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Sara McClellan, What Are You Listening To?

Sara McClellan

McClellan is the freelance writer, creative mentor, and brand consultant behind Intuitive Horizon. She is also author of The World Needs Hope and is an inspirational speaker on hope, grief, and empathy. Learn more here.

When you put your key in the ignition and turn on the radio, what station would play right now? NPR. KJZZ 91.5 FM from my morning commute. What's the first concert you saw?
 Honestly, I think it was Ozzfest with Danzig. I have an epic story about a flaming trash can and a spontaneous mosh pit.

What's your favorite concert you've ever been to?
 Rogue Wave. Every time was surreal.

Preferred format: CD, vinyl, cassette, 8-Track or digital?
 The only right answer is vinyl, of course.

What's the last song played on your music player?
 "She's Long Gone," by The Black Keys. Fierce, empowering, and, oh, so rhythmic.

What's the first album you bought?
 Starship, Knee Deep in the Hoopla. Man, that's hilarious. '80s fans, if you really want a flashback, a la Rebecca De Mornay, check out the "Sara" video. Mullets and melodrama, oh, my.

What's your favorite album?
 The Black Keys' Brothers. I can lay back and let the depth wash over me. To quote Rob Gordon (John Cusack) from High Fidelity: "All three of us writers, we all experience music autobiographically . . . so I'll have certain songs that mark certain times in our life, and I think we're not rare that way. Like I'll use music as fuel, you know? Not like as inspiration but as fuel like if I need to get into a certain mindset I know there's certain songs that I can turn on that'll just . . . that's the gas and that'll get me right where I need to go."

Who is your favorite singer or band?
 Florence Welch is a singing chameleon, an enchantress, and a direct line to awesome. What band do you wish was still together?
 Pink Floyd.

Does you computer track how many times you've played something -- if so, what's at the top of the list?
 Brad Paisley music. I love down-home country music with great lyrics.

What was your favorite new or new-to-you album from the past year?
 The Lumineers' self-titled album. I saw them at Marquee after a tip from a friend and was enamored instantly.

What one song would you play if you had a worldwide radio audience?
 "Like a Lion," by David Crowder.

Who is your favorite local artist?
 The Breakup Society.

What is your favorite local venue to see music?
 The Crescent Ballroom.

What is your favorite music video? Pretty much anything by Fun.

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