Please explain what just happened.
What is your earliest memory?
I called my dad a pig and he was flabbergasted.
If you weren’t a musician, what other profession would you choose?
Travel journalist, food critic, and a yoga teacher. Who does just one thing nowadays?
Please describe the current contents of your refrigerator.
Kale, yogurt, mangoes, pomegranates, pears, oranges, avocado, broccoli, turkey, kimchi, water.
Is there a time you wish you’d lied?
I’m sure I can find plenty of times that would’ve been preferable to lie but I strive to be an honorable human being and honesty is key, so no.
What would you say to yourself if you could go back in time and have a conversation with yourself at age thirteen?
Read and learn, don’t just memorize everything. Be proud of your ethnicity. Don’t let others’ handicap (racism) be yours.
Looking pretty is really trivial.
If you could have only one album to get you through a breakup, what would it be?
Best of Leonard Cohen or Nina Simone’s blues album.
What are three websites—other than your email—that you check on a daily basis?
From what or whom do you derive your greatest inspiration?
Name a book that changed your life.
Memories, Dreams and Reflections by Carl G. Jung.
If you could relive one moment over and over again, what would it be?
It’s between being held in mom’s arms as an infant or bowing at the end of musical theater performance I co-created with John Patrick Shanley at the album launch 9/7/10.
How are you six degrees from Kevin Bacon?
“May 10, 2010 … For reasons unknown, Kevin Bacon has declined a lucrative offer to star in Steven Spielberg’s mega-budget dinosaur series Terra Nova,” (Google is so handy dandy) – IMDB news.
I did a screen test with Spielberg for Memoirs of a Geisha when he was suppose to direct it about 10 years ago. I didn’t decline, he pulled out as director and the Chinese took over the world.
What makes you feel most guilty?
Not calling my parents often enough.
What would you most like to have invented?
What is the worst piece of advice you’ve ever gotten?
Get revenge on the person who did you wrong.
What is the best advice you’ve ever given to someone else?
Let it go, don’t allow it to live in your life.
What do you consider the harshest kind of betrayal?
The kind that breaks trust and wreaks havoc on other people’s lives.
Of all the game shows that have graced our TV screens throughout history, which one would you want to be a contestant on and why?
The Mighty Boosh, a UK show. It’s surrealist comedy with music. What can be more fun?
What do you want to know?
How to revert the dissidence in the world, how to have peace.
What would you like your last words to be?
There’s a song I wrote about that on my first album called Lullaby for the Lonely People.
I don’t want and I don’t need other people’s measures to rise
We all sleep underground someday
By then I will say
I’ve seen all the beauty and the magic
And darkness so tragic
Still with so many unanswered questions
In the end I’m glad I got to
Sing a lullaby for the lonely people
Please explain what will happen.
2012 will arrive in a year and will bring some major changes.