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Todd Snider

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Digging into the big questions with Todd

Impounded Inqueries: Todd Snider

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Some folks don’t have to try to be wise. It’s unlikely Will Rogers or Groucho Marx did much more than polish the pearls bouncing around inside their heads, and so it is with Todd Snider.

In-arguably one of the singer-songwriters of his generation, Snider is also a human piñata full of laughing wisdom. Sometimes what he’s laughing at (or perhaps more significantly, making US laugh at) is sick, wounded shit, but what’s the other option? Sit silent and compressed by the weight of it all? Wag your finger at all the wrongness and insist on stiff lipped stoicism? Humor, as proffered by Snider, is humanizing. His words tenderize us, thus making us tenderer towards all the rolling blackness sweeping over us. In recognizing our foibles and flaws, Snider offers a portrait of people as they truly are, not merely how they’d like to be perceived, stripping away the gilding we give our lives to leave us naked but hopefully not ashamed.

It is a great pleasure to introduce the Impound’s new philosophical category with some kernels from Todd, who will soon be joining the Impound’s regulars in a new segment that’s a bit like Tuesdays with Morrie for pot smoking, porn watching, punkified hippies like us.

What’s the first thing that springs to mind when you see the word “God”?
The word arbitrary.
Which has the better cosmology, Star Wars or Star Trek? Why?
Star Trek is real. Star Wars was just a movie. So, I’m gonna go with Star Trek. The Bilderbergs have been exploring the cosmos for years, probably got spas up there.
Name one album that has spiritual resonance for you.
Krishna Das. When I use music to try to get closer to the unspeakable truth and/or the grand forgiveness and/or the one love that we hope is God, I find it to be most spiritually nurturing when I can’t understand the words.
Woody Allen once said, “I don’t know the question but sex is definitely the answer.” So, what’s the question?
It’s actually a two part question: Who put the bop in the bop shoo bop shoo bop? and Who put the sham in the sham a lam a ding dong?
You can have a dinner party with any three people throughout human history. Who do you invite, what’s on the menu and what intoxicant do you share for dessert?
Bob Mercer, who just passed away about a month ago, my dad who died in 1994, and Django Reinhart, a gypsy guitarist who died a long time ago.

We’d grill hot dogs outside on the beach with chips and clam dip and coleslaw and beans and pickles, and we’d drink really great red wine. Also we’d smoke the very kindest of reefer from the most-thickest of joints. And if somebody’s got a Percodan on them or something, you know, hey, who’s gotta know the better? Also, I should add that my hope was that Django would be kind enough to just get high and pick while I caught up with my best friends and I’d promise to owe him one somehow.

4 thoughts on “Impounded Inquiries: Todd Snider

  1. Todd, you are soooo AWESOME!! I’m so happy, I DID get to hang out with you at The Birchmere! Your cousin is so FANTASTIC, I ADORE her! Hopefully we’ll be able to hang again in Sept in NYC. (Don’t worry, I’ll come prepared!)I’m drivin up even if Laura can’t get off work & I have to make the road trip solo.
    Your Smelly Hippie Friend,

  2. Todd, I have the best song a friend of mine wrote about Sex and Robots.I have it recorded on a cd and the written words.Would love to mail it to you, but don’t know how. please respond to my email. It is right up your alley!

    Your friend in Asheville, KC

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