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Saturday of the Twenty-Seventh Week In Ordinary Time
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While Jesus was speaking, a woman from the crowd called out and said to him, “Blessed is the womb that carried you and the breasts at which you nursed.” He replied, “Rather, blessed are those who hear the word of God and observe it.”
Blessed are you, but for what? For a singer (especially a female singer) to make it big in the modern music industry, they have to have an amazing body. This may sound like an opinion, but I fear it is becoming a brutal fact. Now it does not mean one cannot be a highly successful singer without a sweet body. Of course they can. It just means they must truly have an incredible, awesome, out-of-this-world voice.
I will not mention names to prove my point. I do not want to embarrass anyone. But I think it is safe to say every over-the-top singer must have a body made to fit comfortably on a wrecking ball.
Most male singers can get away with cheap clothes, a cheap set and a guitar in their hand. But female singers cannot. They must be barrier busters and trendsetters, entertainers and actresses, sex symbols and glamour queens. They must operate like models, politicians, activists and business women. They must behave like home wreckers, family wreckers, teenagers breaking bad and innocence gone wild. In order to remain relevant, they must make the bizarre look appealing and the sickening look interesting. They have to be all of these things because far too often their music cannot do all the work for them.
They must mask their music with a handful of condiments.
Are you blessed? When I was a child, I used to look up to Madonna (aka Louise Ciccone). I thought she was the greatest singer in the world, not at all because of her nasal voice but because of her choice of clothing and physical beauty. But when she got all anti-Catholic on me, I thought she was weird and never bought a single one of her albums again. Later, when she got all political on me, I knew I had made the right decision.
But Madonna was a good business woman. She knew it was in her best interest to be financially well off and culturally aligned before coming out of the closet to express her inner most bitterness towards Catholicism and conservatism.
She set the stage for others to follow. Lady Gaga (aka Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta) is one of them.
Do you consider them blessed? I do. And not because they made a ton of money selling their stuff to other human beings, but because they are experiencing the gravity of human life: they are slowing down, getting older and getting physically worn out. Madonna is a mom to at least four kids, and I am sure her kids could care less of their mom’s previous notoriety (all moms know what I am talking about).
I found it very heartwarming and encouraging how Elton John, Annie Lennox, Cher and Sinead O’Connor came out to publicly admonish Miley Cyrus’ wild and reckless behavior and the music industry’s irresponsible thirst for sucking the life out of young artists and stripping them of their dignity. I was particularly impressed with what Annie Lennox had to say:
“I’m disturbed and dismayed by the recent spate of overtly sexualised performances and videos. …You know the ones I’m talking about. It seems obvious that certain record companies are peddling highly styled pornography with musical accompaniment …”
“It’s depressing to see how these performers are so eager to push this new level of low. Their assumption seems to be that misogyny – utilised and displayed through oneself – is totally fine, as long as you are the one creating it. As if it’s all justified by how many millions of dollars and YouTube hits you get from behaving like pimp and prostitute at the same time. It’s a glorified and monetised form of self harm.”
Blessed are they! They get it! They know. It is not the body that matters. What counts is the heart, mind, body and soul being united. And many of these artists lived their lives for years with their soul separated from their heart, body and work.
They learned Christ’s lessons the hard way and at a dear price.
Moms and dads: hug your kids today. Blessed are you! (52)
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