My Cher review wasn't a one off. I've got the second one semi-written in my head. (An e-mail came in and I want to open with that one. When you read it, you'll see why.) I want to do three more Cher reviews. So there are those 3 plus the one I want to write this week (not on Cher) and I'm also toying with another review. So that could mean five more reviews.
Here's my output thus far for the year:
- Cher's 60s recordings
- Melanie's Crazy Love
- Sarah McLachlan's Laws of Illusions
- Tom Petty & Heartbrakers forgot to write some songs
- Kate Nash
- Jakob Dylan
- Natalie Merchant
- Torch singer Sade
- Joanna Newsom's triumph
- The decade in music
So I should be doing 14 or 15 pieces before the year's done. Then I'll do my year-in-review at the start of next year. After that, I don't know because we'll have to see if C.I. will commit to 6 more months of TCI. If so, I'll keep writing reviews.
But I do know she's tired. I don't blame her on that. She does three entries a day during the week (four on Thursday), one on Sunday and two on Saturday. She's been doing this since November 2004 and has never missed a day. She's never had a day off, forget a week off. And that's not counting when I've gone on vacation and she's filled in for me or she's filled for a vacationing Rebecca. Or the fact that every Sunday since January 2005 she and Ava have been writing a TV commentary -- as well as contributing to other pieces at Third. [By the way, "TV: We need to discuss your major" is their latest and it's set a one-week record for most e-mails Ty told me Friday morning on the phone. It's huge.]
She wanted to shut it down on November 2008 and had announced that in the summer of 2005. She knew the Iraq War -- in the summer of 2005 -- would still be going on after the November 2008 elections. But she was tired back then. When November 2008 rolled around, she agreed to extend by six month periods. She just can't commit to a year. So in July she committed to six more months and we'll see what happens in the new year.
When we were in London this summer, she stuck to the exact same schedule. Now I did as well but I do one post a day. And not a long one, right? So it wasn't a problem with the time difference. In fact, I was still adjusting when we left. But if she had her way, she'd be in London (where her boyfriend is) or sometimes she and Ava joke about spending a few months in France, on the beaches in the winter.
And C.I., Ava, Wally and I are on the road talking about Iraq, remember that too. She's been doing that since February 2003. So you know she's tired of that.
But there's a feeling that if she walks away, Iraq loses even more focus. So she keeps on confronting the Obama lies the same way she did the Bush lies. And it is exhausting. (Although more people have finally awakened to the reality of Barack.)
It really amazes me what she's done and, honestly, makes me proud. I couldn't do it. But how f**king great is it that she's doing it? Find a stronger woman online. There aren't any. They all implode. She's done it. Six years now, she's done it. She's been savaged, she's been attacked and she just keeps going.
I know a lot of female bloggers who gave up. Threats and other crap. And I don't blame them. But the fact of the matter is for all the efforts to keep the online world a Boys Club, they haven't been able to do away with C.I. They've tried. They've attacked her and threatened her. But she just keeps going. And she is this amazingly strong voice. There's no one like her online. She's just amazing and to be able to say that about an online voice and for that voice to a woman's voice? That's so empowering and that's so inspiring.
Closing with C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"