Monthly Archives: February 2007

Eudora Welty with a vibrator, or, this is why blogs were invented..

I realize that Aunt B has already pimped the Recovering Baptist for writing THIS piece, but now that I’ve read it daily for the past few days, I’m convinced this is a lost short story from Eudora Welty, the one she wrote that she wouldn’t show anyone because she wanted to remain ‘a lady’.

I also realize the post ain’t fiction, but it reads like a good single malt with just a touch of branch water…

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I’m a hypocrite, and i’m guessing you are too, or, Al Gore may not practice what he preaches, therefore energy conservation is a waste of time and global warming is a carnard…

From the time my kids were able to understand, I’ve preached the gospel of accepting responsibility for one’s choices. Taking responsibility for choices is more than just lip service. It means that I accept the consequences of my actions.

The flip side of this is to forgive others their stupid choices and to employ grace when you really don’t fill like being graceful. We all know how good it feels to be truly forgiven, and on top of the forgiveness, the warmth and love accompanying the truly clean slate.

But, and this is a BIG but (so to speak), if you have the home movies of my life, how many times have I tried to weasel, to make excuses, to whine that life really isn’t fair or to lash out at the people around me who did nothing worse than be in the wrong place at the wrong time?. How many times have angry unforgiving words left my lips when I could have taken a higher road?

And the sad sad thing is, my family doesn’t have to see the movies: they got to see it live. Yeah, I have been a hypocrite and I’m guessing maybe you have too. The latter clause doesn’t excuse me one iota.

So..since I haven’t practiced what I preach, does that negate the kernal, the core of the truth? Should my kids lie, weasel, whine, twist the truth, and run off leaving others to deal with the wreckage?

The desire to conserve energy, the need to conserve energy and the public need for awareness about energy conservation is independent of how Al Gore lives his life. The need to wean ourselves from oil is more than a personal virtue. Energy independence will do more to stop terrorism than all the battalions in the Middle East.

Global warming either is or it isn’t. The fact that Al Gore says it’s so, doesn’t make it so, and all the right-wing pundits in the world decrying the ‘socialist’ nature of the global warming crowd won’t make it go away if it is indeed, a fact.

Personally, my evolving opinion on this will be based on what climate scientists have to say about this, and yeah, if it is true, it won’t matter one damn dime if any one of them owns stock in Exxon-Mobile.

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Oedipus welcomes back Cotter, or, America Idles

Ok..if you are going to dedicate a song to your parents, is Marvin Gaye’s ‘Lets Get it On’ really really the choice you wanna make? I don’t know anyone who even wants to THINK about their parents having sex, much less encourage such a thing.

Weirdly, at least to me, Jared Cotter, one of ten remaining American Idol males, thought otherwise. Yikes…

I didn’t see much of the show tonight because of other more important things to do, but the stuff I heard was better than last week’s abysmal outing, but that’s kinda like saying a rock in your shoe is not as bad as a gaping head wound.

The ‘beat-box’ guy did a passable version of a Jamiroquai song, but it didn’t really go anywhere. The Rogers dude sang a song which is a great pop favorite of mine, Cindy Lauper’s ‘Time after Time’, but he managed to slow it down and suck most of the tapioca out of the pudding, if you know what I mean.

I’m looking forward to hearing the real voices tomorrow night. As someone said in an earlier comment, if they took the best 12 people on the show, rather than insisting there be 6 females and 6 males, there would be 8 or 9 women singing. Sadly, justice is not lone, it’s missing.

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Newsflash: Supreme Court Strips Al Gore of Oscar…

The Supreme Court took away Al Gore’s Oscar today declaring George Bush winner…

My giggling tip o’ the knit cap goes to Vic Bowker.

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We don’t get too many Violent Femmes in these parts, or, you DON’T want fries with that?

Roughly two weeks ago, I heard the anthemic Violent Femmes tune, ‘Blister in the Sun’ used as an intro to a Wendy’s commercial. Considering that the Femmes music, and particularly THAT song have been the musical equivalent of ‘Catcher in the Rye’ for teenage (and beyond) angst, AND they are actually good, AND considering the subject matter of the song, I was saddened to hear that the Femmes had sold the song like so many burgers (the Stones for Microsoft Windows 95 was the first blow). So, like many things that lodge in the old lint trap, I wrote about it.

Gordon Gano, lead singer of the Femmes, ‘owns’ the song, and I don’t really know the circumstances that led to the tune being peddled with fries. I was not a little surprised when I received a new comment yesterday to the original post, not only because the post had passed it’s ‘sale-by’ date in the realm of blogging, but mainly because a guy named Brian Ritchie made the comment. Brian plays bass for the Femmes and apparently is not going to be going to Wendy’s for fries anytime soon with Gordon Gano.

….when you see dubious or in this case disgusting uses of our music you can thank the greed, insensitivity and poor taste of Gordon Gano. It is his karma that he lost his songwriting ability many years ago, probably due to his own lack of self-respect as his willingness to prostitute our songs demonstrates.

I see my life’s work trivialized at the hands of my business partner over and over again, although I have raised my objections numerous times. As disgusted as you are I am moreso

Ritchie also makes clear that he will not be darkening the door of Wendy’s (or any other chain food eatery). I do know that I’m not the only owner of a blog who commented on this story that carries a comment from Brian. But, hey, I was jazzed anyway. I’m still a fan.

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Things I don’t get – The Melissa Ethridge edition

I don’t like Melissa Ethridge, or I should say, I don’t like her singing voice.  Her voice has little color or nuance.  She goes from whisper to shriek in less than 60 seconds.   Her songs all sound the same to me.  I gotta believe that if she was on American Idol that the judges would insist that she try to break out of her comfort zone.

Yeah, she has sincerity and a good heart and good politics, but none of that matters when it comes to her musical value.  I thought her song that won the Oscar was dreadful.  The song clearly won because it was  conveniently associated with the critical darling: An Inconvenient Truth.   Randy Newman’s song for ‘Cars’ should have rolled over the Ethridge song, but when it comes to music, politics somehow trumps quality of sound.

The Dixie Chicks latest record was good.  I enjoyed the hit and most of the stuff holds up to repeated listening.  Nothing on that CD was the ‘record of the year’.   But,  their views on the Presidency (many of which I share) were what won them the award.   Music either works or it doesn’t.   It’s ultimate value really isn’t going to be based on the political flavor of the moment, month or year when the song was released.

I will say this for Melissa Ethridge…I’ll take her over Celine Dion any day of the shriek week.

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Sista Smiff gets a faux job, or, The Health Department just get healthier…

Speaking in my capacity as a private citizen who is employed by the State Department of Health, I’d like to welcome the Sista into the fold. Sista will be working in a office here in Nashville, but sadly not in my building. The state’s lucky to have her.

I spoke with one of her lucky employers already today and told her not to say anything too newsworthy…unless she WANTS it to be in Sista’s blog!

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