B&L: What animal do you associate yourself with (given our ties to oxen)?
Dan Bern: I’ve always liked lions.
B&L: Why music? Why do you seek it? Why do you create it? How’d it come calling to you?
Bern: It’s always been part of my life. My dad was a concert pianist and composer. Putting music together with words, in song, is just where I live.
B&L: What’s the making of a great show?
Bern: Great songs and an engaged audience.
B&L: Let’s talk about your latest recorded effort, “Adderal Holiday.” What sort of goals did you have for yourself when you set out to make this record?
Bern: To get my favorite guys in a room at the same time.
B&L: You crank out the recorded work. Do you enjoy the studio? How many records have you made at this point?
Bern: 25 or 30. The studio is a safe and exciting place. The rest of the world falls away.
B&L: Is songwriting an easy or arduous process for you? Are you a fly by the seat of your pants kind of writer, or do you have to schedule “office hours”?
Bern: I write anywhere anytime.
B&L: What are you looking for folks to take away from the music of Dan Bern when they place themselves in a position to experience it?
Bern: To have their lives changed forever. To be inspired. The same things I’m looking for when I go to see a show…
B&L: What’s one tune (or, heck, a couple) that exists out there in the ether that blows you away that you kind of wish you had written yourself?
Bern: I could list a thousand. Here’s a couple: “What a Wonderful World” that Louis Armstrong sang. “Anthem” by Leonard Cohen.
B&L: What can folks expect when they come out to see you perform at the Stone Church on March 11th?
Bern: Hopefully I will have my guitar with the requisite number of strings, and we’ll go from there!
Dan Bern plays the Stone Church for the first time in about a decade on Saturday, March 11th at 7pm. Ticket and information can be obtained here.