Today has been kind of a turd of a day for many reasons I won’t go into. So instead of focusing on the bad, I’m going to focus on the good. A journalist friend of mine messaged me today (via Scramble With Friends, no less!) telling me that he was going to be interviewing Mary Chapin Carpenter in 2 hours and did I have any question ideas? While I figured the question was more rhetorical than anything else – surely he knew what he was going to ask her – but I said something about how if he got a chance, to tell her how much I’ve respected her and her journey over the years and how her music saw me through more than a few bad patches in my life. This blog is littered with posts about how influential she was during my college years, when she put my feelings into words and attached them to a country-pop hook I couldn’t resist.
I honestly didn’t expect him to say it. But as it turns out, he did. Her response was “thank you and I’m glad you’ve stayed with me through all these years.” I’m sure she gets that kind of stuff all the time from fans, but it felt good to be able to finally “tell” a celebrity what an impact they’ve had on my life. It made me feel a little bit bad about being so lukewarm on her new album, although as I mentioned in a previous post, I suspect it’ll take on all new meaning once we shake summer off and we head into the cool, crisp days of autumn.
With everyone constantly trying to get the attention of celebrities on Twitter these days, it felt like a momentary one-on-one with one of my favorite artists with my friend as an intermediary. In this day and age of political divisiveness and endless snark and cynicism, this really made me feel good today.