Sunday, September 10, 2006
We've Only Just Begun
Except for matters of literature and not even really then, I hardly ever force myself out of my comfort zone. I do not learn much about music -- if I like something, I buy it, a decidedly unscientific method of building a music collection. My tastes in everything else is much the same. As for food, I like things people don't think I would (oysters, pate, escargot) and hate morsels most people at least enjoy some of the time (almost every vegetable). Art is very much the same -- don't know much, like things that catch my eye. So when I have been told that I have good taste that's fairly eclectic, I'm flattered. When I let my guard down and admit to a deep love of the Carpenters, the presenter of said compliment often looks aghast, as if wishing he or she could take it back.
Despite the many protests, I contend the Carpenters define cool even after all these years. Okay, I confess in the interest of full disclosure that yes, I love the seamy underbelly of the duo, the pill-popping, maybe he's gay, maybe not Richard, the anorexic Karen, the claustrophobic family dram that underlied it all. I've even seen a very grainy version of the Todd Haynes movie Superstar where their tale is acted out with Barbie Dolls -- the copy I saw was interspersed with the fall-out from someone trying to record an episode of Webster over this precious footage. But even without all that, I love their music. The sad haunting lyric stylings of Karen scare me and soothe me. Her voice, so big and pure and perfect, housed in such a tiny body with a failing heart seems to be a most apt symbol for all I think is lovely and true. We've only just begun, sings Karen, and somehow it's both chilling and hopeful all in the same moment. There's a long life ahead or maybe not, but it's going to feel long at times and maybe a little something beautiful can help.
Michelle's Spell of the Day
"I'd say goodbye to love/There are no tomorrows for this heart of mine." Karen Carpenter
Beer Suggestion: Shinerbock (the best beer in all of Texas)
Benedictions and Maledictions