Listen and love. You’re welcome
I thought I’d post today’s Fresh Air interview, because it’s timely– Terry Gross is talking to Regina Spektor. Not the first time I wish I were in Terry Gross’ seat, but I’m glad I’m not, because I wouldn’t be nearly as good at what she does.
Incidentally, I’d like to refer you to the book All I Did Was Ask, which is a collection of transcripts of Fresh Air interviews. Terry Gross talks to all kinds of people, from Dustin Hoffman to Samuel L. Jackson to Conan O’Brien and beyond. My mom gave me the book because of my background in journalism; she knew I would appreciate the interview style and the different types of interactions.
My favorite transcript in the book by a longshot was Terry Gross’ talk with Gene Simmons, the lead performer in KISS. Just from this interview, I think I can safely assert that Simmons is a despicable creature and Gross is an angel for having the gall to stick with their discussion. I admire her fiercely.
Apparently Simmons didn’t let NPR post the audio or transcript, but it is out there on the internet. Check it out.
It’s taken me a long time to warm up to Regina Spektor. I’m not sure I knew who she was or had heard her music until I got to college. When I first heard her, my reaction was strong and negative. Her music was almost intolerable to me. I hated the inconsistency of her voice. Some of her vocal acrobatics made me really uncomfortable, and I remember squirming at the brashness of the lyrics.
You know those songs you love that make you feel like “SUCH a girl” (even if you’re not)? First to mind are “Home” by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, “Suddenly I See” by KT Tunstall, or anything by Adele. Do you feel guilty for singing along? “Home” is an amazing, feel-good song that everyone should be able to whistle along to without feeling effeminate. Even Adele has her merits, and there should come a time when you are tearfully belting “Someone Like You,” regardless of your gender–just not at the karaoke bar, thank you).