This Girl's Voice

Thursday, May 22, 2003  

••Celebrity cyber-shoulder-rubbing••

This morning i typed "May 22" into Google and discovered i share the same birthday with British actor Sir Laurence Olivier, American impressionist artist Mary Cassatt, German composer Richard Wagner and finally, with the very first lyricist i really listened to and who was ultimately influential in steering me away from becoming solely a musician, and instead focusing on discovering the world at large and my own inner world as a songwriter which in turn, opened me up as an artist: Elton's creative other half, lyricist Bernie Taupin, who wrote all those great lyrics, particularly on all those early Elton records like Tumbleweed Connection and Madman Across The Water. Well, hey, that's pretty nice company.

Then again -- and Clive, you'll love this -- i also discovered that May 22 is also the birthdate for Paul Winfield, that very theatrical actor who voices those dry-drawled narrations about sleezy small-time crimes in sleepy small towns on A&E's City Confidential that always open with something like:

In a hamlet near Scottsboro, Alabama, Reverend Summerford was head preacher at the Church of Jesus with Signs Following, a congregation of snake handlers. Prone to heavy drinking and enraged by his wife's infidelities, in 1991 Summerford forced her to plunge her arm into a cage of rattlesnakes, then write a suicide note. Unfortunately for her husband, she lived.

Between the copy and Winfield's read -- which i find both annoying and rivetting at the same time -- i'll admit that i somehow inevitably find myself stopping to watch yet another episode of that nutty little "crime" show. So, O.K. Winfield, you can be part of our exclusive little Gemini club.

Feeling a little heady with all that celebrity shoulder-rubbing -- at least in the virtual world, i immediately headed off to CelebrityMatch.com eager to discover which celebrity i was most compatible with and typed my birthdate into their "show best matches" category: the good news is that i have a 98% compatibility rating with none other than Mr. Big -- Chris Noth, from Sex and the City.

The not-so-good news is that my compatibility with Mr. Big was beaten out by an even closer-to-perfect score of 99% by...... Bush Administration Court Comedian -- Drew Carey.

posted by voxpopgirl | 5/22/2003