20 Questions For Tom Brosseau


And now for something completely different (at least for us). We’re starting something called "20 Questions For….." First up, singer-songwriter Tom Brosseau, the Grand Forks native who has been traveling the world. Tom is appearing with Brenda Weiler at the Empire Arts Center in Grand Forks Saturday (April 26). He’ll be performed on WDAZ News @5 Friday. His latest CD is called "Cavalier."

What is your most treasured possession?
My most treasured possession- at the moment, is a bollo tie. I purchased this item in Colorado. I rarely get a chance to lounge and shop, and my shopping habits are not regular ones I must admit. Anyway, the bollo tie pendant is heavy, made of shiny silver, turquoise, with red stone.

Who would you most like to have lunch with?
There are many I would like to lunch with, but I have always wanted to have lunch with Angelina Jolie.

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
I would change the tick to make sure I turned off the faucet, the lights, the stove, and to make sure the coffee-maker and iron were unplugged.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Hopefully- a good son.

What makes you happy?
Again- at the moment, seeing someone, or something with no self-pity. There was recently a news piece on a six-legged cat. It reminds me of the D.H. Lawrence poem Self Pity: "I never saw a wild thing sorry for itself. A small bird will drop frozen dead from a bough without ever having felt sorry for itself."

Who are your favorite writers?
Some of my favorite writers include Hemingway and Steinbeck, but also Thomas McGrath and Louise Erdrich.

Who are your favorite singers?

Some of my favorite singers include Bill Kenny, John Jacob Niles, and Peggy Lee.

Who are your heroes?
One of my heroes is Maya Angelou.

Who are your favorite actors or actresses?
I think Rutger Hauer is pretty good, and I like Marion Cotillard.

If you were to die and come back as someone or something else, what would it be?
I would like to come back as a lion.

What is it that you most dislike in others?
I will say this- some of what I dislike in others I have disliked in myself.

What artists are on your ipod?
I do not own an ipod- i sometimes wish I owned an ipod. No, I listen to the radio when I get a chance. Otherwise, I see music live. One of the performers I enjoyed recently was David Dondero.

What’s the name of the last book you read?
Green Hills of Africa, by E.H.

Who is your favorite fictional character?
Jean Louise Finch, of course!

What blogs do you read?
I like to read the Soundboard blogs at LA Times.com.

What is the name of your favorite movie?
Favorite things are great because they aren’t necessarily the best ever- you can tell a lot about someone knowing their favorite things. My favorite movie would have to be Oliver Stone’s U-turn, or David Lynch’s Inland Empire.

What is your favorite food?
I like acorn squash.

Do you have any tattoos?
I do not have any tattoos, but I feel like I do.

Where would you most like to live?
I would like to live out on the North Dakota prairie.

What happens to you when you die?
I think what happens to a person when he or she dies is they live out one last fantasy, dream, or some-kind of journey. I think that’s why it’s important to wake every day and make it your best; to be on your happiest and brightest!



2 Responses

  1. Anon

    It’s an amazing dynamic how artists have a difficult time gaining acclaim for their work in their hometown. Tom tours the world, all the time praising the virtues of his beloved hometown and region. Do people in Grand Forks know that he is a world-renowned and critically-acclaimed singer, sonwriter, and performer? I hope so! He deserves it!!!

    This may help get the unfamiliar started…

    Also, a simple google search will reveal some of the amazing press he’s received across the world. A true artist, “growed up” right here in little ol’ Grand Forks!

  2. X marks the spot

    Sure didn’t like the response he gave to what happens when you die. Sounds like one more artsy liberal type to me.

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