Someone I admire memed me. I was reluctant. But she urged me to participate. I figure if someone of her caliber can do it, then I can too.
1. Who is your favorite musical artist?
So many have influenced my life and my style. Peter Paul and Mary. Phil Ochs. Hendrix. Beatles. Tom Waits. Lyle Lovitt — the list is extensive. But above them all, one man stands out as someone who embodies many of all my favorite artist’s attributes. He is Jerry Garcia. I saw the Grateful Dead perform hundreds of times from 1971 up until the very last tour. I have had the pleasure of meeting the band many times and was honored to perform with Phil Lesh once several years ago. My life definitely has a soundtrack and it’s clearly Jerry and his music.
2. Who is your favorite artist?
Keith Haring. His chalk drawings scattered across walls throughout NYC are as much a part of my history as the smell of freshly cooked bagels on a Sunday morning.
3. Who is your favorite blogger?
I do not have a favorite. Everyone I read brings their own special brand of insight to my reader.
4. If you could meet anyone, who would it be and what is the most interesting thing about them?
I would want to meet the future, 80-year old me. The interesting thing about him would be the insight he would have and the wisdom he could share with the present me, who at times could use a little more wisdom and guidance.
5. What did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to pitch for the Yankees. That was a dream shattered at 15 when I was scouted after a 12-0 winning season in the NYC little league. When the scout met my dad who was 5″2 and mom who was 5’0, certain realities became clear. So I focused on competitive yo-yo.
6. What is the most interesting piece of trivia you know?
William Goldman often cuts some of his best lines out of his screenplays because they just didn’t work in the scene. That’s cool.
7. If you could live in any time in history, when would it be and why?
I’d want to be living in Liverpool on November 9th, 1961. Then I could have entered the Cavern Club one hour earlier than Brian Epstein.
8. What is the most interesting job you have ever had?
Being a father. I know it seems corny but it’s the most challenging, interesting, stressful, rewarding, tireless, job with a range of benefits unmatched by any type of occupation or profession I can think of. Besides, I haven’t had all that many jobs – I have been in my own business since the early 80’s for the most part. I loved them all but searching my soul on this, all pale to fatherhood.