Within the last couple of week we heard of the sudden passing of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. We saw the nastiest Republican debate — probably ever. After a 10-year hiatus, “W” took to a political stage once again. Hil and Bern battled for the youth vote. And, if that weren’t enough; there was the Grammy Awards show.
Call me crazy but I couldn’t help but see some similarities; life imitating art or art imitating life?
LIFE: Antonin Scalia was arguably the most influential Justice in modern memory and, before the last rites were performed, the political ramifications of his death were lighting up the Twitter-sphere. Colleagues and opponents alike praised his character, humor and exquisite writing prowess. It is widely known that even if he disagreed with your point of view, he had respect for your right to have it. ART: There were tributes for those who had died this past year at the Grammys also. Touching memorials were performed for those musical heavyweights that influenced in some case several generations through their talent. Lady GaGa’s uncanny medley of David Bowie songs was truly remarkable. While never a fan — I just couldn’t get over the dress made of raw meat — she has been winning me over by her stunning rendition of the National Anthem at this year’s Super Bowl and now this truly remarkable performance at the Grammys.
ART: The feud of speeches and lyrics escalated between Kanye West and Taylor Swift on the Grammy stage. Lyrics to one of Kanye’s songs stated that he made Taylor famous. And when she won best album of the year, she took the opportunity to respond by basically calling him a liar. LIFE: The Republican debate, reminiscent at times of a fourth-grade food fight, had the “l” word thrown back and forth by several candidates. Tempers flared, the audience booed and it seemed a good time was had by none. (By the way, how the candidates purported themselves upon hearing of Justice Scalia’s death could give a hint to how they would handle an unforeseen problem arising in the White House. Just sayin’.)
ART: The much-advertised, eagerly-awaited return to the Grammy stage by superstar Adele was diminished by really crummy technical difficulties. LIFE: The re-emergence of “W” at a campaign rally for brother Jeb, in my view, diminished the candidate as well. “W” had the crowd in the palm of his hand and although it was one of the better speeches Jeb has given, “W’s” performance reminded us why he was elected to the presidency twice and Jeb is struggling.
And finally, it was reported that Hil and Bern were strenuously competing for the young people’s vote. Two 60-plus-year-olds were falling all over themselves trying to bridge the generation gap while I (also over 60) sat and watched the Grammys without a clue as to who 90 percent of the awarded artists are and have never even heard a similar percentage of the nominated songs – yep, generation gap!
Death, politics and music. Yes, indeed, it was quite a stretch.