Monday, December 15, 2014

I Never Met a Story I Didn't Like: mostly true tall tales

I Never Met a Story I Didn't Like : Mostly True Tall Tales by Todd Snider -304 pgs.

Todd is a favorite songwriter & musician of mine. This book is in part a compilation of the stories he tells at his concerts, and they are hilarious. His stories are as good as his songs. As he says at most every show before launching into one of these never get tired of hearing well-worn gems: " My name’s Todd Snider, I’ve been drivin' around this country more than 15 years. I make these songs up and I sing 'em for anybody that’ll listen to 'em. I'm going to share them tonight not because I think they're smart, or because you need to know them, but because they rhyme. Some are sad, some are funny, some are short, some will seem like they go on forever, and sometimes I may ramble on for as many as 18 minutes in between a particular song." I got this book at his book & music tour at the Sheldon Concert Hall earlier this year, where he performed songs & read passages, then was gracious enough to sign copies & take pictures. The stories are pretty great on their own, even if you don't know who he is. The book is full of extremely interesting characters (Todd is quite a character himself) & some not so flattering stories about a few well-known main stream musicians. However, reading this book with Todd's voice in your head is the full experience.

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