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Gwyneth Paltrow: An Open Letter To The Open Letter Lady

Obviously, there are memes everywhere.  Facebook is a bastion of memes for those who aren’t even sure what memes are yet, and if they are any indication, the world will end soon, President Obama is actually the Antichrist (even though GWBush used to be), and Gwyneth Paltrow is a snotty, stuck-up biatch.  It’s this last one that I have a problem with — but only recently, and not because I care about actors or the entertainment industry.  envy

I have no Earthly vested interest in Ms Paltrow’s life, story, success, or impressions upon people.  I don’t even care for Coldplay, and probably would’ve been offended by Shallow Hal if I was as overweight as her character portrayed.  But for the last five (at least) years, she has needlessly been the go-to hated-upon target for those who are not wealthy and want to be.  Who aren’t fit and want to be.  Who aren’t eating well and want to be.  People complain about her acting, her cookbooks, her lack of empathy for “us,” her whatever…what I’m telling you, if you are a hater, is that the envy is ugly on you.

Take this last one, for example:  “A working Mom’s Letter To Gwyneth Paltrow.” (Click the link for the story.)  What better way to tell everyone that they should care about you than to take a woman who works in an industry completely unrelated to yours, and compare it to your own.  The gist of the beef is that this lady who wrote the article (Mackenzie) is complaining about not having millions per year as she commutes on the train to work every day and has to find babysitters for her kids, in defiance of Ms Paltrow’s supposedly “easy” schedule and assumptions of “what it’s really like”.  Like Ms Paltrow never had to work a day in her life, and has absolutely no idea what reality is.  Here’s the quote this lady is butthurt about:

“I think it’s different when you have an office job, because it’s routine and, you know, you can do all the stuff in the morning and then you come home in the evening,” you said. “When you’re shooting a movie, they’re like, ‘We need you to go to Wisconsin for two weeks,’ and then you work 14 hours a day, and that part of it is very difficult. I think to have a regular job and be a mom is not as, of course there are challenges, but it’s not like being on set.” — Gwyneth Paltrow

No really, I mean this honestly:  Is there nothing more productive that you can complain about?  Gwyneth Paltrow is probably not completely accurate with this one-off quote that she probably told to some guy who reports for some magazine, but what the hell would you know about shooting a movie?  Have you ever worked in her industry?  Do you have any idea what it means to relate to her life?  Clearly, the answer is no.  She may not have any idea what it’s like to walk a mile in your shoes.  But obviously you have no idea what it’s like to walk a mile in hers.  So where do you get off throwing bombs at her?

I don’t normally do posts like this (because I couldn’t care less what kinds of problems Hollywood-types bring upon themselves), but I have a real problem with people who rag on others openly just because they have had more success.  If you want that success, go out and find it yourself.  Don’t bitch about it behind the safe, shielded face of your computer screen.

Drawing the ire of the public to someone on grounds no more complicated than simple envy is ugly on you, and speaks volumes to your character.  Knock it off, Mackenzie.


2012 Was A Busy Year!

The stats helper monkeys (their words, not mine) prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 7,000 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 12 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.


Thanks for making this blog popular in its own little corner of the blogosphere!  See you next year 😉

A Throwback?

One Of Brad Paisley’s Paisley Telecasters

If you are a country fan, you might have the vague feeling that sometimes, the music sounds very similar, and not understand it.  Well, here’s why.  Click to the middle of the song for the sound I’m referring to, if you don’t have the patience to start from the beginning.

You’ve got some of the newest country bands whose sound can border on throwback.  Listen to it:  Eli Young Band sings a song called “Even If It Breaks Your Heart.”  Eric Church Sings a song called “Drink In My Hand.”

Both of them sound alike, and to me, like they have tinges of–get this–Tom Petty.  Listen closely:  Tom Petty’s “Learning To Fly” is pretty obviously similar to “Even If It Breaks Your Heart,” but Eric Church’s song is channelling Petty just the same, just sped up.  Of course, nothing matches Tom Petty’s voice, but I know from my years as a concert band student that they sound alike because the songs are written in the same key, and have similar chord structures and relatively closely-matched tempo…but the intangible here is the sound of the guitars through the amplifiers.  That sound is what makes you know Dave Mathews from Jimi Hendrix from Bob Dylan,  Slash from Santana, and Brad Paisley from Keith Urban (skip to 2:30 or so to see the first of the song’s dueling solos).  It’s really the sound that takes you to a place you might be familiar with, and I think Break Your Heart is one of those songs that is too close to be original, but at the same time perfectly comfortable in my ears.  Sort of like the “Milking the prostate” scene in the movie “Road Trip.”

Stevie Ray Vaughn’s Strat

Anyway, I have been driving to work every morning and hearing these country tunes on the radio, and thinking, Why do I think of Tom Petty every time I hear this?  Now I know, I guess.  I’m glad I finally figured it out…it’s been bugging me for nearly a month now!

I don’t suppose it should be a surprise, thinking about it…sometimes, bands are simply way ahead of their time.  Take for example Hootie and the Blowfish–“Let Her Cry” was actually a country song twenty years before country sounded that way, and Trent Reznor (founder of Nine Inch Nails) had no idea he wrote one of a dying country legend’s greatest performances.  (Original here, in case you lived under a rock in the 90s.)

All new music came from somewhere, I suppose–from everything new coming out of the Beatles, Elvis, and the Stones (and many well before them), it’s inevitable that some sounds will overlap.  It’s just uncommon, that those sounds overlap from one twenty-year-period to another (“Learning To Fly” was released in ’91…when I was nine!)  And if you think about it, most great songs are remade…think of Bob Seger’s “Turn The Page,” and then listen to Metallica’s version.  Or even better, in my opinion–George Michael’s “Careless Whisper”…versus Seether’s version.

That is all for today…I had to get that off my chest, now that I’ve figured it out!  I know it’s a lot of links, but the music is all worth a listen.

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