NIPPERTOWN

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:

Dave: With my own money?  Probably that Beastie Boys instrumental compilation The In Sound from Way Out. I had a couple Beatles and Grateful Dead records before that, but they were all birthday/Christmas presents from my mother.

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.

2. THE FIRST CONCERT THAT I EVER SAW WAS:
Dave: Either Ben Folds Five or The Who.  The Who, I think– it was a couple years before Entwistle died.

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:

Dave: Piano; my family had this old upright in the living room.  I took lessons for a year or so when I was six or seven, but my teacher told my folks it wasn’t worth it because I never practiced (which was true).  I didn’t pick it up again until I was about seventeen.  In that ten-year interim I learned trumpet for the school band.

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: 

Rob: The first song I ever performed in public was entitled “Goo Goo Gah Gah (Suite in E Minor)”. Which is a sarcastic way of saying I don’t remember. I do remember having a musical number as one of the turkeys in my kindergarten’s Thanksgiving pageant…

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:

Rob: The Communist All-Stars! Our “album” (the one that existed in my mind) was entitled Hiroshima Twinkie.
Dave: The Hollows!  I waited for a good one.
Join the Hollows in concert at Putnam Den in Saratoga Springs on Thursday (February 13). Local 518 faves Bear Grass open the show at 9pm. Admission is FREE.

(These articles originally appeared here and here.)

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