Music Q&A – October 24, 2017

Tossing Salt Presents:
Music Q&A
October 24, 2017

You are in the studio to do a cover album. What ten songs would you record?

Me, in a recording studio would be a very scary thing. It’s not that I can’t sing. At one time, I actually had a decent voice, but years of abuse and age have taken their toll and now, me as a singer, not a good thought. I still try sometimes though and actually, with the right producer, songs and lots of studio magic, I could make a passable album… maybe. After all, Kayne West and Justin Beiber are famous “singers”, right? As for what songs I would cover, this is off the top of my head, but it would be a mix of country, southern (real)rock and a few of the classics thrown together with a “Dougie twist” to the music. My songs would be: “Numbers”, originally recorded by Bobby Bare, “Under My Skin” by Sinatra, “Cover of the Rolling Stone” by Dr. Hook, “Will The Circle Be Unbroken” as recorded by The Staples Singers, “No Tricks”, as recorded by Alice Cooper & Betty Wright, “No Time For Tears” by Alice Cooper, “The Dark Side of Fame” by Waylon, “Here Comes That Rainbow Again” by Kristofferson and finally, “Joni” by Conway Twitty. That’s my initial list that I’d like to try and as time went on, some songs would be added and others would be dropped. An album by Dougie? I actually like that idea, but is the world ready for it? Hmmmm…

Should rappers be included in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame?

While I’m not a big fan of most rap music and live by the classic “West Texas Redneck” saying that, “Rap is crap”, it’s still a form of music and entertainment and a genre that has produced some decent material and artists, such as Run DMC, LL Cool J, Doug E. Fresh & Slick Rick, the real Roxanne, Beastie Boys and of course, Eminem. And do they deserve a place in a place that honors music and the different genres? Absolutely.

Did Eminem’s “rap” about Donald Trump change your opinion of him?

To a point, yes. I still like and enjoy most of his music as I always have. He’s an extremely talented performer and entertainer and I enjoy his music. But I am a bit sad that he decided to kiss up and join the mindless sheep where his politics are involved and do that diss of President Trump, who, like it or not, is still OUR President, and that includes Eminem. I understand that Emimen has a new album coming up early next year and feels that he has to kiss up a bit to his base audience to make sure that the sales are good, but he should let the music and material speak for itself and leave the politics alone. I don’t care what he thinks about President Trump until he makes it an issue and put the focus on the politics instead of where it matters, on the music. I feel he’s selling out and just trying to be an ass-kisser instead of the independent thinker we always thought him to be. Emimen used to be a rebel. Now he’s just another sheeple. Sad.

Who are your top five favorite songwriters?

In no particular order, I would go with, off the top of my head, Bernie Taupin, Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson, Alice Cooper and Dolly Parton.

Who are your musical “guilty pleasures”?

Right now, it would be Postmodern Jukebox and the sounds of people like Puddles Pity Party, Casey Abrams, Hayley Reinhardt and so many others. Plus Mr. Steve Grand. He is amazing (and so damn sexy too!) And of course, the hip-hop spell-caster, Mr. Andrew Singer, aka “soce the elemental wizard”. Go find these folks and listen. You won’t regret it.

What is your favorite show on MTV?

Does MTV even have any shows anymore aside from “Real World” and the “Sixteen and Pregnant” series? Hell if I know. They don’t even play music videos anymore, do they? I guess, for my favorite shows on MTV, we’d have to go back a few years to shows like “Real World” (when it was good), “Just Say Julie”, “Remote Control” and of course, “Headbangers Ball”, starring Rikki Rachtman. Shows from when MTV was good and still mattered.

Who is / was your favorite MTV VJ?

Again, we have to go back many years ago to folks like Martha Quinn, Rikki Rachtman, Pauly Shore aka “The Weasal”, Downtown Julie Brown (Wubba Wubba Wubba) and her red-headed and crazy counterpart, Miss Julie Brown. MTV used to have personalities and unique characters that matter. Now they just have pregnant teenagers and Kurt Loder. Is he even still there anymore? Nah, he’s old so I doubt it. How about Jesse Camp? He was a damn trip and funny dude, albeit totally fake and manufactured. They needed Boogie Benny back in the day. Hell, they still do.

And that’s all of this for now. I’m out of here. Questions (I want and need them), comments (always appreciated) and dirty jokes (tell me a funny) are welcome and appreciated. Thank you for reading. And until the next time, I’m down and gone. Take care and catch you later.


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