1 Before we
start, have you anything to declare?
I declare this Italian DONNA SUMMER TIME site to be the ultimate
tribute to the legendary Miss Donna Summer! Oh, wait Is this
one of those trick questions where I'm supposed to tell everyone
how far I go on the first date? ha ha ha
2 How are you?
Fantastic! This past year I celebrated my tenth anniversary as
an independent writer and creative strategist working on film,
multimedia, print, video and web projects. I'm really looking
forward to 2004. I've got some great projects lined up and planning
a few fun vacations. Wish I could add a Donna Summer concert
to my list. Is she touring this year?
3 Coffee, tea
I enjoy making coffee every morning. Then, while looking out
the window at Chicago's ever-changing weather conditions, I sit
on the couch, sip French Roast or Italian Espresso, organize
and plan the day. And since I'm Italian, part Calabrese and part
Sicilian, I treasure a great glass of wine! No, not in the morning!!!
4 What's on
your CD player right now?
At home, five Bette Midler albums on the carousel. Her Rosemary
Clooney tribute album has sparked my collection resurgence. In
the car I've been playing THE JOURNEY (both the greatest hits
disc and the great remix disc) as well as the Holland 3-CD set
(THE ULTIMATE COLLECTION) that you wrote about on the What's
New page. Can you believe I've never heard LADY OF THE NIGHT?
5 What is your
fondest memory of Donna?
Her 20th anniversary performance of opening the Holiday Star
Theater in near-by Merrillville, Indiana on August 18th, 1999.
I was there in 1979. Few performers can say their voices are
better "live" but Donna Summer can. I've probably seen
her about 8 times over the years to standing-room-only crowds.
Her closing LAST DANCE always sends the audience through the
6 Vinyl records
Have been listening to CDs since the 80s but I've got my entire
vinyl collection in storage. Almost all genres of music Maybe,
14 boxes worth.
7 Which is
the Donna Summer album you play more often?
1987's THE DANCE COLLECTION compilation of 12-inch singles or
the expansive, 2-disc set from 1993's THE DONNA SUMMER ANTHOLOGY.
8 What is the
most appalling thing you've ever listened to?
Some of those American Idol "vocalists" showcased
in the auditions are beyond appalling. Since I believe in
the creative process and the joy it brings on all levels, I don't like to
criticize. When it comes to different musical tastes
I say, "To each his own." However, some of that
screeching... By the way, is there a version of American Idol
9 Is there
a Donna song you just can't stand?
Sebastiano! So harsh! ha ha No, I enjoy all her material, but
THE WANDERER isn't really a Donna Summer song.
10 What does
MAC ARTHUR PARK mean to you?
Music magazines began announcing Donna Summer had re-fashioned
the old MAC ARTHUR PARK psychedelic/hippie song by Richard Harris.
I couldn't imagine it. However, her reworking became a monster
hit at the discos. They played the full 17-minute MAC ARTHUR
PARK suite extravaganza including ONE OF A KIND and HEAVEN KNOWS
to packed dance floors. Ask anyone who was there. She ruled the
dance floors like no other vocalist.
11 When did
you last shout ENOUGH IS ENOUGH?
About three years ago. But THAT's for another interview. ha ha
12 You switch
the radio on and the disc jockey announces Donna Summer's new
single. What do you do?
I crank the volume up and go buy it in both domestic and import
13 It's better
to read or to write?
They both go hand in hand When I was starting first grade, my
Grandma (with soft, warm Sicilian accent) said, "Stivi,
reading and writing are the golden keys to success. Learn to
read and write and you can do anything!"
14 What do
you think of ORDINARY GIRL (the book)?
Terrific!!! Although Donna Summer is much more like an "extraordinary"
girl I think the book, like her vast catalog of different musical
styles and genres, showcases her intelligence, sensitivity, creativity
and emotional honesty.
15 Do you have
a favorite movie?
I love movies and television as well as music. I'm really a "pop
culture junkie," but we'll leave that for "Book Two."
ha ha I know, I know I'm just going on and on.
16 What is
your drug of choice?
Let's just say that I've been around a few blocks but I've come
to my senses. Matured Like a fine Italian wine. The need for
a "drug" really means to need a crutch and I've tried
to grow up and away from dependencies. We'll leave this question
for a "Book Three" interview!!! ha ha ha
17 Do you ever
dance to Donna's music?
Yes! Always! One of my fondest memories of Donna Summer's music
was back in college, at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb,
Illinois, when my friend Lourdes invited me to attend an OLAS
event. The Organization for Latin American Students' was throwing
a Saturday night party and the hosts were playing an all-disco
station (WDAI) broadcasting from Chicago. The DJ said, "And
now, the brand-new single from sexy Donna Summer!" Someone
reached over, jacked up the volume (starting with the now-familiar
opening notes of HOT STUFF) and the party was up for grabs. Everyone
began screaming, yelling and dancing away. Unbelievably exciting!
18 SUMMER FEVER
or WINTER MELODY?
Since I'm chatting with you from Chicago? My WINTER MELODY is
about 10 degrees above zero with the wind chill factor and we've
had about 8 inches of snow this past week In fact, it's been
snowing here for most of the day. To be honest? I'd much rather
think about a SPRING AFFAIR. ha ha
19 What's on
your bedside table?
All the essentials. Alarm clock, radio, phone and several books
and magazines for nighttime reading. Oh, is this where I'm supposed
to say something provocative? ha ha Of course being the good
Italian boy that I am... Isn't this DONNA SUMMER TIME website
rated for family viewing? Sebastiano!!! ha ha
20 Donna (and
Gershwin) not being available, who you wanna have dinner
Since I don't
really know how to cook, I've always enjoyed going out for dinner
to restaurants or someone's home. Big dinner parties, family
gatherings, a group of friends or a quiet romantic spot. Dinner
is best as a guest.
21 Is love
really the healer?
I believe that love is all there is. Throughout our life journey,
it isn't always easy to see how self-respect and self-love must
be our top priorities. When we begin each day by remembering
to love and respect ourselves, the world opens up to us in the
most magnificent ways. Sometimes we need to close our eyes and
22 What is
it that makes life worth living?
Sharing your love with friends and family. Holding on to and
pursuing your dreams. "Without dreams, Life is but a broken-winged
bird that cannot fly."
23 If not for
Then millions of fans throughout the world would be deprived
of listening to her beautiful, joyous, uplifting and life-affirming
music. Miss Donna Summer is one of the greatest vocalists of
all time. Oh, speaking of Sebastiano, is that why you named this
site, DONNA SUMMER TIME?