Famous Anonymous

In Honky Tonk, Random on 12/23/2009 at 3:06 pm

I don’t like to talk to famous people.  I don’t like to talk to semi-famous people.  And I am really not a fan of talking to people who are famous in their own mind.  The exception is when I’m helping someone famous do a normal activity, like in college when I gave a tour of the school to the daughter of Rhea Perlman and Danny DeVito with both parents in tow.  Ms. Perlman was there as a mother, listened intently and asked insightful questions.  Mr. DeVito was the public relations person who smiled for pictures and shook hands.  I do not doubt this arrangement is highly beneficial for sake of normalcy.

Typically, famous people, especially musicians, are either low-key or they are not.  The low-key ones do not have excessive monologue time on stage, are genuinely surprised when people sing along to their lyrics and are thrilled to receive compliments.  I am not debating whether or not non low-key people should to be non low-key.  Every personality is different and the majority of these artists are genuinely talented.  And since self-promotion is absolutely essential to the business, this can be pivotal.  I’m just saying I don’t like to talk to those people.  And in all fairness, they most likely have no interest in talking to moi.

The people behind the scenes are usually infinitely more interesting and normal.  Road managers, merchandise sellers and sound guys have stories to tell but won’t get anything out of telling except chat time.  Their stories are intriguing and much less self-oriented.  You also don’t feel obligated to buy a CD when they are done.

Of course there are people in this world I would be too completely star struck to utter a word to, purely based on their awesomeness.  This list includes but is not limited to, Lyle Lovett, Dwight Yoakum, Guy Clark, James McMurtry, Parker Posey, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, James Carville, Oscar Niemeyer, La Llorona and George Segal (also he’s dead so that would be awkward).

Childhood magic destroying fact: Scratch-and-sniff works by taking the aroma-generating chemical and encapsulating it in gelatin or plastic spheres that are a few microns in diameter. When you scratch the sticker, you rupture some of these spheres and release the smell.


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