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Friday, September 19, 2003

Time Once Again for the Friday Five

1. Who is your favorite singer/musician? Why?

Judy Garland is my favorite singer because her voice makes me feel happy. I've loved her singing since I was a little girl. I would even stay up late to watch any of her old movies that were on television.

2. What one singer/musician can you not stand? Why?

Gawd, there are so many. I don't like Whitney Houston. It seems like she yells everything she sings. Sometimes modern singers forget there are quiet moments in songs as well as emotional ones. Every lyric doesn't have to be blasted full of feeling and belted out, hitting every note along the way. So you could probably extrapolate from there that I don't like a lot of popular, modern pop singers.

3. If your favorite singer wasn't in the music business, do you think you would still like him/her as a person?

Well, Judy Garland started as a singer in vaudeville, then became a singer/child star on the big screen. So she would have had to not start as a child singer which means that *maybe* she would have had a normal childhood which means that *maybe* she wouldn't be so screwed up as an adult. As it was she was a nice but flaky and erratic woman. Addiction will do that to you.

From all I've read she was no walk in the park to work with as an adult. Read Mel Torme's tell-all about working with her on the Judy Garland show for some truly sad stories. Unfortunately a crippling lack of self-esteem and addiction to prescription drugs and alcohol didn't make her a very stable individual. I'll just say she would have been a tough friend to have with all of her emotional baggage.

4. Have you been to any concerts? If yes, who put on the best show?

Tori Amos puts on a great show. Ditto for Sarah McLachlan. And, I'll bet you knew I was gonna say this, but Lucinda Williams put on one of the best concerts I've ever been to.

5. What are your thoughts on downloading free music online vs. purchasing albums? Do you feel the RIAA is right in its pursuit to stop people from dowloading free music?

Well, I've never really indulged in the downloading of music. I buy a lot of CDs but mostly of stuff you probably won't hear on the radio. Mike does use Kazaa but mainly to come up with these weird theme CDs—versions of the Route 66 song, House of the Rising Sun, or (to torture me) Over the Rainbow.

The RIAA is barking up the wrong tree when it comes to their worry that downloading free music is what's hurting their overall profits. The music industry is too involved with looking for the next hot thing. They spend all of their money and efforts on finding a singer or band that will sell twenty million copies right out the gate and then when their second album comes out and they only sell ten million they're a failure. Remember when selling two million copies was a good thing?

The record industry has gotten greedier and (like most corporations) is focusing too much on short-term profits and not long-term gain. As a result, you get a lot of the same kind of thing being released. That's boring and the public eventually picks up on it. Not to mention the fact that they're training the average music buyer to be flighty and jump from group to group.

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