Sunday, September 4, 2016

they can’t say she didn’t sing

My husband and I went to the movies last night and we saw Florence Foster Jenkins. It is an enjoyable movie and Meryl Streep was brilliant as the socialite/soprano who was mocked for her flamboyant performance costumes and notably poor singing ability (Wikipedia). But this post really isn’t about the movie as much as it is about Jenkin’s love of music and can do attitude. Some say she was in on the joke but most thought she had no idea that people were laughing at her. Any creative person who puts themselves “out there” in terms of their music, art, writing, dancing, etc. understands the risk involved. Talent is subjective to a point and we all want to believe our work is good enough to continue the fight. But how do we really know and does it matter? Streep’s last line in the film, "People may say I can't sing, but no one can ever say I didn't sing." And isn't that the way it should be....

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