I should probably talk about music first since it's pretty much
what makes me tick.
I will say here that, although I am a classical musician for a
living, you won't find me talking about or listening to much of it.
Work is work.
Here is a compendium, in no particular order, of music, performers,
and composers that get me hot and bothered:
The Kinks, The Pixies, The Rolling Stones, Serge Gainsbourg, The
Smiths, The Talking Heads, Robyn Hitchcock's album 'Eye', The
Breeders, Brian Eno, Roxy Music, The Who, The Association, Stevie
Wonder, Todd Rundgren, early Van Morrison, Nico, The Velvet
Underground, Joy Division, Yes, Bruce Springsteen (after years of
resistance), Captain Beefheart, Bill Evans, Television, Gustav
Mahler, The Pretenders, Benjamin Britten, Neil Young, early Weezer
reminds me of adolescence, Beirut, David Bowie, Joy Division, Otis
Redding, Paul Simon, Kate Bush, Led Zeppelin, Neil Young, Tōru
Takemitsu, The Faces, The Magnetic Fields, Tears for Fears, Snoop
Dog, Elton John, Nina Simone, Sergei Prokofiev, Fleetwood Mac
(especially Stevie Nicks' songs), Orange Juice, Supertramp, Gang of
Four, Donovan, David Crosby, Frank Zappa and the Mothers of
Invention, Astor Piazzolla, The Left Banke, My Bloody Valentine,
King Crimson's Larks' Tongues in Aspic, Charles Mingus, Black
Sabbath, Steely Dan (which started with irony and became so much
more), Animal Collective, Jim O'Rourke, blah blah blah...
I end up reading too many books at once. And because of this,
slowly. (Don't know what that says about me...) Right now, I'm
starting Kieth Richards' autobiography, and I'm finishing The
Marriage Plot by Jeffery Eugenides, Metroland by Julian Barnes, and
Secret Ingredients: The New Yorker Book of Food and Drink and
recently finished The Pursuit of Love/Love in Cold Climate by Nancy
Mitford and Manhood For Amatuers by Michael Chabon. I've got a lot
of New Yorkers lying around but usually only manage to read the
movie reviews consistently.
Food is my number one hobby--both cooking it myself and dining
out--and I love to occasionally splurge on a good tasting menu. I
like what's good and sometimes what's good are vanilla mini
cupcakes. I do not love Chinese food. I do love Spanish, French,
Italian, Greek, Thai, Indian, and 'California' cuisine. I've been
obsessed with making Fattoush lately. Occasionally I get a strong
urge to stay in for the night and bake a pie.
I take my coffee black, my scotch neat, well...sometimes with one
ice cube (or even sometimes with soda when I'm really slumming), my
Manhattans up, and my Martinis with gin (vodka is for
I love British humour in general, Judd Apatow projects. most Billy
Wilder movies, Grey Gardens is perhaps the scariest movie I've ever
seen, Tristam Shandy: A Cock & Bull Story, Broadcast News, Hot
Fuzz, A Midwinter's Tale, Flirting with Disaster, Performance, Word
Wars, Withnail and I, Walkabout, MASH, Party Girl, Bad Timing,
Annie Hall, Almost Famous, The Breakfast Club, Bringing Up Baby, I
Heart Huckabees, The Last Picture Show, Adam's Rib, Kicking &
Screaming (not the one with Will Ferrell), The Philadelphia Story,
The Women, Before Sunrise, Manchurian Candidate (original),
Rushmore, Rear Window, Tootsie, Me Without You, All About My
Mother, Waiting for Guffman, Y Tu Mama Tambien and finally, I grew
up watching old classic movies and someday I want to find somebody
I can have good banter with a la Katherine Hepburn and Spencer
30 Rock, Twin Peaks, Friday Night Lights, The Wire, Downton Abbey,
Slings and Arrows, Party Down, Arrested Development, Freaks and
Geeks, Mad Men, Pushing Daisies, Kids in the Hall, The State,
Blackadder, Chappelle's Show, Always Sunny..., Fashion Police (ok,
I admit it) and all awards ceremonies so I can pretend I'm Joan
Rivers, Parks and Recreation.
Other things I heart:
*I love animals. My mom was the president of one of the SPCA's in
Philly and I grew up with a menagerie.
*I collect vinyl, especially from the 60's and 70's.
*Even though I don't get to do it very often, I love to dance like
a fool and I don't care who is watching. My karaoke stylings range
from Elton John to Jefferson Starship to Tears For Fears to
Sat-n-Peppa to the Beastie Boys. You know, all the embarrassing
*I like to sit around and plan vacations--even if they are total
fantasy getaways. I dream of traveling to Spain, Santiago, San
Sebastian (thanks for the fantasy, Hem), the Pacific Northwest and
Alaska, Melbourne, Indonesia, and Vietnam.
* For some reason, shortly after moving to my new apartment in
September, I was in an antiques store and I decided to buy this
large model ship. It has now spun out of control into this whole
nautical theme in my house--no kidding...several ship paintings, a
large decorative bowl with a squid on it, a monocular, a piece of
drift wood, a mermaid ashtray--and I have absolutely NO idea where
this new obsession came from. I never before had a particular
affinity for boats. But I think it looks pretty cool.
*I listen to a ton of NPR.
*I root for the Phils like a good native of the city of brotherly
Other things about me:
*Don't laugh, but I just signed up for an adult beginning ballet
class to try something new. I've also got oil painting and Indian
cooking classes on my agenda in the future.
*I'm not super active (no, I will probably NOT go running with you,
just to be clear) but I do love being outdoors and hiking/camping.
I suck at sports except for shuffleboard, but I will get
bloodthirsty over a game of Scrabble or Trivial Pursuit.
*My parents still live in the same house I grew up in in Philly,
but I've lived in Michigan, Boston, Manhattan, Toronto, Indiana,
Philadelphia, and now Baltimore and spent summers in Maine,
Colorado, Wyoming, West Virginia, Texas, and Brooklyn.
*I certainly love to go out but sometimes after a long day of
rehearsing and performing, I hope you're able to chill out with me
because some nights all I want to do is drink wine on the couch and
watch embarrassingly bad tv (like the crap broadcasting on the E!