Today's guest is going to give you 90s nostalgia in the best way.
He sold 2 million records.
Played the David Letterman and Tonight Show.
Friends, today's guest is Brian Vander Ark, lead singer of the band Verve Pipe, who produced 90s hits Freshmen and Photograph.
Brian is still playing today with the band and as a solo artist.
From small town Michigan to opening for KISS in sold-out arenas: Brian shares simple yet profound lessons on life... and even a little live music, too!
BRIAN VANDER ARK'S LIVE INSPIRED. 7
1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? Best book - Steinbeck, The Winter of our Discontent. I identify with the main character. I've read it 25 times!
Best song - God Only Knows by the Beach Boys. I'm not a huge beach boys fans but that has to be the most beautifully crafted song ever written.
2. Tomorrow you discover your wealthy uncle shockingly dies at the age of 103; leaving you millions. What would you do? Immediately put it in a safe place. I would call my brother who is an accountant. I'd take my kids and wife to Europe. Save most of it. Had millions at a long age and lost them too - it's a boring, easy answer, but true.
3. Your house is on fire, all living things and people are out. You have the opportunity to run in and grab one item. What would it be? Lawrence Carol a painting by him. He painted us a picture and it's specific to my family and painted it for us. It hangs in our living room.
4. You are sitting on a bench overlooking a gorgeous beach. You have the opportunity to have a long conversation with anyone living or dead. Who would it be? No one inspires me or interests me as much as my wife. It's cheesy but true.
5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? Best advice comes from my wife: Do it for the process. If you don't enjoy it, then don't do it.
6. Looking back, what advice would you give yourself at age 20? Remember to enjoy it and have a good time. And remember what it felt like. Don't worry about what is next... so worried that I was going to fail.
7. It’s been said that all great people can have their lives summed up in one sentence. How do you want yours to read? He was a terrific addition to the creatives in the world. It's important to me to have a legacy, to leave a catalog of art I'm proud of and people can appreciate for years. His contribution to t e art world was important.
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