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I'm 24 years old and am a fan of R.E.M. since 1991. My question is, what would you advise for me if I asked you , how could I be a person, like Michael . No, not like him, but someone that is appreciated in the whole world. I mean which personal caracteristics should I have? I always think about it, but the answer I find is always the same: don't wanna be like him! find yourself! I like their music but when I read an interview with Michael, I really don't know, what is so special on him . He can't even say, why he had written this or that. I used to write poems and they are also a little bit strange, but I always know, why I wrote it. Don't think I'm cynic, R.E.M.'s music is my life,but I think they shouldn't just play with words.

-- (tigermeli@hotmail.com), August 18, 2000


in my opinion,its the simple fact that michael stipe can write a song,about a certain situation that he may not have experienced 1st hand,and yet it sounds so personal and touches millions.yeah,hes sexy,funny,whatever...but its the fact that he has his priorities in check that matters.maybe he knows hes great,but he has remained so humbe and enigmatic its amazing.he uses his fame to raise awareness about important issues,he stays out of the drug scene,not to mention the limelight.people feel that they know him,and can trust him,but yet have never met him.he is the voice of a generation..........

-- ms.Stipe (unit@indigo.ie), August 18, 2000.

in my eyes he will always be the perfect rolemodel and its because hes NOT pefect and doesnt claim to be that people wnat to be like him.of corse its better to be yourself,but i think taking a few tips from the guy would do alot of people the world of good!!

-- ms.Stipe (unit@indigo.ie), August 18, 2000.

I've got to be honest I've got the utmost respect for Michael and he is the type of role model everybody should have, but I still wouldn't like to be him I'm happy being me and doing what I do but we should still take a few pages from his book and try to do the good things that he has achieved even if its as small as an atom or as large as the earth we should all try to be the type of person Michael is

-- D.j. Nugent (lotus85@another.com), August 18, 2000.


-- ms.Stipe (unit@indigo.ie), August 18, 2000.

when writing a song, sometimes NOT knowing what your writing makes it all the more moving. think of it this way... if the writer does not know what they are actually writing about, the song can touch so many more people, because they all have their different opinions of what the song is about, and its probably a good thing. does that make sense?????

-- jen (not@tellingyou.com), August 18, 2000.

yep,it does....

-- ms.Stipe (unit@indigo.ie), August 18, 2000.

Are you so unhappy being you? yup its nice to be inspired by someone but would you want to be them? Maybe in some ways ,but being the person you are is what makes us the individuals we all are ,sameness would be boring. Thus is life,the differences are what make it what it is.Just be you with the extras you might wish for.The experiences you have had all count.

-- Bernie (bandsmc@hotmail.com), August 20, 2000.

I ment, that I can't believe he doesn't know why he wrote this or that as he used to say in interviews. He must know it but he doesn't want us to know it. When I write a poem sometimes I also don't know the reason,why... but at the end I always realise the reason. I think, it would be pretty interesting if Michael told once the truth. Don't you think so?

-- melinda (tigermeli@hotmail.com), August 21, 2000.

of corse he tells the truth....hes only human...we cant all be perfect like u...sometimes things happen,and dont make full sense until much later....give the guy a break...hes a songwriter,and an ARTIST.....not a liar......

-- ms.Stipe (unit@indigo.ie), August 21, 2000.

.....maybe he does have certain reasons 4 writing a song,but he is letting the world hear these lyrics,and letting THEM decide what the meaning is....thats the beauty of words and lyrics....be more open minded...and learn to interpret things for urself....it works way better.set ideas suck.michael stipe is giving u a chance to do that by writing his amazing lyrics.....be a bit more thankful!!!

-- ms.Stipe (unit@indigo.ie), August 21, 2000.

did that all sound a bit too harsh....sorry if it did,but im standing by it...

-- ms.Stipe (unit@indigo.ie), August 21, 2000.

then maybe michael hasn't realised why he wrote the stuff he has yet...

-- jen (not@tellingyou.com), August 21, 2000.

I know you have heard this before but really it is the right answer. What made the beattles so famous? What made the Carpenters? What made queen so great? What makes R.E.M the best band EVER!!! well one answer for sure is that they are unique and different in their own way. Look at them for inspiration, but don't copy. Trying to be like someone is simply following their path in life (straying from the question here!) but i suppose its a lesson for us all. Take your own road in life and make it unique and different.

-- Craig (The_sas_man@btinternet.com), August 21, 2000.

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