Following in the blogsteps of Chicken Spaghetti, Big A little a, A Fuse #8 Production, GottaBook, and others, here are Six Strange Things/Facts/Habits About Me — all of them, for no real reason, music-related:

1. My first concert was a child abuse benefit in Dallas co-headlined by the Oak Ridge Boys and the Commodores.

2. I interviewed Willie Nelson on his tour bus when he visited my hometown during my senior year in high school. It was a joint interview (don’t go there) with a reporter from the local paper. As I recall, I squeezed in 29 questions to her 12.

3. The low point of my college internship at Rolling Stone was scouring Manhattan record stores for Quicksilver Messenger Service CDs for Jann Wenner’s personal listening pleasure.

4. I like imagining how certain songs would sound if covered by Johnny Cash. Among my favorites are the Bangles’ “In Your Room” and (in a duet with June Carter Cash) “You’re the One That I Want” from Grease.

5. I have begun ditching my old cassettes, and purchasing in digital form the few tracks I think I would actually miss. Which is why last weekend I downloaded songs by Roky Erickson, David Allan Coe, and Captain Beefheart.

6. Just yesterday, I wished I knew how to play guitar so that I could start a hybrid tribute band called Motley Cure and release an album called Shouting at the Devil, Staring at the Sea.

6.5 I tried to include an umlaut in #6, but Blogger wouldn’t accept it. So just imagine it’s there.