Monday, December 15, 2014

I Don’t Get It...

...or things I don’t understand about our modern day culture. Trends these days are as flighty as a leaf in a hurricane. Why? I don't have a clue.

For instance:

Frozen. I heard all the accolades. Read the headlines about how marvelous it was. I almost bought the DVD on hype alone. Holy Talking Cats, sure glad I didn’t. I saw it recently and, please Lord, wash that song out of my head. Can’t say I hated it by any means. But it sure wasn’t How to Train Your Dragon 2. I watched that animated feature several times and could sit for another showing easy.

Warbling. A beloved song is introduced and you smile in anticipation...until the singer starts in. She or he begins embellishing every other note into what I call warbling. The “artist” supplies ten sounds to a single tone and everyone claps and proclaims he or she a star. Sing it right, the way it was composed. Warbling corrupts the melody.

Taylor Swift. This young lady writes music, gives to charity, doesn’t twerk, do drugs, slut around, and enjoys life. At twenty-five, she is one of the most influential women of the age. She accepts the responsibility and acts on it. According to an interview done for US Weekly, "I put every one of my actions through a filter before I do them because that's the way my life is," Swift continued. "That the reality… If I do something reckless or thoughtless or careless, or I treat someone badly, that doesn't just affect me; it affects that person. Then, if that story gets out, or some 10-year-old sees that I did that in a news article… my actions do have ripples."
So why all the snide remarks, the hate? Beats me. Herd mentality? Jealousy? I don’t get it.

And while I’m on the subject...Books, specifically, Twilight. It was a life-changer for me so the horrible comments about it leaves me appalled. Why the vitriol? Why the nastiness? I Do Not Understand.

Politics. I do have opinions, but I keep them to myself in this regard. But other writers don’t. They spout. They gnash. They invoke Hellfire in the name of Justice. Everyone has an opinion and it’s good to converse on the subject. But Jumpin’ Jehoshaphat, don’t take a headline and assume it is unadulterated fact. Do research. Check into stuff. Then have an intelligent discussion. 

But remember, you’ll probably alienate half of your audience.

Do you agree? Disagree? See a trend you don’t understand? Share, share.


  1. Hi, I popped over from Janet's blog. I LOVE what you've said above! And I also wanted to say, I AGREE 110% on all accounts! FROZEN? That song just about wore me out. Won't watch the movie, won't EVER like the song. Even the cutest kid on Youtube singing it can't get me to like it.

    "Warbling." OMG. My husband and I have discussed this ad nauseum. What is up with the rifts up one end of the scale and back down? That does NOT constitute as "virbrato." I honestly think some singers believe that it does.

    I love Taylor Swift even though I've never bought a single song by her. When I've heard her in an interview, she's polished, thoughtful and professional through and through. She's the best role model to young girls and young women I can think of - and she's not bad for some of us older ones either! We can all learn from her!

    Ditto Twilight, and double ditto on the political rants without knowing factual info.

    Great post!

    1. *blush* Thank you much and thank you for visiting.
      A little off-topic here, but...Janet Reid: darn you, woman. Sure wish you liked UF. *grumble,grumble*

      "Acceptance is the key."

  2. I liked Frozen, but was stunned how well it did.
    I prefer a song is sung straight. I applaud those who sing the National Anthem the way it was meant to be sung.
    And I never mention politics.

    1. I liked Frozen, sans the two ear-worm songs. HTTYD2, I LOVED.

      And you don't know how hard it is for me to keep my mouth shut regarding politics

  3. I still adore Frozen, no matter what anyone says (although one of my favorite actors did one of the voices, so that's probably the reason). I think I have a love/hate relationship with Twilight at this point...or rather, I still like it, but I wish I didn't.

    1. I am the total opposite then, lol. Adored Twilight. (No exaggeration. It changed my life) And have a love/hate relationship with Frozen.

  4. Haters gonna hate...

    I don't get Frozen either. It was cute. (And it contains my last name, so I no longer have to pronounce it for people. "Have you seen Frozen? Pronounced just like that.") But it wasn't amazing. I had trouble following the plot, actually.

    I don't understand vitriol over anything, really. It's not worth the effort most of the time. But what is it that people say? Something along the lines of simple minds discuss people, moderate minds discuss events, complex minds discuss ideas. I should look that up so I get it right...

    1. IMO, some people get a mean sort of pleasure from hating. Kind of scary actually.

  5. I'm glad I can pretty much ignore what's going on in the world. As an introvert, I miss out on a lot of anger and hatred.


  6. I agree--especially about Twilight. I almost wonder if it's not jealousy.

  7. I agree with you about everything. I don't get why Frozen is so popular. But on the Twilight front, I'm not a fan. I feel it promotes that obsessing on a guy who'll fulfill every need should be the aim of a female's life. No need for college, a job, or an independent purposeful life - getting the man is more important. That's idealistic romance. Women devour romances, not men, they're busy watching porn. And that's the difference between what a woman wants and what a man wants...

    I wish you and your family a wonderful 2015!! :-D

  8. I thought Frozen was mediocre. Anna was kind of annoying, most of the songs weren't great, and almost every piece of the plot had me asking questions about how or why that worked. But I still think Elsa is cool (pardon the pun).
    I'm currently reading Twilight for the second time (I want to review it and I just can't do that write on the first read). Initially, I kind of liked it, but some elements are starting to bug me. Though even when I first read it, the middle was kind of slow. But the hate for the whole series just gets excessive. I may not enjoy it, but if you like it, that's fine.


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