Thank you for the music!

Posted on February 23rd, 2012 by Chaplaincy in Tybed

This week saw music fans watch the now traditional (it’s been on our screens since 1977!) ‘Brit Awards’. Being a pop fan myself, it was great to see the likes of Florence and the Machine and Rihanna take to the stage; however the big furore of the night was Adele being forced to cut short her acceptance speech less than half a minute into it! I must admit it didn’t come over very well, especially considering that Adele was talking about how proud she was of the British music scene etc. but time constraints do exist and so rather than hear Adele carry on, we listened to the once glorious Blur re-live the glory days of their career.

All award ceremonies suffer from ‘acceptance speech’ issues. Watching the Oscars can be torturous as film stars break down tearfully and thank everybody; from their mentors to someone who once gave them a lucky nickel which seemingly launched their film careers. The question I find myself asking is, is it such a bad thing in the grand scheme of things?

In the UK we are very lucky that we have the privilege to say what we want, when we want. Many people would think that mentioning this would be old hat, but in actual fact there are still lots of countries where you could be tried and sentenced for speaking out of term. There are some regimes where if you were Adele picking up the award, if you didn’t thank the ruler of the country, you would be in real trouble and there is an actual case going on at present where someone wrote their thoughts on twitter and are now facing execution.

Think about your time in college. We may not be aware of it but we have the ability to be open with the tutors, to get involved in class and to agree or even disagree with what’s being said. How would you feel if you were in a country where going against the tutor’s direction would be perilous to your future career prospects?

We can get very bored listening to long drawn out speeches from celebrities thanking this person and that, but actually it’s better to have that than no speeches at all, or even worse, a speech that has been edited and subjected to scrutiny by the powers that be. And thanking people for their help is a good thing; in fact we probably don’t thank enough people in our lives!

The link between spirituality and gratitude is widespread and in 2002 a Social Psychology report stated that; ‘Grateful people are happier, less depressed, less stressed, and more satisfied with their lives and social relationships’ so there you go! While we are blessed enough in this country to say what we think then I certainly don’t mind how long it takes to say ‘Thank You’ and indeed it’s important to me to be able to remember all those people who have made a difference in the slightest way in my life. We may not all be like Adele who picked up an award for her musical talent but we should continue to thank all those who help us in our daily lives and sometimes a ‘thank you’ is just what someone needs to hear after a really bad day!

So, back to this year’s ‘Brit Awards’? Personally speaking, although I do enjoy listening to Blur, I didn’t really need to listen to 5 of their songs, but I would have loved to hear the end of Adele’s speech about how influential and culturally important the British music scene is at present! Oh well, maybe next year!

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