I try to carry that philosophy over into other areas of my life, as well. Song Credits. We recognize now — and thank Trump in part for making this so uncomfortably apparent — that a selfish, materialistic mode of living hasn’t made us wealthier, healthier, or happier; instead, it’s left us feeling, as you rightly observe, disregarded and angry. to keep from being too preachy or platitudinal. My wish to all my fellow writers — those gifted/cursed with internalizing all the chaotic shit that happens around them so they might transmute it into art, something with meaning and value and beauty — is a recreational interest/outlet that offers them an occasional reprieve from their own acute sensitivity. You really got me thinking. Brandy - Almost Doesn't Count | LIVE From Never Say Never Tour Discussion in 'Music Industry News and Views' started by Bluekush21, Aug 7, 2020 at 3:01 AM. Look ahead. Loving another or being loved is a success, or sharing a laugh, or taking a walk, or showing up to work and doing a good job, accepting our strengths and limitations, trying and failing and picking ourselves up and trying again. It’s not about a great play. Thank you for the kind words about the piece above and the book. Almost made you love me. This time… things would be different. Play 1. In some cases, an increase in one area can make up for a lack in another. You study for a career in the arts, and you get one—simple as that. Start Station. “Pure dumb luck,” I’ve observed, has a way of making or breaking an enterprise, particularly a career in arts and entertainment. Why Disrupted Halloween Traditions Are Nothing to Fear, The Road Back: Revisiting “The Writer’s Journey”, What Comes Next: Lessons on Democracy and Narrative from “Hamilton”, The Lost Boys of the Bronx: A Tribute to Joel Schumacher, Revisiting Old Haunts: A Paranormal Investigation of “Ghostbusters II”. As a singer/songwriter, I’ve toed up to the cliff of “almost” with wings poised to soar countless times—only to have “the other people” responsible for that one thing drop the ball and lose the opportunity. Nearly doing something is not the same as actually doing it. “Movies and comics have you rooting from the outset for the predetermined winner; sports require your investment with no such promise of a favorable outcome.” Yes! But I realized that I don’t do what I do in order to “get big” or to receive validation. 2. Persistence You're gonna stick around. Anyway, there I was, twenty-two years old and only a few months out of school, and everything was unfolding right on schedule. Play Song. I used to go to Dodger games as a kid. But you can't get to Heaven. Or, as is presently the case, getting good momentum on a book—only to have my health robbed for months and knock me off course. Brighton Music Hall presented by Citizens Bank, Boston, MA. I’m in touch with very few of them anymore; I think the collective frustration, if not outright cynicism, born from the recognition that Hollywood, in the end, is a capricious beast—that there are many who pay their dues in good faith to no favorable outcome, while others somehow score a Fastpass to enviable careers—took its toll on those friendships. I think the difference between us and the Trumpublicans is that they’re not cynics — they’re balls-out nihilists. 5. Writer: Guy Roche Think you know music? STANDS4 LLC, 2020. They know he conned them, but they don’t want to admit they got fooled. Almost doesn't count Almost heard you saying You were finally free What was always missing for you, baby You'd found it in me But you can't get to heaven Half off the ground Everybody knows Almost doesn't count I can't keep lovin' you One foot outside the door I hear a funny hesitation Your book sounds super-interesting–are there any publishers out your way who accept unsolicited manuscripts? Knowledge, such as can be learned from books or websites So, I fully understand that the way to get your material sold is to cast as wide a net as possible, expect a lot of passes, and hope for maybe a nibble or two that turns into a bite! I’m just happy to come back the next day and hope for the best once again. To say “‘almost’ doesn’t count,” then, is to imply the very expenditure of effort is only justified by a preordained guarantee of success. In my mind, that makes them still really good. I think it sounds good playing right along with the song. I mean, he was a resident of Los Angeles for less time than he would’ve spent here on vacation. Don’t forget to have fun. The mere act of striving is a much a success as being satisfied with having done our best and failed. I think a lot about how our standard American measurement of success, Sean, and it tends to be materially-based. In the Car Interlude. I have too much to say about all of this … to actually say it. The dream of vast riches doesn’t apply to the vast majority of us, and yet there is it – frequently used as the definition of success, and erroneously considered a key to happiness. Likewise, since I’ve become less focused on selling material after repeatedly failing to do so, I’ve been able to redirect that anxious energy into, ya know, living life, which has in turn made my fiction better; I have more of substance to say. Not being able to relate to other sports fans that way is one of the reasons I don’t watch games any more. It sure as hell distinguishes your true friends from the fairweathers. Almost made you cry. But I’ll say some. Almost convince me. Count - Idioms by The Free Dictionary ... wouldn't count on it; almost doesn't count; and counting; at the last count; be able to count â¦ Thank you so much, Diana, for imparting some of your wisdom and sensitivity to these discussions. Most of us won’t be lauded beyond our circles of family and friends. The more lavish, the better. It was written by Shelly Peiken and Guy Roche and recorded by Norwood for her second studio album, Never Say Never (1998). How well I know, after Our Crew made it only so far as game seven, bottom of the ninth–LA’s ecstasy was MKE’s agony this season. You never suspect (scores of) undeserving people will make it while your own years of sincere dues-paying might not amount to anything. Almost. count phrase. Nobody brags about “almost” at cocktail parties. Will we prevail? Playlist. It occurs to me only now, as I type this, that the project was something of a creative precursor to Escape from Rikers Island, trafficking in many of the same themes and concepts: an urban island left to rot and ruin, overrun with supernatural savages (demons, not zombies), with a neo–hardboiled detective at the center of the action. Thanks for taking the time to share all that. I think that’s going to happen in 2019 — I genuinely do — and I’ll be posting my thoughts on that here before year’s end…. Didn't I didn't I You almost had me thinkin' You were turned around But everybody knows Almost doesn't count Almost heard you saying You were finally free What was always missing for you, baby You'd found it in me But you â¦ I don’t know — see the penultimate paragraph of the essay above for the odds on that. Producers: Guy Roche, Fred Jerkins III. Raw, natural talent But I never get discouraged by a “pass” (either a formally issued rejection letter or rejection by “no response”), because I want someone who absolutely loves my work, prioritizes it, and wants to be in business with me. Wendy, I was thinking of you all throughout the NLCS — which was, from start to finish, anyone’s Series, by the way! What does count expression mean? Many names you’d absolutely recognize from TV and movies are underserving, even untalented people; I’ve witnessed it firsthand (repeatedly), and I have credible friends who work at the lofty rungs of the television biz who will testify to the fact that a lot of showrunners are lazy no-talents who do none of the work and take all of the credit. I almost won the powerball. Worse still, so many of the things that directly inspired me to be a screenwriter, from Star Wars to superheroes, I eventually grew to disdain. And while I was halfway through writing my follow-up, the management company repping me shuttered. Play 10. BONE ORCHARD didn’t sell. And take it from this cynical idealist that there is real hope now for a fairer, cleaner, more equitable world — the 21st century we deserve — but it will mean systemically reforming our economic policies, our justice system, our extractivist practices, and our consumerist mindset/habits. It’s a condition called confidence without competence. https://www.lyrics.com/lyric/12191034/Brandy. Failure sucks, and it’s gonna happen way more often to you than success, and maybe that’s something we should be more comfortable discussing openly. You know, a few years ago, I started working with a physical trainer, who was not only a cool guy, but he was actually a great teacher (a rare skill in its own right). I would also second your observation about failure’s utility in our journeys of self-discovery and personal growth: We don’t really know who we are until we’ve fallen down. 4. I can live with either outcome, because I’d rather have no advocate in my corner than the wrong advocate. That’s who I want to find, and if they’re not out there, then they’re not out there; better to accept that than sign with the wrong partners. Play Song. But I’m glad you posted it here — thank you. The bonds formed during the enthusiasm of our twenties and strengthened by the determination of our thirties were finally severed, it would seem, by the cutting disillusionments of middle age. Dam right, I would. From the cruel cruel world. Mar 22, 2015 Ratings: +16,568 / 844 / -1,160. by Brandy. (And that Teddy Roosevelt was himself a committed conservationist — who helped protect the Palisades — makes those words all the more personally encouraging.). The way most other industries work is that you formally study/train for them, you apprentice in them for a while (whether that’s done as a residency if you want to be a doctor or on a farm team if you want to be a ballplayer), and if you put in your time and earn your certifications, eventually you’ll get where you’re going. Meaning: Don’t compare your physique with the guy at the next station; compare it instead with the pictures you took of yourself in front of the bathroom mirror last month. Within a year or two, I’d established a circle of friends and colleagues, all in our twenties, who were collaborating on “portfolio projects.” I was editing by day and writing by night, hoping to network my way to new representation—an objective that would, to my slowly percolating astonishment, take another half-dozen years to realize. I look stinking rich to much of the world’s population, a king. A fellow environmentalist recently said something interesting to me: He thinks the reason the Trumpublicans shift immediately into aggression and/or anger when confronted with issues like income inequality, climate change, racial profiling — any of those hot-button political topics — is because buried somewhere in their secret heart, they hate themselves for selling out to an opportunistic, amoral pig like Trump. Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat. In the event you don’t keep track of these things, the Los Angeles Dodgers lost the World Series last month, four games to one, to the Boston Red Sox. Sometimes someone deserving — someone who’s “paid their dues” — gets that break, and sometimes those who haven’t sacrificed anything at the altar of Hollywood nonetheless fall into big-time careers; the latter happens a lot more often than folks may realize. And unlike, say, Trump, who, as John Oliver recently observed, “has failed upward for seventy-two straight years,” the former vice president knows from monumental setbacks. Would I like to be a writing sensation? Almost doesn't count. ... " is an Grammy-award nominated R&B ballad written by Shelly Peiken and Guy Roche for Brandy's second studio album Never Say Never. As a writer, both blogger and author, it’s a constant struggle even to get people who read and love my work to share it or write a review. We loved movies and comics; sports we simply had no use for. It’s pure misery and it’s counterproductive — even destructive — to a writer’s career. They warn you in school making it in Hollywood is difficult, but they never really explain how unfair it can be. As you and MJ put it, “I’m starting [and continuing] with the man in the mirror.”. I was in my early twenties when I signed with my first manager, my early thirties before I found my second. On average, most aspirants last a year out here before folding up their tents, before deciding life’s too precious to squander in L.A. on an impossible dream. 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