November 12, 2009

Swiftian Kudos

The colt-like anti-doyen of country music won the CMA for Entertainer of the Year last night - Taylor Swift (aka TS as one of the signs in the crowd displayed).

Only 19 years old, I have mixed emotions because on the one hand it would seem to reinforce this "cult of youth" our society has.

But it's her freshness and lack of affectiveness and cynicism that are so fetching and I thought about the rightness of her and not, say, the middle-aged George Strait to win - why? Because awards seem made for youth the way Christmas presents are made for youth. They appreciate it, they exult in it, and their confidence and sense of being loved is grown by it. For those who have already won so many awards it can't possibly mean as much or it I should say it shouldn't mean as much. It is the natural order of things. One gets until one can give, and it's time for Taylor to get, just as it is for the established stars to give up some of the limelight.

On the other hand, would I expect Tiger Woods to be "okay" with not winning a tournament simply because he'd already won a few?


Enbrethiliel said...


I have to say that Taylor has been extremely entertaining this year. =)

As for awards, I think that they're really made for audiences. We like watching the winners graciously accepting their awards--and when they're young, pretty and fresh, all the better!

TS said...

I'll say that she's far more entertaining than those male wanna-be's. :)