What piece of art changed your life? How did it affect you?
I think it was 1955 when my father brought home a TV set. I was four years old, and I watched the Mickey Mouse Club every day. My favorite part was at the end of the show, when Jimmie (the leader) would take his guitar and all the Mousketeers would stop whatever it was they were doing, gather around, and sing songs and stuff. I fell in love with it then. I was fascinated with the object (guitar) itself...but also thought it was so cool how it seemed to have this power to bring everyone together and listen. And around the same time there came the electric guitar. "Telecaster" and "Stratocaster". Hot Rods, Surfing, and Rocket Ships. And everybody was talking about "outerspace", and the "future", and all these amazing possibilities, and everyone's imagination was wide open, and everything was going to be so great. Rock and Roll. Whatever was going on, the guitar seemed to be there in the midst of it. It still is for me.
Guitar great Bill Frisell has a new Bossa Nova-flavored CD—is there anything this guy can't play?!—featuring singer Vinicius Cantuaria, who's previously collaborated with the likes of David Byrne, Laurie Anderson, and Brian Eno. Lagrimas Mexicanas is a dreamy, jazzy, and seductive recording that should translate nicely to a live setting. That's good news for us, because Frisell and Cantuaria are coming to town for two dates—Sunday night at MICA's Brown Center (6 pm) and Monday night at An die Musik (8 & 9:30 pm). Students with valid ID can attend the MICA show for 10 bucks!