...therefore any opinion I have on anything music based is invalid. At least according to a lot of people with very small minds and their own insecurity issues.
I'm not going to lie and say that I am conservative or quiet in my opinions because that is just not true (and my friends will read this and call me on it so I don't need that). But I am very selective when I make less than complimentary public opinions about musicians, artists of any kind, of musical events. For some reason when I do this, there is always at least one person (if not more) that decides to throw the "you just feel this way because you're Oscar Peterson's daughter" card into the mix. What? I'm sorry. Say again? "Well you know that this doesn't have anything to do with Oscar?" Yes. Yes I do. I didn't bring him up. Actually, YOU did. "No one can touch his legacy so you have nothing to worry about." THANKS. I didn't know that. Just kidding. I did. And I wasn't worried.
So. A few things here. The first being that everyone is entitled to their opinion. So INVALIDATING mine because of my last name makes you an ass. Even if my opinion was tainted, it would still be a valid opinion. That is the beauty of the word. ACTUALLY, here - allow me to help out anyone who is confused:
So. There's that. Next, I find it absolutely hilarious that any single person at any point in my existence would ever feel the need to tell me that no one can touch my Dad's legacy (or any combination of words that have the same meaning). Newsflash: I KNOW. I knew that years ago, and it will be true for years to come. So that settles that. But what that doesn't settle is the fact that people with brains smaller than an edamame bean seem to think that every time I have a less than complimentary opinion of an artist, or a musical event, that secretly I am just worried about my Dad's legacy being threatened.
Now that I've recovered from that laughter, let's really think about this. What does it actually say about the fact that someone would tell me I am being over-sensitive about a musical situation because of my background? That tells me that YOU, the person in question, are being over-sensitive because of MY background. When someone feels the need to list off my Dad's accomplishments to me like I don't already know, it makes it hard for me to keep a straight face. Sometimes I do just start laughing! *see above*
I do understand that there are a lot of people out there who have unrealistic opinions or get angry very easily because they feel their accomplished loved ones are not being recognized in ways they should. That is not and never will be the case for me. When I see an artist get deserved recognition, my happiness is genuine. When I feel there was a better choice, I vocalize it. But I promise you, Dad has nothing to do with it. When I make a comment about a musical event that has nothing to do with Dad, and you don't necessarily agree with my opinion, do not bring him up. It has nothing to do with him (as some would probably tell me), so leave him out of it. Just say you disagree with me. We are allowed to disagree with each other. That is one of the nice things about being an adult. I can disagree with someone and still live my life. I wish others had that same ability.
So to sum up:
Be kind to one another, people!