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Questions and Answers with Jeff

Q: What sounds have been most important to your creative development?

A: The first words I ever heard out of Patti Smith’s mouth, “Jesus died for somebody’s sins, but not mine.” The clatter of a manual typewriter. A crowbar falling on a cement driveway. The theremin. Lightning hitting a neighbor’s house. A fastball hitting the side of my batting helmet. The saxophone solo at the end of Lou Reed’s “Walk on the Wild Side.” A cork being pulled from a wine bottle. Side two of Bruce Springsteen’s The Wild, the Innocent and the E Street Shuffle. Rain on the windows.  Butter in a skillet. Townes Van Zandt lighting a joint. Bob Dylan singing “The ghosts of electricity howl through the bones of her head.” Dogs gently snoring by the fire. The wind. Falling snow. A phonograph needle being dropped into the groove.