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.