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8-Ball: Alan Sparhawk of Low

Headlining the 30th anniversary of Summer Music & Movies, Duluth’s Low is fronted by singer/guitarist Alan Sparhawk. He’s also a father of two (married to Low drummer/singer Mimi Parker) and runs the indie record label Chairkickers Union. Sparhawk took time recently to answer some of life’s most—and possibly least—pressing questions.

Who is your favorite villain of fiction?

The shark in Jaws. Relentless, cold, faceless.

Describe a recent dream you had in 15 words or less.

Stranger hands me a page of scripture no mortal had seen. Flames and tears.

What global issue most excites or angers you?

Africa. So many solvable problems, so much negligence from the rest of the world. I’m afraid 100 years from now people will look back and wonder why our generation dropped the ball.

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

I would like to talk less.

What do you wish to have done with your mortal remains?

Pine box, no open casket, no motorcade procession to the graveyard—it just disrupts traffic.

Which living person do you most admire?

My wife, Mimi. She is like the sun.

What are you afraid of?

Spiders. Being misunderstood.

What three items can always be found in your refrigerator?

Rice milk, raspberry jelly, and ice cream in the freezer, baby.