The Orenda Fink profile just went online (read it here). The interview naturally followed along the same lines as the Maria Taylor interview from a few weeks earlier, and their answers were pretty much in sync. Fink said an official statement concerning Azure Ray’s hiatus has never been issued. “A lot of Azure Ray fans don’t even know yet,” she said. “A lot more people will know now that the records are coming out. We’re kind of ambiguous about the whole thing. We don’t want to announce anything.” In other words, no real decisions have been made concerning Azure Ray’s future.
Other comments that didn’t make it into the story: Fink was in the process of packing while she spoke to me on her cell. She and husband Todd were moving from their old 40th & Hamilton place to a new home on the Country Club side of Dundee. It sounds like Orenda is still adjusting to Omaha. “Anyone who knows me knows that I’m just a southern girl at heart,” she said. “I’m used to a different climate and lifestyle. I’m starting to develop my own world here.” The biggest adjustment is to the brutal winters. “I can’t stand cold weather. And my dog… I had to buy shoes for him. He’s a Jack Russell/ Chihuahua mix.” Another adjustment is performing solo. Like Taylor, Fink had some initial fear of walking on stage alone. “I’m over most of it,” she said. “There were times when I work up in a cold sweat because I didn’t know what I was doing. For the Faint shows, I had no clue who the band would be and panicked. I feel better now since I know who the bands are. I can do this record live, but I”m still very nervous about it.”
If you’ve got a ticket, you can see just how nervous tonight at Sokol Auditorium. Get there early and get in line so you can get inside in time to catch Ladyfinger’s big stage debut. Incidentally, both tonight’s and tomorrow’s Faint shows are being filmed for a live DVD.
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