You either believe that people respond to authority, or that they respond to kindness and inclusion. I'm obviously in the latter camp. I think that people respond better to reward than punishment.
I wouldn't call myself a synaesthete in the sense that Nabokov was. But I'll talk about a sound as being cold blue or dark brown. For descriptive purposes, yes, I often see colors when I'm listening to music and think, 'Oh, there's not enough sort of yellowy stuff in here, or not enough white.'
I think generally playing live is a crap idea. So much of stage work is the presentation of personality, and I've never been interested in that.
I've noticed a terrible thing, which is I will agree to anything if it's far enough in the future.
Christina Baker Kline