The Speed of Sound
How am I now further ahead than I was a year ago? In all areas of my life?
Where am I going to be this time next year? Hopefully further than where I am now, right?
Sometimes I loathe the holidays for none other than the very reason that they give us time to pause and contemplate...or brood.
Well, I'm not brooding that much.
I'm lying in bed, doing my usual 7AM early morning writing routine, reading news articles online on my laptop, when I come across Forbes Top Ten Most Powerful Celebrity list.
There is a picture of Lady Gaga placed as No. 1. She's probably already shot another music video this morning.
I need to get up earlier!
Six out of the ten most powerful celebrities are musicians. The other four are Oprah, a producer and two other athletes. I feel like Oprah is her own category.
The irony is, there are no celebrity actors on the top ten list, or comics.
Angelina Jolie is the first at No. 11. Johnny Depp comes in at No. 13.
Ellen Degeneres is the first comic at No. 31.
The difference between the actor and the musician (the movie star and the pop star) is that the greater success the pop star attains (especially early in their career), the sooner they gain more creative autonomy in their work.
And the less resistance they have against being who they are and saying what they want to say, the more powerful they become, and quickly.
Whereas the movie star, the actor, (despite the fact that light travels faster than sound) is still positioned to be waiting on the green light of so many other components before beginning the process of their storytelling. Interesting.
There's also something to be said about the undeniable power of live performance; the theater.
Musicians, our pop stars, are in fact scoring the soundtracks to the stories of our present lives, aren't they? That's the speed of sound, the power of music.
Speaking of accomplishments, check out this photo. Look who I found the other day at Samuel French, in print...? Can you read it?
Okay, epiphany had, now I have to get out of bed.
(photos courtesy of Angelica Morse, the couch I want at HD Buttercup in Culver City and Samuel French)
Yours Truly -- Ann Hu