#28 Food for Thought

On my deathbed, if I was given the choice between a last meal or a last song, I'd really grapple with that decision.

I've had the good fortune recently to dine at a few of the Twin Cities' most recommended restaurants and it's got me thinking- how might a band be able to make what they're offering more like a memorable meal? I would return over and over for the warm, spicy pork rinds at "Tongue In Cheek" or an Old Fashioned at "Whiskey Inferno" but once people have come to a Hot Pink Hangover concert and bought our CDs, what more do we have to offer? We need to make our musical contributions something that folks will crave and want to return to enjoy again and again. We need them to experience Hot Pink Hangover hunger pangs!

One of the most exciting things about dining out is who's sitting across from you- adding to your experience. Danny Rampage and I celebrated 5 years of wedded bliss at "W.A. Frost" the other night, thanks to our traveling adventurer friends who left a gift card on our kitchen table the last time they were in town. We dined on their renowned patio while mushroom pasta and tarragon cream sauce danced in my mouth. We talked about travel and art... and drank too many glasses of Prosecco. Our biggest hope as a band is that people will feel a similar sense of satisfaction after a gig with us! So come with a friend or two... dance to the music, maybe do some belly shots, cut loose, and make it an event that will create lasting memories for you and yours. "The Hotties" will be there to embrace you and show you a good time!

We dined with family at "The Bachelor Farmer" earlier this week and I was awestruck by the amount of care and consideration our waiter offered as he tended to our every whim. Not only was he accommodating, but he had an immense amount of knowledge around the items on the plates he was serving. I had never seen milkweed pods on a menu before so I asked him to elaborate. He went on to describe the young, supple pods as well as the various foragers who bring in much of their locally-sourced, wild food. Next time I'm working our merch booth, I'm going to strive to connect with my friends and fans the way our waiter did that night. I can't boast that our tee shirts are made from locally sourced organic cotton or that our shot glasses are hand blown by a groovy artist on the West Bank... but our very own Danny Rampage created all of the visual appeal to every item on our merch table and I'm proud of that!

If anyone has a brilliant and strategic way for musicians to create an offering that will yield joy and satisfaction similar to a good nosh, I'm all ears. Maybe music needs to be more disposable. Either that, or we need to start manufacturing moonshine in sexy little leg lamp bottles and sell those in addition to our CDs...

So, if you were on your deathbed and had to choose, a last meal or a last song, which would it be?

8 comments

  • Jason Scurlock

    Jason Scurlock Duluth MN

    Actually i kinda am on my death bed I have stage 4 cancer And I would listen to you guys

    Actually i kinda am on my death bed I have stage 4 cancer
    And I would listen to you guys

  • Peg

    Peg NH

    Red sangria by the pitcher and something funny, like Homer and Jethro 😁

    Red sangria by the pitcher and something funny, like Homer and Jethro 😁

  • Re-Re

    Re-Re MN

    Song for sure. And Jason...wow. Courage!

    Song for sure. And Jason...wow. Courage!

  • Hot Pink Hangover

    Hot Pink Hangover

    Jason, damn dude. That is the greatest compliment I think we've ever received. Thank you so very much. Peg, I see- a last drink is more your speed! That sounds pretty amazing actually... Re-Re, totally agree with you about the courage. Thanks for the comment.

    Jason, damn dude. That is the greatest compliment I think we've ever received. Thank you so very much.
    Peg, I see- a last drink is more your speed! That sounds pretty amazing actually...
    Re-Re, totally agree with you about the courage. Thanks for the comment.

  • Jamie Lallak

    Jamie Lallak

    Oh music for sure! Maybe it’s cause I’ve never had a “fine dining experience “ but music is everywhere to me. There is always a song to go with any mood you have, anything that is going on. It’s their to lift you up or get your tears and anger out. Music had always been there and has lead me to beautiful people in my life. Yes, I’m talking about you guys<3

    Oh music for sure! Maybe it’s cause I’ve never had a “fine dining experience “ but music is everywhere to me. There is always a song to go with any mood you have, anything that is going on. It’s their to lift you up or get your tears and anger out. Music had always been there and has lead me to beautiful people in my life. Yes, I’m talking about you guys<3

  • Hot Pink Hangover

    Hot Pink Hangover

    Thanks Jamie, I agree that there's always a sound track to accompany any situation and I think I'd like to have Total Eclipse of the Heart playing by my bedside as I take my final breath... and final bite of lamb chops! -Mercy D.

    Thanks Jamie, I agree that there's always a sound track to accompany any situation and I think I'd like to have Total Eclipse of the Heart playing by my bedside as I take my final breath... and final bite of lamb chops!
    -Mercy D.

  • Patti Storm

    Patti Storm St. Paul

    First mushroom pasta and tarragon cream sauce sounds delicious! Second Jason, cancer SUCKS. My mom died of cancer the day after Christmas, 2015. Her last Thanksgiving, my sisters and I sang Christmas hymns with her. There was also a woman who came to the house with her guitar and sang to mom when she was in hospice. Every time it was so special and the highlight of mom's day. Of course she enjoyed her daughters singing too. ;) Third - Abide with Me, last song for sure.

    First mushroom pasta and tarragon cream sauce sounds delicious! Second Jason, cancer SUCKS. My mom died of cancer the day after Christmas, 2015. Her last Thanksgiving, my sisters and I sang Christmas hymns with her. There was also a woman who came to the house with her guitar and sang to mom when she was in hospice. Every time it was so special and the highlight of mom's day. Of course she enjoyed her daughters singing too. wink Third - Abide with Me, last song for sure.

  • Hot Pink Hangover

    Hot Pink Hangover

    Patti, What a touching sentiment. Thanks so much for sharing such a personal story. Music can have that kind of effect on people. Thanks for reading and for adding your thoughts. -Mercy D.

    Patti, What a touching sentiment. Thanks so much for sharing such a personal story. Music can have that kind of effect on people. Thanks for reading and for adding your thoughts. -Mercy D.

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