Today we celebrate… Nothing… This interestingly enough is apparently the required accomplishment for winning a Nobel Peace Prize. Make promises far beyond the ability of any single individual to fulfill and then epically fail and you are a shoe in for a Nobel Peace Prize.
If only the music industry worked in this fashion, I could promise to record the greatest album since the Beatles “Abby Road” or Jimi Hendrix’s “Electric Ladyland”, go into the studio, fuck around, produce a bunch of crap and yet still sell ten million copies and win a Grammy award.
I could, just by proclaiming myself the words greatest guitarist, receive all the accolades afforded to an individual whose skill and talent earned that recognition without I might add ever actually providing proof of that claim.
Now I don’t know about you, but as for myself, I couldn’t actually live with that. Oh, I’m not denying that the money wouldn’t be nice. However, the rest of it? I have a problem with making claims about myself that have absolutely no basis in reality what so ever.
Now I’m not claiming that I am perfect or anything or that I don’t exaggerate my own abilities a bit, but I do believe that an award given a person should have some genuine article of reality behind it, not simply empty words asserting as fact substance that simply does not exist.
Yes I do want to record a CD that will be the equal of the afore mentioned records, and hope that circumstances will permit me to one day soon make a genuine attempt at doing exactly that. Nevertheless, what I could not live with is claiming that I was going to record such an epic record, never actually doing so and yet still receiving the full accolades of having recorded such an album.
Unlike certain well-known public figures, I simply could not accept an award based entirely on my desire to achieve rather than actually making an effort to produce a valid effort at achievement.
Call me naive or simple minded if you must, but this is how I feel concerning awards given out for achievement. They should reflect actual genuine achievements as opposed to mere vague unsubstantiated desires to achieve.