What was the first concert you ever saw?
My parents took us to see Barry Manilow, had to be 1984-ish. That's right; I'm not ashamed of it; in fact, I'm a little proud.
What CDs are in your changer right now?
The boyfriend appears to have control of the changer; all I can tell you that I'm listening to The Very Best of Les Paul and Mary Ford at the moment.
How many total albums do you own (CDs, vinyl, cassettes, 8-tracks)?
Maybe 250, including vinyl and the last few remaining cassettes.
Do you download music, and if so, legally or illegally?
Legally, but so very rarely.
What was the first album you owned?
Cyndi Lauper, She's So Unusual. Got the tape and a gigantic Sony Walkman for my birthday that year.
What song would you like to have played at your funeral?
Hardest question ever. I think I've settled on "Life Is So Peculiar" by Bing Crosby and the Andrews Sisters.
Musically speaking, what do you love that your friends don't know about? What's your favorite guilty pleasure?
I've confessed to some, I love the Barenaked Ladies. I can't help it. It's not my fault--sorry, Curtis.
What band or artist changed your life, and how?
I guess it must have been, embarrassingly, The Smiths. That's when I realized that there's a whole lot of music out there in the world that the radio doesn't want to share with us.
Figurative gun to your head, what is your favorite album of all time?
I waver a little; it's always Pixies. I'll say Doolittle today; tomorrow, it'll be Surfer Rosa.