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Live365 screen name: betty365

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Online Since: 1994. I ran out and bought a computer and modem the day after I read an article about IUMA in Wired.

What's Your Day Job?

All Live365, all the time.

What do you like about Live365?

I like, dare I say LOVE, the fact that people can listen to AND broadcast music and other facets of personal expression. This has never been possible before. I love that this service enables people to meet each other around music. Plus the community is awesome. People help each other out, offer feedback, and of course, give each other some good natured *(^*&.

What was the single best, most earth-shattering, soul-shaking musical moment?

I can't believe I am having such a hard time answering this question that I have asked to so many musicians and broadcasters!

It was probably seeing Soul Coughing - knowing nothing about them - in a tiny dive bar in Minneapolis. There was something alchemic about the way they integrated elements of blues, rock, funk, hip hop, disco, and crazy smart lyrics with tweaky samples from commercial culture. Same thing I loved about Negativland, although I am sad to say I never saw them live. Then again, Bootsy Collins was also totally alchemic in his own right; the entire audience was six feet off the floor by the time the show ended. Carlos Santana and The Reverend Horton Heat had the same effect, too. But then there's the quiet style of soul-shattering, ie Mary Lou Lord, who had such an open heart and winsome voice, busking on the streets of Austin TX, or Bryan Ferry who had his audience resonating to every line, or Miles Davis, who I saw when I was a wee tot. Oh crap, I don't know. What an onerous question!

What five CDs would you take with you if you were going to be cast away on a deserted island for two months?

Brian Eno - Music for Airports
Handel's Messiah
Sasha / Digweed - Northern Exposure
The Clash - Sandinista!
Joseph Campbell - The Hero of 1000 Faces (books on CD)

What's currently in your CD player or MP3 player, as the case may be?

Five-CDs - new PVD, Bach Lute concertos, a demo by this DJ called Marshall who lives in Wisconsin, Vivaldi "Gloria" and Hildegarde von Bingham plainchants.

Are you a musician? If so, what do you play?

I was born with a violin surgically implanted under my chin. In high school, I switched to classical voice. Briefly played keyboards with a new wave band in college, and now I DJ, mostly house with the occasional foray into rancorous trance and techno. I'm no DJ Drag'n Fly, but hopefully some day...

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