Friday Fives

1. What’s an underrated album by a really big artist?

“Ghost of Old Tom Joad” by Bruce. An acoustic folk album. It is so great.

2. If you had to wear one band t-shirt for the rest of your life, which one would it be?

My John Prine concert tour shirt. I love me some Prine.

3. What’s the best use of music in a film or TV show scene?

“Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)” b Kenny Rogers and the New Edition in the dream sequence of “The Big Lebowski.

4. What discontinued thing do you really want to be brought back?

The Kitchen wall phone. It really kept the entire household together. My mother could have coordinated the invasion on Normandy with this phone and her address book. She didn’t need no stinkin’ smartphone.

5. What band or artist do you feel is massively underrated?

“Exile On Main St.” by The Rolling Stones. Panned by the critics it is a rock and roll gem.

(questions via @ThatEricAlper)

The Friday Fives

1. Who is a famous person that’s very talented but is also a piece of shit?

Gene Simmons. He can write a fine pop song but is generally a self-described ass hole, a sentiment many feel.

2. What is something in the 2010s that you miss?

Working at Sprint

3. What’s the stupidest thing that has a large fan base?

My first pass would be Professional Wrestling, but I think even more egregious.

4. What’s a song lyric that you completely misheard for a while?

“I’d Really Love to See You Tonight” by England Dan and John Ford Coley. I used to hear “I don’t want to talk about the linens” instead of “I’m not talking about movin’ in.” I know, it makes no sense.

5. What device, service, or app do you use to listen to music today?

Sirius and Spotify. It really has been a roller coaster for the last 20 years for media formats, hasn’t it? Cassettes, CDs, and then MP3s then over to Pandora, followed by all the streaming.

The Friday Fives

1. How is your relationship with your family?

Pretty great. It always has been. the nuclear unit is pretty tight and close. The outer boundaries of the family unit – especially growing up were pretty chaotic, but the parents worked hard to shield us from the mess.

2. How is your relationship with your manager?

I have generally always gotten along well with my bosses. In my career there may have been two bosses I didn’t get along with and those jobs did not end well I should have done a better job reading the warning signs and gotten out earlier in those circumstances.

3. How is your relationship with your neighbor?

Usually a smile and a wave but no real relationship or friendships.

4. What is your absolute favorite useless fact?

There is a notch on the lid of French’s yellow mustard that holds the cap back from the flow of the condiment from the spigot so that mustard doesn’t get lodged in the top of the cap.

5. You and your friend star in a sitcom. what is it called?

“Bar Crawl” Kind of like “Cheers” but instead of one bar it features six or seven.

The Friday Fives

1. What is a movie that is good for watching only once?

Blair Witch Project. Spooky the first time but once you know the deal the movie is kind of ruined on rewatching.

2. What movie made you a permanent fan of an actor, and what actor?

Peter O’Toole in Lawrence of Arabia. I watched it in college in Boulder during a revival movie showing and instantly became a fan.

3. What’s that one song can you hear at the right moment that put you in a great mood?

the live version of Springsteen’s “Rosalita.” Makes me dance a little bit every single time.

4. What are some movies that still mess with your head?

Some day after yet another rewatch, I will actually understand “Conception.”

5. What’s a great song that contains lyrics about finding, looking, or searching for something?

Easy answer: U2s “Still haven’t found what I’m looking for” which I will often hum or whistle when I am looking for my keys and wallet if I have misplaced them.

The Friday Fives

1. What is the best book you have received as a gift?

As a boy, my parents bought a couple of sets of encyclopedias and I cherished those. I would sit and read those for hours.

2. What books are on your nightstand?

Not a lie. I have a book on ridding myself of clutter and a book about overcoming procrastination that I haven’t gotten around to reading.


3. What is the last great book you read?

I am currently reading a Russian satire classic – Moscow, 2042 that is pretty insightful on the world today but was written in the 1980s during the downfall of the Soviet system. It is hilarious.

4. Describe your best ideal reading experience.

Curled up in the corner of the couch with a cup of hot tea, rainy weather, and wrapped in a blanket and a good book on my Kindle.

5. What kind of reader were you as a child?

Voracious. I would read anything put in front of me. Cereal boxes, magazine ads, dictionaries, encyclopedias. I went to the library every week as a kid to get new books.