Last week, as everyone concentrated on football, we lost some makers of cool music, most recently Mojo Nixon on Feb. 7 and Toby Keith on Feb. 5.
Regardless of various political leanings or how they healthy or unhealthy they lived their life, they left behind some songs that speak to all of us wanting to have good laugh, smile or vibes for the week.
As we head into Monday, let’s raise a glass and say farewell to some bringers of good cheer!
“Elvis is Everywhere” by Mojo Nixon
That crazy genius Mojo Nixon and his partner in musical crime Skid Roper had quite a few hilarious party tunes not suitable for all ages, for sure, but his salute to the legacy of The King was the one he was will forever be known for. Because of Mojo, we know who the evil Anti-Elvis is (Michael J. Fox) and what really happened in the Bermuda Triangle…Elvis needs boats…Elvis needs boats…
“I Wanna Talk About Me” by Toby Keith
Toby Keith wrote so many great songs from patriotic anthems like “Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue” to goofy party weirdness like “Red Solo Cup”, “I Love This Bar,” or “Who’s Your Daddy”, to more serious reflective sounds like “Don’t Let The Old Man In.” There is simply too much to list from him, and it is hard not to find a good song. I’m choosing this shout out to men everywhere having a hard time getting a world in edgewise.
“The Rubberband Man” by The Spinners
Finally, the last of the original line up of The Spinners, Henry Fambrough died at age 85 the same day Mojo Nixon passed. Often we don’t remember names like his, because it is the group in which he performed that sits in our memories. This hit gave this band a little boost when the Guardians of the Galaxy had in blasting in their ship in Avengers: Infinity War. No matter what you think about the state of Marvel, I gotta give props to the fact they reintroduced newer generation some great sounds from the 60s, 70s and 80s.
“Tear Stained Letter” by Jo El Sonnier
Finally, I want to head back to January. Cajun musician Jo El Sonnier didn’t get nearly the attention as some others who passed, on but he left some great upbeat sounds, including his biggest main-stream hit “Tear Stained Letter”. Since Fat Tuesday is this week, let’s fire this one up:
We aren’t even halfway through February, and a lot of music makers have already said “Goodbye”. Thankfully, they left some wonderful songs behind to keep the party going in their honor.
Let the Good Times Roll this week, and remember every day above ground is a good one.