I was listening to Radio 3 (as per usual) this afternoon and heard Dave Shumka talking about some article that Shad had written regarding the Juno's. I checked it out and had some thoughts that I figured were appropriate for the blog. You might want to read the article HERE so that you understand what it is I am talking about...
If it has not yet been made clear, there are two very important things that you need to know about me - 1) I recognize & appreciate the people who 'devote their lives to building a better society' & 2) I am a huge supporter of Canadian music (especially music that is independent in it's nature) - so my immediate reaction to Shad's article was HELLLLLLL YES!!!!
I do realize that the Juno Awards will probably never take on Shad's suggestions - not because they're heartless people - but because the Juno's are meant to be a celebration for MUSIC and music alone. I do, however think it's crucial to recognize the hard work that is happening across our country. Shad even said in his article that "...a little recognition can be a nice consolation." and I think it's the same for many Canadians who are striving to make a difference in their community. It definitely helps with reducing the oh-so common 'burn-out', plus who doesn't appreciate a little positive feedback??
I was discussing the power of 'celebrity' the other day with a friend. Our conclusion is that they're in fact SUPER powerful and could do oh-so-much with that power if they wanted to. There are plenty of celebs that use their name (& money) for good, and there are others that do not. As Shad said in the article, he isn't even famous (he pretty much is) and he clearly sees that he can make an impact on whatever cause he chooses to champion. I only wish that every other celebrity would realize the same thing! I have been saying for many years that if some of the "super celebrities" took a pay cut (ya know 55 billion to 3 million!?) and used that excess money to do good, the world might be in a much better place. Am I crazy? Does this not make sense?
Now I can't sit here and pretend that I am any kind of angel when it comes to my money - I definitely enjoy unnecessary evening beers with friends, and I have been known to have a shoe obsession (at least they're TOMS?) - BUT when I look at people who are earning a BILLION dollars each year by starring in movies, it bothers me. Who actually needs a BILLION dollars when there are BILLIONS of people living in extreme poverty?! Everyone is always talking about how to fix the world and I think (part of the) answer is right in front of us. Is it not time to CUT these ridiculous salaries down and do something good with the money?! This is just something that I don't think I will ever understand about our society...
Anyway, I am ranting on and on here and it's dinner time. So I will conclude with -1) YES to celebrating Canadians who do good 2) YES to Canadian music 3) YES to celebrities who use their powere in a positive way ...
Hey SHAD, we should team up and plan some kind of awesome awards ceremony for the do-gooders. Hit me up!
Here's a tune from the man himself. Enjoy!
-- Becky xo
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