Protected: I’m going to take more, more from you, letter by letter

CJW: Well that’s not so good! Okay, final question. Actually, I may have two final questions – one not for this assignment at all, but for another I’m working on while I’m in Nashville. Coffee shops. If you could go get coffee anywhere in Nashville, where would you go?

TLC: Fido.

CJW: I went there this morning.

TLC: Well done.

CJW: Why do you like it best?

TLC: Fido has a great atmosphere and they have really good coffee. And it’s just this vibey place – I love the vibe there! You never know who you’ll see there. You’ll always see your friends – even if you weren’t planning to see them. The other day Donnie was there and he called me and he said, “I’m sitting at a table beside William Shatner and Ben Folds and they’re sitting together and Henry Rollins is meeting them in a few minutes.” Ben Folds, Henry Rollins and William Shatner? Are you kidding me? That’s just so funny that they’d be there together. That’s the most strange crew. It’s like, “Hitler and the Pope are hanging out. Later they’re going to be joined by Julie Andrews.” Okay, what do you say? The coffee is really good. I usually just get a cup of black, whatever they’re brewing. That’s the true test of whether the coffee’s really good. If you can drink it black and there’s nothing flavoring it up, that’s good coffee. I go there every Thursday morning at 7 a.m. to meet with my girls from my Bible study. It’s so great, I love it. I’m a closet Starbucks fan. So I’ll go there from time to time too, but you just don’t get the vibe you get at Fido. Bongo is great too. In the summer, I go to Bongo ‘cause you can sit outside. You can sit outside at Fido too, but that busy street…

CJW: And the last official question. If you had to come up with a theme song for this period in your life, what would it be?

TLC: For several years, the song I have referred to as “the greatest song ever written” is a Rich Mullins song called “Hard to Get.” I covered it for this album. I like to do one cover song per album. This – “I Wonder” [still playing in the background] is the only song that we’re re-recording, by the way. Because the first time it was so sparse, so when you hear that, don’t think we’re re-recording everything. But “Hard to Get” we covered, and I think it just – it fits every phase in my life. It fits this phase in my life really well. Not understanding where I’m going… I’m trying to figure out, is this my last album? Am I going to do something else? Maybe I want to DC and be a lobbyist for the NRA. Maybe I want to get married. I don’t know where I’m going, I just know that right now, I’m right here. That song just really deals with that. It’s like, “I can’t see how you’re leading me unless you led me here, where I’m lost enough to let myself be led.” It’s finalized and you’re up there just playing hard to get. You’re up there, and I want answers, I’m asking you for them and I’m seeking your face, and I still feel lost sometimes. I know that you’re there – I’ve never doubted God’s existence, I’ve never doubted that he loves me, I’ve never doubted that he has a plan for me. I’ve doubted my ability to understand it and my willingness to follow it. So I know he loves me – do I love him? Can I understand him? I don’t know. So that song’s about that. I feel like it defines my life in this stage as much as it did five years ago, as much as it will 20 years from now, probably. So that would be it. I cried on every take! It’s a powerful song.

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