From Michael at Innocents and Accidents, Hints and Allegations:
I get really defensive when something I love is criticized. Which is stupid. It’s not a criticism of me, just of a work of art that I had no part in creating. But it feels like it’s a refutation of my world view-that if you don’t feel like I feel about it, I must be crazy. Which is also stupid.
But, as Joyce Carol Oates once put it, because it is bitter, and because it is my heart, that’s how I feel. Billy Joel is good because he speaks to me, and you can't convince me otherwise.
This one always speaks to me.
And now I'm headed to a wedding rehearsal in Cleveland. I'm singing hymns in the wedding tomorrow. Lots of Alleluias and Hearts Filled with Joy and several Maria Gratia Plenas. I don't know the bride and groom but my best friend does, and she says they're in love, that they were made for each other.
It's going to be a beautiful spring day. The tulips are up and the trees are in full bloom. And I'm looking forward to witnessing their I Do's from the balcony of an old stone church. Alleluia!
Have a good weekend, everyone.