Sometimes, loyal reader, I just have to give myself a head slap. This is one of those times. After all, how many installments of Take ‘Er Easy Thursday have I done? And I’m just now getting around to featuring quite possibly the most Dudelike singer out there: Todd Snider. To make up for this glaring omission, I’m going to give you two songs by Todd Snider.
The first is “All Right Guy.” In this song, Todd Snider discusses some behaviors that others see as foibles, but that ultimately he feels like he’s an all-right guy.
Likewise, The Dude does a lot of things that the square community doesn’t approve of. He doesn’t have a job. He smokes dope. He probably drinks too much. He curses excessively. He’s late on his rent. He drinks while he’s driving (OK, so that one is a valid complaint by the square community). He has casual sex (he’s just helping her conceive, man!).
But then look at the other side. He’s not trying to scam anyone. He doesn’t want a lot – just compensation for his rug that was micturated upon. And his Creedence tapes. He tells his landlord Marty that he will be there to witness Marty’s interpretive dance cycles. And then he follows through. He is very complimentary of both Jacky Treehorn and The Stranger. He helps Maude conceive.
So yeah, The Dude has his foibles and shortcomings. But you know something? Deep down he really is an all-right guy. After all, Walter might have your back in a fight, but The Dude will help you avoid a fight altogether.
Now, this second song has the potential to be a little more controversial. I avoid politics like the plague, but this song…well, you might say it fits right in there. I mean, it’s called “Hippies Like Me,” and that’s right up The Dude’s alley. Todd Snider describes himself as a “tree-hugging, peace-loving, pot-smoking, porn-watching, lazy-ass hippie.”
Now tell me that isn’t a summary of The Dude. He spent his college years occupying various administration buildings. He enjoys the occasional acid flashback. He wants Walter to take it easy. He does a J right in Mr. Lebowski’s home. And as for the porn…Logjammin’ anyone? Like I said, the song fits right in there. It is the song for The Dude’s time and place – no matter what side of the fence you fall on - and it’s not even by CCR.
Well, I guess that about wraps ‘er up. Until next time, you be an all-right guy or gal, and take ‘er easy. I know that you will.