echeng wrote:Vienna Teng is at this very moment writing answers to some of the Q&A questions. (We're sitting at a Chinese restaurant in Oakland's Chinatown.)
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Vienna, working hard at answering Qs
arcsol wrote:red pill or blue pill?
terraphim86 wrote:This is an odd question: what were your favorite kinds of books as a child? Do you have a specific favorite?
cmooreNC wrote:I do want to know if you've heard Marc Cohn's "Join the Parade" yet? It only took the guy nine years between CD's, but it did finally come out in October. Since you have worked with him before and share the same booking agent, I'm guessing you've perhaps come across the new release and, if so, wonder what you think of it? Particularly the songs relating to Katrina and it's aftermath, since you dealt with the same topic in your own way on "Pontchartrain"?
echoingstreetsigns wrote:are you a harry potter fan?
Jessie_k4758 wrote:Maybe this question has been asked before, but have you learned or enjoy any kind of dance? (Ballroom, swing, salsa, etc.)
GEORGE wrote:if this type of forum was available to communicate with not only those who are still here, but those who have passed, who would you want to ask a question of and what would the question be?
WintermoonSnow wrote:Do you listen to any foreign music?
WintermoonSnow wrote:When you actually get the chance to sit down and watch the TV, what shows are you usually watching?
asteroid wrote:So all of Vienna, Eric Cheng and Eric Miller have been software engineers? Did you three meet in college or in Cisco?
terraphim86 wrote:Do you have any authors you would suggest to help get the lyrically creative jucies flowing?
arcsol wrote: i can only write some lyrics or the melody itself, but never both i.e. i can't make a melody to fit the lyrics nor the lyrics to fit the melody. i've been stuck for years. i use a guitar - any tips on how to proceed from there?
echoingstreetsigns wrote:i don't know if you ever explain your song lyrics, but "recessional" fascinates me. is it named that because the story is told backwards?
Here's Johnny wrote:A number of your songs seem to be about internal struggles for inspiration. Do you come up with the lyrics for these songs on the spot, or is it usually an afterthought?
arcsol wrote:good as your music is, why is it people rarely know about/of it?
arcsol wrote:legally speaking, what is needed so that radio stations can play your songs and spread the music further?
disneyphish wrote:Do you ever read the fan reviews on Amazon and such? How do you feel/react when you see your songs analyzed, interpreted, judged, and graded in any forum?
disneyphish wrote:Have you ever seen something published about you, such as an interview, in which you felt that the journalist didn't represent you accurately?
cambiare wrote:can you see yourself doing what you do for over a decade? Two decades, even? It sounds like a strange prospect now, but did it ever cross your mind that music would become a part of your life for such a long period of time?
CandaceC wrote:what have been your parents' expectations with you and music, especially taking your success into mind? Have their views changed since you were a child? How do they feel about it now?
WintermoonSnow wrote:I was wondering...was there ever a time when you had doubts about where you were going in life and the things that you needed to do in order to reach that place, and how you resolved the issue?
WintermoonSnow wrote:are you aware that you are on wikipedia?
Vienna wrote:Lyrics and melody have to do with the voice, so put down the guitar and just try singing things aloud. If you're starting with lyrics, it's easy to get stuck singing them more or less as you'd speak; try drawing syllables out, pausing a long time between phrases, mixing up slow and fast. Experiment with singing everything on the same note, or with big jumps between high and low, loud and aggressive, soft and reflective, etc. If you're starting with a melody, sing nonsense just to find out what feels comfortable (there's the famous story of the Beatles' "Yesterday" starting out as "Scrambled Eggs"). You may eventually find that you like singing "Eeeeeeeepor fiiiiiah uuuuurky" to your melody, which you can then tweak into "Keep your fire burning," or "It's a fine morning," or whatever.
Lyrics and melody have to do with the voice, so put down the guitar and just try singing things aloud. If you're starting with lyrics, it's easy to get stuck singing them more or less as you'd speak; [...] If you're starting with a melody, sing nonsense just to find out what feels comfortable (there's the famous story of the Beatles' "Yesterday" starting out as "Scrambled Eggs").
My best theory is that its merits are subtle: it's not startlingly groundbreaking, or super-catchy in that pop-song-of-the-moment way, it's not particularly danceable, and it's not always obvious what I'm talking about in the lyrics.
Vienna wrote:There's also the possibility that I'm not doing anything all that great, anyway. But I'm glad you think so, and that a modest and growing number of people think so. It's already something to be very grateful for.
Vienna wrote:It depends on the country, I think.
But I do wonder about the viability of a model like that in the YouTube/BitTorrent age; there's an entire generation that's growing up with the idea that you can always get media for free. Would they really pay for it voluntarily?
I'm pretty sure Jane Siberry (now known as Issa) pioneered self-determined pricing on her website in 2005.
sheeba wrote:But I do wonder about the viability of a model like that in the YouTube/BitTorrent age; there's an entire generation that's growing up with the idea that you can always get media for free. Would they really pay for it voluntarily?I'm pretty sure Jane Siberry (now known as Issa) pioneered self-determined pricing on her website in 2005.
NPR just aired an interesting story,Issa Reinvents More Than Music Sales, on Jane Siberry, digital distribution/self determined and creative pricing.
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