Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Shut Up and Sing, Natalie

You've gotta hand it to Natalie Maines, lead singer for the Dixie Chicks. She may be a moron at mass marketing her product, but she is sticking to her guns. With the release of their new album, the Chicks are hoping to once again rule the country music stratosphere.

The problem is, they don't understand what people want to hear. We want to hear music, Natalie. In other words, shut up and sing. The tight harmonies, intricate accompaniment and winsome lyrics are the reasons I loved your first two albums. The rhetoric you continue to spew is the reason I won't buy your third.

The UK Telegraph reported recent comments by Maines:

"The entire country may disagree with me, but I don't understand the necessity for patriotism . . . . Why do you have to be a patriot? About what? This land is our land? Why? You can like where you live and like your life, but as for loving the whole country… I don't see why people care about patriotism."
That's the problem Ms. Maines. You don't see. You can own opinions enough to choke the entire liberal leaning CNN anchor team, but if you want to sell me a record, shut up and sing.

Of course, it probably doesn't matter to you that I'm not buying your CD. After all, millions of others will. You'll still make a killing, and billboard magazine will extol your weathering of "the Bush flap." But when you're playing to half-sold out arenas, or when your tour director informs you and the sisters that they've had to cancel dates (as they are talking of doing in INDY), I hope you'll begin to understand that you need to shut up and sing.

It's not illegal to express your opinions. It's just not smart. And the sooner you learn that the reason your trio sat atop Country's Mt. Olympus was the music, the better. I'm guessing you won't get it though. So enjoy your brief fame as singing political activists. It is probably about the last you're going to taste.


Anonymous said...

i wouldn't say she's a marketing moron. in fact, she's quite the opposite. despite the dixie chicks being a half-processed, not quite great music group, they have continued to stay in the public eye. the only reason that they are still there is because natalie refuses to shut up and just sing.

Soren said...

Go Franky! Go Franky! Go on with your bad self. I couldn't have said it better myself.