The Norman Transcript

Columns

July 30, 2013

No, Beyonce, you just do the singing

NORMAN — I was busy trying to avoid work when I came across a story that compelled me to write.

It’s not as easy to avoid work as you might think. Oh sure, to the untrained eye screwing around on the computer checking baseball news, looking for Twitter posts that make me laugh or reading another story about Congress voting to repeal “everything that has ever been done in the history of history that we don’t like” might look easy.

It’s not.

What happens is this: I’ll be reading The Washington Post online, for example (Motto: Hey, remember us? We did those Watergate stories!), instead of working when all of a sudden I come across a story that makes me think for a second and the next thing you know I’m thinking about writing a column, which for me is actually working.

Granted, I’m not working in the sense that the folks who built the pyramids worked, but in my own way I am working.

On Thursday I was reading a story about politics when I saw this headline: “Beyonce yells at fan mid-concert: ‘Put that damn camera down!’” And the next thing I knew I was working.

I don’t know much about Beyonce other than the fact that the accent in her name belongs on the last syllable so it’s pronounced “Be-on-SAY.” I know this because I once pronounced it “BEE-ON-say” and my daughter laughed until she cried.

Anyway, Beyonce is a performer whose songs I’ve never heard of and probably wouldn’t like even if I had, which is OK, because I don’t think she is trying to sell concert tickets to middle-age newspaper columnists.

Call it a hunch.

According to the story, Beyonce is a “notoriously controlling star.” I don’t know Beyonce so I don’t know if that’s true, but even if she is, I don’t have a problem with that. Maybe the reason she’s a star is because she is notoriously controlling.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Columns
  • Hero of Haarlem … for common good

    “Trudging stoutly along by the canal,” as the story goes, the 8-year-old son of a Dutch sluicer was returning home from delivering cakes to a blind man. Humming as he passed the dikes, he noticed that recent rains had made his father’s job ...

    April 22, 2014

  • Hate without end

    The news that a former grand dragon of the Ku Klux Klan is suspected of shooting and killing three people near Jewish community centers in Kansas seems at first glance like a disparaged past flaring briefly into the present. Americans like ...

    April 21, 2014

  • Don’t let moderation confuse you

    Jeb Bush’s recent compassionate comments on immigration show how far apart he is from the far right of the Republican Party....

    April 20, 2014

  • Priest’s execution should spur action

    In the hierarchy of saints, martyrs are on the highest rung of the celestial ladder, at least for me....

    April 20, 2014

  • Settlers found opportunities in red dirt fields

    There are few constants in families where the teenagers and soon-to-be teenagers outnumber their parents. One things holds true at my home: Nobody gets out of bed in the morning before dear old Dad....

    April 20, 2014

  • NRA members need to step up

    Please, Mr. Bloomberg, leave the checkbook open, but step away from the podium. Your efforts to curb gun violence and improve safety are notable. The National Rifle Association thanks you....

    April 19, 2014

  • First, do no harm — to your bank account

    After being sued by the Wall Street Journal, the government finally released its Medicare reimbursement data last week. It included the less-than-stunning revelation that 28 of the 100 doctors who received the largest payments in 2012 were ...

    April 15, 2014

  • Reading between the lines

    Reading is such an improbable idea — a miracle, really. Yet simple squiggles on a page, arranged just so, can convey ideas that change the way we think or introduce to us characters we love for a lifetime. In celebration of reading — and ...

    April 15, 2014

  • CCFI tackling area’s child abuse problem

    Editor, The Transcript: To those of you who are reading this editorial, I assume you care or at least are entertained by the opinions of others. It is my hope and desire that when you read this editorial, you will care about the facts. ...

    April 12, 2014

  • Does Oklahoma need advice from Texas?

    Does Texas have a lock on “brilliant minds”? The names of Texans like Congressman Louie Gomert, Sen. Ted Cruz and that other guy ... I can’t think of his name ... oh yeah, Rick Perry come to mind very quickly. Add to that infamous list ...

    April 12, 2014