Several months ago, Ryan asked me to participate in the promotion of Do Fun Stuff, a record he put together with a group of talented and generous musicians to benefit his son, LB who had recently been diagnosed with Smith-Magenis Syndrome. I was asked to interview Ben Cooper of Radical Face, who I have featured here before, and of whom I am a major fan.
I am both honored to be involved in Ryan's outreach and thrilled with the results of the album which we've been full throttle rocking (at Casa GGC) all week.
Ryan, you are an example to all human beings of how social networking can be used tastefully and genuinely for good. Your heart is my hero.
...And without further ado... a few words with Ben Cooper of Radical Face! Applause!
Radical Face: I had a pretty interesting childhood. It'd be hard to separate a single favorite moment. So I'll just go with the first one that popped into my head…
When we were kids, my little brothers and I built a water slide off our tree-fort in the backyard. It was a good 12 feet high. We made it by running scraps of plywood from the highest platform down to the ground, then nailing a plastic tarp down the length of it, finally putting a hose at the top. We nabbed the dish soap from the kitchen, greased up, then slid away. It was pretty steep, and there wasn't anything at the bottom – just grass, some roots, and a puddle. But being so covered in soap we just slid across the grass for a good ten or fifteen feet before stopping. We loved it. Despite getting nicked by the nails if you went to far to either side.
When mom came outside and saw how rickety and dangerous this contraption was (it was held up by stacked milk crates, and we were all pretty covered in scrapes by the time she found us), she made us tear it down immediately. It was fun while it lasted.