"I've heard that song before luv, I think I have the sheet music."
-William the Poet
In a semi-perfect world, the group of people who annually select the "best album of the year" would recognize a collection of bluegrass songs including tracks from Ralph Stanley and the Cox Family.
In a perfect world the same group would have selected another CD from a performer who on the same telecast sang the unmatchable, skillful, and revealing verse, "Well there's preachers in the pulpits and babies in the cribs/I'm longin' for that sweet fat that sticks to your ribs/I'm gonna buy me a barrel of whiskey, I hope I don't turn senile/Well I cried for you- not it's your turn, you can cry awhile" decked in a dapper cowboy hat, face stern with a pencil thin mustache, in front of a old time cavern club movie house coolly lit set, with a great blues band that followed his quirky sense of timing with perfection.
In a semi-perfect world the same sit in judgment group would select Lucinda Williams' performance of "Get Right With God" as the best female vocal performance of the year.
In a perfect world more people in the world would be aware and appreciative of Lucinda's song and performance rather than the vast number of people who know of the Pink, Mya, Lil' Kim, Christina Aguilera whorehouse video, "Lady Marmalade"
In a semi-perfect world science would finally figure out a way to clone kitties.
In a perfect world old drooling kitties would never get sick and everyone would know the joy of a weekly walk across the street to get a double latte and on the return trip seeing said old drooling kitty in the picture window silently meowing in anticipation because he knows he too will soon get a tartar control treat.
In a semi-perfect world some genius would come up with the stellar idea of arranging a prime time boxing match between Tonya Harding and Amy Fischer .
In a perfect world science would figure out a way to clone Survivor The Outback's Elisabeth Filarski and The Late Show with David Letterman's Stephanie Burkett into a single person who would be known to the world as Mrs. D. Ma.
In a semi-perfect world the Breeders would open their current shows with a cover of the TV theme music to Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
In a perfect world more people would have seen another thought provoking episode of television's best series that offered real insight into trying to cope with loss, grief, and how being alive may mean feeling dead inside and where being dead may mean trying to feel alive again; where once you decide that it doesn't matter whether you are dead or alive how you can never feel the same again and might end up doing some extreme things to feel otherwise; and what it means to love out of comfort, and the nobility of treating all life (both living and dead) with dignity.
In a semi-perfect world the point in time where one becomes close minded, where one sticks with the familiar forgoing the life learning experience of trying something new, of listening to someone else's perspective no matter how foreign or different is self recognized. Does the road that leads to that place find its basis in hatred or indifference?
In a perfect word the morass of pain and confusion is made tolerable by those who understand the value of a Zippy the Pinhead like view of things- where the every day repetition can be amusingly absurd, where the simplest of understandings can make all the difference in the world.
"What is the point of this story? What information pertains? The thought that life could be better is woven indelibly in to our hearts and our brains."