People always talk about Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Rihanna etc. being good singers or whatever. Go listen to Kirsten Flagstad, Birgit Nillsson, La Callas, or even Helga Dernesch. Then come talk to me about a good singer.
Paris was talking to me about this not so long ago, actually. He mentioned that even the celebrated Adele has horrible technique… so horrible she had to get surgery due to damaged vocal chords. To be fair, though, virtually no one in popular music has good technique.
I will be at Beatles Fest tomorrow as well as Sunday.
The happiest weekend of the year! I will most likely post pictures afterwards… I will also most likely be dead broke afterwards because this is my first Beatles Fest as a 21 year old. I’m most excited to see Mickey Dolenz from the Monkees and of course all my Beatle people. On that note, I hope you are all having a beautiful weekend. The weather couldn’t be any better!
“What lips my lips have kissed, and where, and why,
I have forgotten, and what arms have lain
Under my head till morning; but the rain
Is full of ghosts tonight, that tap and sigh
Upon the glass and listen for reply,
And in my heart there stirs a quiet pain
For unremembered lads that not again
Will turn to me at midnight with a cry.
Thus in winter stands the lonely tree,
Nor knows what birds have vanished one by one,
Yet knows its boughs more silent than before:
I cannot say what loves have come and gone,
I only know that summer sang in me
A little while, that in me sings no more.”—Sonnet XLIII - Edna St. Vincent Millay
hamartia: a flaw in character that brings about the downfall of the hero in a tragedy - noun
Nerd/rant time because this is something that has gotten way out of hand and I recently witnessed this lie being propagated while observing a high school AP English class. It was upsetting to say the least. According to Aristotle in The Poetics (aka the gospel on tragedy), this is what is tragic about the tragic hero/character: “There remains, then, the intermediate kind of personage, a man not preeminently virtuous and just, whose misfortune, however, is brought upon him NOT BY VICE and depravity but by SOME ERROR OF JUDGEMENT…” Therefore, not by a flaw but by a mistake.
Hamartia is not a noun, as is tragic flaw. Aristotle discusses hamartia as an aspect of the plot not of the characters. Hamartia literally means “missing the mark.” He missed the mark- different events took place that caused the hero to, for lack of a better word, fuck up. It’s not because he had a flaw; it was because he miscalculated somehow and something went wrong and because he attempted to do a right thing in a situation or circumstance where a right thing could not be done. What would be Romeo and Juliet’s tragic flaws? Being too much in love? As if there were such a thing! All major Aristotelian scholars agree that translating hamartia as tragic flaw has become a sort of convenient way to translate the term and not the correct one. In Romeo and Juliet, for example, the letter simply didn’t get there in time and the fact that their last names were of such importance made it impossible for them to be together- hence, hamartia. There was nothing wrong with them. Looking for a tragic flaw in a tragic character is just going to make you miss the complexity of a tragedy. You’ll bring the entire tragedy down with you. Rant over. Sorry.
"That’s life. That’s what all the people say. You’re riding high in April, shot down in May- but I know I’m gonna change that tune when I’m back on top, back on top in June. I said, that’s life, and as funny as it may seem some people get their kicks steppin’ on a dream- but I don’t let it, let it get me down, cause this fine old world- it keeps spinnin’ around."