I like where someone distills something to it’s bare essence—ask me about what they call “Adrian jokes” sometime. Anyway Jon Carroll has a funny article in today’s Chron about NPR’s musician interviews. I mostly listen to NPR music stuff in relation to All Songs Considered (and their concert series) but I’ve heard some interviews like this:
Interviewer: Suck up suck up suck up name of new album suck up suck up suck up name of best-known album suck up suck up suck up and welcome, musician.
Musician: Aw shucks aw shucks aw shucks name of new album aw shucks aw shucks aw shucks name of new album aw shucks thank you for having me.
Interviewer: Tell me about name of new album.
Musician: Name of new album is an exciting departure for me. Name of new album has elements of reggae, hip-hop, jazz, techno and one kind of world music you’ve never heard of. Biographical fact. Another biographical fact. Getting back to my roots.
Interviewer: You got to play with this guy I never heard of. Tell me about playing with this guy I never heard of.
Musician: I’ve always wanted to play with this guy you never heard of. I heard him first in this American city, and then in this European city, and of course he played with Bill Evans/Earth Wind and Fire/Funkadelic/Miles Davis.
Interviewer: And what was that experience like?
Musician: We were on the same wavelength. We matched each other’s personalities. He gave me new ideas. It was as though we’d been playing together all our lives. Fact illustrating person you’ve never heard of’s well-known eccentricities. Joke.
Visit the link for the full “interview”.