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Keep Art Alive :: The 10 Questions Project :: Featuring John Easdale of Dramarama

1. What music (or other art form) inspires you when you create your art?

Life…it’s not an art form, but almost everything I’ve written has come from observations, experiences and/or emotions…
All music inspires me…since early childhood and to the present day.

2. Long distance road trip: what three people do you invite along (fictional or non-fictional, dead or alive)? 

My mother (dead)
OR
My best friend Greg (also dead)
OR
My wife and 2 oldest daughters, Melody & Heather (all still living)
But I wouldn’t want all of us to go together…it would get too complicated…

3. What is your favorite breakfast cereal?

Anything with sugar in the name (Sugar Frosted Flakes, Super Sugar Crisp, Sugar Smacks, Sugar Pops)…they don’t make them anymore, or if they do, they’ve taken the word “sugar” out of the name (but not out of the cereal).

4. What is one thing that is hanging on your bedroom wall?

A Chagall print

5. What smell/scent evokes strong memories for you?

Mom’s old perfume…Wind Song by Prince Matchabelli

6. Coffee or tea?

Oceans of both, please…

7. What has been the most impactful compliment, or criticism, you have ever received?

“Your music helped me…”; there is no higher compliment.

Of course, every favorable notice has been extremely accurate and confirmed my own opinion of myself…anything unfavorable is a gross misrepresentation and cause for severe bouts of depression…

8. Three words that describe you?

Handsome
Elegant
Intelligent
(actually, I borrowed these three from the “Magilla Gorilla” TV show theme song)

9. What is/was your cartoon character crush?

Ooh, are you sure you ask everybody this? Because you invite a few thousand words here…I have had more crushes on comics & cartoons than on real-life actresses & models…but to ask me to name just one, or even a top 10 list, would be impossible!

10. The world is ending in ten minutes and you get to listen to one, and only one, song: Which song?

It changes, and has changed many, many times over the years…today it’s “Smile,” written by Charles Chaplin.

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To learn more about John and Dramrama’s music and where to find out about tour dates, appearances and other great things wander on over here.

If you are in the Los Angeles/Southern California area, or are feeling up to a musical road trip (you know those are the best), head on over to the House of Blues of Anaheim next Saturday, April 13th, to catch Dramarama perform along with Berlin. Go now go and get your tickets here. I hope to make it there, too.

I would like to thank John for participating in the keep art alive: ten questions project, and for being an enormous and amazing part of my life’s musical soundtrack for longer than I care to say. Those who know me well know how much this band means to me, what their albums mean to me, and what a long history I have with the songs. I have so many memories that are forever entwined with the music of Dramarama. I am beyond thrilled to have John’s questions here to share, and grateful for the meaning his songs have had on my life.  I have written about the band before – here, here, here, and here  (yes, there music has had quite an impact).
Thank you so much for taking the time, John, to be a part of this, and thank you so very much for the music. To say “your music helped me” would be a fierce understatement…just thank you.
Go now go and check out more of John’s and Dramarama’s music, listen to an album, check for shows, and buy something if you can. Keep art alive and show your support, always.
Here are a few of my all-time favorite songs:

Anything, Anything (I’ll Give You) (from Cinéma Vérité)

Scenario (from Cinéma Vérité)

It’s Still Warm (Long Version) (From Box Office Bomb)

(so MANY of the shows in the slide show of this video I was at…oh the memories)

Steve and Edie (Live at CBGB’s) (From Box Office Bomb)

Last Cigarette (from Stuck in Wonderamaland)

No Regrets (from Stuck in Wonderamaland)

(I’d Like To) Volunteer Please (from Vinyl)

What are We Gonna Do? (from Vinyl)

Incredible (from Hi-Fi Sci-Fi)

Senseless Fun (from Hi-Fi Sci-Fi)

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