Friday, July 17, 2009
Fame...I wanna live forever...!
I read a review of a new book that's out in the stores on Aug 4Th.
The title... IF IGNORANCE IS BLISS, WHY AREN'T THERE MORE HAPPY PEOPLE.
The book is a collection of "smart quotes for dumb times"
Sounded very intriguing to me, being a self confessed quotation whore,.. and what I read didn't disappoint!
There is a section in this book where some of the rich and famous comment on their fame.
Like Tony Curtis...
"It's like having Alzheimer's disease. You don't know anybody, but they all know you"
Cary Grant was quoted as saying...
"Everyone wants to be Cary Grant. Even I want to be Cary Grant"
Bob Dylan was a little more forthcoming...and frank.
"Just because you like my stuff doesn't mean I owe you anything!"
I used to think that it would be wonderful to be a talented singer and be able to entertain people from all over the world. All the frills and adoration that go with it sounded great to me.
My Grandfather had a beautiful tenor voice, and his vocal coach wanted him to tour Europe and then tour the US. I remember him singing to me when I was very young and being mesmerized by his voice. The tour never happened, he had a wife and five children to support and success is never a sure thing.
After reading this review, I couldn't help but think of Michael Jackson and wonder if he would have even traded his fame for a life of anonymity? Or was fame as addictive to him as any other drug of choice. I guess we'll never know for sure. He was a man of many special talents, but a tormented soul for sure!
Being famous is still a priority in our culture for some. The success of reality TV, and shows like American Idol are examples of this, and the number of new shows continue to rise every season.
Maybe French painter Edgar Degas said it best.
"It's wonderful to be famous as long as you remain unknown"