Last night, while cruising Best Buy looking for a phone and a new Me First CD, I saw something called “The Best of Don McLean“.
I thought to myself, “Hmm, they wouldn’t sell a blank CD, would they?” I picked it up, and sure enough, there were 10 songs on there. I didn’t know that guy made more than one song! Track 1 on the CD is American Pie – that anthem of nonsense and random ramblings having something to do with the deaths of several musicians and a ton of other stuff. But I’d never heard of any of the other songs on the CD.
I started wondering – if American Pie is his best, and these other nine songs are among his best, does that make them good, or simply not horrible?
I don’t know about you, but I haven’t seen very many good things that have their goodness certified. Typically, you’ll get a personal recommendation from an aquaintance on the goodness of something, but a testimonial is not nearly the equal of a certification. I’ve had plenty of people tell me that something is the greatest thing ever, only to discover first-hand that it totally sucks. Pizza with pesto, for instance, or any show with John Ritter.
Speaking of whom, we have a new hire here, who looks like John Ritter, cast as a bum. He’s in QA. Will his goodness be certified?