Whenever I say this phrase or hear it from someone else, instantaneously I think of Sarah from ‘The Labyrinth’—which is part of my top 4 favorite movies, the others (I know you can be as insanely curious as I) being ‘Sleepless in Seattle’, ‘Nana 1 & 2′, and ‘The Notebook’. The top 4 list being from my chick-flick movies. I went to film school so I really have an abundantly long list, most foreign as I’m not big on America’s blockbuster hits.
I’m also not a Nicholas Sparks fan as every single nauseatingly romantic book he puts out, one of the main characters dies in the end. If you’re reading ‘At First Sight’, ‘Message in a Bottle’, ‘Nights in Rodanthe’, ‘Dear John’ etc. I just ruined it for you. So off topic yet again.
Back to ‘The Labyrinth’ and Sarah, on a personal note I always thought it was cool that Jennifer Connelly played Sarah as my sister’s name is Jennifer and mine of course is Sarah. I was but a child when I noticed this so it’s been cool to me ever since, I can see you smirking.
Sarah says on a myriad amount of events and how things work in the Labyrinth and in her own life, “It’s not fair!!” Well, now I am saying that on something that has changed so much in our day and age I’m not sure if I’ll ever realize that it’s something I will just have to accept.
The music industry. I’m only 27 years young so I’ll only be basing my experience from as a child to now. Also, this idea was sparked by a post written by Heather (I had a dream I was hanging out with her the other night so now we’re on a first name basis) from Dooce.com writing about going with her friends to see Madonna in concert from her recent tour. She mentions briefly how it saddens her that Leta (daughter) will not grow up with a musical icon that she will be watching in concert 20 years from now, unless of course she is undermining Katy Perry’s career. That was paraphrased so if Dooce ever stumbles here, hopefully I won’t get nabbed for copyright infringement. Just a sentence or two that she humorously brushed upon, struck me. It’s not fair that our musical culture is turning to shit.
There really are no musical icons being brought out today. When I was growing up (previous to my birth are some, but they were still recording and are today unless they’re dead), it was Madonna, Michael Jackson, The Rolling Stones, Aerosmith, David Bowie, Aretha Franklin, Diana Ross, Paula Abdul. Then Mariah Carey, Snoop Dogg, Tupac, Biggie Smalls, No Doubt/Gwen Stefani, Missy Elliot, Timbaland, hopefully you get the picture by now. On top of that though, is that there are more than what I’ve listed.
I remember going into the record stores in Soho and it felt so good. In fact, Soho is the most cultural place I have been (my kind of culture as there is an abundance of culture in the streets of New York) and I loved it more than any area of New York. Maybe the day the music died is the day it all digitized. Why record in a studio when you have the computer at your fingertips. Some claim you cannot tell the difference between a computer made guitar riff and the real thing. I’ve never compared, but to me, what is music without the musical instruments? Maybe that’s why I don’t like Pop and Dance and Electro very much. I like old school Pop and R&B, but today it all sounds like garbage. It makes me a little underwhelmed and despondent.
What if I have a child and her world is like my nephew’s if not worse with the PSP, Wii, Computer, 20 minute television shows, all that creates little patience in learning and school and homework because “Mom! I have to kill this guy in Grand Theft Auto who’s on a scooter that’s faster than my car so I can have the scooter!”/”Good Luck Charlie is on in 5 minutes, so what if #4 is wrong on my homework!”
OK he never really says these things, at least not all the time, but I know he’s thinking them. He has the least amount of patience I have seen. I love my nephew, I love my sister, I love my mom, but I would not raise my child this way. Everything is so fast today and if you ask him about school or anything that he doesn’t want to talk about he gets huffy and says you are asking him hard questions. I didn’t know asking him how he did on his spelling test was such a hard question.
The music industry, the way the world works today now that I am an adult and can see with with my own eyes, the way I myself quit school to get a GED and get it over with. I don’t want my currently imaginary child subjected to this. People may ask, well what can you do? I can do a lot, I could travel and learn and create and do and change myself. That is what I can do. So if one day by chance I do have a child, I can let them have luxuries as well as help them teach themselves discipline. To want to learn and be the best they can. And maybe I can gear them into the love of music and art where they can make their mark on the world, big or small.