Monday, June 25, 2007

The world stopped being interesting

the day I was born. I am convinced of it.

This is Joan Baez in 1965 dazzling the world with her interpretation of Bob Dylan's "It ain't me, babe." This is what America's sweetheart used to be like before I was born.

Who do we have as America's sweetheart these days? Britney Spears? Paris Hilton? Bleh....

Can you think anyone who is as beautiful AND talented today as Joan Baez was (and is)? And can still mesmerize us without showing a lot of cleavage?

An important update on my Nightguard situation

Turned out that I was not using it properly (thanks JRA). Followed the instruction to mold it with boiling water and it now fits very nicely.

If my previous blog entry somehow consoled you into thinking that you are not alone with an oversized mouth, I'm sorry. You are alone and I will not commiserate with you. You have a big mouth and I don't.


At June 25, 2007 5:38 AM, Blogger Mike Y said...

I had never heard of her before. She has a nice voice, though. And great to hear about your night guard and subsequently smaller mouth. :)

At June 25, 2007 9:25 AM, Blogger Layla (aka Barbara) said...

Is Mike Y serious? He's joking right?

There is no one like that today David although Sarah McLachlan is close because she doesn't wear revealing clothing and she's involved in a lot of worthy causes. Remind me to send you a link to her video, you'd like it.

At June 25, 2007 9:11 PM, Blogger San Nakji said...

Never heard of her... There's plenty of great artists out there. Just take a look outside of the top 40 pop rubbish :)

At June 25, 2007 9:32 PM, Blogger David Cho said...

Mike Y and San Nakji, it must be a Korean thing never to have heard of her. Wait, I'm Korean.

Barbara, I like Sarah McLachlan. I think I want to listen to more of her stuff. I suppose Norah Jones falls in that category as well.

At June 26, 2007 9:25 AM, Blogger SUPER said...

She does have a great voice! And although I'm not a McLachlan fan, I enjoy Norah Jones voice. Very soothing to the soul.

At June 27, 2007 6:08 AM, Anonymous donna-in-ny said...

Joan Baez was amazing to me...and I am old enough to remember her !!

you had me chuckling this morning as I read about your nightguard situation....

will have to come back and read more.

At June 27, 2007 8:23 AM, Blogger Bruce said...

You've got to be freakin' kidding me?!? Never heard of Joan Baez?? Man, I feel soooooo old now.

But let's not forget: Judy Collins, Joni Mitchell, Karen Carpenter, Roberta Flack, Anne Murray, Carly Simon, Helen Reddy, Crystal Gayle, Linda Ronstadt, Olivia Newton-John, and Carole King.

McLachlan and Jones are very good today.

Good news about your Nightguard, but I still have my doubts about the small mouth thing.


At June 27, 2007 9:03 AM, Blogger David Cho said...

Bruce, your insecurities are showing again. I love Judy Collins voice as well.

Hey donna, thanks for stopping by.

At June 29, 2007 3:29 AM, Blogger Brian Buriff said...

Joan Baez I've never heard of. I agree with Barb on McLachlan. Then let's not forget that up and coming darling from my neck of the woods. She's a little egotistic but has distinctive pipes.

At June 29, 2007 4:35 PM, Blogger J.OTIS MERSTER said...

Norah Jones is a favorite.
Corinne Bailey Rae writes and sings beautiful songs, while nicely dressed.

Gloria Estefan has always been my best friend that I don't know, because her voice is amazing, her attire and poise is always appropriate, and her moral fiber-her family's strength and unity-is undeniable. Plus, she's Cuban, and I have known only friendly Cubans. AND, she's teaching me Spanish AND she lets me sing with her!

At July 08, 2007 8:09 AM, Blogger L-girl said...

OMG David, Joan Baez was never America's sweetheart! Where did you get that bizarre impression? 1965 had its own Paris Hilton. So did 1865, for that matter.

Joan Baez had one radio hit, but other than that, she was counter-culture all the way.

Can you think anyone who is as beautiful AND talented today as Joan Baez was (and is)?

I love Joan Baez, but I can name at least a dozen off the top of my head. Beautiful is a personal thing, of course, but talented? There are scores of them. Worry not.

At July 08, 2007 8:09 AM, Blogger L-girl said...

As for people who never heard of Joan Baez, being ignorant of history is nothing to brag about.

At July 08, 2007 8:14 AM, Blogger L-girl said...

Ani DiFranco
Aimee Mann
Sarah McLachlan (who I dislike)
PJ Harvey
Liz Phair (pre-pop phase)
Angelique Kidjo
Erykah Badu

That's just for starters, off the top of my head.

It's great to love Joan Baez, but it's not great to think good music died in the 60s. Remember, not that long ago you thought Bob Dylan was a folk singer.

At July 08, 2007 8:53 AM, Blogger David Cho said...

Good points, Laura. You are right. We had Monroe in the 50's.

What is there to dislike about Sarah McLachlan?

At July 08, 2007 2:58 PM, Blogger L-girl said...

Well, I'm anti-nostalgia. I don't think there was any golden age. Popular culture has always been pretty dumb, I think.

Nothing wrong with Sarah McLachlan, I just find her very over-rated. People compare her to Joni Mitchell, I guess because they're both Canadian women, but the comparison is absurd. It's like comparing me to Toni Morrison. We're both American writers, but one of us is a bit more talented than the other. :)

Ani DiFranco is one of the most talented songwriters to come along in a long time. She is very serious and committed, just like Joan Baez was/is, and remains in the counter-culture, like Baez. It's a good comparison, although they look and sound very different, since they are the products of very different times.

At July 08, 2007 2:59 PM, Blogger L-girl said...

But let's not forget: Judy Collins, Joni Mitchell, Karen Carpenter, Roberta Flack, Anne Murray, Carly Simon, Helen Reddy, Crystal Gayle, Linda Ronstadt, Olivia Newton-John, and Carole King.

This is an interesting list! Olivia Newton-John on the same list as Joni Mitchell! Wow. :)

At July 08, 2007 11:53 PM, Blogger Robert said...

have to back up L-girl here Joan Baez was definitely counter-culture she would never had been on American Idol if it had been arund back then. i challenge anyone to see any old tapes of her on American Bandstand either. I have to add 2 to the list Whitney Houston and mariah carey As far as pure talent and sheer vocal ability hard to find any better both have made bad life choices but both are at the top historically as far as talent goes IMHO anyway Just yhought of something David has there ever been a top asian singer? trying to think just curious here

At July 09, 2007 6:37 AM, Blogger David Cho said...

William Hung.

At July 09, 2007 8:01 AM, Blogger L-girl said...

Whitney Houston and mariah carey

Joan Baez was not just vocal talent, nor are the other women on these lists. They are songwriters and musicians too. Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston and the like sing meaningless pop songs that other people right, and are marketed as pop commodities. They may have good voices (I personally don't think so - at all - their voices have zero personality or depth) but if they do, that's all they have - that, and looks. Totally different.

At July 09, 2007 8:02 AM, Blogger L-girl said...

pop songs that other people right

Duh. That other people write, of course.

At July 09, 2007 7:37 PM, Blogger Robert said...

wow L-girl why dont you say what you really think??? so sorry to see you are shy about expressing an opinion lol I think both whitney and mariah have very expressive voices but hey opinions are subjective glad the mouthguard works well now David


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