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I Wonder What The King Is Doing Tonight… A Mumford, An Actress, Celebrity Gossip And The Baffling Meaninglessness Of Our Lives

Every now and then I will read something about folkie abortion Mumford And Sons and wonder if I got em wrong. So I will go back and listen to "The Cave" or something just to be sure they are the abominable, whiny wretches I claim they are. And then i get on with my life.

Where are the PC Police when it comes to these guys, eh? Think of all the bytes they've murdered recording dross like "It's empty in the valley of your heart…" , which makes you wanna go John Belushi on his guitar.

And I mention this because… Wall Street II actress Carey Mulligan is dating a Mumford, presumably a song and presumably a lead singer.

And this matters because… it doesn't matter, actually.Couldn't matter less except in a cultural punchline cause and effect.  When the Mumford wakes up next to Carey does he wonder where he would be sleeping if Sigh No More flopped? Or vice versa, if "An Education" hadn't lead Carey to Hollywood?

ALL relationships are symbiotic, and until there is a chance in hell that two can become one, will remain symbiotic: it is all based upon an intransigent misunderstanding.

But like I said: what has this to do with rock nyc? As Lerner Lowe noted in the musical "Camelot", it is for the people to wonder what the King is doing tonight. (answer: "he's scared"). Celebrity gossip allows people to compare their lives to other peoples lives with no regard to consequence. If you're girlfriend gets pregnant, there is a cause and effect that refracts your life, if your Mom dies, the funeral is next. This is not true of the situation when it occurs to Kanye West: there is a distance.

It is not that celebrity gossip is moral, it isn't, what it is is a cultural barometer. And an obsession. People think it is worse than in, say 1111, but it isn't. It is the same only with a greater deal of access. Don't you think that rumors of Richard The Lionheart's homosexuality swirled through the Kingdom?

Perhaps the difference is, in this easy access info existence and death of privacy (the great lost gift for 21st Century man is privacy) we need many more people to celebrate. the celebrityhood bar has been lowered to non-existence. Which is all for the good, if you ask me. There is something awful democratic about giving fame to people because we feel like it.

And it makes sense to make sense of our own moral compass when reflected in the lives of people we don't much care about one way or another.

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