A few days ago, I was asked if I was interested in doing a little spot on a radio show.
I said fair enough. It beats picking dead flies out of the custard.
Actually, I’m not that fond of interviews, because when I hear them repeated, all I can hear are the fluffs, the hesitations and the things I didn’t really mean to say. I have done a few in the past, mainly about The Book. Some were live by telephone, some were pre-recorded and one was live in studio. Strangely enough, one of the better ones was the live in studio one where you would imagine that the intimidation of sitting surrounded by the usual apparatus would cause havoc, but Declan Meehan is a great interviewer and anyway I am quite used to radio studios having worked in and around them for many years.
I was sort of sleepy yesterday morning when Shane phoned.
“Right,” says he, “are you ready to roll?” or words to that effect.
“No” I thought. “Yes” I said.
Shane is a damned good interviewer, because he doesn’t interview – he chats. Also the fact that it was being pre-recorded meant that I could say what I liked, and could hesitate, or pepper the conversation with ‘ems’ and ‘ahs’.
It’s only a short piece, but even I learned something from it.
Did you know that it is illegal in this Godforsaken country not to be able to break the law?