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The Year At Life Elsewhere

2015 was an eventful year at Life Elsewhere. We covered a vast array of topics and interviewed a stellar line-up of guests. Beginning in January, Norman B proclaimed Unbecoming, the debut novel by Rebecca Scherm, “One of the best books this year!” Sadly, the year had only just got underway, when news arrived of the death of George Romansic, an important figure in the early Seattle music scene. Norman gave a moving tribute. Photojournalist, Lynsey Addario recounted her graphic stories from the front-line inAfghanistan, Iraq, Lebanon, Darfur and the Congo in her book, It’s What I Do: A Photographer’s Life of Love and War. A fitting subtitle for an investigative book on the “plush toys”, better known as Beanie Babies could be The Dark Side of Cute, bestselling author, Zac Bissonnette gave us the detailsEverything you want to know, everything you didn’t know about David Bowie’s songs, were explained by Chris O’Leary the author of Rebel RebelThat’s Not English said Erin Moore in her book on Britishisms, Americanisms, and What Our English Says About Us. The legendary Wreckless Eric told stories about his early days at Stiff records. Comedy writer Jon Macks reflected on Monologue: What Makes America Laugh Before Bed. Growing up in the delta of Arkansas, Brandon Wallace, knew only two things about himself: he was called to ministry and he was attracted to the same sex. He talked about coming out and his book, Straight-Face The curious case of Sepp Blatter and FIFA was clarified by Eight By Eight creator Robert Priest. Talented Norwegian singer-songwriter Siv Jakobsen entertained with her music and observations. Heavy Metal guitarist, Marty Friedman talked frankly about life after Megadeth. Award-winning wildlife expert, Gareth Patterson spoke lovingly of his work with African lions and the death of Cecil. Frank Jenkinson shared memories of shooting photos of the then-fledgling and later influential British band, Killing Joke. British-American musician Zuzu caught Norman B’s attention, resulting in an engaging interview. And to round out our year at Life Elsewhere, acclaimed caricaturist Steve Brodner gave his definitive appraisals of the GOP Presidential candidates. 

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Marty Friedman – A Disarmingly Frank Interview

Marty Friedman

“In the same week I auditioned for Megadeth, I also auditioned for Madonna!” Confides, celebrated Heavy Metal guitar wizard, Marty Friedman. With his signature probing, yet genial interview style, Norman B engages Friedman, in a disarmingly frank conversation. “In the music business, there are several levels of where you are at, and it has nothing to do with your ability,” continues Marty, “but, people treat you better when you are on the top of the charts!” Known for his tenure as the lead guitarist for heavy metal band Megadeth, which spanned nearly the full decade of the 1990s, Marty Friedman has resided in Japan since 2003, where he is also a highly revered TV star. During the interview, Marty explains the importance of fans, his fascination with Japanese music and understanding a different culture. His responses to Norman B’s questions and well-considered observations make for yet another memorable Life Elsewhere interview.

Inferno is the title of Marty Friedman‘s latest album, his North American tour begins in September.

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Siv Jakobsen – The Interview.

Siv Jakobsen pic 1“I was entranced by her voice and her ability to use silences or pauses so effectively.” Says Norman B about Siv Jakobsen, a talented new musical artist from Norway. The Life Elsewhere host’s unbridled enthusiasm led to a request for an interview with the Oslo-based musician. Arrangements were quickly made, and with disarming candor, Siv  chatted with Norman B for twice as long as the scheduled interview time. “Listen carefully to her lyrics,” Mr. B continues, Siv  displays a maturity, way beyond her years. Plus, she is able to introduce a fresh, emotive take on a well-known and often-covered song, like Dolly Parton’s Jolene.”

Toward the end of the interview, Norman B asks Siv Jakobsen if she would select this week’s Hit That Never Was. With unsurprising confidence, Siv does not hesitate by selecting a relatively new release from American Country artist, Liza Anne. “I know it’s not old,” says Siv , “but I really believe Take It Back should have been a hit!”

After the interview, Norman B reflected, “It’s rare that you come across an artist who is so self-assured, yet completely down-to-earth and without pretension.” We are predicting you will be hearing a lot more from Siv Jakobsen. Make sure you do not miss this up-close and personal interview on the next edition of Life Elsewhere.

Siv Jakobsen’s most recent EP, The Lingering is available now. Below is the beautiful video for the single How We Used To Love.

Music is a major part of Life Elsewhere, we purposely, do not adhere to just one genre or generation, in an upcoming edition we will talk with legendary Heavy Metal guitarist, Marty Friedman. Known for his tenure as the lead guitarist for MegadethFriedman has resided in Japan since 2003 where he has become a popular TV personality. And at the other end of the musical spectrum, are Electronic duo, Lola Dutronic, who have a splendid new album, Lost in Translation. We will talk with one half of the duo, Richard Citroen, about his new album, collaborations and the importance of retro.

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