Now, for the questions that got posted after my last organizing session...
MISCELLANEOUS (part ii)
Here's Johnny wrote:I realize that you bring some faith-based elements out in your lyrics occasionally. What are your current thoughts on spiritual issues? How do they impact the way you do music? I'll understand if these questions are overstepping.
Not overstepping, but I'm afraid I don't have anything definitive to say on the topic. I'm an outsider to faith and organized religion, a fascinated passerby pressing her nose against the window. Sometimes that fascination shows up in songs, I guess. In 2004 I took a tour of Temple Square in Salt Lake City, and at the end when they had us fill out information cards I wrote "Unitarian Universalist" in the line for Religion. I'm not certain that there's a spiritual realm that exists separate from the natural realm, or that there is a God, or that morality arises from something other than biology and social contracts; I do know that I'm surrounded by astonishing and mysterious things every day of my life, and I can't even begin to explain them.
Ang Mo wrote:Vienna, what is your New Year's resolution for this New Year?
I don't do New Year's resolutions, but I am a devotee of 101 in 1001
. Made my list in November 2005, so I've got until this August. I've only completed 42 as of today, so I'd better get crackin'...
Here's Johnny wrote:The next time you are in Houston playing at the Mucky Duck, what are the chances of you doing a separate show at Cy-Fair College?
With enough advance planning, quite good!
I'm all for spending more than one day in a town, and the club + college formula works well.
arcsol wrote:i wanna play 'Nothing without you' using the Clothespin Technique™. how do you do that?
Just tune the guitar to an open D major chord (or C#, I'm not a stickler for keys—D just works better for my voice). I think the strings work out to D-A-D-F#-A-D, low-high. Then bar (barre?) the lower 4 strings for the G, A and A#maj7 chords, and just the lower 3 strings for the Bm chord. It was keeping those upper strings open that made me resort to clothespin grip; my fingers aren't nimble enough to do it the standard way.
CandaceC wrote:Do you watch ze anime? >.>
Aleu wrote:I wanted to ask that xP To follow up on it, if you do, are there any favorites? I know you've mentioned that Howl's Moving Castle AMV once :3
I watch very little of anything except YouTube clips these days, I'm afraid. I have seen Ghost In the Shell
, Spirited Away
and Grave of the Fireflies
. My sister is much more dialed in to anime and manga (last I checked she was a Naruto
Whilst in Vienna, have you ever been in the Musikverein
on Bösendorferstraße? [...] The crypt tour at St. Stephens and a stroll through the gardens of Schloss Schönbrunn are a must. So much history and music in your namesake.
Yes indeed. Next time we're there I hope I'll get to wander around in the daytime a bit more. Thanks for the tips!
Aleu wrote:Do you feel like your live performances are better than your studio recordings? Because after listening to you live, I've never been able to listen to your CD's without a little sigh of discontent (Thank God for achive.org <3)
I would like to capture more of a live feel in a studio record sometime. But I think that albums and the shows are meant to be different, and there's a lot more going on at a live show: your own participation as part of an audience, the whole visual aspect, the way you can watch each musician create the music in real time. That might be part of why the live performances feel more compelling than the CD—unless you're talking about listening to archive.org only, in which case my theory is shot.
Odd question, but are there any emoticons that you favor? It looks like you're a fan of
, but are there any others hidden away that you're not telling us about? :O
Haha! I like having emoticon wars with Eric Cheng on occasion, with those silly expanded sets on Yahoo. And I still think
looks like someone with glasses after getting punched in the nose.
Have you ever had Top Ramen?
Gee, thanks a lot. I was all ready to go to bed, but now I've got to make a detour to the kitchen...
I'm trying to transition more to vegetarian/organic/local/unprocessed/etc. food every year, but childhood programming leaves me with a serious soft spot for drive-thrus, microwaveables and the just-add-water aesthetic.
How good is your memory of fans? For example, do you remember the one that Wolf Trap that asked you to sign a Geico ad?
...no. I signed a Geico ad? Sorry. I do remember signing iPods a few times, though. And a futon mattress. And a hairy chest. That was fun, albeit sweaty.
My_Name_Is_Daniel wrote:I've noticed over the years many different changes in your touring personnel, allowing many different musicians to interpret your music for you in many different ways. I'm curious, what other instruments are you curious in performing with? organ? banjo? trumpet? dulcimer?
I'd love to add electric guitar to our mostly-acoustic mix. Some warm hollow-body tones, slide and E-bow, subtle effects pedals. Pedal steel is a remarkable instrument, too. I love orchestral colors: English horn, French horn, trombone, clarinet, bells and timpani. Just haven't figured out how to use them yet.