Published Jun 01, 2002Calgary musician Aaron Booth is a former member of Shecky Formé. This month, he is releasing his full-length solo debut, Transparent, and embarking upon a national tour.
Unfortunately, my current fixation is a computer. Its fine world wide web is fastening my ankle to a stone. So long, Macintosh it's time that we began to laugh and cry and cry and laugh and hire a booking agent.
Mind-altering work of art:
Wechsel Garland's new album from Morr Music is like the sound of mechanical humanoids singing in tongues that even the angels would bend to hear. Bleeps and bloops from beyond.
Most memorable or inspirational gig and why?
Giant Sand performing to a sold out Night Gallery in Calgary was a perfect pop art spectacle. Was it performance art? Was it rock'n'roll? All I knew was a strong sweet sense of drunken love for the music and the woman beside me who would become my wife, but still didn't know I existed.
What has been your career high and low?
My career high was performing solo at a hotel in London, Ontario during the set break of a country rock band. The volatile patrons had a fancy for smashing beer bottles and shouting at ghosts. Not only did I make it through my set of quiet songs without a scratch but I even won over the crowd. Call it a rite of passage. Career low point? The look on my face as I took the stage that fateful night.
What should everyone shut up about?
I dunno, like, sometimes it's like I wanna say, y'know in like, words how something is kinda like, SUPER and like, omigod how I'm like SO gonna make a face to like, kinda describe it instead cause the words are like hard, I dunno, y'know what I mean?
I would drop everything to play a benefit for:
My starving musical peers.
What trait do you like and dislike most about yourself?
I'm a jack of all trades and a master of none.
What would make you kick someone out of your band and/or bed, and have you?
When I think of Canada I think:
Of this harrowing quote from the New York Tribune in 1867: "When the great experiment shall have failed, as fail it must, a process of peaceful absorption will give Canada her proper place in the great North American Republic." I don't think we've failed, but we sure aren't doing much to stop the "peaceful absorption."
What is your vital daily ritual?
My daily ritual is not only to eat well, but to eat something delicious.
How do you spoil yourself?
I have been known to indulge in late night excursions to the pizza parlour.
What was your most memorable day job?
I was a high-rise window washer for a couple of years. Seriously, it's much safer than standing on a street corner in Toronto.
If I wasn't playing music I would be:
Following my dream of becoming a professional rally racer. Vrrooom!
What is your greatest fear?
My greatest fear is greeting death without the confidence in knowing that I walked through every door that was ever open to me.
If you had a superpower, what would it be?
Besides saving the world? I would love to live simultaneous lives of considerable intrigue in parallel dimensions, or maybe just to sing like Tom Jones.
What makes you want to take it off and get it on?
Music and sex: Is there a difference? Why?
Gat dang it! Y'all is makin' me blush and feel kinda funny inside.
Strangest brush with celebrity:
I used to work for a hot meal delivery service in Calgary. On every game day, Jerome Iginla would order a "Flames Size Entrée" of pasta from an Italian restaurant for lunch. He is a good tipper and a man of shameless superstition.
Who would be your ideal dinner guest, living or dead, and what would you serve them?
I would love to dine with Ludwig Van Beethoven and share with him a healthy dose of absinthe.
What does your mom wish you were doing instead?