Friday, January 20, 2012

They left out the preparation, practice and hard work



As Pogo used to say, 

8 comments:

Melissa Green said...

Riotously funny SNL--an entire generation has been made to think they are kings and queens, and that they can write novels, compose music, and be great as the best musicians--they haven't a clue that writing for YouTube could never, ever be equal to Beethoven who wrote for the Ages. It's rather terrifying, the enormous egos and lack of shame.

Ah, beloved Pogo. He was right then, and he's right now, and will always be right. xo

grrl + dog said...

I RARELY watch stuff posted, but this -

well this goes along way to explain why I never had kids and why y gen really really suck.

They will find out later, rather than how we did - sooner.

Marylinn Kelly said...

Melissa - The SNL skit was, as they often are, horrifyingly real. So few among us are geniuses, and to think of work that will last for the Ages...hard enough just to produce something that doesn't stink and bring shame on those of us familiar with the concept. Long live Pogo. xo

Marylinn Kelly said...

Denise - I ask myself, often, am I contributing to this enchantment with mediocrity by adding my words to the Big Soup? It's possible. Perhaps not seeking fame and fortune will ameliorate the fact of my participation. xo

Rubye Jack said...

Maybe we should call them the "good job!" generation.

Marylinn Kelly said...

Rubye - If only it was a "good job," but that goes for others, not just Gen Y. Too many things horrify me.

Robert the Skeptic said...

The SNL skit was so topical. What makes me sad is that content derived from preparation, practice and hard work, is judged equally in the market of opinion. It makes me sad the few times I go to the movies and see people leave without watching the credits of a film. Most of us have no appreciation of how much work goes into a single professional film production... yeah, that was nice, what's on next week?

A friend of ours is a lifetime bird artist, professional. He once entered a painting in a local showing - it was rejected because it looked too 'realistic'! The painting was later shown in the Smithsonian and has become a US Postage stamp. It took him years to paint it; most people look at it for about 22 seconds.

There is a quote that is attributed to Sherlock Holmes that I appreciate: ""Mediocrity knows nothing higher than itself. But Talent instantly recognizes genius.

We are surrounded by Mediocrity and unable to distinguish the genius amongst. It makes me sad.

Marylinn Kelly said...

Robert - Thank you for the Sherlock Holmes quote. He has been a fictional icon for years. And the amount of work that goes into any creative endeavor is frequently so underrated, I'm glad to know of your friend's ultimate recognition for his exacting art.