Saturday, January 15, 2011
Can you imagine if there had never been Elvis?
Do you believe that agoraphobics would suffer less in solitary confinement?- or more?
Have you ever dreamt of Jeannie?
Does Elvis strike you as a magnificent, or tragic figure?
If you were confined inside a bottle for a thousand years and then one day you were liberated and could grant a wish to the person who freed you, and the wish that they asked you for, was to speak and understand a language, that they didn't know, absolutely fluently, and you said "yes no problem,- what language is it?"
and if they replied "Irish",
- would you consider it a bit of a waste of a wish?
Do you think that if Elvis had not been around to be Elvis, that someone else might have gotten the job?
Do you believe that the language used to express a thought changes it?
Do you believe that in a universe devoid of Elvis, Marylin Monroe or James Dean that the walls of Abra-kebabras would be adorned with representations of other icons of the era or do you think that there would be people you've never heard of on those walls:
stars that 'didn't make it' to take their place?
Do think Elton John's a bit crap?
Do you think any of his songs would be improved by translation into Irish?
If you were confined inside a bottle for a thousand years and then one day you were liberated and could grant a wish to the person who freed you, and that person was Elvis, and the wish that Elvis asked you for, was to live a normal life free from the constraints of fame and success, would you consider it a good or a bad thing?
If upon granting that wish, you no longer had to be a Genie and could now walk the earth, and you decided to spend your first night at the first gig of the 'no-fame or success' Elvis, and you went there, and he played and sang beautifully to a room of people that kept talking and completely ignored him; would you find that sad or smile and think 'job well-done'?
Do you see what I'm trying to do?
Do you think that buildings become especially beautiful as they are destroyed by fire?
Do you think a song of sadness would sound more, or less poignant if sung by an Elvis that nobody but you could hear?
Do you think that this is how Irish songs sound to those who speak Irish?
Can you tell what I've been reading recently?
Did you enjoy it yourself?