Showing posts from March, 2012

American Idol: Top 9 - March 28, 2012

Top 9 - "Songs From Your Idols" - March 28, 2012

One of the BEST episodes of American Idol I have EVER seen, top to bottom - and I was just discussing how I haven't missed an episode since the Season 7 finale in May 2008. (I am still upset about that by the way.) Everyone ranged from amazing to pretty damn good.

1. Colton Dixon - "Everything"B+
Colton packed a preternatural amount of emotion in to this performance which just bled with feeling. This song by Lifehouse has been a favorite of mine since approximately 2003 when I remember listening to the Smallville Soundtrack with a dear friend of mine, driving around endlessly, which is of course any high school student's favorite activity. Clearly this is also a favorite song of Colton's, and I love how he shows his religion through his music.

2. Skylar Laine - "Gunpowder & Lead" A
Skylar had so much fun with this song. It is clear she is a huge fan of Miranda Lambert and she really did this song…

American Idol: Top 10 - March 21, 2012

American Idol: Top 10, Billy Joel Week - March 20, 2012

1. Deandre Brackensick - "Only The Good Die Young"B-
Deandre seemed oddly out of breath for the majority of the song but his voice really shined through in a key select parts. He brought an R&B flavor to the song and sang it solidly. Unfortunately for Deandre, it was somewhat forgettable and the kind of performance that has a tough time inspiring votes. There was something missing.

2. Erika Van Pelt - "New York State Of Mind"A
The absolute perfect song choice for Erika this week. She brought a bit of a jazzy tone to the song, which is exactly what it calls for. I felt a touch of Gladys Knight (particularly on "Midnight Train To Georgia") on Erika's vocal here, which was impassioned but beautifully restrained in key moments.

3. Joshua Ledet - "She's Got A Way" B
I've never loved this song and Joshua didn't inspire me to love it with his rendition. I was hoping he would, because…

Top 100 Songs Of My Life

It's my 100th blog post and I wanted to come up with something epic that sums up the way I feel about music - the way it has shaped me, transformed me, and moved me over the past 25 years. So, in no particular order, except for the Top 10 maybe, here are my top 100 songs of my life.

1. Bon Jovi - "Always"
2. Skid Row - "I Remember You"
3. Meat Loaf - "I Would Do Anything For Love (But I Won't Do That)"
4. Butch Walker - "Best Thing You Never Had"
5. Bright Eyes - "Lover I Don't Have To Love"
6. Brand New - "Me Vs. Maradona Vs. Elvis"
7. Melissa Etheridge – “Like The Way I Do”
8. Huey Lewis & the News- "The Heart of Rock 'N Roll"
9. Celine Dion - "If That's What It Takes"
10. Don McLean – “American Pie”

11. Monica - "Angel Of Mine"
12. Sebastian Bach – “(I’ll Never Turn My Back On) Rock ‘N Roll”
13. John Waite – “Missing You”
14. Live – “The Dolphins’ Cry”
15. Heather Nova…

American Idol: Top 12 - March 14, 2012

American Idol - Top 12 - March 14, 2012

Our annual "Songs From The Year You Were Born" theme which usually yields a mix of done-to-death songs and out-of-left-field songs.

1. Philip Philips - "Hard To Handle" (1990) B+

I liked Philip's phrasing throughout the song which was playful and differed in just discernible ways from the version by the Black Crowes. He slowed down certain words and phrases to make it a bit different. He had a fun energy throughout, which is especially admirable considering his recent kidney stone surgery!

2. Jessica Sanchez - "Turn The Beat Around" (1995) B

This is an exceedingly difficult song to sing and I think that's evident to even the most casual listener. Jessica threw in some grit to her voice this week and a bit of attitude which I appreciated. It made her seem more like an individual and let her personality show through. I obviously don't agree with the judges that she should only sing ballads - no singer could sur…

American Idol: Top 13 - March 7, 2012

TOP 13 - Stevie Wonder & Whitney Houston Night - March 7th, 2012

This is the first time in Idol history (that I can remember) where the theme was different for girls and guys. Also the first time that male and female contestants are being directly pitted against each other in a non-semi-finals show. Not really sure how I feel about this.

1. Joshua Ledet - "I Wish" B+
Overall, an incredibly fun performance and proof that Joshua won't be pigeonholded into a ballads-only contestant. He brought a lot of energy to the performance. I felt like his voice was straining at times; it sounded very much sung from the back of the throat with a scratchy quality. I liked it though overall.

2. Elise Testone - "I'm Your Baby Tonight" C+
There was just something dead in Elise's eyes like she did not want to be singing this song, and based on her pre and post performance interviews, it is clear that was the case. It was nowhere near the right kind of song for her bluesy vo…