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Nine Questions


Joseph Heiden is a suit-wearin' native Tucsonan who works at the JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort overseeing the concierge desk, activities and Kids Club. He spends his down time improving on his crappy guitar playing, frequenting karaoke bars, watching Smallville and nursing a lifelong crush on Marie Osmond.

What was the first concert you ever saw?

Donnie and Marie Osmond. I think I was 8 years old at the time.

What CDs are in your changer right now?

Pixies, Doolittle; Johnny Cash, The Essential Johnny Cash; Radiohead, Pablo Honey; Van Halen, Fair Warning; Tool, 10,000 Days; Annie Lennox, Medusa.

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

At least a couple hundred CDs; about a dozen vinyl records including Depeche Mode, Johnny Cash, Duran Duran, The Beatles, Elvis, Buddy Holly and Dean Martin. I have Marty Robbins and Johnny Cash 8-tracks in a box somewhere (from when country music was cool).

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

Both. I pay for music on my phone, from my PC it's about 50/50. I don't mind paying, but who hasn't downloaded for free?

What was the first album you owned?

The original movie soundtracks for Saturday Night Fever and Smokey and the Bandit. I still have both.

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

Louis Armstrong, "What a Wonderful World."

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

Dean Martin instead of Frank Sinatra! Also, I like to listen to opera when driving home from work. It's very relaxing.

What band or artist changed your life, and how?

Eddie Van Halen. The first time I saw him play, it just blew my mind! Radiohead did the same when I first saw them live at 2003 Coachella.

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

Van Halen, 1984.

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