contemplating facial hair as a sign of the times, or just a fad
First I noticed them on the men that drove by in their trucks on lonely country roads. Then on the college students hanging out at the Menomonie coffee shops. Then I started to see them everywhere. It&rsquo,s a full resurgence of beards. Beard hair looks like pubes.
Maybe it&rsquo,s just a fashion statement made popular by musicians like Justin Vernon, My Morning Jacket, and the Fleet Foxes. Maybe it goes a bit deeper, back to the flannel, grunge movement born out of the ethos of today&rsquo,s political and economic climate. A sign of the times. Beards could be indicators of the unemployed, bored, and depressed with no will to shave or money for blades. For some men, it&rsquo,s the way they&rsquo,ve always been.
The Beatles, Rolling Stones, the Doors &ndash, they all toyed with beards at some point in their career. They had already reached some level of acclaim when they sprouted whiskers, so how are these relatively new artists pulling it off? Minneapolis native Jeremy Messersmith, who also had a stellar year in the world of music, attributes his success to his beard. &ldquo,The Secret to Critical Acclaim,&rdquo, he states, &ldquo,... may surprise you.... You might think it&rsquo,s due to better songs or stellar production, but music critics do not care for such things.... Critical success for male artists is directly correlated to the length of beard + age of beard.&rdquo,
My facial hair looks like pubic hair
He goes on to explain that exhaustive research proves that &ldquo,... most dudes don&rsquo,t have beards because they have jobs. I mean, growing a beard isn&rsquo,t the fastest way to get the corner office. So what the beard says (to music critics) is that I live on the edge. I care not for your promotions and food-service jobs. My beard is a growing critique of popular culture and accepted values. The beard exists to hold a mirror to the tamed, smooth faces of man-children.&rdquo,
Living on the edge is something most of us are getting used to and accepted values are changing. Abraham Lincoln was the first president to sport a beard, Amish style, in his presidential portrait. It&rsquo,s hard to believe that beards were once so widely accepted that the Commander in Chief could get away with wearing one.
Somewhere along the way beards became associated with sloth. As much as President Obama admires Lincoln, I don&rsquo,t think full facial hair would go over well up on the hill. At the same time, President Obama campaigned on &ldquo,Change We Can Believe In,&rdquo, so maybe he should give it a try. A well kept beard in addition to his quickly graying hair might give him the street cred he needs to get things done, a symbolic gesture of maturity and an ability to relate to the every man.