30 Seconds With Rachael Yamagata

If there is a sexier sound in the world than Rachael Yamagata singing "Starlight" then we haven't heard it. We fired off an email to her awesomeness to see what drops of illumination we could collect from her in 30 seconds.

Rocks Off: What is the worst song in the world?

Rachael Yamagata: The song playing in the van right now. I've heard it over 100 times, but I can't bring myself to say anything. Guys have just discovered this record and are going through the "we must play it every day" phase. It is a fabulous band, but I want to kill myself now. We have a 16 hour drive ahead of us. It's only the worst song because it's making me...want to kill myself.

RO: What is the best lyric in the world?

RY: "Still crazy after all these years" from Paul Simon. I had my first kiss to that one during the sax solo in the bridge. 'Nuff said.

RO: Someone throws a beer bottle at you on stage. What do you do?

RY: I jump off stage with said beer bottle and smash it over their head. Then I kick them in the balls and scream in their ears to be nicer next time. If it's a girl, I punch her in the boobs.

RO: Without worrying about space, time, or the laws of physics, what would be the ultimate gig to play?

RY: Underwater for all the fishes or in outer-space for the extraterrestrials. I think they'd really get my music.

RO: What would you buy with a million dollars?

RY: A plane ticket so I could get out of the van.

RO: What would you buy with your last dollar?

RY: Two rounds of Galaga.

RO: If you could canonize another musician, who would it be and of what would they be the patron saint?

RY: Roberta Flack - patron saint of all the sad young men.

RO: What will be written on the plaque beneath the giant statue future generations erect in your honor?

RY: Rachael Yamagata - soothsayer truth-teller optimist who once kicked a guy in the balls for throwing a beer bottle at her.

Rachael Yamagata plays Saturday December 3 at Fitzgerald with Mike Viola.

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