Wednesday, May 2, 2007

Dear Sheryl Crow: What makes YOU happy?

Dear Sheryl,

I heard about your recent run-in with Karl Rove at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner. Not long after, you got some press for what some considered a controversial blog proposal encouraging people to abide by a one-toilet-paper-square per bathroom visit rule.

I admire your conviction and increasing involvement in ecological issues. However, I have to confess that I’m feeling somewhat confused and worried by what appears to be a dramatic change in your outlook on life.

Remember when "all [you] want[ed] to do [was] have some fun?” I do. That song was an anthem for people wanting to have a lot of fun. It doesn’t sound like you’re as into fun recently. These days it sort of sounds like you’re advocating sustainable life choices instead of fun. Was that a personal decision?

In addition to having fun, you also sang that “if it makes you [me] happy, it can’t be that bad.” It sounds like you’ve changed your mind about that too. It sounds like now what you’re saying is “if it makes you happy, but it wastes natural resources, it is that bad.”

It really seems like you’ve abandoned your anything goes, freebird philosophy in favor of pragmatism and conservation. You may be well aware of these inconsistencies. Maybe this is a dichotomy you’ve always struggled with. Or maybe years of living and deep first cuts have weathered you. Either way, if you need to talk…I’m here.

A Concerned Listener

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