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.)
PS I believe I can fly…do you?