In the early 19th century, Marcel Proust was given a questionnaire called "an album to record thoughts and feelings," also known as a "confession album." At the time, it was popular among English families to assure that the man or woman was marriage-worthy and bona fide. Written in 1890, it was discovered in 1924, and in 2003 auctioned for over 100,000 euros.
The TV show The Actors Studio had their own version that the host would use, asking the actors the questions while live in the studio.
For many years it has been a favorite of Vanity Fair magazine readers, and they now have an online version that you can do and compare your answers to celebrities.
Their version is fairly basic, but a lot of fun to read, so when we were exploring creative ways to interview musicians, we realized with a little tweaking we could come up with an interview that was perfect. Where other publications fail, we will succeed by letting the monkey ask all the questions!
The first time I saw Kathy Moore perform was with Seattle'sBRAD -- a side project of Stone Gossard's with Shawn Smith and Regan Hagar. I was stunned to see a female on stage with them and in awe of her demeanor -- in Seattle you expect to see more personality than actual great guitar skills or singing capability when it comes to females, at least in my experience. This chick had it all with great original style. Then, the next day, I attended a friend's music festival on Vashon Island and was thrilled to see her on stage yet again, this time with Shawn and Regan in Satchel. Since then, I have gotten to see her in many, many projects. From her current primary rock band, TheGuessing Game, whose 2014 CD release, 'Holy Crow,' has been in my and everyone I know's car CD player all year, to her primary funk and blues band, Thaddilac, who are curently in the studio, and with her pal and constant musical compadre, RL Heyer of Cracker Factory, who are always up to something new and constantly playing benefits for local worthy causes, she does it all. I have heard recordings with her and Seattle musical genius Shawn Smith -- of Satchel and BRAD that sound like nothing I've ever heard coming out of Seattle.... It reminded me of old, raw Jane's Addiction demos. She's also currently playing guitar for Bleed Together -- a really fun Soundgarden tribute band. She has sang with Seattle singer Kim Virant regularly as well as dozens of other musicians (you literally never know who you're going to see her play with next)! I've also gotten to see her in her other world -- as her husband's partner in one of Seattle's best and funnest restaurants, Pies & Pints, where you can eat the best Australian-style meat pies as well as listen to live music in their cozy back bar. And over the last few years of filming her, I have found a role model in her, and from afar have witnessed how her amazing energy, positive vibe and endless talent touches and awes everyone who sees her perform. Myself and the rest of Seattle's music community are happy and proud to be part of her journey. Here are 20 questions for Kathy Moore.
With Mike McCready for the 2014 Flight to Mars
show at Seattle's Showbox Theater
1. What music makes you the happiest?
Opera (Pucinni, Verdi), Jazz (John Coltrane, Elvin Jones, Brian Blade), Led Zeppelin, The Police, PJ Harvey, Patti Smith, Neil Young, David Bowie, Iggy Pop, Jeff Beck, Brian May, Adrian Belew, King Crimson, Kate Bush, Van Halen, Beatles, Marissa Paternoster, and Shawn Smith project, Savages, David Gilmore, Roy Buchanan etc. etc. etc.... I also think that the music that I am working on or learning makes me the happiest.
2. What musician do you identify with the most?
PJ Harvey -- She wears what she wants. She does what she wants. If she wants to write an entire album with an autoharp she will. If she wants to wear prairie dresses and no makeup she will. If she wants to dance around in her bra she will. She rocks the guitar. She rocks, period.
Flight to Mars 2014 with Kim Virant
3. What musical talent do you wish you had or were better at?
I have drum-envy. I want to be John Bonham, Brian Blade, or Elvin Jones.
4. What is your most treasured musical possession or memorabilia?
My signed Bill Frisell Telecaster which I play all the time.
5. What venue do you dream about playing at?
Can we exhume CBGB from the grave so I can play there?
6. If you could bring back any musician from the dead ,who would it be?
Jimi Hendrix. I want to hear the music he would create if he was still around. I've read about his relationship with Miles Davis and I think, "What does that mean? Were they going to record together? Was Jimi going to play Jazz?"
7. What trait do you most deplore in other musicians?
Hmmm. I don't know if I deplore this, but I like great tone -- so I guess the opposite would be not liking bad tone.
8. What about in yourself?
Hmmm. Well, if I have musical flaws, I try to practice my way out of them. So I can't really deplore them; my flaws are challenges that I work to resolve.
Rock and Roll Wedding at Slim's Last Chance
with Sean P. Bates
Who is your muse, the one(s) that inspire you?
Love, joy, fear, anger, sorrow, passion. So I guess emotions are my muse, and music itself -- inspiration from great music. Hearing a new album or a new sound for the first time inspires me. When I pick up a broken instrument or a new instrument, I will usually write something on it as fast as I can. I have this song called 'Hallelujah' that I wrote on a broken guitar because I like the way it sounded: like a crazy carnival calliope.
The Guessing Game at Slim's Last Chance
10. Name one event in your life that formed your decision to be a musician?
My first memories were of my dad playing piano/guitar and singing Johnny Cash, Hank williams Sr., Homer and Jethro, Stanley Brothers and Gospel. I wanted to have his talent.
11. If you could change one thing about your appearance what would it be?
I think it is good to like yourself and be okay with flaws so I guess I wouldn't change anything.
John Lennon Birthday Tribute show with Christa Wells and Kim Virant
12. Who in your life has stood by you and supported you the most?
Clearly Randal. Everybody loves Randal and they are correct. He is my biggest supporter.
Randal Smith & Kathy Moore
13. What is your current state of mind?
Full of love.
14. What phrase or word do you overuse the most?
My friend told me that I overuse the word awesome. And that is awesome.
15. What would you say your best moment as a musician was, on or off stage?
Thaddilac with Thaddeus Turner
When I connect to the guitar and the audience and the other musicians on stage. I feel like I've had a lot of moments in the last five years of losing myself in the music, and whenever that happens, that is my best moment.
photos (3) by Elenora Ferranti
16. What band or musician can you absolutely not listen to?
I deeply hate the song "We Built This City on Rock & Roll."
17. What band or musician can you listen to over and over?
18. If you were not a musician what trade/ career would you choose?
Film Director. And if I couldn't be Hitchcock or David Lynch, I would direct horror films, but hopefully good ones. Can I be early Sam Raimi?
Rocking some classic grunge with RL Heyer and Klover Jane's JT Phillips
19. If you could be a fly on the wall at any moment in musical history, where would that be?
Anywhere around Patti Smith, Iggy Pop or David Bowie
Photo by Shane Williams
20. What song will be played at your funeral?
The Rain Song by Led Zeppelin.
Kathy with Bleed Together a Seattle all Female Soundgarden Tribute Band
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