Gino DePinto for AOL Northern California funk-folk prophet Brett Dennen has a…
- Posted on Aug 8th 2011 5:00PM by Dan Reilly
Spinner recently caught up with the California native to talk about the video for the track, which is off his album 'Loverboy,' his devotion to the Oakland A's and what song he'd pick for his at-bat music.
How did you get the opportunity to record a video at the A's ballpark?
The Oakland Athletics reached out to my manager and asked if I was interested in doing something with them at a game. They were aware that I am a fan. They thought it would be fun for me to sing 'Take Me Out to the Ballgame,' which I quickly said yes to, because it's always been a dream of mine. We came up with the idea to shoot the music video, because at the time, we were in the process of coming up with a story for the music video. Thankfully they agreed, and they and Major League Baseball were very generous with us and allowed us to pretty much use whatever footage we shot.
I didn't. But hopefully they know that I'm rooting for them, and would love to return the favor at a show sometime.
Were you nervous before singing 'Take Me Out to the Ballgame'?
I wasn't. That song is ingrained into every ounce of me. It's like singing 'Happy Birthday.'
What inspired the song 'Comeback Kid'?
I just wanted to tell the story of a comeback. Everybody has one in them. Everybody knows how it feels to be down and out and wanting to be back on top.
If you could see one artist have a comeback in music, who would it be?
Crosby, Stills and Nash. Not that they really need one, but I'm sure they could make a record that could be filled with life-changing songs that everyone would love today.
Who do you think will win the Series this year?
San Francisco could do it. That would be great for the team. Even though they aren't my team, I have a lot of love for them and of course the city and northern California.
As an A's fan, did watching the Giants win it all last year hurt?
No way. They deserve it. They have a great team and a world-class organization.
Were you a good baseball player as a kid?
Not really. I just loved playing and wearing a uniform and being on a team.
If you were a baseball player, what would your at-bat song be?
'The Joker' by Steve Miller Band.
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