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Interview With A Vamp

Because my CD was posted on MSN listening station I got the attention of a sweet person who liked my music and wanted to help me promote it.  The writer is talented and has written for a top iconic television show.  On March 13th he posted an Interview called "Interview With A Vamp: Larkin McLean" on his website. A day later I got an e-mail from him saying that his wife made him take it down because the photo was too provacative.  The saddest part for me is the man was saddened that his wife didn't understand his dreams of being a succesful writer and helping people.  

Obviously nobody understands the dynamic of a couple.  However, I hate to see a couple putting each other in a prison of jealousy and dream squashing.  It's wrong.  I only wish the wife met me and found out that I am her sister and have no desire to steal a man that is in a serious relationship.

I want to thank the writer for trying to help me and I wish him the best of luck.  Without further ado, here is the interview:


Recently we caught up with California girl Larkin McLean to discuss her music, her taste in food and movies, and all sorts of other important topics. Her latest CD, and even more information about her, if you can imagine that, is available at her website, Check it out. That’s an order!

Writer: First of all, thank you for getting me to sing “My Bottom’s Gonna Get Me To the Top”  at work. My coworkers are looking at me even funnier than usual now.

(LM): Excellent….I hope they ask about your back story as to why you are singing it.  I’m terrible!  The Comedy snobs are groaning.

Writer: Back story. .(Giggles.) OK, a few questions for you…First: Tom Jones, or Englebert?

(LM): Englebert when he was young and Tom Jones as an old man…oh,  you’re talking musically?  Tom Jones of course.  ”It’s Not Unusual” covered by Willie Bobo is fantastic.

Writer: Yes, Tom Jones! Fellow fan here; his old stuff and his new stuff is great. I’ve heard Willie Bobo on Luxuria Music – another great artist.

(LM): Well, I wouldn’t say I’m a Tom Jones fan.  I don’t go crazy for him or go out of my way to listen to him.”Pussycat Pussycat” is great.

Writer: It’s not unusual to hear that. When and where did you first realize that you were to be a chartreuse? Whoops, sorry, that’s actually a color. Chanteuse!  What made you decide to
become a saucy chanteuse?

(LM): I had dreams of being an entertainer all my life.  However it wasn’t until I was in my early 20′s when I was hanging out with old jazz/session players.  Men that played on my favorite recordings or played on the theme songs of TV shows I watched as a child.  It was with that pocket of people where I felt welcome.  Probably because I had a vast knowledge of jazz standards?

Writer: I think your listeners would agree, you made a great choice, and we are thankful that you felt welcome. While we are on the subject, do you like the color chartreuse?

(LM):  Yes, It is one of my favorite colors to wear.

Writer: It’s perfect for when you can’t decide between yellow and green, and just want to split the difference.

(LM): I never thought of it that way. Thanks for pointing that out.

Writer:  You are most welcome. Do you do any songwriting, and if so, how do you get into the writing mood?

(LM): Yes,  I start out the idea of the song and write as much as I can and then Kenny my co-writer either changes it in places or finishes it. The last 2 CD’s I wrote with Kenny. I don’t believe in motivation.  I believe that you must force yourself to write no matter how crazy and strange it is. It’s good to learn from bad writing as well.

Writer: That’s great advice for writers! I must say, you and Kenny crank out some compelling tunes and stories!

(LM): Thank you!

Writer:  Any songs based on personal anecdotes?

(LM): I think it’s best if the audience gets to know the songs and guesses which ones are personal anecdotes and which ones are complete lies.

Writer: (Nods knowingly, and winks conspiratorially.) Good thing I’m not chewing gum. Moving on… Ketchup on your eggs, or no?

(LM): No Ketchup!  Not even on fries.  That reminds me of when I was a little girl and my grandfather made me the last egg in the refrigerator and served it to me with Ketchup.  I had to hide my tears in another room because I was so hungry and there was nothing else to eat. Thank goodness my Aunt Filomena saved the day.

Writer: Well, I put ketchup on my ketchup, so agree to disagree with your totally wrong opinion. (Giggles.) We must hear more about Aunt Filomena.

(LM): She’s an ideal beauty. peaceful, cheerful, disciplined, sweet, sexy. Most men are attracted to her.

Writer: She sounds like quite the lady.  What music is in your player right now?

(LM): My tastes are vast. I listen to everything from Bebop, Beatles to Balinese etc.  Right now I’m loving artists that evoke a sexy party hearty image. I love Redfoo of LMFAO & Suzi Quatro.  Suzi Quatro makes me want to invent a time machine and go back to the 70′s to do anything she wants.  I think Redfoo is terribly sexy.

Writer: Me too! I mean, I like the Beatles and listen to various types of  music. I will give LMFAO a whirl based on your recommendation. Wasn’t Suzi Quatro Pinky Tuscadero’s little sis?

(LM): Yes, Leather Tuscadero was her character’s name.

Writer: I knew it! Vampire movies, or no?

(LM): I watch “True Blood”,  I have crushes on some of the actors.

Writer: Fangs for sharing. (Clears throat.)

(LM): (Laughing…) Oh you are so punny!  Those comedy snobs are going to put a hit on us.

Writer: You’re probably right. What is the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning?

(LM): Depends on if my man is next to me or not.  Drinking herbal tea is the boring and truthful answer.

Writer: Ooh!  Do you have a servant bring you a cup, like in The Green Hornet? Never mind, what I really want to know is what herb is your favorite when it  comes to herbal tea?

(LM): (Still laughing..)  I like the idea of a man servant.  Some beautiful dumb guy that wears speedos and just runs errands and cleans house.  As far as herbal tea goes, I’m up for anything.

Writer: Would you settle for someone with just one of those attributes? (Clears throat.) Moving on.. Many artists are known for their peculiar requests for when they tour and make appearances. Do you have any unusual demands for when you are on the road, in the studio, or doing a show?

(LM): I’m not about being a diva at all.  If I’m annoyed I bite my tongue. I just want my musicians paid and happy.

Writer: I’m imagining you biting your tongue constantly throughout this interview… It’s refreshing to know that you aren’t a diva; there are certainly plenty of them. But enough about professional athletes.

(LM): Ha! (Sticking tongue out) You don’t see any bite marks do you?

Writer: No, I don’t see any! Where would you like to see yourself 10 years from now?

(LM): I wish I could tell you!  I’ll aim for what I desire, but I won’t say what it is because I don’t want to jinx anything.  Don’t you know the expression “Make plans and God laughs”?

Writer: I think Woody Allen said that. Oddly, he also laughs when you make plans. So, where can we watch for you to show up next?

(LM): Keep coming back to my website to find out!

Writer: Count on it! Thank you so much, Larkin, for being a good sport,  and keep up with the great tunes!

LM): It was my pleasure. Thank you very much.