Thursday, October 1, 2015
Hootie and The Skinnyfish
Growing up my Dad often made us listen to his music. Whether it was playing in the house or on 12 hour road trips to New York, I quickly learned songs from the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Eagles, The Who, and the list goes on.
It comes in handy at weddings because people love to play the throwbacks and I usually know them all. I also can appreciate cover bands at events. Thanks, Dad.
For some reason, when I was younger, and my father mentioned "Hootie and the Blowfish" I always pictured this band of really fat guys. I guess I assumed that if a group was calling themselves the blowfish, then they must be larger than life. So one day I searched the band online and came to find that they weren't overweight at all. In fact, they were quite thin.
The oh-so-witty preteen Kali then started calling them "Hootie and the Skinnyfish" anytime my Dad would ask "Do you know who sings this one?"
Whenever Dad said "blowfish" I would correct him, "It's skinnyfish!"
Now I realize this joke is lame, but that's not the point of my story. I never really appreciated the Hootie songs back then. I don't know if I didn't give them a chance or never really paid attention, but I pretty much wrote off the skinnyfish.
Fast forward to my adult days. "Hootie" is now Darius Rucker, a crazy successful country singer. I start loving his songs and realize that this man has the most incredible voice I've ever heard. It's one of those effortless voices that sounds phenomenal without trying.
Then it hits me. This is HOOTIE. Like, ringleader of the skinnyfish, Hootie.
If his voice is this good, then....
Download and listen to every single Hootie and the Blowfish song they ever made.
Instantly become obsessed with Hootie and the Blowfish.
And now I'm sad! Because I didn't appreciate them when they were actually a band. And now I'll never see them live in concert.
I keep looking out for Darius to tour near me, hoping that maybe he'll sneak some throwbacks into his set list.
I even think "Hold My Hand" would be an awesome father/daughter wedding dance song. Especially with our history with the skinnyfish.
Until then, you'll find me driving with the window down blaring some Hootie and the Skinnyfish any chance I get.