Sunday, January 3, 2010

The Apple Does Not Fall Far From The Tree

It never ceases to amaze me how are most gifted actors and musical prodigies are the offspring of parents that sometimes were a little better at performing and sometimes not. I am going to give you a list I crafted and you will see what I mean.

Liza Minnelli  Judy Garland

Norah Jones  Ravi Shankar

Bob Dylan  Joshua Dylan (The incomparable Wallflowers band}

Nat King Cole  Natalie Cole

Woody Guthrie  Arlo Guthrie

Johnny Cash  Rosanne Cash

Ben Stiller  Stiller and Meara

Donald Sutherland  Kiefer Sutherland

There are a few more but what I find interesting is that when I quantify genetically furthered talent, the kids tend to be enormously talented and a cut above the regular auditioning set. Sometimes the parent was farther down the road talent wise but remember the kids are making much fatter pay checks in the Electronic age. Jo Stafford might be the most adept female vocalist we have ever seen beginning in WW ll. she was one of a handful of singers that had perfect pitch. Jo who the soldiers dubbed GIJO started as a signed singer with a new CBS record company in the war era when there were no ipods and sharing and computers or TV. She sold 25 million records then. "You Belong To me" and the "The Folks Who Live On The Hill" exemplify her vocals unimaginably. Both are on my Ipod because I have one, she did it the hard way.

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