Meet Benjamin Baer, 24 years old from Chicago.
“I was leaving for a week long conference in Boston. I had never been there but had watched the Departed which features the dropkick murphy song. As a history teacher I was pumped to visit a city with so much history. This set off a blend of songs that went with Boston as a theme. The tea party, the massacre, the revolution really was in Boston so it lead to a lot of metal and songs about rebellions. I listened to it while hiking the Freedom Trail to different historic sites in Boston.”
What is the soundtrack to your life?
PInk Floyd's The Wall. I connect with the themes of being expressive but also feeling alienated for being so.
It depends on the week really. Pink Floyd and Metallica and what I return to.
If you had the chance to interview an artist, who would it be? (Dead or alive)
David Grohl because he is my wife's "one" and he seems like genuinely nice person.
What is the best concert you have ever been to?
Chris Cornell at the Civic Center in Peoria. It was a very relaxed show and the acoustic version of his songs brought a whole new angle to tracks I had heard for decades.
Do you have a favorite quote?
Don't let the bastards grind you down.
Do you play any instruments? If not, any you would love to learn?
Tuba in high school. I had a brief guitar phase and experiment with a keyboard every once in a while.
Do you have a life slogan?
Fear is the mind killer.- Frank Herbert
What is the most annoying song in the world?
What’s more important to you? Music; or Lyrics? Why?
Music. Instrumentals can be just as impactful as any other song. I always strive to understand the lyrics though as well and go through phases where I annoy people by listening to a track over and over again until I know all the words. Immigrant song was the last one that I made people suffer through.