Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Immortality


The city is alive and it never sleeps.  It lives, breathes and inhales dreams of newcomers.  Digesting and discarding as waste on the sidewalks, where the passersby gingerly skip over to avoid the stench of failure.

Six months back he was on Jimmy Kimmels’ show, eight million having watched him on YouTube singing Staying Alive in Bulgarian jive walking down Sunset Boulevard.   That landed him a gig in Celebrity Big Brother as an intruder.


In hindsight he should have never released a cover of Immortality in Ukrainian.  Only fifty views and here he was - a part of the crowd again. 
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Written for Friday Fictioneers. Word Count : 100


Immortality can be such a such a strange thing in this connected world.  I wrote and then realised I might have done a longer version that covered this subject before.  A Tall Tail might cover it.

26 comments :

  1. Them's the breaks, I guess. :(

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    1. I know Sandra, but who knows he could be back with a "gangnam style". Thanks for reading and commenting.

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  2. I like your description of the city. As for the rest, fame and fortune sometimes go that way (or maybe the opposite way.) The Ukrainian bit had me smiling.

    janet

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    1. Thanks Janet I am glad it made you smile.

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  3. Only 50 views.. I would guess 15 minutes have passed... Maybe it was not the Ukrainian that was the issue but what he covered...

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    1. Who knows what makes a viral video. After all 'Charlie bit my finger again' has 361,316,907 views.. Thanks for reading and commenting Björn.

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  4. Dear Subroto,

    You need an 's' at the end of 'skip'. Either that or make it 'passersby'

    There, that's out of the way.

    My husband still looks at Staying Alive as the Bee Gee's descent.

    I enjoyed your first paragraph. Apt description of all the stars who never rose.

    Nice one.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    1. Oops! Fixed it. Normal service resumes :-)
      You do know by now that I am a Bee Gees fan, it did start seriously but I wanted to put the absurd in there too. Thanks for your wonderful feedback as always.

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  5. Only as good as your last effort... so true and concise.

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    1. Thanks Leona I am glad you liked it.

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  6. Dear Subroto,

    Fifteen minutes is all anyone ever gets. He got farther than most. Now it's back to the drawing board.

    Good tale that illustrates all.

    Aloha,

    Doug

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    1. True, though it does seem that it does not take much talent to 'break the internet'. Thanks for your comments Doug.

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  7. Yep, that's the nature of Hollywood and show business, well depicted. I see the irony in the song "Immortality" though I'm not familiar with it.

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    1. Thanks Perry, I am glad you liked it. It's great that you picked up on the irony of the song's name, I did choose it deliberately.

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  8. Here's hoping he managed to try again!

    Cheers!
    MG

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    1. Thanks Marie Gail, who knows he just might get a gangnam style hit next year.

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  9. They come and the go...

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    1. Thanks for commenting Dawn, that is so true, unfortunately some stay like the Kard.....

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  10. Great description of the city and its values, and of the roller coaster ride those who pursue fame must be ready for.

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    1. Thanks Margaret I am glad you liked it.

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  11. Thanks for the link - having had to switch off, I can see what a cover of that particular number might send our career dive bombing. Loved the 'Digesting and discarding...' - such an apt description.

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    1. Thanks Sarah, I am glad you liked it.

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  12. The worst part of the success is it's flighty....

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    1. That's so true. Thanks for commenting Pankti.

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  13. Powerful writing, Subroto. You keep rocking with just 100 words. Perhaps great writing doesn't need even that many.

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    1. I'll take any compliment from you Umashankar. Thank you.

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