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Two years after author Marcel Proust died, among his belongings they found a questionnaire titled Marcel Proust Himself, which was later used for interviews by Bernard Pivot and Vanity Fair. We loved it, and are happy to rejuvenate it here at Blown Speakers.
Before coming back to Cleveland on tour in support of his latest Diane Coffee album, Everybody’s A Good Dog, Shaun Fleming took the time to answer it for us, and we happily present it along with the photos by rock photographer Mara Robinson.
What is your idea of perfect happiness?
SF: Honestly, THIS is. I have the love of a beautiful woman, I’m playing my music to people who WANT to listen, and I’m able to make a living off that music.
What is your most marked characteristic?
SF: I’d like to think my persistent positivity.
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
SF: The release of my first record.
What is your greatest fear?
SF: The deterioration of my mind
Which living person do you most admire?
SF: My little brother Dan.
Who are your heroes in real life?
SF: David Wilcox, John C Reilly, Sam Cooke, Sufjan Stevens, Donovan, Paul McCartney, Steve Martin, Marc Cohn.
What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
SF: I can get lost in the task at hand… Lose sight of the bigger picture.
What is the trait you most deplore in others?
SF: The inability to walk in others shoes.
What is your favorite journey?
SF: I love the trip all the way down the PCH.
What do you consider the most overrated virtue?
SF: I’d like to think I’m a man of virtue, I think they all have value.
Which word or phrases do you most overuse?
SF: Sick. But more like “siiiiiiiick.”
What is your greatest regret?
At the moment I can’t think of any. I love who I am and where I’m at.
What is your current state of mind?
Calm and ready to shut down for the evening.
If you could change one thing about your family, what would it be?
We would all be living closer.
What is your most treasured possession?
Maybe my ring? I never take it off.
What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
That’s too dark a question for me right now.
Where would you like to live?
Northern California. Maybe somewhere in the redwoods.
What is your favorite occupation?
Other than music? I’ve always loved the idea of cranberry farming.
What is the quality you most like in a man?
What is the quality you most like in a woman?
Last time Diane Coffee played Cleveland, frontman Shaun Fleming (also the drummer for Foxygen) was sick as a dog. But you’d have been hard-pressed to notice if he hadn’t admitted it. His energy was still high, the vocals were still on point, and except for a few brief winces toward the end due to a sore, dry throat and a lack of water, it was a great show backed by a killer band.
He apologized unnecessarily for his condition and promised to come back on a better night. And that night is rapidly approaching.
He and the band will play the Beachland on April 2, and we’ll be there to cover it.
Akron was the first stop for Brooklyn-based Howard Saturday February 20 at Musica.
Fronted by Howard Feibusch, we saw the band last year at Nelsonville Music Festival. He and bassist Myles Heff performed a stripped-down acoustic set, as their drummer hadn’t yet joined the tour. Here’s our set of photos.