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3×3: Taarka on Columbia House, Costa Rica, and Sinéad O’Connor

Feb 9, 2016

3x3: Taarka on Columbia House, Costa Rica, and Sinéad O'Connor

Artist: Taarka
Hometown: Lyons, CO
Latest Album: Making Tracks Home
Rejected Band Names: Goulash … back when we were a Gypsy band.

What was the first record you ever bought with your own money?
The Columbia House Records deal "7 Records for 1 Penny" — Led Zepplin, Steeleye Span, John Renbourn, Eric Clapton, Friday Night in San Francisco (Al Di Meola, Paco De Lucia, John McLaughlin), Fairport Convention's Liege and Leaf, and Sinead O'Connor.

If money were no object, where would you live and what would you do?
If money were no object, we would live in the southern jungles of Costa Rica and buy up as much jungle as possible to turn it into more protected wildlife reserves.

If your life were a movie, which songs would be on the soundtrack?
Uh, the obvious answer would be the songs we write and play and, in a way, our life is a movie we get to watch and participate in every moment of every day.

What brand of jeans do you wear?
I've never bothered to look at the brand.

What's your go-to karaoke tune?
"Hot Blooded" by Foreigner.

What's your favorite season?
Out of Vivaldi's "Four Seasons," Summer … In Lyons, CO, we have great days and bad days in every season. We love the snow — you have to to live in Colorado — and love the warm gentle air when the hills are teaming with life. Yes, our music reflects this character as we venture music across the styles.

Kimmel or Fallon?
We don't watch or have a TV and don't know the difference.

Jason Isbell or Sturgill Simpson?
Definitely Jason Isbell.

Chocolate or vanilla?
Gotta love chocolate.

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