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WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU MEEt ONE OF YOUR HEROES OR HEROINES...

Sam Phillips writes poignant songs that slip under your skin and inhabit your bones. Sadness. Loneliness. Exquisite beauty. Fragile love. She's come a long way from being a Christian pop star to later starring as Jeremy Irons' kinky girlfriend in one of the Die Hard movies.

I'm a little nervous to interview her because you never know if someone you have admired lives up to it when you finally get to speak. David Poe in conversation matched his musical greatness. So did Marshall Crenshaw. On the other hand, Gore Vidal was a bit of a cranky old guy when I met him and spoke for about three minutes. The less I know about him, the more I like him.