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It's a wonder Teresa Driver has the time to write poetry and perform regularly at various poetry-friendly venues, considering she's the new executive director of the Tucson Poetry Festival (Oct. 6-9 at the Historic Y, 738 N. Fifth Ave.), the secretary/treasurer of IATSE 415 (the stagehand's union), and a mother of two. No one is quite sure if she actually possesses super powers.

What was the first concert you ever saw?

The first concert I remember was Air Supply in Yuma at the Convention Center. The first concert I attended was the Monterey Pop Festival in 1969; I saw Jimi Hendrix, but I don't remember it. My mother is unclear about the details from that part of our lives.

What CDs are in your changer right now?

Bruce Phillips, Lunchbox Songs; Tom Waits, The Heart of Saturday Night; Buena Vista Social Club. I mostly listen to KXCI.

How many total albums do you own (CDs, vinyl, cassettes, 8-tracks)?

No albums; probably about 80-100 CDs, and two milk crates full of cassettes in a pile.

Do you download music, and if so, legally or illegally?

I do not download music, but I would love for someone to teach me how.

What was the first album you owned?

Two 8-tracks that I got at the same time--the soundtrack to FM and the soundtrack to Saturday Night Fever--in fifth grade.

What song would you like played at your funeral?

"Life Is a Cabaret," but not the Liza Minnelli version.

Musically speaking, what do you love that your friends don't know about? What's your favorite guilty pleasure?

I don't have any--I'm pretty open. I guess I've never felt like I should be ashamed of my musical taste, even if it's bad.

What band or artist changed your life, and how?

The Grateful Dead, and I'd have to say that's self-explanatory. If you're over a certain age, anyway.

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

Anything by Leonard Cohen or Tom Waits.

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