Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Because the man sits on the edge of his funny-looking chair and, with absorbing intensity, with a giant, declarative heart, believes in those who are singing.
Because when they do what he claims he cannot do as a performer, when they hit notes that he says are beyond him, when they have what he calls a God-given talent, he is genuine and never envious in his appreciation. He speaks with awe.
Because when they move him, he tells them why, he tells them how.
Because how often do we get to see mentors who step aside to make room for others, coaches who do not boast of their own influence, artists who believe there will always be more room for artists and who do not fear talent greater than their own?
Arrogance is insulating. Selfishness is a form of rot. Cee Lo Green (and Blake Shelton, too) step aside to make room for others. When they do, we see how large they are.