Caitlin Rose

With her second full length album The Stand-In due out next month, Caitlin Rose took some time out over the holidays to take the Best Fit Q&A and educate us on the actors and actresses of Hollywood’s Golden era whilst working through her severe guilt complex.

Who would play you in the movie of your life?

Norma Shearer, if I could re-arrange time, but the script would be awful and she would most likely pass on it.

What would your superpower be and why?

Either the power to heal or to brainwash myself.

What’s your idea of heaven?

A Busby Berkeley number

What one thing have you learnt from your parents?

That you can almost always be friends with an ex. Especially if they are a good dancer.

What song do you wish you’d written?

‘Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain’

Who would you most like to apologise to and why?

I have a severe guilt complex, so that’s a song that never ends. Maybe to my mom for being a “troubled teen.”

If you could say something to your 15 year old self, what would it be?

“Go to class shithead.”

What’s your re-occurring nightmare?

I have a lot of dreams about the end of the world where it’s always taking place amidst these silly film noir lite type situations… Last night I dreamt about an earthquake and I was stuck in a basement with a neighbour woman and her two kids, but also the opposite neighbour who was sure that the woman’s kids had decapitated her husband. An elephant in the room at the end of the world.

What song will they play at your funeral?

I have this weird thing about popular songs at funerals, but for the sake of playing this game I will more than comply. I always loved Mr. Rogers rendition of ‘It’s You I Like’. It gives me a warm wonderful feeling that could come in handy at such an awful time.

For a complete 180° maybe Sarah Vaughan’s live cut of ‘I’ll Be Seeing You’. It’s one of the best vocal performances I’ve ever heard. The song itself is bitter sweet and sentimental, but the restrained jazz accompaniment, aside from one instance of thunderous piano, along with masterfully drawn out notes in perfect vibrato gives it this tragic almost aria-like quality. She sounds very much alone by the end and it’s just sort of a killer, but I guess one dead’s enough for a funeral already so…. ‘Tomorrow Is A Long Time’ by Bob Dylan. But honestly, it’s very uncomfortable to think about.

What five people would you invite to your fantasy dinner party?

Bob Fosse, Amalia Rodrigues, Irving Thalberg, Gilda Radner and Cole Porter. I think that might make for a fun party.

The Stand-In is released on 25 February via Names Records.