What I do like much better regarding Cher is her ability as an actor. Dating back to Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean through Silkwood, Moonstruck, and Mermaids, I felt Cher could do no wrong as an actor. I wish she could have retired from singing altogether, so that we could only think of her as a former member of a comedy duo and an accomplished actor.
?uestlove, or Questlove, drummer for The Roots and an accomplished producer is nothing to sneeze at musically – I bet even he has a more appealing singing voice than Cher’s – is another musician I like more for his extracurricular activities than his musical ones. Again, unlike Cher, I’ve got no beef with his music, but given the choice of reading any of his books (his memoir, his interviews with chefs, and his thoughts on the creative process are all highly inspiring reads I’ve enjoyed over the past 5 years) or listening to any record he’s played on and/or produced, I’ll choose reading his books. I will always reserve some some time, however, to listen to his work on D’Angelo‘s “Devil’s Pie.”
Others on this list, for me, include Tom Waits and John Lurie. Again, unlike Cher, I’ve got no beef with their music, but I like them better when they’re acting.
How about you?