April 20, 2009

Susan Boyle

I wish I could have something of what the world is smoking. It’s a nice story and I don’t think it’s a bad message to say: ugly people are people too! Because the next time someone comes around who’s less attractive, they’ll be given a fairer shake. We are so backwards in our conception of beauty that it takes moments like this to break the stupid ice.

My problem is this: Andrew Lloyd Webber is crap. You get the best actor on earth to read a Hallmark card and it’s still a Hallmark card. No matter how great her performance is, the song is an aural lobotomy. Which is why the whole American Idol phenomenon is baffling to me. I’m not protesting it out of self-righteousness – I really authentically don’t care about watching bad songs being performed, no matter how well they’re done. Sucks sometimes being a curmudgeon because millions of people are driven to tears, lauding her as an angel, I watch it and think: OK, there's that.

I get it – the world’s in a dour place right now and people were desperate for a feel good story. Sort of like the Beatles who arrived in America shortly after Kennedy was assassinated. But Andrew Lloyd Webber isn’t the Beatles by a long shot. It'd be nice sometimes if I wasn’t so critical and could just lay back and enjoy it.


Kristen said...

I don't have a problem with ALW (I'm no music guru, either), but I did find it disgusting that the story got so much attention. The more attention it receives, the more it confirms "We think she's special because she's not attractive, but she can sing! Wow!"

Wtf? Why would we want to advertise idiocy like that?

painterof blue said...

Yes Andrew Lloyd Webber is hideous. I'm so glad somebody else recognizes it...

Damon said...

I feel compelled to add my own dour note of repulsion at ALW's music, too...though Jesus Christ Superstar had a couple of good musical moments.

Jacintha said...

I'm picking nits, it's true. But Andrew Lloyd Webber did not write that song. Frenchmen Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil did, with an English translation by Herbert Kretzmer.

Apologies if that's not what you meant to imply. (It is a rather similar type of music to ALW's.)

Henry said...

Yeah, I actually read that somewhere - someone picking the same nit. But the criticism's still the same, don't like the song. I wish I could be as moved as these people.

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