Senior Laura Kerry brings experience and sophistication to her three-year-old radio show, "The Village Green Preservation Society." Named after one of Kerry's favorite albums by the Kinks, the show features an eclectic mix of classic, contemporary and folk rock, as well as a healthy dose of electronic music.
Greatest musician of all time and why?
The greatest lyricist would have to be Leonard Cohen, but I'm too indecisive to choose the greatest musician.
Song that makes you homesick and why?
"Homeward Bound" by Simon and Garfunkel. The title itself explains why. These guys are easy to get obsessed with.
Most moving concert experience?
Besides Backstreet Boys in third grade—which was obviously life-changing—I saw Beach House while studying abroad in Dublin last year. They created an awesome concert vibe. It was in a small venue and they had these awesome blue lights. You could get really close to the stage and immersed in their sound.
Best song to study to?
"Roygbiv" by Boards of Canada. It's electronic music, it's ambient, and it's uplifting in moments of study despair.
If you were stuck on a desert island for five years, what three albums would you take with you and why?
"The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan" by Bob Dylan for sympathy, "The Velvet Underground" by the Velvet Underground for nourishment, and "Teen Dream" by Beach House for company.
Guilty pleasure song?
I know all the lyrics to "Gangsta's Paradise" by Coolio and listen to it often.
If you could meet any musician, dead or alive, who would it be and why?
I think I would like to meet Bob Dylan...but he would be mean, which would make me mad. I mean he's sort of a curmudgeonly older man now. When he was younger, he was above his fans... I think he was against the whole fame thing. There's a great documentary about him called "Don't Look Back" where he doesn't indulge in any of it.
Most played song on your iTunes?
"Dance, Dance, Dance" by Lykke Li. It's just one of those rare songs you can listen to in any mood.
Favorite era of music?
Late-'60s and early-'70s. It was just a good time for rock. Right now, there's a lot of interesting stuff going on with folk revival and cool electronic music from that era...There's been a lot of talk about the Fleet Foxes—they came out with an album this summer that's straight folk.
If you were going into battle, what song would you want blasting on your iPod?
"Voodoo Chile (Slight Return)" by Jimi Hendrix. You feel pretty invincible. But I'm a pacifist.
Tune into "The Village Green Preservation Society" with Laura Kerry '12 every Friday from 11 a.m. to noon on WBOR 91.1 FM or stream online at wbor.org.