Jim Boggia has been consistently delivering authentic pop classicism for quite a while now. Jim shares with us his PoP10.
1. Why play music?
It beats taxidermy.
2. Who are your influences?
The Beatles. The Kinks. Randy Newman. Harry Nilsson. The Faces. Carl Stalling. The bridge to the theme from the original Bob Newhart show (particularly the version used in the third season, though the rest of the theme was better in the version used in the first season), Jack Nitzsche, George Carlin, Neil Young, Neil Diamond, Kurt Vonnegut, Sesame Street, Vince Guaraldi, Thelonius Monk, the guy who played piano on Mr. Rogers Neighborhood, my cats.
3. What is success?
It’s what failure looks like in the mirror.
4. Why should people buy your music?
As opposed to buying other people’s music or as opposed to stealing my music? For the latter, music is now a micro economy and one that is very close to total collapse. If someone’s music moves you somehow – support it in every way you can or soon it will not be there. As for the former, you should probably buy a few Dylan albums if you don’t already own them before buying my music. Yes, Dylan first, then Boggia.
5. Who do you love?
Clearly, the answer here is Bo Diddley.
6. What do you hope to achieve with your music?
That’s changed over time. Basically, I’ve scaled back from an initial desire for world domination to a more recent hope of remembering the words to the songs.
7. Who comes to your gigs?
Hopefully, people who know the words to the songs for when I forget them.
8. What is your favorite album?
That’s nearly impossible. Here are a few good ones: Revolver – The Beatles, Pet Sounds – The Beach Boys, The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society – The Kinks, Nilsson Sings Newman – Harry Nilsson, Sail Away – Randy Newman, Bridge Over Troubled Waters – Simon and Garfunkel, Blonde on Blonde – Bob Dylan, Tonight’s the Night – Neil Young. If none of those work for you, you could always go with Texas Funeral by Jon Wayne (that’s not a typo, it’s Jon).
9. What is your favorite song?
That IS impossible. ‘I Want You Back’ by The Jackson 5 is pretty good. If that doesn’t work for you, you could always go with ‘Texas Funeral’ by Jon Wayne (that’s still not a typo). Actually, now that I
think of it, it might be ‘Nature Boy’ written by Eden Ahbez.
10. How did you get here?
Either walking or Public Transportation.
Jim’s new album Misadventures in Stereo is out now.