Singer songwriter Todd Snider was on NPR last night, and though I always kind of liked him before, I really, really, like him now. Here he is talking about a song on his new record:
“America’s Favorite Pastime” is a song for the unprepared. It was inspired by the Pittsburgh Pirates baseball player Doc Ellis, who, in 1970, pitched a no-hitter under the influence of LSD.
“I felt connected to that, because many times I have come to work unprepared and still done OK,” Snider says. “I think Doc Ellis gives unprepared people everywhere someone to look up to. He didn’t do it on purpose — he thought he was pitching the next day.”
There’s no moral to this story except not to judge a book by its cover.
“You don’t always know who’s going to be able to deliver or have the solution. You can’t rule somebody out just because of what you know about them,” Snider says. “You can’t judge a book, and not even if you’d read it.”
You can hear the whole song here. It’s pretty damn spiffy.
Also, in a portion of the interview that didn’t air on the program, Snider goes on a bit more about baseball. You can hear it here. Among the highlights:
I guess what I’m saying is that, aside from the musical talent, history of drug abuse and bipolar disorder, Todd Snider and I are the basically the same person.
But definitely listen to that song.