ToFAMA Part 2
For this installment of our ongoing Ask Me Anything series, Tropic of Food contacted the Donald Fagen of Harrisonburg, Virginia, the man who created Audubon Park: DC Nahm.
Q: Are each of your releases "concept albums"? They have titles that would lead one to believe so.
A: In the idea that they are supposed to make you feel as if you are spending an hour with what Sammy Hagar could have been had he achieved his full potential, yes.
Q: How does the songwriting process usually work for you?
A: I can't tell you all the sausage-making stuff, but I will say that there are a lot of Jujy Fruits involved.
Q: How come you guys always record with the same person?
A: Nick is probably the only engineer who can mic a burrito and get EXACTLY the sound you have in your head to come out of it.
Q: Who are your heroes?
A: Hawkman never really got the respect he deserved, in my opinion.
Q: Favorite movie?
A: Ralph Bakshi's "Wizards"
Q: Favorite color?
A: The bruised violet of a sunset after a day in which all the Chinese restaurants of Zebulon, N.C., were haunted by the ghost of a Civil War general who predicted the birth and subsequent literary revolution of William Faulkner before he died choking on a piece of hardtack.
Q: Favorite lyrics?
A: All that night/I watched the bird circle/while I was eatin' fish/and watchin' Irkel -- Ice Cube
Q: Any pre-show rituals?
A: Gucci sweatpants.
Q: If you could invite 3 people, living or dead, to dinner, who would they be?
A: George Brett, Aaliyah, Schoenberg. And it would be at Golden Corral.
Q: You are a lawyer. Do you have billboards or commercials on TV?
A: Well, I made some, but let's just say there are certain state laws about animal husbandry that I didn't understand. So I can only post them in the privacy of my own home.
Q: Are you a blues lawyer?
A: Hell yeah. But only the Jonny Lang kind of blues.
Q: You are also a writer. Who were your influences?
A: Halls cough drops.
Q: Is there one album you can say "changed your life"?
A: Koяn's first record.
Q: Will Audubon Park ever put your songs on iTunes?
A: That's what she said.
Q: What would you put on your tombstone?
A: Thanks Obama.