You know that age-old question about who you would invite to a fictional Totally Awesome Dinner Party, living or dead? I’d invite Ken Jennings, Roger Ebert, Carrie Fisher, Joan Fontaine, and Randy Bachman.
Randy Bachman is a Canadian musical legend, one-time songwriter and guitarist for The Guess Who and Bachman-Turner Overdrive. I have to admit I didn’t really know anything about him until I started listening to his radio show on Saturday nights on CBC Radio. He strums along on his guitar, plays old tunes that follow some sort of theme, and tells THE BEST stories about his rock and roll days. He seriously has an endless supply of fascinating anecdotes and would make the best dinner partner ever. I could listen to him talk all day long.
Last night he was appearing downtown, part of a tour to promote his new book of stories from his radio show. He played some snippets of tunes but mostly shared anecdotes about how his most famous songs came to be. I almost didn’t go – I was tired, it was downtown, I didn’t have anyone to go with. But Sir Monkeypants encouraged me and I’m so glad I went – it was hugely entertaining and if I closed my eyes, I could imagine we were at the dinner table. Feel free to chime in, KenJen! Pass the potatoes, Carrie!
The thing about Randy is that he’s a Storyteller, with a capital S. He has oodles of charisma and a story isn’t just the facts – it’s full colour commentary, told with good humour and phenomenal name dropping and inviting you to feel as though you were right there with him. When I came home I tried to share some of his stories with Sir Monkeypants, but my just-the-facts approach just didn’t do it justice.
Sometimes when I’m driving to ladies’ poker on a Saturday night, I can’t even get out of the car because Randy’s show is that good. It’s called Vinyl Tap, and if you live in Canada, have a listen.
Then let me know if you want to be put on the dinner party list.