I’ve had lots of fun lately giving the chrolls a big dose of their own medicine. Today, however, the chrolls are not the biggest “enemy.” Unfortunately, the greatest examples of negativity toward Taylor are coming from within, not without. To borrow a line from Pogo creator Walt Kelly, “We have met the enemy and he is us.”
I usually keep to myself, other than the occasional chroll safari. I read a couple of blogs and participate in a couple of message boards from time to time. Lately, though, it’s been hard to avoid all the dissension coming from several Taylor sites. Some of his “fans” are treating Taylor just as badly, if not worse, than the depraved chrolls treat him. One blog in particular got me riled up enough to come out of my comfy hiding place for a response. Someone referred me to all the discord at It’s All Grey. However, I am directing these ideas at not just this blogger, but at all of those who are maliciously belittling Taylor day in and day out.
I didn’t read much at It’s All Grey. All the bad vibes give me a headache. This is my reaction, for the most part, to Taylor Hicks Part Deux. I’m sure this blogger probably doesn’t give a rat’s rump what I think of her blog. That’s OK. It’s just something I felt compelled to say. Afterwards, I shall return to my quiet little web existence.
Ø Taylor discovered his affinity for music when he was just a kid. You were not there. He did it all himself.
Ø He spent 10 years discovering his musical identity while playing bars and clubs. It wasn’t an easy life, but he made it without you.
Ø He seemingly came out of nowhere to knock American Idol on its ass. I don’t know if you contributed any votes or not, but I’ll bet he’d have succeeded with you or without you.
Ø He released what I found to be a very good post AI album. It didn’t sell multimillions, but it had a respectable showing. I don’t know if you bought one, but for the sake of argument, we’ll say you did. I don’t think you’re one album could make or break Taylor’s career.
Ø He toured the album with a hand picked, kick ass band. Did you go to one concert….. 4…..12…..more? Even if you went to all of them, I think Taylor would have been just fine if you had stayed home.
Ø Taylor took on the role of Teen Angel in Grease. He was a huge success on Broadway. Are you one of those people who couldn’t wait to make the trip to NY, or are you one of the ones who blasted Taylor for doing musical theater.
Either way, he was very successful. It really didn’t matter how you felt.
Ø Taylor was so excited to get back on the concert stage at Martyr’s Saturday night. He wanted to share his music with his fans. All he asked was that there be no audio/video recording until the album is released. Several shrewish fans pitched fits, as if Taylor owed them bootleg videos of his works. Most other artists don’t allow this. I see that you got some very poor quality videos and have decided to show them anyway. This time, you should have stayed home. Taylor wouldn’t have noticed.
Ø Taylor is bursting at the seams with pride over his new album. The first single, What’s Right Is Right, is being released January 27th. Of course, you’ve got to be the first one to say how awful you think it is. You are quick on the draw. The song is “not right”…..”rehashed” ……..”not much to get excited about.” One of my favorite lines from your little review of the song……”I’m not sure what I was hoping for, but this wasn’t it.” There again, Taylor was writing from his heart/soul. I doubt you even crossed his mind when he penned the words to any of his songs. He remains true to himself. You don’t even enter into the scenario.
You posed a question at the end of your blog. “Why does he make it so hard to be a fan?” He does no such thing! Taylor is very serious about his craft. He is protective of his works. Like all other human beings, he has bad days and bad moods. For the most part, however, he is enthusiastic and joyful about his music. He shares that joy with those of us who know our places and are content to let him take care of his own business. I have no right to tell Taylor what he should be singing, where he should be singing, what career moves he should be making. I have no right to demand that he allow me to tape performances that he specifically does not want taped.
Perhaps you can’t deal with the joy and happiness Taylor shares. You do seem to thrive on angst and dread. If sturm und drang is your thing, maybe you should take a stroll on over to Daughtry land. He won’t mind selling another album. You might even be able to push him around a little. And somehow, I get the feeling you’d be right at home with HOvi and her ill tempered, bashing, thuggy chroll buddies. Just a thought.
I guess I would sum all this up by saying that I believe you presume your role in Taylor’s life and career to be much grander than it is. Or perhaps the truth is that you really don’t care about him one way or the other. Could it be that you are caught up in the pseudo-celebrity of internet blogging? Maybe, just maybe, the negativity about all things Taylor, which you drone on and on about in the guise of “Taylor fan” is to draw more attention to…….YOURSELF!?
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