Actually, Todd uses the word "hilarious" in the book a lot. But I'm getting ahead of myself.
You may remember Todd Snider as an "Alright Guy" who sand some pretty funny songs back in the 90s, and more recently had some success with a song called "Beer Run."
I've had a chance to see him a number of times and even chat with him for a little while. So that comes to play in my review of his book I Never Met a Story I Didn't Like: Mostly True Tall Tales.
This is the first time I've read a memoir by anyone that I've actually met and had a conversation with, so that added an extra layer to the reading experience. As I read it, it seemed more like Todd was just telling me stories.
It focuses a lot on the rock n roll lifestyle, the cool singers he met and what he learned from them (Jimmy Buffett, John Prine, Jerry Jeff Walker and Kris Kristofferson were biggies). If you've ever seen Todd Snider in concert and enjoyed his rapport with the crowd, you'll like this book. It helps if you're familiar with his music as well. If I had one complaint, it would be that he talks a little too much about how much he loves doing drugs.
I was a little sad he didn't mention me in the book. You'd think hanging out with a random girl in an Oasis shirt in a radio station lobby for half an hour would be one of his more memorable anecdotes! He stopped by the station to record a Live From Studio M performance, and was early because he didn't know what time zone he was in. So I kept him company while we waited for the hostess to show up. Later that night I watched him play at the Paramount Music Hall on Park Street (now some sort of parking ramp).
After the show, I had him sign this Ritz Cracker box because I couldn't find a poster and forgot to bring the CD.
It seems as though the new trend in music is to release 'lost tracks' from performers that have passed decades before. I'm not sure what to think of this; although I get excited when I hear that Freddie Mercury's lost Queen production is finally going to be available to the public, I can't help but wonder if it's music that was MEANT to be lost by the performer. By that, what I mean is: these are tracks put together, then scrapped by the artist. Whether it didn't go with their direction, or it didn't meet their standards, it was music that was not meant to be heard with their name attached to it at the time of the musician's life (this also happened recently with Michael Jackson). I would imagine someone taking rough vocals, producing them in their own way, and releasing them without the artist's consent is much like some creep taking pictures of you at a beach, then publishing them.
At any rate, here's the link for details on Queen's upcoming release ft. Freddie Mercury
Tributes are coming in from all over the world for poet Maya Angelou, who has died at age 86. If you've heard of her, you know she wrote many books, including "I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings." You probably know she read a poem at President Clinton's first inauguration, and may even know that she was good friends with Oprah Winfrey.
Here are a few more tidbits to add to the Maya Angelou file in your brain.
1. At age 14, she became San Francisco's first female African American cable car conductor.
2. Maya Angelou studied modern dance with Martha Graham, and danced with Alvin Ailey on TV variety shows.
3. She spoke English, French, Spanish, Arabic and the west African language, Fanti.
4. She appeared in the iconic TV mini-series roots in 1977, playing one of the midwives who helped with the birth of Kunta Kinte in Africa.
5. She didn't take herself too seriously. Here she is hanging out with some muppets on Sesame Street!
Last night, the Eels were in St. Paul for a concert, and who shows up? Former Journey lead singer Steve Perry. If that wasn't enough, he got onstage for the first time in 20 YEARS and sung Open Arms. Quite impressive, considering the guy is battling throat cancer. Read the article/watch the video here!
Red Hot Chili Peppers: perhaps one of the most influential bands in rock. Take drummer Chad Smith, and put him head to head with one of the most influential comedians of all time, and you have an epic drum-off. The fact that they look so similar makes it that much more perfect. Read the article/watch the video below. Happy Friday!
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