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  1. Eric: Is there any music from "today" that you like to listen to? My favorites include Seether's Remedy and Rise Above This. I also like Staind's So Far Away and Right Here. I also love to listen to Chris Cornell. I think he has a great voice.
  2. "He's got his arm around every man's dream, And crumbs in his beard from the "Seafood Special", Oh can't you see my world is falling apart? Baby please the biker, Leave the biker, Break his heart". From the fabulously "tongue-in-cheek" song "Leave The Biker" by "Fountains of Wayne". Eric...Many months ago I asked what you thought about "Fountains of Wayne" and you replied (to paraphrase) "Smart music for smart people". Someone else said of "FOW"...that they reminded him of "Raspberries" with their wide-ranging musical styles...but with a much more limited lead singer. I agree with both reviews. Adam Schlesinger...the main writer of the group reminds me of you Eric in that he is a master of so many genres. He wrote the Oscar-Nominated song "That Thing You Do" for the wonderful movie of the same name. He wrote "Pop Goes My Heart" (A wonderful and intentional "Wham" parody)...as well as other original music for the otherwise formulaic film..."Music and Lyrics" with "Drew Barrymore" and "Hugh Grant". Now he has co-written the music for "Cry Baby"...the Broadway musical that hopes to echo the success of the musical "Hairspray". Eric...when I listen to your music...I know that you write in a broad range of styles and that you could sit down and write teriffic songs that reflect any musical period or any musical style. Have you considered ever doing more original music for movies or writing music for a Broadway show? IMHO...as great as he is...Adam's got nothin' on "Our Man" Eric. I'd be really eager to read your response.-Ira.
  3. Hello Again Eric, I want to share with you why I have this big frown/sadness inside my heart...it is because although I have always been respectful, kind, honest, sincere when asking you questions why do you leave me "All By Myself" and never reply to me? *Vera*
  4. I saw you have Erik Satie on your friends list on your Myspace page, hmmm very interesting. Satie is one of my favorites, I remember a professor calling him a wild and crazy guy . I was wondering if you noticed the parallels you share with him ? His music was ahead of his time and is timeless and a huge influence on other musicians The Love of his life was with model, painter and former trapeze artist Suzanne Valadon. I do not really believe you wife was a trapeze artist, but I thought it was a funny occupation. The obvious Erik Eric Do you have 84 identical handkerchiefs, 12 identical velvet suits and dozens of umbrellas, or something like that ?
  5. Eric...You have written a number of songs about the act of making love. You have beautifully captured the essence of adolescent yearning in such songs as "I Wanna Be With You"...("We're almost there...so hold me".) In "Ecstasy" you write...("'Cause when I'm home...Just wait till I get you alone".) But nowhere have I ever heard a song that captures the essence of romance,seduction and lust like "Sleep with Me". I sense wine,candles, and real love...and also unbelievable passion and heat in the bridge... I'm just tryin' to make you understand the things I feel for you, Gonna love you every way I can, Until you let me through, Won'tcha let me throgh, So sleep with me and be mine tonight, I only wanna hold you in the morning light, And show you just how good it all can be, So if you want my love, Then take my love, And never set me free, I need you so...So darling sleep with me. Eric...Is this a song that you perceive as a very satisfying and accomplished piece of work? I'm no musician...Just a fan...But I think "Sleep With Me" is absolutely teriffic!-Ira.
  6. March isn't a good month for Valorie or myself as we both lost our father on the 3rd. I just want to say that I am so very happy to see you back on the board Eric. I never wanted to ask 'where you were' because I truly felt whatever time you need away is obviously sacred to you and therefore I did not wish to intrude. I now however, celebrate your return and any wonderful comments you choose to share with any of us here. We all have missed you and we ALL think the world of you! *Vera*
  7. Eric - how was Kathryn's birthday? Did she get any cool stuff?
  8. Eric Have you been watching American Idol this season? Any favorites ?
  9. Eric, I seem to remember you recorded a song written by Dianne Warren. Was this your choice or a "request" (i.e. do it!) by the label. I remember that Cheap Trick recorded songs by other writers at the request of Epic, and while they had a hit, the songs didn't really have their trademark or fee. While I enjoyed "Hungry Eyes", I still and always feel that what you write is your best material.
  10. eric,did you ever find it was hard parting w/some of your original demos before going into the studio to totally redo them?..i mean sometimes demos have that "certain feel" to them..do you feel that way about some of yours??..lol,chris
  11. I say the odds are about 100:1 that you answer this post, but here it goes: The Raspberries playing a show in 2008 You getting that solo show scheduled in 2008 You writing a new song and posting it here first. You showing up at Weekend at Bernies Thanks!
  12. Hi Eric: My question is...do you ever look back on any of the old videos and cringe at what you see or say I really like when we did that...and do you have your own favourite?
  13. Ann

    Dog

    Eric, I've been wondering how things are going with your dog. How old is he/she now? Ann
  14. eric,"if" the raspberries would do new material,who would be a choice of you guys to produce it,or would you guys prefer to do it yourselves?? ..i understand if it's too touchy to answer that..just wondering that's all..lol,chris
  15. Eric, Have you ever pulled up to a stop light and heard a song of your own or a Berries tune belting out of someones car stereo. Not GATW or ABM but something that had to be an album cut so you had a pretty good idea it was a true fan with a cd playing. How'd that feel and did you give a little nod or wink their way? I would think that something like that would be pretty cool for both parties.
  16. MJ

    Flipside

    I've got two questions regarding the Flipside show. Did you do all the songs in one take, and were there any other songs that you did play that night that didn't make it on the show? Thanks.
  17. Dear Eric ( I feel truly I should still be addressing you as Mr.Carmen), How does it feel to know that you are leaving such a beautiful legacy?? You have touched so many so deeply with your music. I know for my sister Valorie and I that your music has been at times not only life altering but life saving as well! Your music breaks down walls that people try to build up around themselves...you remind us all how to *feel* and to *live* and to take *risks* again even after the most painful heartbreak. It's more than evident in the countless number of people who are honored to be a part of this board that you have built something very special with your extraordinary gift of music. However, after reading so much about all that you have done, I also truly feel that you would have managed to make a huge impact on countless lives no matter what venue you had chosen to express your creative force. It's almost that ridiculously simple...your gift as a human being would have touched lives no matter what you would have set forth to do. Therefore, my question, is a rhetoric one because I am certain you DO know what a beautiful legacy you have given this world!
  18. Eric, Is this old gem free and clear, written and owned by only you, so there is no legal problems recording the song on your next CD, whether solo or with the boys? Or does some old sleazy record exec from the late 60's own a piece of it?
  19. This one goes out to our leader --- Eric, I remember you saying you used to love "Love Is Blue." This was kind of an unlikely radio hit, wasn't it? But it just stuck in your mind....
  20. Eric : Will you attend or watch tomorrow night's debate at Cleveland State between Obama and Clinton? Does the debate interest you? Any thoughts?
  21. Hi Eric: This may have been asked before, but as I am still fairly new here I was wandering.... you have had "hit" songs, popular songs...but for yourself (and you can only choose one) which song made you sit back and feel really proud..."like this is the best piece you have ever done?"
  22. Hi Eric. Just something I heard....Did you know Rush Limbaugh has used the intro to Go All The Way on his show quite a bit? I am not a Limbaugh fan, but with the unfortunate concentration of radio stations into increasingly fewer hands (i.e. Clear Channel, another topic- another day), it is hard to turn the dial and not hear him. In any event....I hope your getting compensated for this. I do know that he was also using John Fogerty's work, and that was brought to a fast halt. Thanks for all the good times!!!!
  23. Eric, I've always wondered, before you decided to split, had you formulated any ideas or plans for what the next Raspberries album after "Starting Over" was going to be/sound like? Gary
  24. Good Evening, I was wondering especially since you are both so brilliant on the keyboards if you know Paul Shaffer? He was born where both Valorie and I come from *Fort William* now called Thunder Bay. I bet the two of you could do some serious tickling of the ivories if you ever got together for a jam session.
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