Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Which is Better?

To be adequate at many many things or to be really good and talented at one specific thing? I have been off on this tangent because I guess I have been hanging around too many talented people. Though, really, this has been in my head since that last trip to New York. Its caused me to wonder whether I am just a cog in the wheel. You know, like in The Matrix, except I am not fighting to get out of the slime?

I cook, but I don't make up things. When I share poetry, its nothing of my own doing, its just copyright infringement. I mean, I don't really mind if that's the way its supposed to be, there have to be people buying the books, listening to the music and eating the food of a gourmet chef.

Though honestly, this question has become more confusing to me because they actually produced a movie called Daddy Day Camp and actually released it to theaters. If someone thinks that crap is some how entertaining, maybe it ain't all as bad as I think.

13 comments:

Matt-Man said...

I actually get mad sometimes while watching TV. There are so many bad shows on, terribly unfunny commercials, etc. I sometimes wonder how did I miss my big break. Cheers!!

Lady Jane Scarlett said...

Sparky,
I am going to share with you a nugget of wisdom passed along for many years.

There is no try, only do.

You are DOING things man! That is great! And, obviously the Duck Hut (your fans) thinks you're wonderful. I think that you need a bit of confidence in your work, and trust in your self.

:) LJS

Empress Bee (of the High Sea) said...

i don't know sparky, but you do entertain ME!!!

smiles, bee

Amy Ruttan said...

Ya, I don't watch TV any more. It sucks, but if you don't try you'll never know.

Break out of that slime man!

Lisa Andel said...

Damn Sparky, neither is better. They both hold their own value.

You may not write, or sing the songs, but you bring your love of them to us, and introduce us to new performers we wouldn't have known, or remind us of old performers we shouldn't have forgotten. That in itself is a gift.

You're you. And there are plenty of us here that are happy you're out here in blogland, just being you.

Why the hell else would we stop by every day to see what you've posted?

The Gal Herself said...

I've been musing about Daddy Day Camp, too, because of Cuba Gooding, Jr. How did he go from Oscar winner to Daddy Day Camp? Which circles me back to your question. I don't think either is "better." Because even if you're talented, you still can end up in Daddy Day Care. Or dead in the vestibule of Phil Spector's house. By all accounts (including Roger Corman's), Lana Clarkson was, in addition to beautiful, a naturally gifted comedienne and screen presence. And she never "made it." She never got the breaks. So I think I shall quote a very talented, and very miserable, lady and say "God bless the child that's got his own." I think if you have independence and autonomy, it's easier to be at peace with what you're doing. You will feel like you have some control over your destiny. So while you may not be Hemingway or Fitzgerald (you talented but really messed-up guys), you also won't feel like a bit player in the Matrix, either.

Dragon said...

I think you're great just the way you are, my friend.

Twyla said...

You've been tagged. Please just humor me. :-)

Susan Helene Gottfried said...

Babe, it takes all kinds to rock the world. You rock my world. That ought to be enough for any one person to handle.

Michael - Lover of Amy said...

The gal herself said exactly what I was thinking. The guy who played Radio, and was in Men of Honor, and won an Oscar for Jerry Maguire has to take THIS kind of job? I thought the one where he was pretending to be gay on a cruise ship was the bottom. I guess he owed SOMEONE a favor.

Anthony said...

No, some of it is as bad as you think. It's just a bunch of people cashing a check.
That falls in line with what I've always wondered about music...With so many people making music, how does some of the crap get produced, marketed and sold?

The old adage is often true: Nobody ever lost money underestimating the intelligence of the general public.

300 million people in this country, and it only takes a fraction of them to buy into the crap for someone to make a living at it.

Michael - Lover of Amy said...

I am reminded of the scene in Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back where Matt Damon and Ben Affleck are appearing as themselves, filming a fictitious sequel to Good Will Hunting (Good Will Hunting 2: Hunting Season).

The director of the original film is sitting there counting money (literally) while the guys argue over the work they have done, where you do the big budget picture in order to be able to do the artsy picture you want to do, and sometimes you do the one because you OWE the producer, and the next quote is "Yeah, and sometimes you do Reindeer Games (Damon)." "You are so juvenile! (Affleck).

And speaking of music.... How is it that Tupac Shakur died about 10 years ago and has released 8 or so more albums since he died?

FRIGGA said...

If you want to be truely good at one thing then it would be worth all the effort to learn it.