First of all, how lovely is that song right there? So lovely, right? Fiona Apple.
But hey, in addition to singing lovely songs, did you know that she is also a lovely person? Because she is. Come, let me tell you a story.
Way back in 2000, Fiona Apple did a concert. After the concert, a 16-year-old named Bill Magee had a brief chance to interact with Fiona. He had written a note for her, asking if she could maybe write a little something for him, because his high school’s Gay Straight Alliance needed a little support.
Here’s what Fiona Apple wrote in response:
I got your letter a few days ago, but this is the first chance I’ve had to sit down and write (it’s my day off)
Of course, I’d love to help – sign me up. As far as a few sentences go, here’s what I’ve got – I hope it’s OK:
It’s hard to conjure up some new profound way of commenting on this issue – I’m so tired of it being an issue at all, and I suppose I’m lucky, because I see the truth so clearly. All I know I want my friends to be good people, and when my friends fall in love, I want them to fall in love with other good people. How can you go wrong with two people in love? If a good boy loves a good girl, good. If a good boy loves another good boy, good. And if a good girl loves the goodness in good boys and good girls, then all you have is more goodness, and goodness has nothing to do with sexual orientation. A person who loves is a righteous person, and if someone has the ability and desire to show love to another – to someone willing to receive it, then for goodness’ sake, let them do it. Hate has no place in the equation; there is no function for it to perform. Love is love, and there will never be too much.
And there you have it, your daily sob fest, this time courtesy of Fiona Apple and her beautiful, beautiful words.
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Thanks for this, Em. Beautiful.