1. What career do you think you would be in if you weren’t a musician?

Pick one: anthropologist, archaeologist, visual artist, teacher, writer, woodworker, photographer, metal artist, astronaut, personal assistant, editor, interior designer, social worker, or veterinarian. Or maybe I’d try my hand at subsistence living. Of course, if I hadn’t pursued music, I may have discovered entire areas of interest I am not currently aware of, so who knows what I’d be doing?

2. Is there anything you are especially interested in or involved in at present outside from music?
I have been hiking and doing outdoor activities whenever possible; it’s nice to get the fresh air and experience nature, since I spend most of my working days in big cities. I also like to see what each city has to offer, from culture to traditional pursuits. About five months ago, I decided to not watch television for a year and see what would happen; I have been reading and writing much more as a result, and I have come across some fantastic books – most recently, Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann, and The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot. I have also been listening to lots of science and storytelling podcasts (particularly “Radiolab”, “This American Life”, and “APM: The Story”). I never knew before that I was so interested in science!

3. What were your most embarrassing moments/hidden talents/interests outside of music?
I don’t think any of my interests are terribly embarrassing. Reading, rowing, writing, drawing, dancing, swimming, traveling, etc. Well, ok, I wouldn’t want anyone to see my attempts at hip-hop or African dance.
Hidden talents? I like to think I’m a pretty good hula-hooper. I also enjoy practicing my guinea-pig squeak.
I’ve had so many embarrassing moments – where I fall flat on my face or say something completely inappropriate without realizing it until it’s too late. One example: at a post-concert signing, a man and a pregnant woman approached me. Man: “Can you sign this program for my wife and baby? She’s eight months pregnant, and we’re so excited.” Me: “Oh, it’s yours!” I don’t know why I said that. I meant something entirely different.
We all have our moments.