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From: (Anonymous) Date: April 30th, 2002 01:45 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: This is what he pays me for

Wow, I certainly did not intend to cause you grief with my comments!

As one who is teased because I tend to skew toward the older end of my friends, I joke about age a lot. Believe me, I don’t believe that 40 is old. In the past my general rule was that my parents could not be old creating a wonderfully moving standard of age that my sister, parents or even myself could never reach. : )

As for Ms. Manson, my comments were based on her appearance at an in-store at the Tower Records I used to work at in ‘98 and at the concert on Saturday. I felt that, although she is not old by my traditional standard, she was looking old. Otherwise it would have been unremarkable.

Grace Slick’s comment that “she does not want to see 40 year olds on a rock and roll stage, even if that 40 year old is me” I thought was short sighted at the time I heard it. However, it does raise some interesting questions about rebellion, youth and age. Honestly, I did not really think about it till I got to see the juxtaposition of Lisa Loeb (34), Shirley Manson (36) and Bonnie Raitt (52).

Trish is right: age is little more than a number, but there are real physiological effects of age like a slower rate of cellular division. Does this affect one’s ability to perform in front of an audience? No, it doesn’t (being up too early and being too far away might, but I liked the performance and thought she coped with the distance well, she was the only performer I saw come down to the audience like that, but I missed Midnight Oil and the second half of Bonnie Raitt).

I am rambling, and work has interrupted my train of thought so many times, I need to stop. I hope you are not terribly insulted or hurt, I really meant nothing against you. : )

komos From: komos Date: April 30th, 2002 02:27 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: This is what he pays me for

No worries... you didn't cause any real grief. Honestly, I was just trying to puzzle through how it was that I had such a different experience than you. Granted, I didn't stay for Bonnie Raitt's performance and so missed the juxtaposition you observed. Still, Shirley Manson's age never once struck me in the course of her performance or afterwards.

I don't disagree with you over your ideas about youth and rebellion, but I do think its possible to grow with one's art and still have it remain relevant and timely. Admittedly, some do it more gacefully than others. While it remains to be seen whether Garbage will successfully adapt in this way, I do think it's a little too early to start questioning whether they're too old to be doing what they're doing.

I mean, heck, Shirley's a mere 2 months older than Björk (and she's one that you don't want to touch.) ;)
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