Oh, I can’t help it. I love a good ‘living well is the best revenge’ story and when the Dixie Chicks won five Grammys last night that was sweeeet.
Everyone knows the story. In 2003 The Dixie Chicks said something bad about US President George Bush at a concert (these fifteen words: “Just so you know, we’re ashamed the President of the United States is from Texas”) and America and much of the world hit them with a vengeance. Country music dumped them, death threats were made, people boycotted buying their albums or concert tickets, and things were just generally rotten for them.
Now, in 2007, the Dixie Chicks win five Grammy Awards including Record of the Year and Album of the Year, and this for the CD that basically threw it back in the faces of the people who attacked them. The Chicks’ music told us that they were not ready to make nice about the whole affair and addressed their critics with lines like:
“It’s a sad sad story
That a mother will teach her daughter
that she ought to hate a perfect stranger.
And how in the world
Can the words that I said
Send somebody so over the edge
That they’d write me a letter
Saying that I better shut up and sing
Or my life will be over”.
Finally, they get rewarded for speaking (or singing) the truth. You just have to love a story as satisfying as that.