“your truth” is a cop out

If I hear one more person talk about “your truth” or “their truth” or whatever, I’m going to scream! There’s no such thing as your truth, my truth, his truth, her truth, their truth, our truth. Nope. Sorry. If you pick up a green crayon and “your truth” says it’s yellow, I’m sorry but “your truth” is false. It’s not yellow, it’s green. I know it makes us feel better to have a society that pats us on the back and says, “It’s OK, you’re right.” even when we’re wrong, and that’s what this whole “your truth” movement is if you think about it. No one is willing to tell someone they’re wrong.

But what’s right is this… the only truth that exists is THE truth. Going back to the simple crayon example, the crayon is either green or yellow. Blue, red, black, orange… sure there is a crayon for every color. But the green crayon is green no matter what “your truth” is.

It’s also funny that a lot of people who are so passionate about everyone sharing “their truth” are not very tolerant of people who disagree with them. I’m not sure what’s going on in America but if Alecia Keys’ behavior hosting the Grammy Awards last week is a microcosm of what our country is like now… well, I guess I’m hoping her example is just the Hollywood/elite/out of touch world view, not the majority of Americans.

Because I basically share nothing in common with anything she talked about during the Awards ceremony. In fact, I became so turned off by it all, that I literally turned it off. I wanted to celebrate music and musicians but the show was drenched in political agenda.  I guess that’s “their truth” and I should just go along, though, right?

-Out of the Wilderness

 

And the Grammy goes to… Michelle Obama?

My thoughts keep coming back to the recent Grammy Awards that aired live Sunday night. I’ll preface this post by saying that I absolutely love music. I was pretty pumped to celebrate the great music from 2019, because there was a lot of it! The show was hosted by ultra-feminist Alecia Keys and, well, she said one thing I agreed with… music is a language we all can understand (or something similar to that). Outside of that, I was so turned off by the political overtones, the controversies, etc… so the show just isn’t sitting well in my memory. 

Before writing this post, I read the entire list of nominees and winners for the entire show. I was surprised to see a former First Lady on the list… Michelle Obama! She won for Best Spoken Word Album. 

The day after the Awards show, I thought about who WAS there, and who WASN’T there… wondering, “Where was Kanye West?” From the research I did on the nomination process, I think the artists/management submit their work for possible inclusion as a nominee in any of the categories, so it’s entirely possible that Kanye just didn’t care to be part of the show at all. It’s not like he has a good relationship with the Grammy’s anyway. But if that’s not the case, though, let’s say he DID want to be part of the show, wouldn’t they want to include him after his very successful launch of “Jesus Is King”? Not to even mention or highlight this in the show seems a bit shady and quite possibly very much on purpose. It goes back to the agenda from the Hollywood elite, or the liberal media, or progressive celebrities, however you want to categorize them… they’re all about inclusion except for those who disagree with them. For instance, where was NF? He has 2 albums in the top hundred of Billboard’s Top 200 Albums of 2019

So much for celebrating diverse music! 

Other notable artists who had a huge year in 2019 include Imagine Dragons, Luke Combs, Lauren Daigle, Ava Max, and Panic! at the Disco, all who were nowhere to be found on Grammy night. Something’s up with this so if you know more about it than I do, please comment below… 

Thanks for stopping by! 

-Out of the Wilderness

Top Quotes From the 54th Grammy Awards

A collection of the top quotes from the 54th Grammy Awards on February 12, 2012.

“The dress goes great with her blue hair.” -from the E! red carpet show.

“Whitney, we will always love YOU.” -LL Cool J, after a clip of Whitney Houston singing “I Will Always Love You” at a previous Grammy Awards show.

“Tonight we’re celebrating music. Tonight we celebrate the beautiful Ms. Whitney Houston. So get off your rich asses and let’s have some fun, come on, y’all.” -Bruno Mars (mid-performance).

“Seeing as it’s a vocal I need to find my doctors I suppose, who brought my voice back.” -Adele after winning Best Pop Solo Performance for “Someone Like You.”

“Don’t you wanna stay?” -Jason Aldean

“Oh yeah.” -Kelly Clarkson in response to Jason Aldean.

Randomly in the commercial break after Coldplay’s performance, a fantastic 2-minute and 15-second long commercial from Chipotle Mexican Grill. Check it out here: (more quotes if you scroll down past the video)

“…and the Grammy goes to… ‘Walk’ Foo Fighters.” -Mario Manningham presenting Best Rock Performance. Foo Fighters?? Really? Are they still around?

“We made this one in my garage with some microphones and a tape machine.” -Foo Fighters. Ok, that makes more sense.

“She’s giving me good vibrations.” -performance by The Beach Boys. Love it. How many new songs performed tonight will be performed again on the Grammy stage in 40 years? None.

“We’d like to thank all of our opening acts tonight. Especially that very promising kid from Liverpool.” -The Civil Wars (about halfway through the show, referring to all the performances done so far).

“Someday I’ll be singing this at the Grammys, and all you’re ever gonna be is mean.” -Taylor Swift with a lyric alteration during her “Mean” song performance.

“The nominees in this category are six of our finest in country music, but Miranda only married one of them.” -Dierks Bentley and Miranda Lambert presenting Best Country Album.

“It’s really hard to accept this award. There’s so much talent up here, like, on this stage. There’s a lot of talent not here.” -Bon Iver accepting the Best New Artist award. Well said!

“Bittersweet man, Maurice. That is all I’m taking with me.” -Jennifer Hudson singing “I Will Always Love You.” I never understood those lyrics… until tonight. We’re gonna miss you Maurice.

“Ladies and gentlemen, it is my honor to introduce—– [News Channel 5 at 10 Theme Music]” -Drake introducing Nicki Minaj, then interrupted by the start of the News at 10. Somewhere in Nashville a Channel 5 employee is getting fired.

“That was two and a half hours? How many awards did they give out, like, one per hour??” -me

Degree of Injury: Funny or Not Funny?

A topic among some friends at work is the question, to what degree of injury does something funny become unfunny?

The topic began with the discussion of the female reporter covering the Grammy Awards. Immediately after the news desk tossed to her, she bumbled her words, saying nothing that made sense, not even speaking words at all. If you haven’t seen it, here’s a clip:

I seem to be in the minority in thinking that when something is life-altering, it’s not funny. Another example I brought up to defend my stance is a guy riding a bicycle into a tree. I think it’s hilarious, as would most people I assume. Even the folks in this discussion agree it’s funny. But let’s say the guy became paralyzed from the neck down? Then is it still funny? A resounding ‘no.’ So think back to the reporter who fumbled her words… funny? Admittedly, I laughed when I saw it. After discovering the reason, though, I no longer think it’s funny. She suffers from a rare form of migraine headache. To me, that’s a life-altering circumstance. I’m sure she’s still embarrassed by the whole on-air flap, and it’s not right or encouraging to her for me to laugh at her suffering. I bet we’ve all had a fair share of embarrassing or life-altering events, would you want someone laughing at you for those things? Here’s one of my embarrassing moments.

A colleague brought up the show, ‘America’s Funniest Videos,’ asking me, “Do you think they check with the people in each video to make sure the embarrassed party wasn’t paralyzed or life was not somehow altered by what happened in the video?” First, I don’t think they have the time to check, and my guess is they wouldn’t air the clip if they knew the person ended up paralyzed, or an animal died, or something with a negative result happened. Furthermore, would anyone even submit a clip to ‘Home Videos’ if the person in the video died, was paralyzed, dismembered or experienced a negative life-altering event? No.

My colleague also brought up Saturday Night Live. They often use people’s misfortunes, faults, physical traits as the focus of jokes in their performances. What do you think? Is there a line in which something potentially funny becomes unfunny? If so, where’s the line? Anyway, here are some funny clips: