29 July 2011

Actually, I know exactly what he's talking about.

I was reading an MSN article entitled "The outlandish things musicians have said so far this year", and I actually found myself in total agreement with the first outlandish statement, made by Morrisey:  "I am tired of seeing singers who cannot deliver a song without the aide of seven hundred and fifty frenzied dancers assuming the erotic. It is actually fraudulent, and the exact opposite of erotic. Edith Piaf was seven inches high, always wore a modest black dress, and sang without stage sets or lights, and her voice roared above the wind, with the most incredible powers of communication. I'd like to see McDonna [Madonna] attempt that."

I also found myself nodding with another statement they quoted, this one by Billy Ray Cyrus, speaking of the show "Hannah Montana":"The damn show destroyed my family... I'd take it back in a second. For my family to be here and just everybody be okay, safe and sound and happy and normal would have been fantastic. Heck, yeah. I'd erase it all in a second if I could."

It is a sad state of affairs when someone speaks a simple truth, that their remarks are called "outlandish".


/dev/null said...

I wonder how much this is the (evident elsewhere) fact that plain honesty has become a foreign custom, and how much it's the progressive decline in ability to choose the right word --- "outlandish" where "surprising" or "wrenching" would do better.

As I try to reconstruct history from memory, I seem to have stopped paying attention to radio broadcast news when the phrase "unable to be stopped" gained editorial appeal --- applicable to long trains just because, automobiles and trucks with failed breaks, the cars of stupid drivers, boulders, and electoral upsets; and for all that an unthinking description of whatever happened.

/dev/null said...
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/dev/null said...

... also, (I'm not great for spelling, myself, but I try... ) doesn't Kevin Ritchie know that "aide" is person in a particular office, and "aid" is what an "aide" provides?