NAME: David Paarlberg & Rob Morrison
BAND AFFILIATION (IF APPLICABLE): The Hollows
INSTRUMENT: Dave – keyboards (plus a little harmonica, trumpet, guitar) / Rob – mandolin, acoustic and electric guitars, slide guitar
1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS:
Rob: I don’t have any recollection of what the very first album I ever bought was, but I do remember that the very first CDs I ever owned (though I didn’t buy them myself) were a James Taylor live album, and R.E.M.’s Monster. I got really embarrassed when I saw the phrase “secret to f*cking” in the liner notes of Monster, and consequently felt too self-conscious to play the album at home where my parents might decide to look at the jewel cases. But I absolutely dug the dirty, churning guitars of that album. I had no idea that it was an atypical sound for R.E.M. — I only bought the album because my initials are R.E.M. and kids were always pointing out this mystical connection.
Rob: Billy Joel! If I remember correctly, he went up on the lyrics of “Scenes From an Italian Restaurant” despite having a TV monitor of lyrics in front of him ON the piano. (“Bottle of white/bottle of…..white”)
3. THE FIRST MUSICAL INSTRUMENT I EVER OWNED OR PLAYED WAS:
Rob: Other than toys, the first real instrument I played was alto saxophone. I picked it up in elementary school and played through high school. I’ve played sax a few times since with The Hollows, but it’s been phased out. Originally, I was wooed to the instrument by a particularly cool California Raisin character. I’m really susceptible to claymation.
4. THE FIRST SONG THAT I EVER PERFORMED IN PUBLIC WAS:
Dave: In the fifth grade I played “I Just Can’t Wait to Be King” from The Lion King on trumpet with my teacher accompanying on piano. A year or two later, at a church talent show I played The Beatles’ “Got to Get You into My Life” and Fleetwood Mac’s “Go Your Own Way” with some friends from the congregation (including Brenda Sauter from The Feelies and her husband Rich Barnes).
5. THE FIRST BAND I WAS EVER IN WAS: