"I have come here to chew bubblegum and kick ass...and I'm all out of bubblegum." The Late, Great Roddy Piper
Monday, October 19, 2015
Demi Lovato and Some Thoughts on Growing Older
Saturday night, I saw Demi Lovato absolutely slay her song "Stone Cold" on SNL. If you want to see someone truly perform a song, watch this:
The next morning I saw a Dilbert cartoon on the drawback of "Experience" --
Interesting that I would see these two things back to back. I saw it said once that brilliance fades as we grow older. That the people who are the true innovators and creators are all under 30 years old.
I think, perhaps, that people over 30, or 40, or 50, are all equally capable of creativity and genius, but they have just have too much experience to try to create. If you have seen something fail ten times, you probably don't want to try it for the 11th time.
Which brings us back to young Miss Lovato -- what the video I have attached does not show is that after another 5-10 seconds the camera came back to her and showed her still, eyes closed, head on the microphone. Completely drained by her performance. There is something about being 23 years old that allows you to just give it everything you have and really not give a damn about what just happened. People who are 40 or 50 appear, well, insane, if they provide such a performance. But without a willingness to throw yourself into a wall with the hope that it might possibly break, the wall will always be there. You will never actually do the impossible or reach the number of people or entertain to the level that you could if you just looked, well, insane.
Just some thoughts.
2015 -- time for a new profile.
Summary: 1964-1966 -- Urbana, Illinois.
1966-1982 -- small town in western NY; football QB, baseball center fielder, 6th man on the basketball team (OK, I am not real proud of that).
1986-1989 -- Durham, NC law school watching the greatest college basketball program of all-time (OK, so I am biased).
1988 summer -- Minneapolis, MN -- bunch of really hot blonde girls walk around a lake and encourage me to come back to MN
1989-Present -- MN (couldn't resist the area)
Loves and Weaknesses -- hoops, politics, general trashy pop culture, pretty women.
Aspirations -- to some day match up with my driver's license weight; to have someone some day say to me, "You don't look that old."
Status -- wife, 3 kids born 1994, 95 and 98, 50 years old now in the rearview mirror, a big gut every day in the bathroom mirror, wide bodied, and, if I must say so myself, super smart.
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