Interview w/ Citizen Cope • Musician, “The Clarence Greenwood Recordings”

SM: If you had to square off against the devil in a competition based on some area of the creative arts (i.e. a fiddle contest), what would it be?

CC: A song accompanied by my violent guitar. I have to do it all the time.

SM: When was the last time you remember being left with a sense of mystery?

CC: After an intense dream.

SM: What was the last thing you looked at just for the sake of looking at it?

CC: A beautiful woman.

SM: C.S. Lewis , William Blake, and T.S. Eliot are staying the night in a haunted mansion. Who stays the whole night, and who runs screaming out the front door in their stocking cap and pajamas?

CC: They would all stay or leave depending on how haunted the mansion.

SM: Have you ever experienced synesthesia (a mixing of senses; tasting a shape, seeing music, etc.)?

CC: Yes.

SM: If you were involved in a pirate cove caper, would you be assisting the Hardy Boys, or trying to outwit them?

CC: Trying to outwit them

SM: Let’s say it’s mandatory that the lyrics to one song be projected in moon size letters onto the sky for a year, as chosen by you. Name the song, and why.

CC: “Imagine” by John Lennon

SM: When the human race has finally mapped the ocean, and solved the mysteries of it’s depths, what will be the most surprising thing they find?

CC: Grace

SM: Which would you rather wrestle, a tiger or a profound sense of melancholy?

CC: Melancholy can be overcome. I don’t know about a tiger…

SM: Regale us, please, with an anecdote.

CC: Listen to and follow your first instinct.