So just a quick update in life, went to go see Weird Al Yankovic at the Fox downtown a few days ago. Man is that guy awesome.
Now i will say this, i am Biased, i have purchased every CD of his i could find, and i have attempted to watch everything the man has done. Yes i’m a fan. But more then that, i like the atmosphere. Here is a man who will make fun of anyone, and maybe even piss some people off (which i truly don;t get, to me that would be hilarious) and he will do it in a way that is not degrading, but truthful and, well, hilarious.
He is also a man who has made a living in comedy, just not int he George Carlin or Dane Cook kind of way. He took Dr. Demento to the next level so to speak, among other comedy song writers, and did it all with his own code of ethics so to speak and in his own way with great control.
But the kicker for me is the atmosphere. I have been to plenty of concerts. Ones where there have been amazing stage shows, like for Linkin Park and Iron Maiden. Shows where the band does no interaction with the crowd and others where they “walk among the crowd” and all sorts of levels, but it is always sort of pointed out (by the security security escort) that these people are different from us. And i will agree sometimes (a lot) the fans are a bit overzealous and accidents happen. Yes we the people do need to calm our heads. But in Al’s case, he walks into the crowd, no security, interacts with them, has them sings parts of songs, and all in all you feel like your a bigger part of the show. In a way when you as a crowd is asked to do something, it doesn’t feel contrived, or rehearsed, it feels like they truly are getting energy from you to make the stage show better. Maybe that’s just me, but it’s my opinion.
Anyways, the main point i was getting to was also how his music sticks with you. I have been listening to Al since i was probably 10 years old (so 1990 ish). my first CD i bought of his was Off The Deep (although i had heard many of his earlier works) end and i was hooked, from there i went backwards through the catalog of things to buy, and as they came out int he future, they were mine right away. But all through the formidable years of shaping personalities for young boys, Al had always stuck with me in his lighthearted humor and in a way, the interviews he had done showing he was a calm guy with weird quirks. And to this day, that’s a great way to describe me. While at his concert one thing rang through (at both shows i saw) was that no matter how much time had passed, i knew damn near every word to every song he played, new and old. That to me, was when it hit me that this is a man who touches people, with his music, in a way that sticks with you until the end of time.
So with that i simply say, keep doing everything your doing al, keep making parodies, take less and less shit for them and keep putting them out there, your fans will always be on your side. And when you finally do hang up the accordion, and sit back and smile at all the great things you did, i can only say i hope the man who takes up the mantle, will have the integrity you show, and make the next generation and ravenous for music as you have made us.