So I believe I’ve mentioned that the Critter loves music videos. Whenever I’m at my laptop, he will stand beside me and ask to watch them over and over until I relent. (Since his way of asking now is to say “Daddy, will you watch videos with me?” and it’s one of the few times he will sit on my lap without squirming to be released, I’m kind of a sucker for it.)
Anyhow, the other day we were watching the video for “Shiny Happy People” (a song I know I’m supposed to hate but unapologetically love) and I thought to myself “I would love to meet Kate Pierson.” And that gave me the idea for this week’s question, which is somewhat more straightforward than most.
Which five celebrities or notable personages would you most like to meet, and why?
Now, it used to be that Madonna would be at the top of my list. I found her incredibly fascinating and compelling and awesome for years and years and years. (Yes, I know that’s impossibly cliche. Sue me.) But the bloom has come off that rose, and I’m just not all that interested in her any longer. Plus, I’m not sure she’s all that nice. Would I like to meet her, given the chance? Sure. But she’s not in my top five.
Here’s my list, in no particular order:
1) Kate Pierson, of the B-52s — because “Cosmic Thing” and “Bouncing Off the Satellites” were my personal soundtrack throughout junior high. Because I love her voice. Because I once got into an argument with my friend Audrey because she though the Cure was a cooler band. (We made peace by agreeing that both groups were infinitely cooler than the New Kids on the Block.) Because she seems like she would be a total gas in person.
2) Lily Tomlin — because “The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe” is a work of genius, which I mean sincerely. Because every time I see her interviewed she is utterly hilarious. Because she seems like she would be incredibly nice in person.
3) The guys from OK Go — because I love their music. Because my son loves their videos. Because I might possibly love their videos even more than he does. Because during a recent period of sadness and disappointment, watching their videos for “This Too Shall Pass” (both of them) and “All Is Not Lost” with my son proved strangely comforting. It is totally not because I might possibly have a ridiculous crush on several members of the band.
4) Sheryl Crow — because “The Globe Sessions” is the perfect album to listen to in the dark with a bottle of wine after a break-up, which I might have done over and over and over again once upon a time. Because I know people from her hometown. Because I actually once came thisclose to really meeting her, and it’s bummed me out ever since.
5) The women who write GoFugYourself — because they consistently make me cry with laughter. Because I once won one of their “Freaky Fug Friday” contests. Because as much as their blog pretends to be nothing but gossip about cracked out celebrities and what they wear, it is sometimes about being a decent human being. Because they seem like exactly the kind of people I would be friends with.
5a) If he were still alive, right at the very top of the list would be David Foster Wallace — because even when I didn’t like his writing, I found it challenging and insightful. Because I almost always liked his writing. Because I frequently loved his writing. Because Infinite Jest is my favorite novel of the past fifty years. Because in that book one character speaks a two-word phrase that chokes me up every time I read it. Because, had I met him, I would have offered one month’s salary (at least) to be donated to the charity of his choice for a reliable clue about a few of the unresolved questions in that novel. Because his non-fiction was unparalleled in its brilliance and humanity. Because, insofar as one can miss someone one never met, I miss him.
Anyhow, that’s my list. What’s yours?