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(Warning:  I wrote this over the course of three days…don’t ask.  Hope you enjoy the disjointed stream of Lori Mind Mode consciousness…)

I was going to recap the previous week of Idol since I unfortunately missed my post; but, who cares?  Casey got voted off and that really sucks.  C’est la vie…there can only be one winner, right?  So, I’ll spare you the details and move right along to this week.

Holy shit!!  I cannot believe what I just heard.  Durby (i.e. James Durbin) won the goosebump award.  When he sang, “Without You” while tears welled up in his eyes and spilled over in the end, I melted.  And as tone deaf as I am, I actually did hear the imperfections in the performance, but it didn’t matter.  That 30 Seconds To Mars song he sang was none too shabby, either.  Don’t tell Jared Leto (bandmember), but I liked Durby’s version better.  I also have to whisper this one…I think he actually might win (Shhh!).  Beyond excited!!

Conversely, I am in total disagreement with the judges take on the first song Haley performed last night.  It was an unreleased Lady Gaga song and I get their point; but, I loved it!!  And, then her performance of “House of the Rising Sun” (frankly, not one of my favorite songs) was amazing!!  She absolutely has to record that for her first album or iPod download.  J Lo was right when she said that song was never performed so well.  That, my friends, is why I give Haley top honors for last night!!  She took a risk and she rocked it out!!  I totally love her voice.  I wish I could growl like that…….ROAR!!!     You know, I have to give her the original naturability award too.  Regardless of your opinion about her voice, you have to admit…she is unique!

Two things I must mention about my utter delight over this week’s episode:

  • Each contestant sang 2 songs
  • SHERYL CROW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Next…I am going to toot my own horn by announcing that my prediction for this week was absolutely correct.  I told myself on Wednesday night that Jacob would be out and I was right!  I really did!  I know how convenient that may sound since I know the results while writing this; but I did call it!  So, now that I am feeling a bit cocky about my ability to foresee the future I am going to predict that the final two will be Durby  (of course), and wait for it…………..Haley.  We’ll see if I go two for two.

Now, Scotty and Lauren, if you are reading this as I am certain you probably are….no offense.  I think you both are perfectly wonderful.  You both sang two of my favorite ballads of all time…”Unchained Melody” and “You Were Always On My Mind”.  By the way, Scotty, I think I would have called it Willie’s version and not Elvis’…just saying!  Anyway, I am sticking to my guns:  James and Haley in the final two.

Now, let’s talk about Sheryl Crow for a minute.  I personally think she is one of the coolest performers of our time.  She started out as a music teacher .  She sang in a band at night and finally one day she just decided to throw caution to the wind and go for it.  One of her first gigs was none other than a McDonald’s jingle that she reportedly made $40,000 to sing.  At the time, that probably represented twice her annual salary as a teacher.

She then landed a job touring with Michael Jackson.  She has performed and written music for a very esteemed list of rock and roll legends that includes The Eagles, Mick Jagger, Eric Clapton, Kid Rock, Tina Turner, Stevie Wonder, & Stevie Nicks to name a few.

When she finally got a record deal, her first album (self titled) was scrapped by the record company.  She has endured controversy, publishing right disputes, a lifelong battle with depression, public break ups, breast cancer and is now a single mother to two toddler boys.  Talk about resilient!!   I have never seen her in concert; but, it is on my bucket list!!

Anyway, I simply have to put this one to bed, guys.   Three days is long enough, don’t you think?  I probably only worked on it for a grand total of 40 minutes if you add it all up; but it feels like an eternity.

Much Love!!

Lori

PS  Stay tuned for my Mother’s Day Post…

PPS  What is your favorite Sheryl Crow song?  Mine is  “My Favorite Mistake” with Eric Clapton on guitar

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Well, I am a little heartbroken today.  I just realized Casey got voted off last week from American Idol and I miss him already.  I know you are probably thinking that I have been under a rock or caught in some weird time warp and I suppose that is not far from the truth.  I simply had to choose some higher priority matters last week and I did not get my AI post done.  I am so sorry; but, I simply won’t burden you with any further excuses on the matter.  Let’s just say that I am a recovered “Excuse-a-holic”.   And, to be perfectly honest, I haven’t gone back to watch the full episode….but I will; and I will share the results combined with tonight’s results tomorrow.  Thanks for understanding.

Lately, I have been hearing and reading a lot about the struggle that people are having making the law of attraction work for them…to their benefit.  More and more fascinating scientific evidence is being shared every day to help people believe; but, I think people DO believe.  I just think they are having a hard time relating to the people that they watch, read or listen to.

You see, when I watch the experts talk in webinars, etc., they seem so….there.  Does that make sense?  I actually heard someone ask Bob Proctor if he ever has a bad day and he responded by saying that at this stage of the game he only has bad moments.  When the bad emotions rear their ugly heads, he is very proficient at shifting so they don’t last long.  Once upon a time in his life, he admits to having bad days, weeks, even months.  Through conscious effort, actions, results, and many years of practice, he has achieved mastery over his own mind and most importantly, his emotions.

For me, it feels a little like treading water.  I know that the effort to swim will get me to the shore.  I am fully aware that I can’t tread water forever or I will exhaust myself and drown.  And, I also know that once I reach the shore, when I stand on solid ground, it will feel effortless.  So, my advice to myself and those of you in this same “boat” is to move in the direction of the shoreline.   Oh, and when (or if) you stop along the way and become tempted to tread again, don’t.   Swimmmm…Forrest….swimmm!!!   (In case you don’t get it;I took that from the movie Forrest Gump, speaking of being under a rock ;))

You see all the coaches and mentors in the achievement business say it is perfectly normal and necessary to feel the resistance.   You just have to isolate the source of it, deal with it, and sidestep it.  Furthermore, remain focused on the end goal…what your life will look like and the emotions associated with achieving that life.  Write the description of it on paper, read it over out loud twice a day or as often as you need to.  Meditate over the thought of having it right now!!  Then, as the creative urges hit you, act on them without hesitation.  Take it from me, the hesitation will take you too far off course.  The fear and the insecurity that arise are normal too.  Just ask yourself, if I take this action, what is the worst thing that can happen?  I assure you it will not kill you; and outside of that, what is there to fear?  In your mind you may think failure…but the difference in the successful people in this world and the people who have achieved mediocre results is THE SUCCESSFUL PEOPLE HAVE FAILED MORE!!  And…they recover quickly; because, if success likes anything it is speed!!

Okay, time is up on this little self therapy session……See you later!!

Much Love!!

Lori

PS:  Do me a square….pause for a minute or two in silence today and focus your most positive energy in the direction of healing for everyone facing a life threatening disease or illness.  I feel strongly that if we do that regularly great things can happen!!

PPS:  I would love to hear how the law of attraction is working in your life; so, talk to me, please.  Oh, and raise your glass  to Navy SEAL Team Six for finally making a martyr out of Bin Laden!!

Idol Worship…It’s Getting Better & Better

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Was anybody else distracted by that flaming red lipstick on Steven Tyler’s face last night?  I just wanted to reach through the television screen and wipe it off.  For those of you that don’t know me, I don’t like lipstick…much to my Mother’s dismay.  I think it feels sticky and gooey on my lips and I don’t wear it…anymore.   Sure, back in my “vanity” heyday (the 80’s) I wore it and plenty of makeup and of course enough hairspray to choke a chicken; but several years back I gave it up.  Occasionally, in honor of my Mom and my Grandmother I’ll slap some on.  Whenever I do, my MaMa says, “Oh, you decided to wear make-up today.”  You’ve gotta love her!!

Okay, enough with the rambling.  Let’s get down to some serious Idol business, shall we?  I have to say I am having a harder and harder time choosing this year.  I don’t know if I am trapped inside some idealistic, hearts and flowers alternate universe; but these guys are consistently sounding great to me!!  Do you agree?  If you don’t, please don’t burst my bubble!

Anyway, at the risk of being repetitive ( again) I truly got goosebumps when Jacob sang “Dance with My Father Again”.  I think it probably had something to do with the poignant moment between Jacob and Jimmy Iovine when they discussed losing their fathers at a young age.   Boy is that Jimmy warm and fuzzy, or what (haha)?  I also have to give Jake props for keeping it together…did you notice the little hiccup in the beginning?  Don’t know if you agree; but I loved the performance and I love him.

I was totally awed by Casey’s performance last night.  I don’t know about you; but, I was very surprised by his voice last night.  He didn’t growl as much and I love the growl; but, I didn’t miss it.   He is one versatile dude.  The song he chose (Maroon 5 “Harder To Breathe”) sounded like it was written for him.  In my opinion, and here my opinion is the only one that matters…he wins the “Original Naturability” award hands down.  I mean he really has it all…talent, versatility, swagger, confidence……just blessed.  I love him!!  He is definitely the most unlikely sex symbol; yet, he is!!

And, you are not going to be surprised to hear my pick for Best Performance…….James Durbin.  I think I want to give him a nickname.  What about Durby?  I like it!  When he came out in that get up last night with the marching band, I was hooked.  He had me at hello…so to speak.  Those pants did remind me of the ones the Nazi army wore, though; but he pulled it off!  Then when he hit those falsettos in the chorus of that song…you know the part where he sang “They will not force us…..”.  Not many people can pull that off and hold it.  Amazing!!!!  Do you think a “metal” singer can win?  Hmmm…not sure; but I am hoping!!  (Are you starting to see what I mean about him sounding like Axl Rose from Guns ‘N Roses?)

I’m actually a little afraid to talk too much about Durby because I fear I may have cursed Pia and Paul.  I mean all along I predicted that Pia would win…she got voted off.  Then on the very week that I picked Paul as my favorite…he got voted off.  Here’s hoping it was a coincidence.  Looking at that word right now (coincidence) and it looks funny; but, spellcheck says it’s right so I’m leaving it.  Anyway, Idol lovers, isn’t the season flying by?  I’m already getting sad about the inevitable end.  And, why don’t they do more than one season a year?  Oh well, you know Simon’s “X Factor” is right around the corner.  Guess I’ll have to give it a shot.  Thanks for stopping by and please leave me a comment in the box below because I want to know your picks….promise me you will!!

Much Love!!

Lori

PS  I want to sincerely thank all of you for coming back!!  To date I have had over 7000 views on this site and I am just beginning this amazing journey that is going to lead me to great things and I am so happy to have you on the ride with me.  Don’t leave, because you know that I can use somebody…someone like you.

Idol Worship…So Long Paul!!

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Watching Idol last night was bittersweet for me.  I miss Pia!  Word has it, though, that Interscope records is already gearing up to work with her.  At this point, nothing has been confirmed; but, I suspect Jimmy Iovine will grab this shooting star while he can.  Wouldn’t it be cool if she had a single released while the Idol season was still running?  I know I am hoping for it.

I have to say I am a little torn on my picks today.  Here’s why….Lauren sang one of Laney’s absolute favorites…The Climb (Miley Cyrus).  As Randy would say, she slayed it!!  I love the song too.  I think the message is beyond inspiring.  Another thing I love about her is her emotion.  At any given moment, she looks like she could burst into tears and you can really hear that in her voice.  I’m sitting here listening to it back on YouTube and I can feel it!!  I think the way she phrased the chorus and the slight adjustment to the arrangement was brilliant!!!  She definitely gets my “Goosebump Award”.  Decisions, decisions…..

Now, Casey Abrams came sporting some huge cojones last night.  Jimmy nearly fell asleep watching him rehearse the song.  Will.i.am looked like he just smelled something really rank (Do you think Jimmy farted at that precise moment?).  I, in my own infinite musical wisdom, was also a little more than TERRIFIED about his song choice.  Guess what, we were wrong!!  I hate to admit this, and please don’t think badly of me for doing so; but, (engage whisper) I didn’t know the song :(.   I do now….and I love it!!  He is the hands down “Original Naturability” Award winner!!  Did you see the standing O?

Now, I am in a great pickle.  (Dill..I don’t like the sweet kind.)  Do I choose Laney’s aforementioned favorite?  No, I think I will just leave her with the GB…and honorable mention.

I  totally adored Paul last night.  Is it just me or does he remind you of a cross between Mick Jagger and Joe Cocker?  I don’t know what he is, but it makes me a whole lotta happy to watch him.  He has so much fun performing .   And I strongly believe Crest will be naming him as the next spokesperson for their White Strips.  Warning though, he has some fierce competition with my Dad and my sister.  They are teeth whitening addicts!!  Do you think they have a 12 step program for that?  Maybe I should ask Charlie Sheen..haha!  Anyway, Paul wins my vote for favorite performance.

Cut to Friday….I am afraid I have been caught up in the tyranny of the urgent this week…sorry.  Don’t leave me now, I promise to continue my frequent posting in the upcoming weeks.  But now, I am doubly sad :(.   Paul got voted off.  I will so miss his enthusiasm and uniqueness.  Oh, and those embroidered suits….do you think it would be appropriate for me to get one for my husband?  He is an Investment Advisor.  Let me know your thoughts on that and also enclose some links or suggestions about where to purchase one.  I (& Ed, of course) greatly appreciate it!!  Well, I must go for now; but, please visit often and don’t be shy…Speak Up!!

Much Love!!

Lori

PS  Filing an extension on the video thing….it is coming very soon!!  You simply must check in daily or you might miss it!!   Click here  to hear my favorite song choice from Wednesday.

Idol Worship….Has Anyone Ever Written Anything For YOU?

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Okay, last week was Motown…my first musical love and last night was Elton John!!!  In case you don’t remember, he is my selection for ‘tunes to take when stranded on a desert island’.  Those songs written by Bernie Taupin and Elton John just speak to me in a way that music is supposed to.  Before I get into the American Idol stats I want to first give you a little trivia on the pair.  Hope you don’t mind.  First off, did you know Elton’s real name is Reginald Kenneth Dwight?  He changed it to Elton Hercules John in homage to two of his co-members in Bluesology, Elton Dean and Long John Baldrey.  Bluesology served as a backing band for a number of R&B groups, most notably The Isley Brothers and Patti LaBelle.  He was known as Reggie.  Patti LaBelle still refers to him that way.  Of course, now he is Sir Elton Hercules John.  He was knighted by the queen on February 24, 1998.  He also resides part time in Atlanta, GA!!  We Georgia natives love that fact!!

I heard Elton in an interview once when he appeared on “Inside the Actors Studio” with James Lipton on BravoTV (aka best network on TV).  He talked about the partnership with Bernie Taupin which began in 1967 (an amazing year…my birth).  This is how it went down.  Bernie would go into a room alone and write the poem that would become the lyrics of these amazing songs.  He would then bring the finished product to Elton and he would sit at the piano and turn it into a song.  He said on average it took no more than 30 minutes to complete the melody and the arrangement.  He even went on to say that if he went past the 30 minute mark he would just walk away from it.  To prove his point, he looked out into the audience which consisted of students of the Actors Studio and said bring me a passage in a book right now and I will sit at the piano and turn it into a song while you watch.  (There was an amazing grand piano set up on the stage.)  And, he did it in about 5 minutes.  Oh, and the song was good!!  He has sold over 250 million records in a career that spans 4 decades.  He has won 6 Grammy Awards and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994.  Surprisingly enough, that was his first year of eligibility.  I am shocked by that fact.  I mean, hello…R&R Hall of fame!  What took you so long?

You know through the years there has been a lot of turmoil in Elton’s life.  All of it was self imposed due to substance abuse issues, etc.  Our turmoil is always self imposed; but, he is such an inspiration.  He overcame his own demons, he achieved more than he probably ever dreamed that he would.  He lives his life the way he wants to.  He gives back to the charities that mean the most to him especially his AIDS foundation.  The millions of dollars that he has contributed and raised has funded research that has saved countless lives and continues to do so.  He is happily married now and recently adopted a baby boy.  He is 64 years old and I just realized I missed his birthday (March 25th).  I guess the b-day party invitation got lost in the mail.

Okay, cut to Idol.  I was overwhelmingly thrilled at the performances last night!!  I got goose bumps on top of goose bumps several times over the course of that 90 minutes.  And surprisingly enough, I actually am awarding some new folks today with my three top prizes: Favorite Performance, Original Naturability, & Goose Bump Award.  My ultimate favorite performance last night goes to Haley Reinhart who sang “Bennie and the Jets”.  I love the song and I thought she really brought something unique to it.  I love the rasp in her voice.  I’ve always been drawn to Janis Joplin and Stevie Nicks for the same reason.  Haley also has to get my Original Naturability award for last night because she took that song to a new place and I admire that.  So there it is, two down, one to go!  The “Goose Bump” award who I have given to Jacob Lusk two weeks running has to go to Pia Toscano.  Last week, Randy told her not to sing another ballad but she didn’t listen.  She sang “Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me” and I nearly cried.  She didn’t stray too far away from the original arrangement of the song because it is hard to tinker with perfection; and the arrangement of that song is perfect!  But, she inflected on the notes in an amazing and surprising way and I’m kinda speechless over it.  You know Randy said he heard a little Mariah and a little Whitney in there; but, I totally disagree.  I think what she had was a whole lot of “Pia” in her voice.  She will be a legend…mark my words.  Furthermore, I am relatively certain at this point that she will be your next American Idol.  Sorry, James, I still love you, my little rock and roller!!

You know I don’t know if anyone can relate to this or not; but, when I watch this show it is like an other-worldly experience for me.  I really get inspired by it.  And on nights like last night I felt like I was literally transported to a concert with seasoned professionals playing for me.   Oh, and their average age is 20!!  Amazing!!  The talent and the poise and the drive of these kids is something to really respect.  I am so grateful to be on this ride with them and so excited about their future in the music business.  I just believe the benefit of music is so overlooked these days.  I mean, it is more than just a beat to be danced to.  The music is the accompaniment of all of our memories.  You know, Stevie Nicks wrote a song for Joe Walsh (Eagles) when Joe lost his young daughter in 1974 in a car crash when she was being driven to nursery school.  The song is called “Has Anyone Ever Written Anything For You”; and in that song there is a lyric that says, “In all your darkest hours, have you ever heard me sing?” I think that says it all, because in my darkest (& brightest) hours I have heard a lot of people sing and the light came on again (or it shines brighter).  Does your light come on when you hear someone sing?  I know the answer is yes…you don’t even have to say it!

So without further adieu, I am going to link you to two songs today.  One by Elton John and it is called “I Feel Like A Bullet”.  It wasn’t one of his most commercially successful songs; but many of us think it is one of his best.  I chose it to introduce you to one of his greats that you may not have heard before.  You will love it!!  The second link is to the Stevie Nicks song that I just referenced………..hope you enjoy!!

Much Love!!

Lori Hamilton

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I Feel Like A Bullet

Has Anyone Ever Written Anything For You

 

Idol Worship # 3

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YooHOOOO!!!!  Idol is getting good!!  These folks are in it to win it, DAWG!  Last night, while “trying” to watch Idol,  Laney came in to my room because she wanted to “snuggle”.  That is code for I want to jump around and do gymnastics on your bed and speak loudly so that you can’t hear your favorite show of all time!!  She, being the future Fortune 500 super negotiator that she is, knows I can never say no to a snuggle.  She really is the best snuggler!!  Anyway, I was recording it so who cares if I missed a few bars right?  A few times the evil alter ego (Laura) wanted to creep out and say “SHH….go away!!”  The sweet Lori simply said (calmly and rationally, of course), “Sweetie, you know this is Mommy’s favorite show so you really must be quiet.”  Want to take a guess at how successful that strategy was?  That’s right, about as successful as most of the dot-coms were at the end of the nineties!!  So, I had to take her firmly to bed and leave her to cry for oh about 15-20 seconds before she drifted off to sleep.  Amazingly enough, she still tries the tear strategy even though that stopped working at least a year ago.  Oh well, she is nothing if not persistent….I’m proud of that!!

Anyway, back to the track, (or as Laney says, Back to Traffic :))……American Idol.  As if the universe was acting only on my behalf, last night was Motown Night.  Now, you know me as a rock and roller; however, my first musical loves were the artists of Motown.  If Berry Gordy (founder of Motown) ever runs for anything in my lifetime…I WILL vote for him!!  Hell, I’ll hit the campaign trail for him.  Oh, and I just found out on Wiki.. that his birthday is November 28th (mine is November 29).  I see a joint b-day party in our future and Smokey Robinson will be the entertainment :)!!!  I remember as a kid listening to my fave of the Motown alums….The Jackson Five.   You know, the Motown sound is actually one I can sing…..WELL!!! (*cough* bullshit *cough*)

Okay, so here’s what…  My favorite is still James Durbin.  It is my supreme Idol intention that he will sing a Guns ‘n’ Roses song sometime during the course of the competition.  Mark my words!  It is simply the right thing to do.  My original naturability (oh, shut up spellcheck) prize this week goes to Paul McDonald who sang “The Tracks of My Tears” by Smokey Robinson and the Miracles. (I’ll make sure that is on the playlist for the party!!)  And, for the second week in a row, the goose bump award goes to (insert drum roll)….. Jacob Lusk.  In my opinion, this music in right in his wheel house and he knocked it out of the park!!  Shoot me a comment and let me know your picks for the three categories!!  If you disagree with me, that’s okay, just means you are wrong :)!!  Blissfully speaking, however, I am so proud of these kids.  They are beautiful and talented and courageous and I admire them more than words can say!

My song choice today is I’ll Be There by the Jackson Five.  I dedicate it to my Mother and my sister…they have always been there for me!  I love you both!!

Much Love!!

Lori Hamilton

PS   I am beside myself, Joe Vitale’s  VP of Ops responded to me via email yesterday to ask me to resubmit my correspondences…apparently she was unable to open my attached word documents…it’s all happening!!!  Wish me luck!

PPS  My husband just informed me that he was disappointed that I was not speaking about him in my blog….the other day he told me not to speak about him in my blog….wonder what he will say tomorrow?  Check out Sunday’s grat blog to see what I say about my Man!!

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Idol Worship

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It’s so lovely being tone deaf!  I can watch American Idol and not even realize when they have missed a note.  I don’t really hear the pitchiness, at all.  Just noticed that spell check says that pitchiness is not even a real word.  Wonder if Jennifer, Randy, and Steven know that?  Oh well, I, being an inventor of words myself; I simply couldn’t care less!!  After all, EVOO, was not a word until Rachel Ray made it one.  (If you don’t know Rachel, well, then God help you!)  Okay, I have just placed that on the to-do list; petition Webster to add “pitchiness” to new edition.  Perhaps some of you, my “loyal dozen” readers (lol) will sign the petition when prepared.  I think I’ll make the wording really short and to the point.  What about this:  “Webster, please add pitchiness to your newest addition.  American Idol simply couldn’t be wrong about this.  Oh, and the definition is just “the act of being pitchy when singing”.”  Okay, now I’m really confused; spell check says that pitchy IS a word.  I’m officially perplexed.  Isn’t it some kind of rule that you can add ‘-iness’ to any adjective to denote the act of said adjective?  All this English is making me dizzy!!  Okay, I ramble again, back to the AI track.  In all my years (about 7) of watching Idol, I have made my personal choice based on a couple of variables.  First is genre.  You know I love rock and roll and if there is a rocker amongst the contestants, I will almost certainly pick him/her.  Secondly, “goose bump factor”, I love anyone who can reach in and grab my heart and just twist it around their little finger.  The third and final thing that I base my voting decision on is “original naturability” (see I like to invent words).  I love to see and hear someone that sounds different from anyone else and who makes it look effortless.  The teachers of the law of attraction all say that living your passion (when you find it) will feel so easy even though you may be working your ass off; so that is probably why that matters to me.

Okay, now let’s get down to brass tacks, here and talk some specifics.  I first want to say that all these kids have already won.  They are barely potty trained at this point and:   (A) they know what they want to do with their lives  (B)  they are exposed to millions and millions of viewers and  (C) they are being mentored by the great Jimmy Iovine and the greatest producers in the music industry.  Jimmy has worked with people you may have heard of.  They are John Lennon, Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Nicks(I think they were actually lovers, too), U2, Mary J. Blige, Eminem, 50 Cent, Lady Gaga and countless others.  He founded Interscope Records.  Let’s just say, he’s a big time hit maker!!  Working with him WILL put them many steps ahead of the curve.  But, there can only be one winner.  Now, I always take a guess in the beginning of the season about who I think “America” will choose.  My answer there is Pia Toscana.  Having said that, I am not usually right with my predictions.  She is the total package, though; and we will see a lot of her in the decades to come.  She is strikingly beautiful and she can deliver a ballad that will bring tears to your eyes.  The judges are very impressed with her consistency.  I would like to see her sing something besides a ballad in the future; but, she might think “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it”.  I definitely understand that.  My favorite is of course James Durbin.  He is a rocker through and through.  He sang Bon Jovi ” I’ll be there for you” last night.  He did a great job; although, I  wish  he had chosen a Guns ‘N’ Roses or Aerosmith song…that’s just me.  He has a quality about his voice that reminds me of Axl Rose (lead singer of GNR).  I have to also give great props to Casey and Paul because they are those singers whose voices you will recognize when you hear them on the radio.  They get my “original naturability” award.  Yes, it is a tie; because, I love them both!!  Now, (drum roll, please) the “Goose Bump Award” goes to Jacob Lusk.  He sang “Alone” by Heart.  I never expected him to choose a rock and roll song.  He is such a gospel inspired guy; but, when he delivered that last line,  “‘Til now, I always got by on my own”; it literally “chilled me to the bone” (in case you don’t get it, that’s another line in that song).  His voice is so powerful but he delivered that line with such control, it was haunting!!  I think the Wilson sisters (Heart) are very happy today at how well their song was covered.  Lastly, congrats to all the contestants, they really did great because they DID it!!  All the critics can say what they will; but, it would be a cold day in hell before they would actually get up and sing in front of millions of people.

Well, its over and out then….check this out.  This is Jacob performing “I believe I can Fly”.  This song was written, produced and performed by R&B great, R. Kelly.  Do me a favor, close your eyes and listen to the lyrics; because, if the Law of Attraction had a theme song…this would be it! (Oh, you have to click through to see the video on You Tube..their rule.)

Much Love!!

Lori

PS  I believe I can fly…do you?

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