Thursday, May 6, 2010

3?aK Episode 1: Jacob Thomas Berns (The National Lights)

Back in 2007, when I was the music writer for College Times, Kip Winger blew me off for an interview because he was on “vocal lockdown.” I didn’t want to see the questions I’d prepared go to waste, so for the next year, I asked everyone I interviewed if they’d be willing to get into character and answer the following “Three Questions as Kip.”

If you're new to 3?aK and want a more detailed history of how this project came to be, click here.

OK, now that you're up to speed, let's get on with the show. Playing the role of Kip Winger for this installment of 3?aK will be Virginia-based folk singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Jacob Thomas Berns of the National Lights.

3?aK Episode 1: Jacob Thomas Berns (The National Lights)

1. We've already seen disco and '80s synth pop make comebacks. Do you think a hair metal renaissance is right around the corner?

My name is Kip Winger. What do you think?

2. Can you let our readers in on your secret to maintaining the perfect 5 o'clock shadow?

Whisky, Mike. I rub it on. And thick. My face loves the shit.

3. What have you been up to for the last 15 years?

Once again, Mike, I'm going to have to answer whisky. Look here: W-H-I-S-K-Y. Now: W-I-N-G-E-R. Here's what they look like when I arrange them according to how my moons are aligned at the moment:


One "W," one "i," and two letters that sound like "e." The possibilities are virtually endless.

Go to Episode 2.

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