Thursday, May 8, 2008

Bird Bits--Online Chat

Please click on the photo above to watch a short, one-minute film from the "Bird Bits" series. In this episode, two birds discuss the best place to pick up "chicks."


Matthew S. Urdan said...

"The baths are a cesspool of bacteria!" Well done.

Matthew S. Urdan said...


Keep the comments coming folks, this discussion is great.

Jewels, regarding the inclusion of so many music personalities, I'll have to just say that if you take away music from the soundtrack of our existence, our lives would be pretty darn empty. In everything we do, music is present. On television, in movies, in elevators, in shopping malls, when get up in the morning and brush our teeth, when we sing in the shower, when we get in the car and go to work, when we meet our friends or loved ones in a restaurant or bar, when we propose in a fine restaurant, when we have sex. Almost everyone has a "song", or if they hear a song on a radio they are transported back to a specific time and place when so and so song was popular. Science has shown that our memories are more specific and intense when multiple senses are involved. You might never remember a Shakespeare sonnet or a quip from Mark Twain, but I'll guarantee you'll remember the lyrics instantly to Bad Bad Leroy Brown, I'm All Shook Up, Leaving on a Jet Plane, and yes, even Dancing Queen. Music influences our moods and our desires, and the most unique musical artists, and the most popular ones and even the most despised have made indelible impressions in all our lives. On many levels, musicians are the greatest influencers of them all. Why else would John McCain, Ron Paul, Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton all be linked through one song and countless YouTube mashes to ABBA's Take a Chance on Me?

Valerie, it's really very easy to think of 100 people. You can do it too. If you start thinking about politics, history, literature, music, movies, etc...I guarantee at least 10 names in each category will leap into your head. The hard part is limiting such a list to 100.

Henson, Thanks for taking the time to peruse the is unusually long for a blog post. I couldn't agree with you more about what you said about ABBA, Disney, and Lucy and Desi--that's one reason why they're all on the list.

Matt, I really respect your opinion about the Dixie Chicks and there was a time when I agreed with you. But I would like to point out two things:

The first is that the Dixie Chicks didn't plan to diss the President of the United States at a concert in Europe. It was an impromptu remark that generated a shit storm. However, at the time of the remark, it was very un-American to even question what Americans were doing and what our foreign policy was at the time. What grew out of the Dixie Chick's remark was a discussion about patriotism and what it meant to be American during a time of terror and war. Here we all are, poised to blog about China and Human Rights violations on May 15th, but back when Natalie Maines said she was ashamed that George Bush was from Texas, indicating her displeasure over his decision to go to war in Iraq, virtually all Americans turned against her while the rest of the world actually cheered because they agreed that the US should not have gone to war. In hindsight, maybe we should have gone to war or maybe we shouldn't have, but we defintely went for the wrong reasons and we went based on lies that were told at the time.

But what is chilling is how fast America turned on the Dixie Chicks, refusing to play their music, burning CDs, banning them from radio, issuing death threats. That is un-American behavior. In America, the land of the free and the home of the brave, all of us have the right to voice our opinions peacefully, no matter how unpopular they may be, and we cherish the right to do so. That so many Americans, and our government and radio would cave in to pressure and infringe upon that right by open retaliation is just as chilling as what China is doing in Tibet.

But the "act" of impromptu defiance and uttering the phrase heard round the world is not the reason the Dixie Chicks are on my list.

The reason they are on my list is because of the three and four years after the fact. All this is documented in the Documentary: "Shut up and Sing," which I encourage you to watch, even if you don't like the Chicks because of what it says about the freedom of speech and our constitutional rights. In the aftermath of the Dixie Chicks concert statement, almost 1984 Orwellian Scenarios were demonstrated by our government, media, and countrymen. Despite all this, the Dixie Chicks consciously decided not to apologize and instead to stand their ground because deep down inside their core, they believed they did the right thing. They believed we should not have gone to war in Iraq. And they were willing to put their careers on the line and stand by their convictions despite the threats against them and the destruction of their meteoric career. That makes the Dixie Chicks heroic and role models for us all.


Daisy said...

I just wanted to say, thanks for the hints on where I can find some birds. Heheh.

RoxiticusDH said...

Ooh, look at me smiling out from your EntreCard today! You would not believe what goes on here at night when you are fast asleep. Don't worry, what happens with Roxy stays with Roxy....

Matthew S. Urdan said...

Roxy cracks me up! The thing is, she won't call me in real life to discuss real blogging questions because she's afraid of how it will wig out her family, but then she can go ahead and make suggestive comments on the blogs of people she doesn't know. Am I the only one that sees an inconsistency here? ;-)

Henson Ray said...

Heh, heh. I think the two of you are hilarious, with your back and forth antics.