmann, George Bernard Shaw and so many others. He was brilliant, gentle, wild and wonderful.

2. If the Marx Brothers were alive today and performing, and you had a chance to do a project with them that was entirely of your own design, what would it ?
I would do what they did in their prime, gather them, a group of writers, a fine director and let it go.

3. Luke Ski - man or myth?
Depends on what sort of speech impediment you are talking about.

4. What was your favorite theatre experience? This can be acting, tech or just watching a performance.
Ok, first thing I thought of. If I thought more it would be very very difficult. It was a revival of William Gillette's Sherlock Holmes. The show started with a string quartet playing the James Bond Theme. The theme ended with a street scene, and the street violinist (who every Holmes fan should know) ending the last little bit. After the street scene the stage FADED into 221B Baker Street. Yes, I said faded. It was the greatest scene change I have ever seen anywhere.

5. Bill Hicks and Dorothy Parker have a love child. Who is it, and why?
The idea of these two bitter, brilliant ferociously funny people having sex is a wild enough idea. Then to think of these two intellects bringing up a child. Most of the population of the planet would shun such a creature. The few who got it would treat it as a messiah ... they, of course, would be correct.

asked by autographedcat

1. Tell me about the best gig you ever had as a musician. What made it stand out?
I think that the best show I have ever played as at Capricon a couple weeks ago. It was loose, relaxed, the audience got into it and was as involved as I was. I played well, sang as well as I am capable of.

2. What do you do to afford your life? (In other words, what's your day job?)
I work in the print shop for a multinational staffing company.

3. What's your favourite song you've written, and how did you come to write it?
That is a hard call. I would have to say Hides. There is something very special about it. Getting there was an odd trip. The initial part of the song is, oddly enough, the bass line from a very, very early Modern English song, back when they sounded like the rest of the bands on the 4AD label. Very abrasive, but in a glorious way. I wrote the progression but it always sounded wrong, it didn't work till some 5 or 6 years later when I played it in DADGAD. The original words were written by a friend, and have long since gone away. The song is about 4 friends. I wrote a very slight stanza about each. The first is about a writer I know who could never get his stuff published, the second an artist friend whose work was just not pretty enough for the time she lived, the third a friend who couldn't get himself out of his mother's house and the last verse about a musician who couldn't get himself out of his brain and back on the stage again. Since I wrote the song the writer has 6 or 7 books out, with a new one sometime this year (I think), the artist went back to her first love, training horse, and also married the writer. The third fell in love, and finally got a life of his own. And now for 6 years I have been playing music in front of an audience.

4. Do you have a "process" for writing songs?
No, it's whatever works. I suppose that if I had a process I would write more. I try to jot down every lyric idea that I have, and try to play guitar every day. After that it's whatever works.

5. You have the opportunity to put out a restrospective on any one band or arist that you feel is tragically unknown and/or forgotten. Who do you choose and why?
I'd have to choose local band The Hollowmen (not the british band). They put out two brilliant indy records, recorded an even more brilliant EP that was never released. If they had managed to get themselves into the damn van and out to more shows in more cities, they could have been one of the best indy bands of the 80s. Instead they faded away. One of the singers has burned everything they did to CD, but there are probably a dozen or fewer copies of that running around.

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