The following questions were culled from vintage Teen Beat interviews, circa mid-1980s. Xpress poses them to local music stars.
Mountain Xpress: How did you get into music?
Molly Kummerle, lead singer of be-bop pop group Ruby Slippers: I grew up with a lot of singing. My Mom sang Sweet Adelines, [I was in] middle and high school band, badly played self taught guitar, took classes in guitar, piano and voice. I sang in an Indigo Girls-type band in college. Mike Alexander asked me to sing backup for a Mavis show in 2000. The rest, they say (I say?) is history.
Q: If you weren’t a musician, what would you want to be?
A: Well, I broke my tailbone once, so I can’t be an astronaut. I’m really into fashion and writing. Perhaps either one of those, or both.
Q: If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
A: I would like the balance between motivation / productivity and fun / relaxation to be easier to find.
Q: Tell us about your car.
A: It’s a do-able mess right now, what else? It’s a Subaru: All-wheel drive, all the time.
Q: Are you going to play a show in Tulsa?
A: Maybe someday.
Q: Who do you consider to be very cool?
A: I know a lot of very cool people that I am lucky enough to get to work with and hang out with on a regular basis. I think Imogen Heap is exceptionally cool. My dog is rockin’ cool.
Q: Do you have a crush on anyone?
A: Not really. I should get a crush.
Q: What was the most perfect gift you ever received?
A: The opportunity to be a musician.
Q: What was the nicest thing you’ve ever done for your mom on Mother’s Day?
A: Took her to lunch and we took a really nice walk on a lovely day. We just spent some good time together.
Q: What are some of your hobbies?
A: Sewing, knitting, writing, making pictures that no one else will ever see, walking, biking, yoga. That’s good, right?
Q: Describe your perfect day.
A: To get outside with my dog for a good long time, see friends, be creative and do things that I enjoy, make some music, learn something new.
Q: What’s something you refuse to eat?
A: Sugar. It’s really a gift that I give to the rest of the world — it makes me crazy.
Q: If you had to choose one word to describe your life, what would that word be?
A: Right now? Awakening.
Q: Do you have any messages for all your loyal fans?
A: Thank you!
—Alli Marshall, A&E reporter