NY Magazine recently asked a question regarding the Kanye West/Taylor Swift ‘controversy’: Does his mission to acknowledge the greatness of contemporary musicians not amount to a worthy cause? It’s a legitimate question to ask and in principle, I probably come down on Kanye’s side but he does a disservice to this mission by employing methodsRead more about Act right not just be right[…]
At the end of his brilliant novel, Ender’s Game, the author Orson Scott Card develops the idea of a Speaker for the Dead.
“When their loved ones died, a believer would arise beside the grave to be the Speaker for the Dead, and say what the dead person would have said, but with full candor, hiding no faults and pretending no virtues. Those who came to such services sometimes found them painful and disturbing, but there were many who decided that their life was worthwhile enough, despite their errors, that when they died a Speaker should tell the truth for them.”
Recently, we’ve been witness to the deaths of two flawed but brilliant (in their own way) men – Michael Jackson and Steve McNair. There are those who have chosen to remember only the good about each man – Michael’s musical genius, McNair’s on-field leadership and off-field charitable works. There are those who will emphasize their faults – Michael’s alleged indiscretions with children, McNair’s marital affairs.
In the wake of the over-bloated coverage of the deaths of these individuals and others who rose high and fell fast, I think each needs a Speaker for the Dead. Let us remember MJ’s musical gifts, his dancing skills, the joy he brought to millions, the children he left behind who loved him as only children can. Let us remember his questionable behavior, his run-ins with the law, the psychosis that led to his plastic surgeries. Read more about Speaker for the Dead: MJ & McNair …
My friend Sajeeb posted this video to his tumblr and I thought it was simply spectacular. It’s seems a bit incongruous to combine Taylor Swift with Coldplay but have a listen and see if you don’t agree.
Some things just ain’t right.
I tend to take music pretty seriously. I suppose that’s natural considering that my early music influences were grunge, metal and gangsta rap – Nirvana, Pearl Jam, REM, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Guns ‘n Roses, Snoop, Dre and Public Enemy, to name a few. Here was music that spoke to me, that either showed meRead more about No Joke, I Like Music[…]