Thursday, September 30, 2010

Pheaturing Tiffany Thompson

Hello, welcome to the last September entry of the Phile. At least for this year. This year is flying by. Blockbuster video filed for bankruptcy. Experts say it had something to do with the fact that no one in America has rented a video since 1999. Now, where are we going to get a bag of microwave popcorn for $9? There are bedbug infestations all over the country. I always thought bedbugs were imaginary, like Eskimos. Then I found out they’re real, and they bite — like Eskimos. “Sesame Street” announced that it’s pulling a music video featuring Elmo and Katy Perry because her outfit was too revealing, even though these Muppets are running around naked all the time. Those lucky Muppet bastards. They are the right height to see everything, if you know what I mean. Actress Kelly McGillis married her girlfriend. I can’t believe the star of Top Gun is gay. And so is Kelly McGillis. I just learnt that owls are very interesting creatures. They’ve got tiny bodies and giant heads and they vomit out little hairy pellets. They’re exactly like the cast of “Desperate Housewives.” It’s not true that owls can turn their heads around 180 degrees. Unless they’re possessed by Satan. Conan O’Brien’s drummer, Max Weinberg, will not be returning for Conan’s TV show. And it gets worse, because Jay Leno has started drumming lessons. The Octomom is facing foreclosure on her house, so she had a yard sale. It might be time to get that woman a reality show. The owner of the Segway company died when he drove his Segway over a cliff. It’s kind of like George Foreman grilling himself to death. A 3-year-old boy here in Florida showed up to school with 20 ounces of pot. The school board was outraged but the kid’s teacher was like, “Hey, it beats an apple.” In Kansas, a delivery truck carrying 10,000 snack cakes was stolen. Police are looking for that 3-year-old boy from Florida. Christine O’Donnell doesn’t believe in evolution. She asked why monkeys aren’t still evolving into humans. I was like, “It doesn’t happen that fast.” So, you know I like inspirational posters, right? Well, I found a new one, but I don't know if I want to show it. I have never made a joke about Chuck Norris on the Phile before because so many people already have, but then again I joke about Palin and Lohan and everyone makes fun of them as well... Anyway, here is the new Chuck Norris inspirational poster.

And now for a new pheature on the Phile.

And now for the sad part of the Phile...

Arthur Penn
September 27, 1922 - September 28, 2010
Penn Stationary.
George Blanda
September 17, 1927 - September 27, 2010
Great football player. Ugly as a mud fence, but a great football player.
Eddie Fisher
August 10, 1928 - September 22, 2010
Dumped Debbie Reynolds to marry Liz Taylor. Fucking GENIUS.

Okay, today's guest is a fantastic singer song-writer who has a really good four song EP available on iTunes. She'll be playing at Goose Island Brew Pub in Chicago, IL on October 16th from 9 to 10. So, Chicago readers, please go to the show and tell her the Phile sent you. It'll only cost 8 bucks. Anyway, please welcome to the Phile, the lovely and talented... Tiffany Thompson.

Me: Hello, Tiffany, welcome to the Phile. So, how are you?

Tiffany: A little under the weather this weekend, sadly. I think the DC allergies might have finally found their way to my home. But, I spent a lovely day songwriting, which soothed many wounds.

Me: You have a great stage name, Tiffany. Did anybody tell you that when you were growing up?

Tiffany: Sometime people would comment on the alliteration in my name, Tiffany Thompson.

Me: Did you always want to be a performer?

Tiffany: I remember feeling comfortable in front of people even at a young age, and singing has always been something I loved! So I think the building blocks for being a “performer” started a long time ago, though I don’t think I would have said my dream was to be a singer.

Me: I purchased your four song EP off iTunes called "Tiffany Thompson". Why did you choose to self title it instead of giving it a name?

Tiffany: I suppose because it is only four songs, and kinda an introduction to the produced version of my music… it felt appropriate to simply leave it as a self-titled EP.

Me: I liked all the songs a lot, and can hear them easily on country radio. My favorite song is "Till That Day Comes". Did you write all four songs?

Tiffany: Yes, though other musicians influenced them in different ways I played then with for the years preceding the record as well as the producer I worked with, Brian Whitman.

Me: That EP came out last year, right? Are you working on a follow up or a full length album?

Tiffany: I am actually in a serious artist development/songwriting season. I would love to have a new, full length album out sometime in mid 2011, and I am currently in the process of talking with some producers in Nashville as well as doing some major homework on what type of album I want to create. In the meantime, I am releasing a few single tracks on my Facebook page for people to download for free.

Me: Tiffany, where did you grow up? You live in Virginia now, right? Do you get to travel and tour often?

Tiffany: Well, I moved around a few places during my “growing up” years. I was born in Dubuque, IA, moved to Moscow, Russia for five years, then on to Austin, Texas for a while and now my parents live in West Chicago, IL, near where I went to college. Now I live in Northern Virginia, and I went on one week+ tour this summer back to the MidWest, which was wonderful.

Me: I was introduced to you by Joy Ike who has been on the Phile twice. When did you first meet her? You recently did a show together, is that right?

Tiffany: Joy and I met at The 9 at the DC9, a great singer/songwriter showcase in Washington, DC. Then I invited her to come play at a showcase I host at SOVA Espresso and Wine in DC. Our most recent concert together was her “Chicks with Picks” show at the Istanbul Grill in Pittsburg. Good times!

Me: Joy is a really good piano player, Tiffany. What instruments do you play?

Tiffany: I alternate between piano and guitar, depending on what the emotions of the song demand.

Me: Would you two ever record together?

Tiffany: Ohhh… I would love to record with Joy. I simple love her rhythms and the ideas she communicates.

Me: Joy is a big fan of Brooke Waggoner who just recently was on the Phile. Who are you a fan of and do you have a suggestion on anybody I can interview?

Tiffany: Brooke Waggoner is simply wonderful, a pronominal pianist and arranger. I am also a huge fan of Adele, U2, The Temper Trap, and most recently The Snow Patrol. As for potential interviewees… Mr. Ace Elijah recently came across my radar and I love his sound. You should for sure check him out:

Me: Hey, go ahead and give a shout out to your band.

Actually, I play almost all my shows solo at this point. But, I recently recorded a great track with an artist/producer out of San Diego named Danyew. People should for sure check out his stuff on iTunes:

Me: Thanks so much for being on the Phile. I am a big fan and know one day you'll be seen on CMT... you are a fan of country music, right?

Tiffany: Sure … ;-) I do love Taylor Swift!

Me: Before I let you go, do you have anything to tell the readers of the Phile? And go ahead and plug your website and anything else you can think of.

Tiffany: Thanks! I really love getting people’s feedback on my lyrics and song ideas, which I post regularly on Facebook: and my blog: People can also learn about shows and music videos on my website: and download my most recent song for free at:

Me: Continued success and come back to the Phile soon, okay?

Tiffany: Thanks so much for the invite and great questions. I would love to come back anytime.

There, that about does it. Thanks to Tiffany Thompson for a really good interview and to Joy Ike for hooking us up. The Phile will be back next Thursday with Alumni Crissi Cochrane and then the week after that it's another Alumni... John Bentley from Squeeze! That's what so great about doing a successful blog weekly with so many interviews. Guests return. They wouldn't return if they didn't get anything out of this little thing. Anyway, thanks to you readers in helping that. So, until next week, spread the word, not the turd. Don't let snakes and alligators bite you. Bye love you bye.

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