Today, instead of just pictures of random things, an interview from Dixie.
1. Hearing on the car radio We’ll Sing in the Sunshine by Gale Garnett is one of my earliest memories. What’s your earliest musical memory?
My earliest musical memory is one that I think spoke volumes about what would become my insane love of music. I can’t remember how old I was, but I’m guessing around 4. I loved Neil Diamond’s Forever In Blue Jeans so much that I wore out my mom’s record playing it so often. I’d sing and dance to it. Multiple times a day if I had the chance. So, the ‘rents bought me a 45 of it, which I played on my little kiddie record player (I seem to remember it being plastic and it’s possible that the turntable was pink) every day, singing and dancing along.
Come to think of it, that song could also be the reason I spend nearly every day in a pair of blue jeans. :)
2. How are you about doing things alone? Going out to eat, go to the movies, etc. Do you do it? Enjoy it?
I do it every once in a while. Sometimes I like to go out to a restaurant with a book and eat a meal. Movies aren’t bad alone, either. Unless it’s a bad movie or a scary one and you just really need someone sitting next to you that you can poke and say “Did You See That?!?!”
I’ve also gone to a few concerts alone, which are kinda fun. The last one was when I saw the Red Hot Chili Peppers in January. Sometimes that’s a reason to strike up a conversation with the person next to you. So, RHCP was a good experience.
I’ve unfortunately also had a not as great experience with the alone concert going, but that’s more because my concert going person bailed on me without bothering to contact me, so I had an empty seat to my left. Ugh, so annoying. That was when I saw NIN in October 2005. There was also a bit of a boring section in the middle when I caught myself making a mental list of everything that I needed to do when I got home that night, so I bailed early. Kinda regret that now, but it was a good decision at the time. (And I have seen NIN since then, so it’s not as sad that I missed half the show.)
3. I’ve loved the Beatles my whole life. Who was your first musical passion?
Excellent question. I’ll admit that I was the perfect age to jump on that New Kids on the Block bandwagon in the late 80s and they were also the first band I saw in concert multiple times. But I don’t think I’d consider them my first musical passion.
I would have to go with Neil Diamond, at least the one song. I still have a bit of a fondness for him — at least for his more popular songs.
4. It’s been over a year since you turned thirty. What about being in your thirties has surprised you?
How much I still feel like I’m 24? I’m in this very strange place where I don’t quite have the career sorted, I’m in grad school AGAIN, and things are still very much in flux. I don’t know – I think I always imagined that by the time I was 3o, I’d have it all sorted out. I’d have a family (even if it just was a guy and our pets), I’d have a career, etc.
On the other hand, I feel much more adult now. I think that is more a function of what I’ve had to deal with in the past almost 2 years — my Mom’s illness and passing just a couple months after I turned 3o, the general changes in life, the current job uncertainty, etc. I feel much better equipped to handle anything thrown my way at this point, more than I did 10 years ago.
5. I know you love knitting. Do you have a supreme goal sort of project that you declare you’ll knit one of these days?
A sweater. One of these days I will actually knit myself a sweater. It will be lovely and I will wear it often.
I also happen to have a sweater’s worth of KnitPicks Andean Silk in Hollyberry, but I’m not sure it will become the sweater. It’s nice yarn and a nice color, but I don’t think it’s quite right for me. I like the maroony color, but I’m torn.
Now it’s your turn to play if you wish:
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