Hello, I'm Severn Suzuki speaking for E.C.O. - The Environmental Children's organization. We are a group of twelve and thirteen-year-olds trying to make a difference: Vanessa Suttie, Morgan Geisler, Michelle Quigg and me.
We raised all the money to come here ourselves to come six thousand miles to tell you adults you must change your ways. Coming up here today, I have no hidden agenda. I am fighting for my future. Losing my future is not like losing an election or a few points on the stock market. I am here to speak for all generations to come.
I am here to speak on behalf of the starving children around the world whose cries go unheard. I am here to speak for the countless animals dying across this planet because they have nowhere left to go.
I am afraid to go out in the sun now because of the holes in the ozone. I am afraid to breathe the air because I don't know what chemicals are in it.
I used to go fishing in Vancouver my home with my dad until just a few years ago we found the fish full of cancers. And now we hear about animals and plants going extinct every day - vanishing forever.
In my life, I have dreamt of seeing the great herds of wild animals, jungles and rainforests full of birds and butterflies, but now I wonder if they will even exist for my children to see.
Did you have to worry about these little things when you were my age? All this is happening before our eyes and yet we act as if we have all the time we want and all the solutions.
I'm only a child and I don't have all the solutions, but I want you to realize, neither do you! You don't know how to fix the holes in our ozone layer. You don't know how to bring the salmon back up a dead stream. You don't know how to bring back an animal now extinct. And you can't bring back the forests that once grew where there is now desert. If you don't know how to fix it, please stop breaking it!
Here, you may be delegates of your governments, business people, organizers , reporters or politicians - but really you are mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers, aunts and uncles - and all of you are someone's child.
I'm only a child yet I know we are all part of a family, five billion strong, in fact, 30 million species strong and borders and governments will never change that. I'm only a child yet I know we are all in this together and should act as one single world towards one single goal. In my anger, I am not blind, and in my fear, I am not afraid of telling the world how I feel.
In my country, we make so much waste, we buy and throw away, buy and throw away, buy and throw away, and yet northern countries will not share with the needy. Even when we have more than enough, we are afraid to share we are afraid to let go of some of our wealth, afraid to share.
In Canada, we live the privileged life, with plenty of food, water and shelter - we have watches, bicycles, computers and television sets. The list could go on for two days. Two days ago here in Brazil, we were shocked when we spent some time with some children living on the streets. And this is what one child told us: "I wish I was rich and if I were, I would give all the street children food, clothes, medicines, shelter and love and affection." If a child on the street who has nothing, is willing to share, why are we who have everything still so greedy? I can't stop thinking that these children are my age, that it makes a tremendous difference where you are born, that I could be one of those children living in the Favellas of Rio; I could be a child starving in Somalia; a victim of war in the Middle East or a beggar in India.
I'm only a child yet I know if all the money spent on war was spent on finding environmental answers, ending poverty, and funding treaties, what a wonderful place this earth would be!
At school, even in kindergarten, you teach us how to behave in the world. You teach us: to not to fight with others, to work things out, to respect others, to clean up our mess, not to hurt other creatures to share - not be greedy Then why do you go out and do the things you tell us not to do?
Do not forget why you're attending these conferences, who you're doing this for - we are your own children.
You are deciding what kind of the world we are growing up in. Parents should be able to comfort their children by saying "everything's going to be alright', "it's not the end of the world" and "we're doing the best we can" . But I don't think you can say that to us anymore. Are we even on your list of priorities? My dad always says "You are what you do, not what you say." Well, what you do makes me cry at night. You grown-ups say you love us. But I challenge you, please make your actions reflect your words.
Guests: Daryl Hall Daryl Hall, best known as the lead vocalist and co-founder of Hall & Oates, is a singer, songwriter and producer with a collection of #1 songs to his name. He spent his formative years in Philadelphia around soul singers like Smokey Robinson.
Daryl Hall and John Oates met as students at Temple University, and went on to form a best-selling musical duo with chart-toppers like "Rich Girl", "Sara Smile", and "Private Eyes".
His newest project is a web series called Live from Daryl's House of performances and collaborations with a diverse set of musicians that's included Todd Rundgren, Toots and the Maytals, Chromeo and the Neon Trees.
JESSE THORN: It’s The Sound of Young America, I’m Jesse Thorn. My guest on the show is Daryl Hall. He’s half of the legendary, chart-busting duo Hall & Oates. He sang lead and wrote or co-wrote six number one hits with the band, and had a really astonishing string of chart successes beginning in the late 1970s and running through the mid-1980s. Now he’s decided to bring the concerts to his house with a series called “Live from Daryl’s House” that features musical collaborations with artists as diverse as Smokey Robinson and Todd Rundgren. It runs live and streaming on the web. Daryl, welcome to The Sound of Young America, it’s really great to have you on the show.
DARYL HALL: Thank you, glad to be here.
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JESSE THORN: I had never heard your early work, and when I say your early work I’m talking about your very early work until I started preparing for this interview. I want to play this song called Girl, I Love You.
DARYL HALL: That’s early work, alright!
JESSE THORN: You recorded it with your band - -
DARYL HALL: I was 17.
JESSE THORN: Let’s hear a little bit of it.
DARYL HALL: Alright.
JESSE THORN: You were 17 when you wrote that song? It’s a very assured production for being a 17 year old. You co-wrote it too, right?
DARYL HALL: I basically did write it. Somebody got their name on it, not atypical in the music business, but that was my song. The reason it sounds professional is because the backup people were Gamble and Huff. So I don’t think you can get more professional than that. This was in the beginning of their career as well as mine. They were a few years older than me, but we were all starting together in Philadelphia, and I think you can hear that Philly sound in there. That’s a quintessential early Philly record.
JESSE THORN: That song we heard was released in the mid-60s. You continued to work in the music industry in Philadelphia between the mid-60s and the early 1970s when you started to record with John Oates. What kind of work were you doing?
DARYL HALL: I was doing song writing and session work. Sort of a catchall thing, I was loosely associated with TSOP, which was the house band at Sigma Sound which made all those Philly records, and I was on what I called the B-team. If they needed an extra keyboard player or background singer, they would call me up. I was just sort of a hanger outer in that scene; again, I was a kid, and I was still going to school. But I was around it, in the midst of it. I worked with The Stylistics and the Delfonics and Three Degrees and Jerry Butler and all these people. I was just there for it all.
JESSE THORN: Were there any particular records that you had a B-team role in that were really exciting? Was there a song that you played a keyboard part on or sang a backup vocal on that became a hit?
DARYL HALL: I played on a record by a group called The Electric Indian. It made the top of the charts, I don’t know if it was number one in the Billboard charts, but it was way up there. It was called Keem-O-Sabe. One of the stupidest records you ever heard in your life.
JESSE THORN: Let’s hear a little bit of Electric Indian and Keem-O-Sabe.
Okay, so now that we really heard that dumb record; did you really meet John Oates in the aftermath of a gang fight?
DARYL HALL: That’s absolutely true. We’ve told that story a million times and it’s really what happened. I was with the Temptones, we had that record Girl, I Love You out, and John had a song called I Need Your Love, which is also on the box set. I think that’s where you found this stuff. He had a band with his sister and some other people called The Masters. We both had these 45s out, and we were part of a record hop whatever you want to call it where people would go and lip-sync their records. Yeah, a fight broke out, and the show got - - chaos ensued, and everybody was beating it out the doors. It was on the second floor and John and I both jumped on the same elevator at the same time, and that was how I found out that he was also a student at Temple, and it all sort of went from there as a friendship blossomed.
JESSE THORN: You had recorded quite a bit as Hall & Oates before you had a real smash hit in the 70s. You started recording at the very beginning of the 70s, and your first real smash was Sara Smile. You recorded a song on the previous album which was re-released after Sara Smile became a hit that I really liked that I want to play a little bit of. It’s called She’s Gone, from 1974.
What was it like to be recording these records and be charting, but nothing was really getting traction? Did you feel like you were trying to figure out what you were and trying to figure out what people liked about what you were doing?
DARYL HALL: Yeah. I think we spent a long time trying to figure out how to put ourselves across to the world in a coherent way. I’m not even sure we managed to pull it off all through the 70s, really. In the 70s there wasn’t as much pressure by record companies, or by the world, to have hit records. Artists had a lot more room to grow. What they called underground radio in those days, FM radio, we were fine on that. We got a lot of air play, She’s Gone was played. Even though we didn’t have chart success we were out there working, we had a very strong career at that point. We were making money and we were out there constantly touring.
JESSE THORN: I want to play one of your really huge hits from late in the 1970s, Rich Girl. I want to start at the very beginning, because I think the intro is so tasty, so let’s hear Rich Girl from Hall & Oates, 1977, featuring the lead vocals of my guest Daryl Hall.
JESSE THORN: Something that I started wondering when I was looking back at your discography, Daryl, was that there were so many R&B singers -- especially the sweeter ones -- that went into the 1970s, saw the disco explosion, started recording disco records, fell behind the curve, and got eaten by 1981 and 1982 and “eff disco” and the whole anti-disco backlash. There was such a huge cultural force over only a few years. What was your relationship to that huge change in the music industry?
DARYL HALL: It was a very strange time. The late 70s, around ‘77, all the things we’re talking about: this schism between what people perceived as that reached its apex with the whole punk thing and the whole rock crit thing that followed and actually created the punk scene. Then you had disco on the other side. It left people very confused in the music business. Not knowing what to do. John and I weren’t disco artists. We weren’t punk artists. In my open brain I embraced both styles. I like all kinds of cool music. I think if you listen to our records then you’ll hear elements of both of the styles in some of my songs and John’s songs. It was a very tough time and I think it didn’t really resolve itself to any degree until about 1980, 1981, something like that.
JESSE THORN: In 1980, 1981, around then, is when you started to have this golden string of giant smash hits. I wonder how the preceding ten years of recording as Hall & Oates prepared you for the craziness of being super hit makers rather than working musicians with records on the radio.
DARYL HALL: Our whole careers prepared us for that. Our whole lives. As I said before, I started singing in front of people when I was about four years old. John was only about seven. We were used to being in front of audiences and we were used to being in a studio and being recording artists. All these things and all the ups and downs and the disco versus punk and the ups and downs of people’s critical perception of us, it all prepared us for this magnifying glass being on us between ’80 and ’85. We were capable of dealing with it without losing our minds.
JESSE THORN: De La Soul, one of my favorite hip hop groups released the song Say No Go, that sampled one of your vocal hooks from that record. That De La Soul album, Three Feet High and Rising, is a really huge record in the history of hip hop, in part because it sampled so broadly, and the effects on sampling and hip hop were catastrophic because they ended up getting sued by The Turtles, one of whose songs they had sampled and it sort of changed the face of sampling in hip hop. When you first heard that song in 1989, first of all, how did you hear it? And what did you think about the whole situation?
DARYL HALL: Well, it’s an interesting story. I was doing a video for a movie called Earth Girls are Easy. John and I had the closing song. We cut a version of Love Train. So we were doing a video for that song, and in between takes you stand around, and these kids came up to us, just 15 years old or whatever. They had a boom box, and they said check this out, and I go what do you got there? And they said our friends used you on a song. I had no idea what they were talking about. They played me Say No Go on the boom box as I was standing there on the stage. I listened to it, and John was standing beside me, and we said that’s really amazing. What a great idea, sampling somebody. That was new days for things like that.
JESSE THORN: It’s The Sound of Young America, I’m Jesse Thorn. My guest is Daryl Hall, the frequent song writer and lead singer of the duo Hall & Oates who have had innumerable smash hits. More recently he’s been the star of a web series called, “Live from Daryl’s House,” in which he collaborates with musicians both known to him and relatively unknown to him in his - - is it seventeenth century home?
DARYL HALL: Eighteenth.
JESSE THORN: Eighteenth century home. This is sort of an interesting inversion of touring. The idea that you’ve taken the musicians life of going from town to town and turned it into bringing the world to you.
DARYL HALL: That was exactly the idea. I’d been touring my whole adult life, and I thought, okay, well I still like touring, but not on the intense schedule that I’ve had over the years. I wanted to do other things. So I said let’s turn it all upside down, let’s bring the world to me, the internet allows this because it’s a new world. And instead of artists having an act, let’s drop the act, and no audience - - instead of having an audience the audience is a fly on the wall. Basically turning everything that people expect to hear and see in music, turn it upside down.
JESSE THORN: Let’s hear some music from the show. This is my guest, Daryl Hall, with Sharon Jones of the Dap-Kings. They are performing a song called Got a Thing On My Mind.
DARYL HALL: Thank you so much for being on The Sound of Young America, it was really fun to have you on the show.
DARYL HALL: Pleasure to be here.
JESSE THORN: Daryl Hall is one half of the duo Hall & Oates, and the man behind dozens of hit records. He’s also the host of “Live from Daryl’s House,” a web series where he invites musicians as diverse as Todd Rundgren and Sharon Jones and Toots from Toots & The Maytals to collaborate with him musically and check out his cool house and make and eat some food.
Life just hasn't been the same for Arkansas native Kris Allen since he won Season 8 of American Idol.
The singer, songwriter and self taught musician says he's been going non-stop since he captured the idol crown in May 2009.
"You know I wasn't ready to do a ton of interviews or a ton of photo shoots or any of that stuff,” he said.
The 25-year-old's self titled debut album featuring the hit single "Live Like We're Dying" has sold over one and half million copies so far and his success has taken him to new places, like Hawaii where he sang the National Anthem at the Pro Bowl.
"I always knew that I wanted to play music in some form or fashion but I didn't think that I'd be playing like this in Hawaii singing at the Pro Bowl, I never thought that I would be doing this,” he said.
Two years ago, Kris and his brother Daniel decided to drive nine hours to Kentucky to audition for Idol. He saw the show once or twice before but wasn't a huge fan.
He says he never thought he would win.
"Cause it's kinda like a lottery you know who knows what's going to happen they let a lot of good people go,” he explained.
Each year, tens of thousands of American Idol hopefuls don't make it on the show but Allen says that shouldn't stop you from dreaming.
"I would say don't be afraid of anything and figure out what you are really good at and do it and become the best at it,” he said.
He says writing your own music and lyrics can help a great deal for those wanting success in the music biz.
"Strive to become the best that you can, I mean if you really want this do something everyday, whether it be writing music practicing your singing or whatever it is,” he said.
@juliastroud lots of conditioner, aveda style prep, 1 inch curling iron starting at the root and working down while twisting wrist コンディショナーをたくさん使ってる。aveda style prep。根元から一インチのカーリングアイロンをやって、手首を返しながら毛先まで降りるの
@kramanda once kris' mom told me the yellow lines on tv football were real and I believe her for two seconds and they still make fun of me クリスのママが一度私に言ったの。TVフットボールの黄色いラインは本物よって。で、2秒くらい信じちゃったんだけど、それを思い出すと今でも笑えるわ。
英語のヒント Jack Black and America Ferrera star in the video 'The Mis-informant'. Black plays Nathan Spewman, an informant hired by large corporations to infiltrate and propagandize certain academic revolutionaries (book clubs), crazy satanic cults (yoga classes), and unpatriotic slackers (firefighters). Spewman plays a six year-old suffering from "enlargitis" which allows him to infiltrate a kindergarten classroom with Ferrera as the suspicious teacher. In class, Spewman spreads lies regarding Obamacare, death panels killing grandmothers ("say your goodbyes now, for real"), paying your own medical bills like Justin Bieber, Obamacare being the socialist plot to take decisions out of the hands of our doctors and Obama's birthplace, "Turdjerkistan". It is hilarious and definitely worth a look. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nj4uBw...
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A project by Health Care for America Now Starring: Jack Black, America Ferrera and Caitlin Carmichael Project Founder: Gloria Bremer
Directed by Jeremy Konner Executive Producers: Gloria Bremer and Health Care for America Now Produced by Andrew Epstein & Barrett J. Klausman Co-Executive Producer: Diane Keefe Co-Producers-- Sarah May Bates, JD Ryznar, Drew Hancock
Edited by Tim Nackashi and Jeremy Konner Casting by Leslie Woo
Special Thanks to Michael Bacall, Ben Cooley, James Atkinson, Peter Karinen, Brian Sacca and Simon Helberg
Project Assoc. Producer: Megan McWilliams
CAST Jack Black - Nathan Spewman America Ferrera - Childrens Teacher Caitlin Carmichael - Bethany Connor Gibbs - Mark/Marty Kristen Sartisian - Drawing Girl Ann Caimi - Playground Teacher Keith Jackson - Fireman Barrett J. Klausman - Fireman Kyle Templin - Billionaire Coco Grayson -Kid Asher Nee- Kid
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Costume Designer -Chelisa Patterson Camera Operators- Jaswinder Bedi, Jacki Moonves, Juan Martinez Video DIT- Tony Kwan 2nd AD- Keith Jackson Makeup & Hair- Sarah Jane Aumentado Sound Mixer- Dean "Wizard" Andre Sound Design- Nicholas Freil Key Grip- Jack Chouchanian Best Boy- Mike Roe Grips- Mario Contini, Chris Quazada Chief Lighting Tech- Tony Bryan Best Boy Electric- Dave Muskeni Lamp Operators- Paul Berry, Chris Walthall Location Manager - Mike Betz Teacher Jessica Maurer Craft Services- Lee Schiller Set PA- Jacob Gilbert Production Assistants-- Amanda Thielhart, Zach Smith, Kyle Templin, Chris Steidle
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（２）Paranoid Androidについて すばらしかったよ。 ありがとう。ずっと好きだったんだ。みんなが知ってる曲じゃないけどね。 バンドでやったらかっこいいなって思ったんだ。street credなタイプの曲 Shreveport でやった時なんて、”何これ？この男、気持ち悪い。”で、次の曲に進む。 (歌詞が "When I am king, you will be first against the wall." (俺が王様になったらお前なんて真っ先に銃殺だ）みたいな内容なので） 弟もradioheadなんて、全然知らなかったけど、すばらしいって言ってたし
バスの中で練習してる新しいカバーはあるの？ エレクトリックフィールをやろうとしてるよ。かっこよくなると思うよ。 "We've been trying to work up 'Electric Feel' for a while, the MGMT song, which would be pretty cool." 曲名を聞いて、驚くジム ダンスするの？わかんないけど、アンドリューがたぶんダンスするよ。ケールかな。
Kris Allen Aims For 'Street Cred' On Tour With Radiohead CoverKris Allen Aims For 'Street Cred' On Tour With Radiohead Cover
While you should never judge a book by its cover, "American Idol" season-eight champ Kris Allen hopes concertgoers judge him for his cover. More specifically, his out-of-left-field take on Radiohead's epic prog-rocky anthem "Paranoid Android," which he's currently performing on his first headlining tour.
"It's our street-cred song," Allen told MTV News backstage at Yankee Stadium, where he was about to play the CBS Radio Expo. "I've always loved the song, and I've always loved playing it, and so we worked it out as a band, because we thought it would be cool."
Street cred is a tricky thing when you're a dude from a show that forces contestants to sing songs from the Barry Manilow songbook. But Kris and his band are eager to prove to audiences that their music tastes reach wider than the mainstream tunes fans might expect from an artist with an "Idol" past. And, in some cases, the Radiohead cover ― now a fan favorite ― expands the musical horizons of Allen's "Idol" followers. "Some people come up to me after the show, they didn't even know the song, and they were like, 'That was incredible!' My brother, he has no idea who Radiohead is, and he thought it was awesome," Allen said.
Not all audiences are ready, however, to hear the good-natured Southern boy sing lyrics like "When I am king, you will be first against the wall." "We won't play it every night. We'll play it every once in a while," the Arkansas native said. "I think we played it in Shreveport [Louisiana], and people were just like, 'What is this? This guy's creepy!' And then we move on to the next song," Allen laughed.
This isn't the first time Kris has taken a risk with his set list. In addition to rocking songs from his self-titled debut album, including the hit "Live Like We're Dying," Kris and the band have performed straight-faced, sincere mash-ups of Kanye West's "Heartless" and Coolio's "Gangsta's Paradise," as well as a "Falling Slowly"/ "With or Without You" interpolation that caught the eye of original artist the Swell Season. (Glen Hansard even performed Kris' U2-ified arrangement on their last tour).
Kris Allen has his fingers crossed for a similar shout-out from Radiohead. "What if Thom Yorke sees this?" the singer said wide-eyed. "And what if he's like, 'This is great'? That would be incredible!"
While Kris and his band daydream about props from the Radiohead frontman, they're busy working on another cred-grabbing cover to add to their set. "We've been trying to work up 'Electric Feel' for a while, the MGMT song, which would be pretty cool."
Kris Allen is on tour with his band through September, performing both headlining shows as well as opening for Barenaked Ladies, Keith Urban and Maroon 5.
Highlights from Kris Allen interview, June, 2010 Kris Allen: Hi, Donna. Donna Kent: Hey Kris, How are you doing? K: Oh, pretty good. D: Well I wanted to thank you so much for taking the time to talk with me today. K: Yeah, absolutely. D: My name’s Donna Kent and I’m with examiner.com in Albuquerque. K: Alright D: And we are so excited for your upcoming show next week at Sunshine Theater with Green River Ordinance. K: Me, too. D: And I understand that June 21, the day that you’ll be here is a pretty special day for you. K: It is, it’s my birthday. D: It’s your birthday! K: Yeah. D: So how old will you be on Monday? K: I will be 25. D: 25, cool, good age. K: Yeah, I guess. It’s kind of a scary one, though. D: Is it? K: I guess. I’m either told that it’s the best age, or that’s when you start thinking wow, I’m starting to get up there. D: Well you know what is it, quarter of a century. K: Yeah, it’s a little scary. D: That’s something. Well, I think it’s a great age. 25, right in that 25 to 30, I think those are some pretty good years. K: Alright, I’ll take your word for it. D: Yeah, well good. I mean a lot has changed for you over the last year. You had your birthday, your last birthday, right after winning American Idol, and I think I saw on Twitter that you had a pretty big birthday bash with a lot of people from Idol and stuff there. Is that right? K: Oh, gosh. Uuumm, yes. I really don’t even remember. D: You don’t, that’s funny. K: That’s sad. Why don’t I remember that? D: Well, I saw some stuff on Twitter, and some of the people were tweeting about the party, and I can’t remember if it was Danny or somebody said, um, Kris says watch for his twitter account it will be coming soon or something like that. K: I really don’t remember. D: So it was sort of like the precursor to your twitter days, so that’s kind of exciting. K: Hmm. Well there we go. D: There we go. Well since you’re going to be playing here on your birthday, I thought I would ask you a few birthday-themed questions, if that’s OK? K: absolutely. D: OK, so, to start, what is your favorite kind of cake? K: Red velvet. D: Red velvet. OK. And ice cream cake, yes or no? K: Heck yes. D: Heck yes. K: Yeah. D: Excellent. And do you prefer fruit filling or frosting in between the layers? K: Frosting. D: See, those are the same answers I would have given, I think. K: Yeah. D: Yeah, I don’t get those fruit filling people, really. K: Yeah, that’s kind of, it’s kind of, I mean, I like fruit cake, but it’s like, I don’t want that on my real cake, though. D: I understand. I get it. Do you have any birthday rituals or like special birthday meals or anything like that that you like to have? K: Not particularly. No. It’s kind of whatever my mom wants to cook usually. D: Cool. That works. And do you have any plans this year for your birthday while you’re here in Albuquerque? K: Not yet anyways, I mean, we got a show that night, so, I have a feeling that it’s gonna be pretty busy. D: OK. Have you ever been here to Albuquerque before? K: I’ve driven through. I just actually drove, me and my wife took a drive from LA back to Arkansas so we drove through Albuquerque. D: OK, so have you ever tried New Mexican food or anything like that? K: Not really, no. D: OK, well, you might want to try it while you’re here. I mean, it tends to be, you know our local food tends to be pretty spicy K: Alright D: We do a lot with native grown chiles here, red chiles and green chiles. So if you’re at a restaurant and they ask you red or green, that’s what they mean. K: OK, Cool. D: Because most people are like, red or green? What? K: I like spicy stuff so that sounds good. D: OK, good, well that should work out for you. Speaking of Albuquerque, Mat Kearny is doing a show here this summer and I saw recently in an interview that you had done some work with him. K: Yeah, we, I flew to Nashville and we wrote a song together. Sadly it did not end up on the album, but he’s such a great guy to work with and a great songwriter. He’s got a great voice, just he’s a good dude. Really is. D: I’m really super excited to see him. He seems like a really cool guy and I really like his music so I was kind of excited to hear that. K: His shows are great, too. D: Are they? I’ve never seen him live. K: Yeah, his shows are really good. D: He’s playing at a really tiny little blues club here K: Nice D: So it’s gonna be good. Also, talking about who you’ve worked with and stuff, Green River Ordinance, GRO, how has it been touring with those guys? K: It’s been so much fun. Like those guys have made us have like a great time. They like to have a lot of fun, and so we have a lot of fun together, whether it be playing pranks on each other, or buying each other gifts. We (laughs), we’ve had a good time with those guys. D: Yeah I was kind of wondering about that. I actually had the opportunity to meet them on the VH1 cruise a few months ago. K: OK D: They performed on there and there was a they seemed like they were that kind of, you know, fun group of guys, so I was kinda curious if you guys had hung out. K: Oh yeah. D: Any pranks that you can tell me about? Or not? K: Um, they like to post pictures on our bus, or in our dressing rooms. Some of them we cannot speak of. Some of them are just gross (laughs) and funny and they have captions that are even funnier, so, it’s just different. And we ended up buying them an etching of this beautiful picture of Jackie Chan. D: Excellent, OK. K: Yeah. D: Sounds like a good time. K: Yeah. D: So I think I saw on the tour dates that you’ve only got like two more tour, after Albuquerque I think you have like two Arizona tour dates with them and then I think that’s it. Is that right? K: I think we’re going pretty much to the end of June with those guys, so yeah. D: Cool. Alright well sounds like a lot of fun. K: Mmm hmm. D: One of the things I noticed is that you have lots of very devoted fans. K: Yes. D: And I was curious if they have done anything interesting for you for your birthday. K: Uh, last year I think they got together like a lot of fans and even people from the show and they compiled this video. And I think it was actually to no boundaries? Was it? Was it to no boundaries? I think it was I think it was to no boundaries and they made this like video and all that it was pretty cool. D: Cool, have you gotten any sort of unusual birthday gifts or anything like that, either thrown at you, or sent to you? K: Not, I don’t remember any last year, I mean, maybe I did, but not anything that’s I was like, oh my gosh that’s kinda stuck with me so. D: Yeah, well I guess that’s probably good. Do you have like a most memorable birthday? K: Oh, man. Not to my knowledge. I really just have like the worst memory ever, though. D: Oh, what’s that? K: My wife actually got me these tickets to Houston to go see a Packer’s game. I’m a big Packer’s fan, so we went and saw a Packer’s game. It was later on in the year but she got me the tickets on my birthday. D: OK, so that’s like your most memorable birthday. K: Yes. D: OK, so what was the terrible memory then? K: What? What was, I? D: Didn’t you say you had a terrible memory? K: I have a horrible memory, like, just me. D: Oh, you have a horrible memory. I thought you were talking about a specific memory that K: No, no, no, no. I just have one. D: I’m the same way, too. When I was thinking about that question, I was like, I don’t think I could answer that question, but, you know, who knows. K: Yeah D: Maybe you’ll have something amazing. K: Yeah. D: Have you ever had a surprise party thrown for you for your birthday? K: I don’t think so. I don’t think I’ve ever had a surprise party. I’m not really like a, if you surprised me, I mean it’s, I may get surprised, but I’m not one of those guys that doesn’t like freak out. So surprise parties probably wouldn’t work on me. And I always, I think maybe they’ve tried to do it before and I always found out. D: Oh, yeah. OK. Alright. Is there anything that you want for your birthday this year? K: Not, no, I feel like I have way too much stuff, so, no. D: Yeah it’s kind of a weird year to ask you that, huh? K: Yeah. D: You’ve probably gotten so many, you know, of your dreams already this year so it’s sort of hard to say what you might want. K: Yeah, exactly. D: Well, one of the things, I had said you have a lot of devoted fans, I received so many questions from your fans to ask you. I wish I could ask you all of them, but there were a few that were recurring so I wanted to get those out there. The most frequently asked question I got was are you going to sing the song From The Ashes during your tour? K: Probably not. (laughs) I think that that was one that didn’t make the album and maybe somewhere down the road if we, uh, if we run out of material or something, or if we just really want to play that song, but that’s definitely not in the plans right now. Sorry. D: OK, yeah, well you know it’s funny because I got that question and I’m like, From the Ashes? And I went to my Kris Allen CD and it wasn’t on there. K: Yeah. D: And I looked it up and it turned out it’s a bonus track, which I don’t have. K: Right. D: So it’s a nice song, I mean, I like the song so it was kind of interesting that everybody wanted to know about that, like that was the number one thing. K: Yeah. D: Let’s see the other thing was, oh, the next thing that people wanted to know is, are you working on or are you going to work on a video for The Truth? K: The video is going to be shot some time in July, I think. So hopefully we’re gonna get that done very soon. And, yeah. Cause we’re pretty busy on tour right now so, that’s the only time that we could fit in for the video, so it will be coming. I promise. D: OK, awesome, awesome, well people are excited about that. You know there was one person that asked a question that I thought I should throw out there. They said something about your fans are concerned about your bass player. Is your bass player, did something happen to him or is he OK? K: No, he’s great. Are they concerned about him? No, he’s awesome. D: They said his fans are very concerned about his bass player. Please ask about his health. K: Oh, maybe, he might be a little sick maybe? D: Maybe, well… K: We’ve all gotten a little sick in the past couple days on the bus, so, I think everyone’s kinda getting over it. D: OK, but he’s great. K: Yes, he’s awesome. I think he’s in perfect condition. D: So are you interested in hearing the weirdest question that I got? K: Sure. D: It was, let me see I want to find it so I can tell you who it is. It was from, oh I don’t even know how to say this, but it’s like, I think it’s maybebeebee something like that. K: OK D: And she says, Please ask Kris what brand of facial wash he uses. K: Facial wash. Usually it’s kind of whatever soap is around. D: OK, well that works. K: Yeah. D: OK, then I was just wondering, I’ve seen that you’ve done hundreds, I don’t know, thousands, tons and tons of interviews over the past year. K: Mmm hmm. D: And I was wondering if there is a question that you get that you really wish that people would either stop asking you or never ask you. K: The one that’s always funny, just because it seems a little obvious, is like, so has your life just been crazy? And it’s like, yeah. (laughs) D: Yeah (laughs) K: Just imagine. I mean you win the biggest show in the world and, yeah, your life’s gonna be a little definitely different. D: Mmm hmm. K: Yeah. D: Is there anything that no one has ever asked you that you’d really like someone to ask you or that you’d like people to know about you? K: No, I, I really don’t think so. I mean, people have asked everything, it seems like, so I feel like everybody knows, if they want to, they know everything about me. D: OK (laughs) Well, I mean I guess that goes with the territory. K: yeah, no it’s great. I don’t have anything to hide, so. D: That’s all OK with you and you’ve been handling all of that pretty well it seems. K: Oh yeah. It’s been great. D: Well, cool. Thank you again so much for your time. K: absolutely. Thanks for talking to me. D: We’re really excited to see you and I hope you enjoy Albuquerque K: I will D: Enjoy your time on the road. K: Alright, thank you. Bye bye.
Well, I liked it from the get go. So there! Anyway, you’ve lined up a summer tour with Barenaked Ladies. そうだね。ボクは最初から好きだったけどね。ほら見たことか！とにかく、Barenaked Ladiesとの夏のツアーがラインナップされているね。
We’re excited to be on tour with them. They have a huge live following, so that’ll be fun. We get to play in places like Red Rock because of them. We’ll be playing shows every night. 彼らと一緒にツアーを回ることに僕達エキサイティングしてる。彼らのライブのファンがいっぱいいるし、面白いことになるよ。彼らのおかげでRed Rockみたいな場所でも演奏するんだ。毎晩ショーをすることになる。
Any additions to the set list from when you toured with Keith Urban? キース・アーバンと一緒にやった時とくらべて、セットリストに何か追加される？
We’re gonna add some songs from the album. We haven’t played some of them yet, but once we get to rehearse them, we’ll pretty much play everything off the album. Maybe not at every show ― we’ll switch it up. But we will play most of the stuff from the album. We’ve thought about adding some new cover songs. And maybe, maybe ― just maybe ― you might hear a new song. Maybe a couple. We’ll see what happens. アルバムからいくつかの曲を追加するよ。いくつかの曲はまだ演奏してないしね。ひとたびリハーサルしたらアルバム全部の曲を演奏できるさ。ーそれに、ちょっとひねると思うよ。 だけど、アルバムからほとんどの曲を演奏する。いくつかのカバーソングを追加することも考えてる。ーたぶんー新しい歌を聴けるよ。数曲ね。何が起きるかお楽しみ！
You’ve become well-known for your brilliant mashups like “Falling Slowly”/”With or Without You” and “Heartless”/”Gangster’s Paradise.” Any new ones in the works for your summer dates? すばらしいマッシュアップの達人として知られているけど、たとえば “Falling Slowly”/”With or Without You” and “Heartless”/”Gangster’s Paradise.” 夏の仕事の予定に新しいのはないの？
We love ‘em. The only reason I ever do them is when you play a song on American Idol and it becomes one of your best, you have to play it so many times, you think “Why not change it up a bit?” So yeah, for me, I don’t want to play just “Heartless.” You might as well mix it with something fun like “Gangster’s Paradise.” そういうのも好きだよ。ただ、こういう理由でやっただけなんだけどね、アメリカンアイドルでやった曲が自分のベストになって、何度も何度も演奏しなきゃいけなくなって、思ったんだ。「ちょっと変えてみようか」 だから、自分にとって、ただの「ハートレス」を演奏したくなかったんだ。「“Gangster’s Paradise.”みたいな楽しい歌とミックスしたらいいんじゃないか」って
Given your penchant for quality mashups, any thoughts of trying to get yourself on Glee? 質の高いマッシュアップへの愛を見せるため、Gleeに出演してみる気はない？
I’ve never watched the show, so I don’t even know what it’s like. Probably not? そのショー見たことがないんだ。どんなのかもわからない。たぶん、ないんじゃない？
That’s absolutely blasphemous. But then again, Madonna had reportedly never watched and they built an entire episode around her music. なんという恥知らずな！！もう一回聞くよ。マドンナはその番組を一度も見たことがなかったけど、グリーは彼女の音楽中心でひとつのエピソードを作ったんだ。
That’s true. Maybe it’s time for a Kris Allen-themed episode. Yeah, y’know, there should be a Kris Allen-themed episode! そのとおり。たぶん、クリス・アレンをテーマにしたエピソードを作る時だよ。そうさ、そうだろう？グリーはクリス・アレンテーマのエピソードをやるべきだ！
Yes! Okay, so I have to ask you about last week, where you did a duet with Allison Iraheta at a California high school as part of Oprah Winfrey’s No Phone Zone rally. You guys covered “The Scientist,” and it was all kinds of amazing. そうだ！ＯＫ。で、先週のことを聞かなきゃいけない。オプラのNo Phone Zone rallyとしてカリフォルニア高校でアリソンとデュエットした時のことだ。君達は、The Scientistをカバーして、それはもうすばらしいものだった。
That was Allison’s idea. We heard about doing a song together only two days before we had to do it. And I was going out of town [on the second day] so I was like “Frick! What are we gonna do?” So she comes over to my house, I was staying in an apartment, and we go into the stairwell. I had the idea of doing “Desperado,” she had the idea to do “The Scientist,” and that worked way better, so we ran with it. We worked on it maybe 15-20 minutes, and it was really cool. That was the first time we really did a duet together, and obviously you know, she’s incredible, and it’s so much fun to work with her. あれはアリソンのアイデアさ。（クリス、、たてるねぇ ＴＡＭＰＡで初めてScientistsをやった時、アリソンと一緒のショーだったからね。） たった二日前に、一緒に歌を歌うって聞いたんだ。街からは出ていたし（二日目）だ、あら「ちくしょう！何やろう」って思ってた時に、アリソンがうちにわざわざやってきて、（マンションにいたんだけど。（これって街の外？？））階段の吹き抜けのところにいった。 ボクには"Desperado”をやるアイデアがあったんだけど、彼女は"The Scientists”をやるアイデアがあって、そのほうがよかったんだ。で、それでやることにした。15分から20分練習したかな。ものすごくかっこよかった。一緒にデュエットしたのは初めてだったけど、明らかに、彼女はものすごいし、一緒に仕事するのは面白かったよ。
Did that really happen at 7 a.m.? 本当に、朝7時に出来事だったの？
Yeah, it was really early. I got up at like five o’clock that morning. That was too early to be singing, but… そう。ものすごーく早かった。朝の5時に起きてね。歌うには早すぎたけど、だけど。。
When Oprah puts in a request… オプラがリクエストを出したからには、、
You just have to do it, right? やるしかないだろう？
Any other scoop you want to share? 何か提供してくれるスクープは？
Um, maybe for August. Just be on the lookout. We’ll keep people updated on tour dates. うーん。8月にたぶんね。目を光らせていてよ。ツアーの予定をアップデートするから。
Your scoop for me is “Maybe for August”? Could you be any more cryptic? What does that mean? ボクへのスクープは、「たぶん8月」？もっと、秘密めいたものはないの？どういう意味？
Maybe for August! That can be the name of the interview. たぶん8月！インタビューという名の下においてはそれだけ！