List ten musical artists that you like.
1. Moxy Fruvous
2. Nickel Creek
4. Pink Floyd
5. Led Zeppelin
6. The Beatles
7. Billy Joel
8. Jonathan Coulton
9. Tom Smith
10. D.C. Simpson
What was the first song you remember hearing by 6?
Oh, hell if I know. They're the Beatles. I've been listening to them for about as long as I can remember listening to anything at all. Though the first song I have specific memories of is "Everybody's Got Something To Hide (Except For Me And My Monkey)", because I had a little stuffed monkey that I'd dance around with to that song, at the age of about 3. Its name was "Monken", and I modified the song lyric appropriately.
What is your favorite album of 9?
His Digital Acoustic Compilation, without a doubt. I love his more serious music, and there's some fantastic fun stuff on there as well.
What is your favorite lyric that 5 has sung?
My favorite song of theirs is Stairway to Heaven, but my favorite lyric would probably be the entirety of the Battle of Evermore, excerpted here:
The queen of light took her bow
And then she turned to go
The prince of peace embraced the gloom
And walked the night alone
Oh, dance in the dark of night
The dark lord rides in force tonight
And time will tell us all
Oh, throw down your plow and hoe
Side by side we wait the night
The darkest of them all
How many times have you seen 4 live?
Sadly, none. Before my time, I'm afraid.
What's your favorite song of 7?
Either "Scenes from an Italian Restaurant", or "Leningrad". Or "Two Thousand Years". Or... well, yeah. I'm always bad at this question. (Coincidentally, his "Big Shot" is playing on my iPod right now.)
What is a good memory you have considering the music of 10?
Good choice, there. Late nights at Goodnight Gracie's back in Ann Arbor, listening to him on the open mic. Listening to his CD on road trips out to Madison and Chicago.
We both live in the Seattle area now, but he's not found another decent open mic venue yet. Hopefully I'll get to see him perform again.
Is there a song of 3 that makes you sad?
Not exactly sad per se, but "Sweetness Follows" is bittersweet and beautiful. (And "Find the River", from the same album, comes on my iPod. Psychic $MP3_PLAYER strikes again. Maybe this isn't quite the coincidence I thought it was - I'm on my "5 Star" playlist right now, and small wonder there would be two songs in a row from my top ten artists.)
What is your favorite lyric that 2 has sung?
Why don't you call me, I could save you.
Together we'll find a god we can pray to...
(Incidentally, why the crap are so many people unable to spell the word "jealous"? Goddamnit, there's an A in that word!)
What is your favorite song by 9?
Again, so bad at this question. But... "Starlight and Saxophone", "Storm Dancing", "I Want To Be Peter Lorre", and "Talk Like A Pirate Day", to start.
How did you get into 3?
My dad's CD collection. I grew up on them pretty much like I grew up on the Beatles.
What was the first song you heard by 1?
Though I only got into Moxy Fruvous around the end of 2004, I first heard them one weekend in 8th grade - probably 1996. I believe the song was "Michigan Militia", if only because that's the one song I remembered hearing before when I rediscovered Moxy in 2004.
What is your favorite song by 4?
Cripes, here we go again. Well... I guess it's not too bad this time. "Learning to Fly", without a doubt. Such a gorgeous song.
How many times have you seen 9 live?
Twice, once at Ad Astra and once at Penguicon, plus a filk circle later at Ad Astra, but if that counted at all it'd count with his previous appearance earlier that day.
What is a good memory you have concerning 2?
Seeing them perform live for a crowd of about a hundred people in a conference room here at Amazon. That was the day I discovered them, and I was hooked.
Is there a song of 8 that makes you sad?
No, but "Womb with a View" is an awfully sweet, sentimental song.
What is your favorite lyric that 3 has sung?
All of "Nightswimming". I can't get more specific than that - just the whole thing.
What is your favorite song of 1?
Oh, hellfire. "River Valley", "Laika", "Gulf War Song", "You Will Go To The Moon", "Fell In Love", "Bittersweet", "Lee", um, "Fly", ... yeah. Depends on my mood.