Fiona Apple is, all of a sudden, back in the limelight after a few quiet years. I heartily approve of this, because I still sometimes listen to "Criminal" on repeat when I want to feel "dangerous." (Oh, middle school.) First she had those amazing shows at SXSW — it had been five years since she'd performed outside of L.A. — and now she's getting some well deserved kudos for a kind act she did all the way back in 2000. That was when a then sixteen-year-old Bill Magee met Apple outside of a concert and handed her a letter asking if she would write a sentence or two in support of his high school's gay-straight alliance.
Because Fiona Apple is awesome, Magee received this letter via FedEx a few days after the show:
And here's the full text of the letter, for those of you who can't read her handwriting (which is actually quite nice):
I got your letter a few days ago, but this is the first chance I’ve had to sit down and write (it’s my day off)
Of course, I’d love to help — sign me up. As far as a few sentences go, here’s what I’ve got — I hope it’s OK:
It’s hard to conjure up some new profound way of commenting on this issue — I’m so tired of it being an issue at all, and I suppose I’m lucky, because I see the truth so clearly. All I know I want my friends to be good people, and when my friends fall in love, I want them to fall in love with other good people. How can you go wrong with two people in love? If a good boy loves a good girl, good. If a good boy loves another good boy, good. And if a good girl loves the goodness in good boys and good girls, then all you have is more goodness, and goodness has nothing to do with sexual orientation. A person who loves is a righteous person, and if someone has the ability and desire to show love another — to someone willing to receive it, then for goodness’ sake, let them do it. Hate has no place in the equation; there is no function for it to perform. Love is love, and there will never be too much.
As a former sixteen-year old and a former president of a high-school GSA, let me say that something like this would have basically made my life. (Bill agrees with that assessment.) Hopefully Apple's hot streak will continue when her next album, The Idler Wheel, which actually has a twenty-three-word-long title, drops in June.