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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

A Flash in the Pan


A Flash in the Pan

Have you ever been put in your place?  You know, complained about something and then had someone hit you with the perfect retort that shut you up real quick; I have.  Actually due to a lack of a verbal filter I have been put in my place lots of times, but one in particular really stuck with me.

Let me start off by saying I do not like Frank Sinatra's music, and in the New York, New Jersey area that opinion borders on heresy.   Italian restaurants in particular play a lot of Sinatra.  One night while dining with friends I had to speak up about the constant Sinatra music that was playing.

“I don’t get it, what is it about Sinatra?  To me all his songs sound alike.  He has no range, he can hit maybe two octaves, (like I really understand what an octave is) I don’t get why he is such a big deal.”

My one friend in particular was very fond of Sinatra.  He could have argued with me.  He could have talked about how Sinatra is brilliant with his phrasing and tempo and style.  He could have talked of his success, his record sales, his huge turnouts for live performances, and the fact that he is known as “The Chairman of the Board.”

Instead he simply looked me in the eye and said, “Your right, he is probably just a flash in the pan.”

I fell off my chair laughing.  Just because something is not your cup of tea, it is all right to say it is not your style or you prefer something else, but you need to recognize that there is some attraction that lots of other people get.  If you hold an opinion that is in the minority, that minority position is often well justified.  

I don’t like Sinatra music, I don’t like opera, I don’t like Broadway Musicals, I don’t like Rap, I don’t like action movies, I don’t like Shakespeare, I don’t like figure skating (Well I do like watching the ladies skate backwards) but I do recognize that it is just me and these things are popular for a reason.  All these things have been around for a long time.

None are just a flash in the pan. 

23 comments:

  1. I have the feeling that SOMEDAY Sinatra will catch on!!

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  2. Damn, that probably means celery is here to stay doesn't it ...

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  3. I've been put in my place a time or two, but that doesn't stop me blurting out what I shouldn't.

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  4. Good to have such a quick wit as your friend.

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  5. I'm the same way with grits. I just don't get it. What's with putting little, tiny, bumpy things floating around in paste into your mouth for consumption?

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  6. It's like the old Elvis album, "50 Million Elvis Fans Can't Be Wrong."

    At a certain point, what can you say?

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  7. You're friends response was just perfect. Had me laughing. Lots of things I just don't understand why they are so popular.

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  8. I love your friends response. Brilliant.

    I don't like a lot of things and I love a lot of other things. If you don't like something it's fine with me. Carry on.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

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  9. “Your right, he is probably just a flash in the pan.”
    LOL. This friend is a keeper.
    And obviously, Sinatra is, too.

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  10. It's only been in the last few years that I've come to appreciate the music of Frank Sinatra. I always thought of him as an old fart from my parent's era but now I do like his singing, maybe because I'm older.

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  11. Ok points to your friend. I actually laughed out loud.

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  12. Wonderfully funny. Your friend's response exemplifies that less is more.

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  13. It's tough when someone puts us in our place by sort of agreeing with us. I have tried liking Sinatra as well as a few of the others. Just can't seem to get past the same things you mention. His music all sounds the same to me. No range, no depth, no variation. But hey, what do I know?

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  14. Somewhat similar, in '85 a cousin who was a software programmer and a CPA was offered jobs at Intuit and Microsoft. After pondering for a couple days he said that he didn't think Microsoft was going anywhere, and started with Intuit. We still bring it up at get family events.

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  15. Diane, crumple up some bacon bits, add butter and salt and cheese, and you have what would be considered a real breakfast around here. Think polenta, but for breakfast, and jazzed up a lot.

    Some things aren't my favorites, so i sympathize with your position, and i keep my mouth shut if everyone else likes it.

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  16. I still can't figure out how NANCY Sinatra ever made a record...

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  17. LOL at your friend's response! I admire people with a quick wit like that. I can think of really witty, clever retorts, too...usually about three days after the situation has passed.

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  18. I don't know. I think the kid's got a future.

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  19. But joeh, it doesn't mean that all those people are right.

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