taken from the amazon.com Celebrity Picks section
- What album would you rescue first from a burning house?
- Jeff Buckley's Grace. I greatly admire his countertenor voice and rendition of three songs: "Lilac Wine," "Hallelujah" by Leonard Cohen, and my favorite carol,
the "Corpus Christi Carol."
- What song is better than coffee for helping you wake up?
- "Keep Young and Beautiful" by Annie Lennox. It's very cheery--a
good sing-along song with lyrics such as "If you're wise / Exercise all
the fat off!" [This song can be found on the CD Diva.]
- What song makes you swoon?
- Jeff Buckley's "Lilac Wine." His rendition of this song is one of the most moving. [This song can be found on the CD Grace.]
- What CD or song has taken you to the heights of ecstasy?
- Vier Letzte Lieder (Four Last Songs) by Richard Strauss, sung by Jessye Norman.
- What song do you play when you're feeling sorry for yourself?
- Jacques Brel's "Ne Me Quitte Pas" or Marlene Dietrich's version in
German, which is even sadder. [Brel's version of "Ne Me Quitte Pas" can be found on the CD Master
- What CD would you play to get people to dance at your party?
- Anything by Fats Waller. I like to Charleston.
- What's your favorite chill-out CD?
- The Lark
Ascending by Vaughan Williams. A violin sounding like a bird
soaring that reminds me of the English countryside. I like the word
- What song would you play to attract butterflies?
- "Gymnopédie No. 1" by Erik Satie, a half-French, half-Scottish composer. Fellini-esque! [This song can be found on the CD After the Rain: The Soft Sounds of Erik Satie.]
- What song would you play to drive bugs away?
- Anything by the German contemporary composer Stockhausen. Electronic beeps
- What book has most influenced your adult life?
- Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's The Little Prince and Chogyam Trungpa's The
Myth of Freedom.
- What's the most romantic book you've ever read?
- Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke.
- What's the best breakup song?
- "Nothing Compares 2 U" by Sinead O'Connor. [This song can be found
on the CD I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got.]
- What's your favorite road-trip album?
- Ennio Morricone's soundtrack Once upon a Time in the West, though it changes according to the place.
- What CD gives you the best out-of-body experience?
- Gustav Mahler's "Adagietto" from his Symphony No. 5, used for the
Death in Venice soundtrack.
You can order Jocelyn Montgomery with David Lynch, Lux Vivens (Living Light): The Music of Hildegard von Bingen on CD from amazon.com here.