Fmr. Rep. Jay Inslee (D) is running for governor against Washington State Attorney General Rob McKenna (R).
Reverb Questionnaire is a list of (mostly) static questions we pose to folks outside the music industry. The questions are all answered via email. Previous participants include Michael Chabon, Michele Norris, and Janeane Garofolo.
This week we posed the questions to gubernatorial candidate Jay Inslee. Here, the former congressman talks about his favorite concrete truck and the day he gave up the music business.
What music have you been listening to today? Did you like it?
Brandi Carlile, The Story - love it.
What's your preferred method for listening to music (iPod, car, home stereo, etc.)?
My preferred way to listen to music is in my head to keep a rhythm, just like I did hearing Willie Nelson's "Blue Eyes Crying In the Rain" all the way up on a climb of Mount Rainier.
When was the last time you heard "Stairway to Heaven"? Did you turn it off?
In 1973 while driving Old Number 32, my favorite concrete truck. Just let it play out.
Do you play an instrument?
I can do a passable "Amazing Grace" on a ten-dollar harmonica.
Do you still listen to anything you were listening to in high school? If so, what?
Anything written or sang by my friend Carole King.
What was the first band/artist you saw in concert? Would you see them again?
The Mamas and the Papas in [what is now] Key Arena in 1965. Yes, I would go back to those years -- what lessons I could put to use.
What was the last band/artist you saw in concert? Worth your time?
Death Cab for Cutie. They are great.
When you sing karaoke, what's your go-to number?
I don't do karaoke. I'd lose too many votes.
How do you feel about ABBA?
How could you not like a band whose name sounds the same backwards and forwards and whose music does the same?
What is the last song you want to hear before you die?
"Happy 105th Birthday to You!"
Please share a favorite musical moment/story from your past.
When I was in third grade at Shorewood Elementary School in White Center, I was belting out a Christmas carol with the rest of the class when the teacher stopped the song and said to me, "Jay, we need you to just move your lips and not actually make any sounds for this pageant, okay, sweetie?" Being a good team player I complied, and the world of music has been better off for it ever since.