Thre have been a few threads recently on performers you saw/wanted to see/regretted seeing before you/they/we died. While there is still a pulse in this well-flogged horse, why don’t we ask which performer you’d like to BE [and then died]?
In media I’d suggest Hank Azaria for the joy and preposterous pay-cheque of being a Simpsons regular. And for a while at least, that included going home from what can’t have been a very hard day to Helen Hunt.
In music, I cant play anything and my singing voice makes my two left feet seem adequate, so maybe I could be a member of a boy band. Joey Fatone of NSYNC has already been called out as an imposter, so why can’t I do it?
A dated (and now inaccurate on several counts) reference but I still remember some television program about “Celebrity” which said “George W Bush is the leader of the free world whereas Billy Joel gets to sing songs and sleep with Christie Brinkley. So what form of celebrity is the best?”
Pink. I spend most of my time lying about. I’d like to be fit, and energetic and do all her acrobatics instead of staying in bed most of the time. I have vertigo, there’s no way I’d be able to go up in those high trapeze contraptions. And the girl can sing. I admire the amount of effort she seems to put into her shows. I’d like a fraction of her energy and motivation.
If I get to be that person, and be able to perform as well as them, I would totally be Prince. I’d probably do everything exactly the same as him, except I’d make sure to OD right after Graffiti Bridge.
I have given this a lot of thought over the years. I’ve always wanted to be Bernadette Peters.Singing dancing Broadway star with curly hair. (When she was in her prime, which she is a little bit past now, as am I.)
You’re right, no naked young audiences, nor naked old ones either - but I’m used to playing in churches already, and no offense, but Mr. Garcia had approximately the musical skill of Bach’s little finger. And according to that one kid’s history test answer, Bach had two wives, 13 children, and practiced on a spinster in the attic.
Bach was a musical genius and Garcia was also one; you realize there are different idioms of music and, while there is definitely a hierarchy of musicianship in the idiom of rock and roll, the Dead were at the top of it, in the company of the Beatles, Brian Wilson, the Who, and only a very few others who were comparable in terms of musical skill and pushing the boundaries of contemporary music at the time. Many of Jerry Garcia’s songs are highly modal and at times they verge on being jazz. You can get a superb education in music just by emulating Jerry’s playing, he left a musical legacy that will continue to influence people for hundreds of years, just as Bach did.
I guess what I’m saying is, there’s, like, no reason to slag off Jerry Garcia just because you prefer Bach. Man. Chill, dude. OK, man?
If I was going to be a performer, I’d be William Shakespeare. Not because I’m even a fan of Shakespeare, I barely know any of his work, but because it would be cool to travel back in time.