What was the first concert you ever saw?
It's a Beautiful Day at the Fillmore in San Francisco--maybe in 1968 or '69. There was an earthquake, but I thought it was the special effects.
What CDs are in your changer right now?
Boum!, Charles Trenet; Canciones de Mi Barrio, Freddie Fender; Holding Back the Years, Jimmy Scott; Margerine Eclipse, Stereolab; Callas Opera Arias, Maria Callas.
How many total albums do you own (CDs, vinyl, cassettes, 8-tracks)?
Between my husband Claude and me (we have co-mingled), I'd say about 800; very few cassettes, no 8-tracks.
Do you download music, and if so, legally?
Nope. I think artists deserve their audience's dollar support. To paraphrase Charles Bukowski: People who say they love music and don't buy it are cheap sons of bitches.
What was the first album you owned?
Elvis Presley, his first album, 1956. My grandma was a big fan. She bought it for me.
What song would you like played at your funeral?
"(I Be Glad When You Dead) You Rascal You," by Cab Calloway and his orchestra.
Musically speaking, what do you love that your friends don't know about? What's your favorite guilty pleasure?
John Denver, Godspell (the Musical), Holly Near.
What band or artist has changed your life, and how?
Jacques Brel. When I was a kid living on a ranch in Canelo, Ariz., there was this radio show at 10 a.m. on Saturdays that featured Broadway musicals. It was my lifeline. When they played Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris, I loved it. Especially the singing corpse counting the women stepping over him. Very witty, I thought. It made me want to perform and write and live largely.
Figurative gun to your head, what is your favorite album of all time?
Paolo Conte Concerti. Can't go too long without playing it--proof positive.