It is your resident She Says adviser, Robyn here. Welcome to our new segment! That’s right! We are calling it Learning Things The Hard Way. Skippy and I are going to take stories from the media (local and otherwise), as well as your submissions of lessons learned in life. So, what is the perfect topic to introduce you to our new content? Why, the fuss over Idina Menzel’s New Year’s eve flub, that’s what! Didja miss it? Are you living under a rock? Skippy must be, because he had no idea what I was talking about.
So, it goes a little something like this (for those of you who have found a quiet place to call home under said rock): Idina Menzel, diva extraordinaire, with the voice like an angel. Better known to me as the Tony award winning actress for her portrayal of Elphaba (the Wicked Witch of the West) in Wicked on Broadway, but better known to the rest of the world as the voice of Elsa in Disney’s Frozen. Still confused? Sigh.
Here is a video to help:
Doesn’t she have a beautiful voice? I mean, she won a TONY!! Gotta love her. I mean that voice! So, she was, of course, asked to perform this song on the iconic Dick Clark’s New Years Eve in Time Square. And what better a song to ring in the New year? Let it go! Let the negativity of the last year go and embrace a new year with a positive attitude! At least…that’s what I got from it.
Anyway, Ms. Menzel starts belting her song at midnight, doing pretty well for a live performance… until the end. On the final high note of the song, she flubs it and rasps out something that would make your ears bleed. What happened then? The world exploded!
Not really. But the media did, Twitter did, Facebook did, etc, etc, etc. Idina Menzel missed the note? HOW DARE SHE! Lets make fun of her/attack her/humiliate her/talk about her constantly because we have nothing better to do!
I tried to find a video to show all of you what happened, but they seem to have all been erased because of a copyright whatever. Actually, I am glad that the video is not available to show you. Here is the thing: IT IS NOT A BIG DEAL!
You know what I love about live performances? They are live. There is more of a connection between an audience member and the performer when you are at a live show. There is an energy there that is unparallelled and, guess what? Sometimes mistakes happen. It is a beautiful glimpse of humanity. Do you know what is not a beautiful glimpse of humanity? The reaction to a simple mistake made by a person who is only human and just happens to be a celebrity.
This brings me to the lesson that was learned here. The price of fame is high, it demands perfection, it demands superhuman powers and it demands constant upkeep. Like the iconic song Hotel California by the Eagles professes; “you can check out any time you’d like, but you can never leave.”
Another lesson to learn here is that it is all in how you handle the situation. Idina Menzel tweeted about her mistake the day after it happened:
“There are about 3 million notes in a two-and-a-half-hour musical; being a perfectionist, it took me a long time to realize that if I’m hitting 75 percent of them, I’m succeeding. Performing isn’t only about the acrobatics and the high notes: It’s staying in the moment, connecting with the audience in an authentic way, and making yourself real to them through the music. I am more than the notes I hit, and that’s how I try to approach my life. You can’t get it all right all the time, but you can try your best. If you’ve done that, all that’s left is to accept your shortcomings and have the courage to try to overcome them.”
She is beyond eloquent and her words speak to all of us, applying to any endeavor. It is not easy being a celebrity but it also not easy to be, simply, human. We should remember that when we are so quick to scrutinize mistakes.
Some of you may know that I have a background in theatre so, I have to add this: I would bet cash-money that Kristin Chenoweth is having a bit of a gloat over this fiasco. Who is Kristin Chenowith? Why, she co-starred with Idena Menzel in Wicked and lost the Tony to her in 2004. But I digress.
The lesson learned here is one of humanity. It is OK to be human and make mistakes. It is all in how you handle the situation. Sometimes, to do what you dream, you have to take the risk, close your eye and leap. Life is full of consequences and Idina Menzel will sing on, whether you bash her on Twitter or not.
What do you think about Idina Menzel’s situation? Comment below and don’t forget to check back on Friday for another new-ish segment! You wont want to miss it!