Last Friday's Five

The Friday Five is not on this week, but I meant to do last week's and never got around to it.

1. Who is your favorite singer/musician? Why?
The Beatles because I grew up with their music... well, second-generation, by listening to my dad's albums. Renaud because, although I couldn't see any value in his music at the beginning of last year, Stefan won me over and made me realize how clever his lyrics are. Neil Diamond because... he's The Neil. Serge Gainsbourg because he has clever, somewhat hidden dirty old man lyrics that make me feel superior because I get them.

2. What one singer/musician can you not stand? Why?
One? Only one? I guess I'll go with Britney Spears because I feel like I can stretch things to find value in most other singers, but she seems to be Disney/Coca-Cola/McDonalds: commercialism personified.

3. If your favorite singer wasn't in the music business, do you think you would still like him/her as a person?
I suppose the Beatles would be okay, but I can't imagine having much to talk to Paul and Ringo about. I think Renaud would be belligerent and annoying, but at least he's sobered up these days. The Neil would just frighten me. Serge is deid and probably would have scared me more than The Neil when he was alive.

On the other hand, I don't listen to his music much anymore, but I always said from reading his tour diary that Moby and I would be friends. I've been watching Newlyweds, and Nick Lachey makes me laugh.

4. Have you been to any concerts? If yes, who put on the best show?
I have been to very few concerts: two Dave Matthews Band and one K's Choice. I'd say the K's Choice was the best because it was a huge event for members of their fan club, so there was a lot of energy and it was people they cared about, who had come from all over the world to see the show.

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?
As a person who wants to be able to download music, I am, of course, against the RIAA. I can, however, sort of see another side to the argument. Most people I've heard from say that they use it to learn about new music they woudn't otherwise discover, to preview albums before buying them, and that they download the music they wouldn't have spent money on anyway. But these are people of my generation and older, who like to have their music concrete and in their hands. Today's kids are growing up with music being something that exists in digital form as files. I'm not sure that they will grow up valuing CDs as much as we did. I suppose there's no way of telling that right now.

srah - Friday, 26 September 2003 - 6:32 AM
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Comments (4)

gravatar alfie - September 26, 2003 - 7:52 AM -

Didn't you go to a TRAVIS concert once too?

gravatar srah - September 26, 2003 - 8:47 AM -

Fine, you rememberer.

gravatar Justin - September 26, 2003 - 7:59 PM -

DMB fan, eh? Have you heard Dave's solo CD that came out this week? Great stuff. Better than the last two DMB albums, methinks.

gravatar srah - September 26, 2003 - 8:14 PM -

Yeah, he's okay. I'm not as much of a fan as I used to be, but I have something like 5 albums...

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