Tossing Salt Presents:
The Music Edition
September 14, 2021
A long-time reader, Vincent, sent me a few questions and they seem to have a theme. It’s all about the music. It’s time to do that five-question thing. Well actually it’s six questions, but why get technical about it. Thank you to Vincent. Let’s do this.
Meatloaf said that he will do anything for love, but he won’t do that. What is “That” to you?
Well, I probably won’t murder anyone in cold blood. Probably not. And I won’t steal or lie, probably. Hell, I can’t think of anything I definitely won’t do. Oh yeah, I won’t vote for or proclaim support for the idiot living at the White House and his partners in crime, the Ho’, the Drunkard, The Shifty One, AOC, or Auntie Crazy Pants. And I won’t take the experimental government-ordered test drug that they’re trying to force us to take. It don’t seem right to me in any way, shape, or form. So I will do anything for love, but I won’t take that shot. And there you go.
If you could host a package show event with one musical act from the ’50s, one from the ’60s, one from the ’70s, one from the ’80s, one from the ’90s, one from the 2000-2010 decade, and one from the 2010-2020 decade, who would be your performers?
It would be an event of epic proportions and even put shows like Live Aid to shame. Okay, maybe not, but it would be vintage awesome. So let’s decide who my entertainers would be. From the ’50s, the Chairman of the Board, Mr. Frank Sinatra. Representing the ’60s, it would be John, Paul, George, and Ringo, aka The Beatles. The ’70s would be represented by Alice Cooper. For the ’80s, let’s bring in Tina Turner. The ’90s would be Guns & Roses. For the early part of the current decade, how about Rob Thomas. And for the most recent ten-year period of time, it would be Steve Grand opening the show.
If you could have any song as your “theme song”, as the wrestlers do, what would that song be?
It’s a tough call, but I think I’d go with Alice Cooper’s “Elected”. I’ve always thought that song would be a great song for someone to use. Alice actually has several songs that are just cool with the catchy starts that can get your attention from the beginning and this is just one of my favorites and one of Alice’s best.
You are auditioning for American Idol. What song do you perform for your audition?
Back when I still had somewhat of a voice and did the occasional drunken edition of karaoke, my favorite songs were Conway Twitty’s “That’s My Job” or Bobby Bare’s “Numbers”. Both are great songs, but my voice, what little I had, is gone now and my singing skills totally suck. I’d probably try some Dr. Hook and do “Get My Rocks Off”… just because. Either that or Sinatra’s “I’ve Got You Under My Skin”. My version of that doesn’t totally suck. Only kind of.
If you were told to pick the next five inductees to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, who would you pick?
My picks would be Dr. Hook, George Michael, Skid Row, Betty Wright, and The Jimmy Castor Bunch. If you don’t know who these people are, then look them up and experience some great music and fantastic talents. Just do it! Here’s the Jimmy Castor bunch with the classic “Bertha Butt Boogie”. Enjoy!
If you could bring one artist back from the dead for one more show, who would it be?
Another tough call since there are so many great singers and talents I’d love to see perform live such as George Jones, Freddie Mercury (Queen), Elvis, Prince, George Michael, Jim Morrison (The Doors), Conway Twitty, Ray Sawyer (Dr. Hook), Aretha Franklin, Johnny Cash, Waylon, Prince, Michael Jackson, Tommy Page, Kurt Cobain (Nirvana), Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Shannon Hoon (Blind Melon), etc. The list just goes on and on, but I’ll pull a swerve here and go with a young man who died much too early and never really got to enjoy the recognition and fame that his music should have allowed him, dying tragically just days before the release of his first mainstream album with his two best friends in the band known as Sublime. My pick for one more show would be Bradley Nowell.
And there you go. My thanks for reading. Comments, thoughts, and any questions are welcome and appreciated. Until the next time, take care and be safe. I’ll see you on the flip side and at the record store.