Posts tagged fiona apple
Posts tagged fiona apple
Christmas Blues by Fiona Apple
While I’m devoting my blog to the letters of Fiona Apple today, I might as well share this one that she wrote to me.
I met her very briefly before a show back in 2000, only a couple days after that Roseland meltdown, and I handed her a letter wherein I told her I was in my school’s gay-straight alliance and was wondering if she would write a sentence or two of support. “Could you say some nice stuff about gay people?”, basically.
Quite frankly, 16-year-old me was much more interested in interacting with a celebrity than building an alliance between gays and straights, but Fiona took me at my word and wrote me this really sweet letter. The show was on a Friday, and I got this via FedEx the following Tuesday, and she even apologizes for it taking so long. For much of the 12 years that have passed since these events transpired, this has been the most exciting thing that has ever happened to me.
I’ve met her a couple times since, but I never got a chance thank her for taking some time out and being so thoughtful, especially for a lonely weirdo like me. Maybe someday.
I got your letter a few days ago, but this is the first chance I’ve had to sit down and write (it’s my day off)
Of course, I’d love to help — sign me up. As far as a few sentences go, here’s what I’ve got — I hope it’s OK:
It’s hard to conjure up some new profound way of commenting on this issue — I’m so tired of it being an issue at all, and I suppose I’m lucky, because I see the truth so clearly. All I know I want my friends to be good people, and when my friends fall in love, I want them to fall in love with other good people. How can you go wrong with two people in love? If a good boy loves a good girl, good. If a good boy loves another good boy, good. And if a good girl loves the goodness in good boys and good girls, then all you have is more goodness, and goodness has nothing to do with sexual orientation. A person who loves is a righteous person, and if someone has the ability and desire to show love another — to someone willing to receive it, then for goodness’ sake, let them do it. Hate has no place in the equation; there is no function for it to perform. Love is love, and there will never be too much.
She is the fucking BEST.
My favorite musical acts of all time are the Smiths, the Rolling Stones, and Fiona Apple. In no order — they’re all #1 to me. This shows my age, I know, but I like my age, so I don’t care. It also shows my race, but there’s not much I can do about that at this point.
I just rewatched this old Fiona Apple video from 1997 tonight, for her first single, made when she was 18 or 19. She wrote the song when she was 17. She got a lot of shit for being really skinny in this video (from Courtney Love, among others, who dissed Apple with fake concern; Apple’s response was basically “I’m a teenage girl in America — of course I’ve had an eating disorder. I don’t need your help, Courtney Love”). She also got shit for being a teenager with a sexuality. (But she was a teenager — of course she had a sexuality.) And, like Lana Del Rey, she got shit for daring to make music as a very young, conventionally attractive female human being. Anyway, if you’re not familiar with Apple’s music, you are so lucky right now, because you get to gorge on her genius anew.