Carl Nadig is a conductor of positivity in Dekalb, IL. He awesomely invited me to
perform at November’s Majakka Monthly Music Marathon, a benefit he helps
organize for the Dekalb Area Women’s Center. Carl lives life as a dedicated journalist, generous thinker, and he plays music in the duo The Pleasant Street Players and Human Drag.
What’s your favorite color?
I don’t have one yet.
Who is your favorite athlete?
My younger sister, Stevie. She’s a wrestler. Wrestling as a female includes more challenges that I can only imagine.
What is your favorite poem and why?
“The Rime of The Ancient Mariner” by Samuel Taylor Coleridge is one of my favorites. The longer you read it, the more you become the protagonist in the story’s main plot.
What is the name of your fictional autobiography?
How tall are you?
5′ 10″, according to some medical experts.
What is the title of the earliest work of yours you can remember?
I remember painting a dinosaur in first grade. I don’t remember if it even had a title, because I was probably enjoying myself too much to name it.
What is the title of your most recent piece of work?
My new band just finished a song called “Make Me.”
Tell me about it?
You’ll have to hear it.
How did this monthly series come about?
The director of DeKalb’s Area Women Center, Anna Marie Coveny, asked Daerielle if she would play a few shows. Then we tossed the idea on hosting shows at Majakka Hall once a month for other bands and let all the proceeds go to the Women Center.
Where is home?
Right now? Pleasant Street in DeKalb.
What is home?
My mother’s voice.
Who is home?
Many people that are silently fading away.
Whose home are you?
That thought petrifies me.
What is your favorite plant?
I enjoyed walking to a specific willow tree back on my father’s farm, resting in the bottom of a valley, planted next to a creek.
Who is your daddy and what does he do?
My father is Rob Nadig. Farmer. It’s a profession that’s been in his bloodline for at least five generations.
Who are you?
What do you do?
Who would you like to collaborate with?
My mother’s father. He was a musician and lived in New Boston, Missouri, so I’m told. I never knew him.
Where are you going?
Down, according to some religion experts.
Where did you just come from?
Up, according to some religion experts.
Where are you right now?
In the middle.
Who is Vashti Bunyan?
I don’t know. Tell me about them. I’m curious.
TELL me some impressions of the other performers?
Grateful to be playing inside a new music venue in DeKalb, so I try to return that gratitude as much as I can.
You have to hear them.
Why are you still going?
I don’t understand.
What does a free world look like to you?
Probably more trouble than it’s worth, frankly.