Natalie Imbruglia singing Torn
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Torn. Ballsier than the usual pop star, what this lady did was pretty impressive, at least in my book. She pulled up her big girl pants and moved to one of the scariest places on earth ' Los Angeles, California. Can it be L.A. is the one place that truly understands the price of fame? Perhaps. Or maybe it's the last stop before you fall off the mountain.
Having grown up in show business myself, it's not hard to imagine the attention she received for her talents could have started to wear. The "business of the business" has a way of commodifying an artistic person until you hardly recognize them anymore. When I watched Natalie walk around in a tutu and leather boots in a 2009 video for her chipper song "Wild About It," I thought to myself, "This woman is way too cool for this. C'mon, people." On her website there are outtakes that show her having a conversation with a beach ball and a sofa cushion. Really? She is sweet and good-natured throughout but it left me feeling as if I was watching a nice woman forced into a bad situation and making the best of it. While focusing on her looks is not a crime, it sure seems like her business partners aren't listening enough to her music.
She has admitted to suffering from chronic depression, but honestly, who is show business hasn't? Selling your self for your art is not for sissies. However each song I listened to made me feel this woman is trapped by her beauty ' an image which may be nice for us to look at but maybe not so nice for her as a struggling singer/songwriter. In an interview with Australian magazine, Grazia, she admitted, "I can't deal with being called beautiful."
Here is a selection from some of her lyrics, which suggest that she might be having a harder time of it than she lets on.
- Been a long time
But I had it coming
Visitation is leaving me with nothing'
I've wanted you all along
And you couldn't hear me call
Keep me backed up
In this corner
And now I'm gone.
From the 2005 song I Won't Be Lost:
- Smiling like a billionaire,
Hoping you were unaware,
The walls inside were caving in.
My world had come apart again.
Don't let it show.
Don't let them know that I wouldn't be very strong without you.
Don't you give up on me.
From the 2001 song Beauty on the Fire:
- Here it comes again.
Cannot out run my desire.
Cover my descent.
And throw the Beauty on the fire.
She's clearly no amateur, nor a stranger to the importance of helping others, but perhaps her most powerful contribution has been for Peta in its fight against the international fur trade. Her gentle voice narrates this powerful video that show some of the more gruesome methods used to trap, kill and skin animals, and not always in that order. (Warning: very disturbing scenes of animal torture are shown in this video.) It is not for the faint of heart. After viewing it, I doubt you will ever wear another piece of fur again.
I am really glad I saw this, but is it too far a stretch to guess she might relate to these animals? Trapped in the cage of fame, wanted mainly for her exterior? If so, we should all think about what we are doing to one another, both man and animal, on this crazy messed up planet. I hope she is careful in Los Angeles and chooses her friends cautiously. She seems to be a rare and talented woman who deserves the compassion and protection she so generously extends to others.
Cady Mcclain, Contributing Writer: Cady McClain is a two-time Emmy award winner for her roles on “All My Children” and “As The World Turns” and has also worked for 30 years in film, television, and theater. Her last three Indie movies won the GI Film Festival, the Austin Film Festival and Spain’s Sitgis Film Fest (more...)