Vox LuxDVD - 2019
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Celeste was born in America in 1986. Considering her parents' background, education, and socioeconomic status, being somewhat on the losing side of Reaganomics, the name of Latin origin seemed an especially poetic choice. It carved her out some predetermined destination, a route which to travel by. And many years before "Celeste" rolled off the cultural tongue like a principled anecdote one senses they were born knowing, she might not have been described as all that special or conspicuously talented. However, she did possess that proverbial "something," which on occasion captured the attention of her teachers and young peers. Despite what naysayers later perceived of her ingenuity, she was actually a very savvy businesswoman. In the beginning, she was kind and full of grace, and at least she wrote her own lyrics. No one could take that away from her. She would be 13 going on 14 years old in the year 2000, the dawn of the new millennium.
When we weren't paying attention, everyone got together and they voted
that traditions of the past are ugly. The past reeks too much of ugly old people and death. So Mama's got to stay fresh.
You know, I'm pretty sure that every year my videos keep getting worse and worse, but they're doing better and better.
I'm sorry to rag on Aunt Ellie. I know she's doing her best. It's just, I'm having a shxt day, and I'm taking it out on her.
-Better her than me.
I never take it out on you. Okay. I don't, do I? Ah, God! Well, if I do, I don't mean to. I'm sor...
There's no money in music anymore. It's all branded content or virtual reality, reality TV. I mean, I do a voice for a video game character, for Christ sakes, and I make more money in an afternoon than I do all year on tour.
I got a lot of people to pay... more people than you can imagine. It's a full-time job. It's like I'm connected to the whole world all the time, and I can hear everyone in my head.
Why did he leave you?
- Who said he left me?
- Well, he didn't. We left each other. Because when you love something, you give it away.
Is he seeing someone else?
- Is that what you read?
Yeah. Said he started dating some rich girl.
- I don't know. That's not what he told me. But I bet it's just a fling. I mean, I've had flings I wouldn't want anyone to judge my character by.
Now people will try and sell you anything... a TV monitor that plain as day looks like shxt, but they tout it as "ultra mega triple hi-def" whatever. Their business model relies on their customer's unshakable stupidity. And deep down, we probably sense that... their intimate knowledge of our commitment
to the lowest common denominator. It's the official manifestation of the increasingly important urge to break with every living thing that has some connection to the past.
I guess that it's because they don't like that I'm a woman or maybe they don't like that I'm a successful woman. Maybe they don't like that I had a kid when I was a kid. Maybe they think I'm a floozy. But maybe you guys think that too. I mean, the way I've chosen to live my life goes against some people's views about things.
You can say whatever you'd want. In this day and age, who'd care?
-Oh, she's up in my room taking a pregnancy test, 'cause apparently you're so fxcking incompetent you let her get fzcked by some hick from town.
- Unless she inherited my bad luck, probably not. But I wanted her to feel the
unease of waiting for that result, because a parent, or a legal guardian, disciplines their kid, they don't just hang out.
You're not here for them. You're here for your fans. And tonight will be the greatest night of their lives.
I used to be treated like I was a hero, and then they start talking about me like I'm trailer trash. But that's what this show is about. It's about rebirth.
Listen, there are three classifications of gunshot wounds to the spine. I'm type three, which means that the bullet is lodged in my inter-vertebral disc space.
Now, type-three injuries are further subdivided into, a) spinal injury without perforation of abdominal viscera; and b) spinal lesions with perforation of abdominal organs. Now, thankfully, I'm type A, but it's no secret that I'm on meds for my injury,
...my dad always says, "Never postpone joy,"
Uh, you know, it just got me thinking, do you feel that there has been a shift in the culture where nihilist radical groups like this are increasingly keen on being perceived as superstars themselves? I mean, who cares? I was hesitant to even make a statement today, because all these ultra-violent thugs want is to make headlines. I mean, if everyone stopped paying attention to them, they'd cease to exist.
Celeste had been led here by example, making loose proclamations akin to those made en vogue by the government officials and public representatives
of her era. She was frightened and wanted to hide, but before leaving the stage, she would tangentially exclaim, "I got more number-one hits than an AK-47's standard 30-round magazine."
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