Rolling Stone asked me....ME....to interview Hanson. You know, the band that brought you "Mmmbop" back all those many, many years ago.
People don't believe me when I say that they are still together, performing and putting out music. But it's true. As a matter of fact, I'm going to see them on 10/18 with my bestie Patty, which will be our second time seeing them (the first time was in April of 2008). To say I'm excited is an understatement.
|Our tickets for the 10/18 show...EEP!|
|Patty and I 2008|
I have been a Hanson fan since I was 14 years old. I'm 30 now, knocking on 31's door. I was such a huge fan that my walls were covered in posters, which I just recently found. I remember being 14 and just absolutely loving them, writing Taylor Hanson letter after letter because, after all, he was the perfect man. Of course, as I FINALLY got to meet him in 2008, after he was already married and had a few kids and I had my twins (wasn't yet married). But still, he's my favorite Hanson brother.
One awesome things about this interview is that my whole family was flown to Tulsa (where the guys are from), all expenses paid. This was doubly awesome for me, because while we were there, we had our family pictures taken by my favorite photographer Amber from Amber Snead Photography. It has been a dream of mine to go to Tulsa and meet the guys and actually talk to them. Getting to meet Amber and have her take our pictures is a major bonus.
We met at this really cute little park, which makes sense, because I have my 3 kids, Taylor has his 5 and both Isaac and Zac have 2 (Zac has a 3rd on the way). They are really laid back and their wives are also really nice. We discuss EVERYTHING and they are really open with their answers. We talk about how their music has evolved over the years, which is the biggest part of the interview. Their sound has changed so much, but at the same time, they've remained true to themselves. That's hard to do in this industry. Take their latest single, off their new album Anthem, which is called "Get The Girl Back". It's a great song with a great video.
We talk about their family, the hardships of being on the road, how being parents have changed them, and their hopes for their kids. A lot of it won't be used in the magazine, because it was about a 3 hour interview, so maybe one day, I'll have to post the rest of it here....with their permission.
After the interview is over, they invite us back to their family home for a cookout, bon fire, and jam session.
This is truly been a magical experience for me, and one I won't soon forget. The BEST part? I gained a slew of new friends with the band and I look forward to them coming to my neck of the woods soon for another get together. Oh...and.....they have hired me to be their personal blogger! How awesome is that?!
Welcome to the October edition of the Secret Subject Swap! This is SUPER special, because it's the one year anniversary of the swap! So cool, right? I thought so too. Karen, from Baking In A Tornado, is the brain behind this, so I have to give her a big thanks for letting me be part of it.
My prompt was given to me by Melissa from the deliciously funny Home on Deranged. The prompt was "As a writer for Rolling Stone, your assignment is to interview your favorite musician. Who do you choose? Tell us about the interview." Thank you so much for the prompt!
Check out the other bloggers and see what they've come up with! And as usual, thanks for stopping by!