In Ten With Elaine Lucia
What is your favorite smell?
popcorn that I cook on top of the stove (NO microwave popcorn, yuck!); fresh coffee beans (but I don't drink it!), and this incredible olive oil soap I bought from The Olive Press in Sonoma, CA. Also, the smell of a little baby just out of the bath.
What is your favorite book?
To whom would you most like to say sorry, and why?
To a childhood friend, his name was "Eddie." When I moved away from home, across the country to California, he gave me some money, and I never was able to pay him back. It wasn't a lot, but I've never paid him back, and he doesn't answer my emails, so I assume he is/was angry at me. That makes me so sad. I loved him.
Have you ever said "I love you" and not meant it?
NO, never! What a strange question. Saying "I love you" is an unconscious act, one that doesn't take any thought, because it comes straight from the heart. If it comes from the heart, it is heart FELT, and sincere. How could it not have meaning?? How could one say it and not mean it?
Who would you like to invite to your dream dinner party?
Barack, Michelle, Sasha, and Malia Obama; George Clooney, Charlie Chaplin, Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, Leonardo Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Queen Elizabeth I, Oscar Wilde, James Taylor, Joni Mitchell, my friend Anita, and of course, my daughter Gigi. Oh, and Bobby McFerrin.
When did you last cry, and why?
I cried really hard last week when someone I barely know, and who I offered my help to in a production he is creating, wrote me some very hurtful emails. Out of the blue. I think he was having a bad day. Anyway, he passed his bad day along to me and it really hurt.
What single thing would improve the quality of your life?
More money. I already have so much love, friendship, music, art and quality of life that I dare not even ask for anything more. But more money would enable me to give more to my daughter, and buy me the freedom to spend my life creating, rather than working at things other than music so I can pay my rent and bills.
What keeps you awake at night?
Thinking about the world my daughter and young people are inheriting, and finances.