Posted by: Diane | February 13, 2012

Fame Or No Fame

Joel Thomas Zimmerman is better known by his stage name, Deadmau5 (pronounced “dead mouse”) and according to Wikipedia, he  is a Canadian progressive, electro and house producer based in Toronto. I watched the Grammies last night and I have to confess, I just can’t understand what attracts people to a guy who wears a big, electric mouse helmet over his face and plays a mix of loud dance music.

I know – this confession ages me but I spent some time reading about deadmau5 this morning and honestly, many of his quotes are just plain offensive. A couple of months ago, my husband was in an American airport and he overheard a young man talking on his phone. It caught his attention because this loud, young man was speaking very belligerently and swearing a lot. Later on, Chris recognized the oversized, green “Space Invaders’ icon tattoed on his neck. The man in the airport was deadmau5.

Something went wrong along the way of fame.

The Grammy Awards show also paid tribute to Whitney Houston – now THERE is a voice that will be remembered. Sadly, she died too young and very tragically.

Whitney Houston came from a very musical family and the church was the humble venue for her first solo performance. When she  decided to become a professional singer like her mother, Whitney believed that a career as a vocalist was the only way she could repay God for the gift of music. “God gave me a voice to sing with,” she said.  Her Christian faith and supportive family gave Whitney strong roots yet, after many tumultuous years in her personal life, she died in a hotel bath tub, quite possibly because of alcohol and drugs.

Something went wrong along the way of fame.

Fame has its consequences. It seems that you’re only as good as your last performance and that must be a pressure-packed, burdensome way to live. It doesn’t leave much room or space or time to reflect on the condition of your heart.

Celine Dion recently said this about show business – “You have to do your work and get out of there.”  These are wise words from someone who recognizes that life is not all about “being on stage.”  There must be a time of solitude and replenishment. We must be able to hide away, be nurtured, turn everything off, stop responding to the demands and expectations of others..and be still.  Each of us needs to be humbled and re-routed because fame or no fame, all of us have gone astray. We all need help getting back on track.

All of us, like sheep, have strayed away. We have left God’s paths to follow our own. Yet the Lord laid on him the sins of us all. Isaiah 53.6  NLT

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