All human

Jun. 19th, 2017 11:07 am
[personal profile] brightly_lit
I had a rough night a couple of nights ago; it was really hard to get to sleep. For hours after we were done going through the box, I took comfort in the things I usually take comfort in, when I need it: fandom, pictures and articles about my favorite artists, etc., which led me to this excellent essay written by the lead singer of Fall Out Boy, and serves as a fantastic reminder of why success as an artist/writer/musician would SUUUUUUCK, so it's just fine that nobody reads my books. Well, I wish a few people, who would really enjoy and/or benefit from reading them would and would talk about it (that essay points that out, too, how easy it is to get hate when you share your work, and how hard it is to get any damn appreciation, even if you supposedly have lots of 'fans'--what is that?!), but fame? Fuuuuuck that.

As I read the essay and looked at other, related articles and interviews and pictures, I was reminded anew that we are all human. The people I most admire in the world get fat, have health problems, get hate, have low self-esteem, suffer from depression. It's okay. We're all the same. So thanks, all you famous people who shared your failures and downfalls and hardships as well as your successes. Thanks for not hiding your humanity, however hard that may have been. It makes it easier for the rest of us to be human, too.

Date: 2017-06-19 08:12 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] kalliel
That's such an intense essay; thank you for linking it! I don't know anything about Fall Out Boy or anyone in it (except that I like their music, and so does my sister), but I do think about what it would take to be a public figure like that. And I feel like it would be especially rough to be a public musician, because musical tastes shift so, so rapidly and the kinds of music out there vary so much (e.g. singers who get pitched songs, singers/bands who write their own songs, etc.), and 99% of the world doesn't know a thing about music beyond what sounds they (think) they like and what they think they don't--and I count myself among them, though if pressed I could probably spot memorize the circle of fifths again, lol. I definitely don't have what it takes to live that life, for sure. Because you'd have to be able to take so much shit from so many places and somehow 1) keep loving the thing you do, 2) stay classy, and 3) keep doing the thing you do. Even if so many people will feel justified in telling you that you will never make anything as good as what you made before (and then proceed to make even broader value judgments about you based on this assertion). That's horrible.

Date: 2017-06-19 11:29 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] kalliel
I looked the album up on Wikipedia, to see what songs were even on it (I'm definitely one of the casual listeners he mentions). The only one I've heard from that album is "I Don't Care" but I like that one! And I do think I like their music that's come afterward more than what they started with, though I don't mind their older songs I've heard, either. What I think is kind of sad, though, is that at least according to Wikipedia, the album got pretty good critical reviews! 4/5 stars, some As, a B. Which makes me think that the bad reviews (and bad "fan" reactions) must have been much, much louder, so the point they'd drown anything else out. :(

Date: 2017-06-23 02:07 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] cuddyclothes
Thanks for this! I'll track down the essay.

Being in show biz for a long time, I look at the people whose work had my stomach in knots with career-envy. Most of them have either left the scene or are doing less interesting work. Time is a great equalizer, especially when you are a lover of schadenfreude.

Oh, dear, I think I just personified that essay!

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