When Doctor Dan (aka Dan Twelker) isn't working as an optometrist with University Physicians Healthcare or on the faculty of the UA Department of Ophthalmology and Vision Science, he immerses himself in all things music-related. He plays guitar and writes songs; he writes about music for the blog Tucsonscene.com; and he's currently developing a radio show for KXCI FM 91.3 called The Road Show, which highlights touring musicians and bands coming through town.
What was the first concert you ever saw?
Dick Dale. I grew up in Huntington Beach, Calif.
What CDs are in your changer right now?
Jose Saavedra Iguina, Versos Reversos; Nick Drake, Five Leaves Left; Stars, Set Yourself on Fire; Andrew Collberg, self-titled; Ghostland Observatory, Paparazzi Lightning.
How many total albums do you own (CDs, vinyl, cassettes, 8-tracks)?
I have about 200 CDs, five vinyl, three cassettes, no 8-track tapes.
Do you download music, and if so, legally or illegally?
I like reading the liner notes and lyrics, so I usually buy the CD. Sometimes for The Road Show, the only way I can get songs from relatively new bands or artists coming through town is to download an MP3 from their Myspace page or Web site. It's all legal.
What was the first album you owned?
It was either Neil Young and Crazy Horse, Rust Never Sleeps, or Queen, Jazz. My stepdad, Maurice, was really into music and helped me pick out the albums.
What song would you like to have played at your funeral?
Queen, "Who Wants to Live Forever."
Musically speaking, what do you love that your friends don't know about? What's your favorite guilty pleasure?
William Shatner's spoken-word songs from his album Has Been.
What band or artist changed your life, and how?
I would have to say it was Cheap Trick, At Budokan. I wore that album out in my teenage years. I was raised to be a good kid, too good at times. That album brought out the rebel in me, and it gave me a taste of the excitement of a live show.
Figurative gun to your head, what is your favorite album of all time?
Bruce Springsteen, Nebraska.