By Mike Faloon
Haven't listened to or thought much about the ‘Foot in three days. Grades are due tomorrow. It's been a long week. A lot of Tom Waits, They Might Be Giants, and Mission of Burma driving to and from work. Great as those records are, they've faded in and out of my awareness as I race home each night. I've been staying late working on report cards but also trying to get home before my kids are in bed. I'm wiped. Last night I was asleep before my son. Second time this week.
And still Sammy Hagar has made his presence known. He's become the challenge of this 10-day journal. I know I'm not going to like the Chickenfoot disc. But maybe I'll reconsider Sammy.
Like anybody else I've done 180s with musicians before. Willie Nelson. Free form jazz. But both of these are in the “acquired taste” vein, swimming upstream to the higher brow. Less common, at least for me, is moving in the other direction, picking up on a low brow option. Like Beavis and Butthead. Never could stand the show, probably still can't. But I loved Bevis and Butthead Do America. Maybe their quest to retrieve a stolen television was just noble enough to hook me. I'm sure.
Sammy Hagar is a real life Beavis. Or maybe Butthead. I'm not so well versed that I can distinguish their personalities. But Sammy's not animated and without the barrier of those squiggly lines he's scarier. He can vote. Though I can't imagine him waking up early enough to hit the polls before they close. Or registering, I can't picture that either. I'd like to imagine him waiting on hold as he calls to confirm that he's registered and double check whether or not he needs to bring one or two forms of photo id. He's sitting at the kitchen counter, reading glasses at the tip of his nose, thinking of a 6-letter word for ruefulness. It'd be a better world if real-life Sammy were a bit like that. Or maybe not. Maybe the beauty of Sammy — a phrase that's come to me at 2:23 AM, we'll see whether it sticks or not — is that there is no divide. What you get on disc is what you'd get in person.