Welcome to the grand opening of the Mr. Showbiz Celebrity Lounge. Our guest today is Sting, the world-famous singer, songwriter, musician, actor, and environmentalist. Sting's latest project is the CD-ROM All This Time, a multimedia exploration of his music, background, creative influences, and personal interests. Below, you may post questions you would like to ask Sting; our moderator will select the best of your questions for Sting's consideration. Now, ladies and gentleman, we bring you Sting . . .
Please do not put carriage returns in your questions!
bananafish from [188.8.131.52] at 6:04pm ET
Some of the lyrics in your album liners have what we call 'invisible lyrics.' The two most notable examples are a verse in "Walking in your Footsteps" (They live in a museum/it's the only place you'll see 'um) and "The Soul Cages." What's the story behind these lyrics? Why didn't they make the final cut.
Sting at 6:56pm ET
In the editing process of the record... certain things have to go. Sometimes lyrics go... and I don't like that! So, I sometimes put them in the liner notes, (if they were good lyrics). So then the listener can put them back in... sort of a creative/interactive thing that I was getting into long before any of this!
Ernesto from [184.108.40.206] at 6:58pm ET
Who were your specific influences on the bass?
Sting at 7:00pm ET
Paul McCartney, for his melodic ability on the bass... Jack Bruce is also one of my favorite singers as well as a bass player, Ray Brown... great jazz double bass player. all of this information is available in the CD-ROM. (check out the pub!)
Shelley Smyers from [220.127.116.11] at 6:58pm ET
You've experimented with a lot of musical styles. Do the blues interest you at all?
Sting at 7:03pm ET
Of course there are elements of the blues still in my music... you have to dig deep.
Thomas Clark from mci.net at 7:01pm ET
In 1988, you sang "I Burn For You" at Jones Beach while I proposed to my wife.
Sting at 7:05pm ET
I hope you are still married and happy...
Chris Robinson from stanford.edu at 7:03pm ET
I know "Don't Stand So Close to Me" takes some influence from Nabakov's "Lolita" but is there SOME autobiographical influence? After all, you were a teacher.
Sting at 7:08pm ET
...absolutely not! How dare you?
Lauren V. Fong from prodigy.com at 7:07pm ET
What's "The Grotesque" about, Sting?
Sting at 7:10pm ET
In the Grotesque I play an evil butler who takes over an old country house. It's a comedy.... (well, it's supposed to be!)
Sean B. from yorku.ca at 7:08pm ET
Do you have any new material that you will be debuting during your upcoming European Tour?
The Moderator (Starwave) at 7:12pm ET
The response to Sting has been overwhelming. Please be patient as we try to work through all of your excellent questions. Thanks.
Sting at 7:13pm ET
Hopefully there will be a new album in March. I'm currently in the middle of recording, and the album will be called, Mercury Falling.
Geordie from ac.nz at 7:11pm ET
There have been suggestions that your hearing is not what it used
Sting at 7:14pm ET
Like most rock musicians, I work in industrial levels of noise and there is some loss of midrange in one ear. This is not career threatening or much of a problem.
Dan from usask.ca at 7:13pm ET
What is the process by which you compose your music? Do the lyrics or music come first, and do you often incorporate the use of computers in your writing?
Sting at 7:18pm ET
I use computers the way I would use a diary... all of my musical ideas for the past twelve years are logged somewhere in my Synclavier computer. As far as writing songs goes, there are no rules... sometimes the lyrics come first, sometimes music, sometimes they both come together.
Mike from iastate.edu at 7:15pm ET
I noticed you are on the Jimi Hendrix tribute album, was he an influence to you?
Sting at 7:20pm ET
Jimi Hendrix was a major influence on my life. I saw him when I was 14 in a little club. He was one of the people who made me want to become a musician in the first place.
Jersey from morehead-st.edu at 7:19pm ET
Why does the lyric "It's a big enough umbrella, but I always seem to get wet" appear in many of your past and present songs.
Sting at 7:23pm ET
As far as my memory goes, the umbrella line only appears twice in my songs. but I do like to quote myself in new songs. It's just a fun thing to do. So people like you can spot it.
Rob from oh.us at 7:24pm ET
Will Kenny Kirkland be on the new album? David Sancious?
Sting at 7:26pm ET
David is currently making his own record and Kenny Kirkland, my friend from the Blue Turtle days has taken his place and will be touring with me in the new year.
Amanda Penrose from compuserve.com at 7:25pm ET
what of all your songs do you like best
Sting at 7:28pm ET
Asking me which of my songs I like best is a little like asking me which of my children I like best... they all mean something special to me. Warts and all.
WSK from ac.uk at 7:27pm ET
Are you typing or is someone typing for you? You know, Stewart did his own typing when HE was online...
Sting at 7:29pm ET
of course I'm doing my own typing! What do you think I am? a schmuck?
Thomas Miller from [18.104.22.168] at 7:27pm ET
Why do you call yourself sting?
Matt Dilnot from net.au at 7:32pm ET
Do you get much time with your kids when your preparing a new album?
Sting at 7:36pm ET
That's why I record at home.
AMANDA from peach.net at 7:35pm ET
do you use the internet often??
Sting at 7:37pm ET
only during mating season...
Beth Meetsma from liunet.edu at 7:36pm ET
We know where you are in cyberspace. Where are you PHYSICALLY now? And where are you working on your next album?
Sting at 7:39pm ET
I'm at home...
Lisa Hornberger from psu.edu at 7:38pm ET
How many bees do you actually keep? Why bees, Sting?
Sting at 7:41pm ET
My bees are all numbered.
Charla Jane from oz.au at 7:40pm ET
Would you ever consider moving to the Himalayas and having 2 wives?..
Sting at 7:43pm ET
I did that in my last incarnation.
milton from iadfw.net at 7:41pm ET
Did you enjoy your experiences appearing on "Saturday Night Live?" I love the elevator sketch!
Sting at 7:46pm ET
I think I'll be appearing on SNL on the 24th of February, '96. I always have fun on that show.
Gabbleratchet from psu.edu at 7:45pm ET
What is your purpose in life?
Sting at 7:48pm ET
My purpose in life is to learn and be happy.
Scott Lewis from [22.214.171.124] at 7:46pm ET
How long are you going to be on-line? (I'm getting kinda hungry and I'm wondering if I should order a pizza or just wait for you to stop talking.)
Sting at 7:52pm ET
Order one for me, but hold the pepperoni. (I'll be on for another five minutes).
Louis Richards from uc.edu at 7:49pm ET
Do you still talk to Andy and Stewart?
Sting at 7:57pm ET
only on the Internet.
Kristen Brandon from [126.96.36.199] at 7:54pm ET
Are you a vegetarian?
Sting at 8:01pm ET
Yes, I am a vegetarian...
Dominic Ferris from inforamp.net at 7:59pm ET
Thanks a million Sting. You should do this again sometime.
Sting at 8:04pm ET
Dear All, There are apparently over 2000 messages in the queue. I'm sorry I couldn't respond to everyone, but I definitely enjoyed reading all of them. Perhaps I'll do this again some time. Good night. Sting.
The Moderator (Starwave) at 8:07pm ET
Thanks Sting for taking the time to answer questions and to everyone who posted. If you missed any of this, stop by the Mr. Showbiz Celebrity Lounge tomorrow for a complete transcript.