EDIT 1: since no one has commented, yet…

Speaking of remedy… (last paragraph)

EDIT 2: Also worth noting… a contest for a free Nativity Story DVD

EDIT 3:AMERICAN IDOL…

11 left and it’s British Invasion night… Simon, not dressed? no thanks…

  • Haley (Don’t Hurt Me): singing Tell Him… ok… well, i wouldn’t have guessed by this rendition that it was a British song… or that it was a good song, really… she’s always got some weird oddity about herr wardrobe… does that not look like a tail to everyone else… she’s kind of slutting it up – i mean, working it… i don’t know that she’ll ever be much more than a wedding singer to be honest… it worked pretty well, but it’s just not all that dazzling to me… hmm… the yo factor, flirtatious, naughty little thing… there you go… oh, she said something about prayer, maybe GMA will latch onto her this week too…
  • Chris (Richie) Richardson: Don’t Let the Sun Catch You Crying… oh, he’s got his own little guitar player… and the video closeup is on the guitar… good choice for a backdrop… i wouldn’t want my face plastered on that big screen behind me when i was singing… well… he’s actually doing a good job… i dig that bridge… finally, he’s not over singing it… i like it… now i finally see some potential in him… good deal…
  • Stephanie: You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me… okay, i won’t… anyway, Beyonce? didn’t she ruin a Beyonce song in the previous rounds… i think so… this song always makes me think of Rocky… that intro is so Rocky-ish… btw Rocky Balboa came out today… btw… she’s completely falling apart here on the chorus… i think she sounds very so so… like someone with a regular voice pretending she has a great voice… not feeling it at all… once again, she lives up to her status of having no nickname…
  • Bl-Bl-Blake: ha… he’s a spitter… that’s for sure… but man, i’m excited about it… if anyone’s got a “yo” factor, it’s Blake… Time of the Season… today is the first day of Spring, no?… Paula is strip-teasing or something… this is a rather controlled performance… Blake looks a bit Kevin Max to me… i think his vocals are a bit better than last week… but, it’s clear that he’s holding back a bit and it’s perhaps too much? i’m not sure… i do like it a lot though… it’s BANGING…
  • Lakisha (Soul Train): Diamonds are forever… what? Kanye West is from England?!? okay, i jest… but dang… that’s all i’m gonna be able to think about… you know… she’s fumbling this week… i’m gonna go ahead and say it… she is not at all overpowering… she’s not even that impressive… in fact… i daresay she’s off… i’m sure that she’ll be safe, but yo, she’s not here this week… weakest week yet for big momma… a million dollars worth of diamonds, that’s the most impressive part of tonight…
  • Phil (the Pill): GMA’s newest darling singing Tobacco Road… there must be a joke there somewhere… seriously… dude’s got a really good voice… and he’s working the stage a bit better this week… the band is phenomenal… i think i like this… i just have a hard time believing it… maybe it’s that he seems like such a straight-laced guy and when he lets loose, it just looks pretty weird… oddly though, his performance is better than his vocals today… i can dig it a bit though… not too bad…
  • Jordin (The Firecracker): I who have nothing… aargh… sorry, i had some serious issues with my browser there during this song… but hey yo… she’s got nothing but a dang good voice… i loved it… she passed Lakisha on that one… BOOYA… that was a HOT ONE BABY… remarkable vocal…
  • San-jambalaya: oh really, you don’t think that your the best singer, do you? at least you’re not completely dumb… oh dear Lord… why couldn’t my browser had freaked out during this song… my goodness… it’s simply DREADFUL… LOL he made that poor little girl cry… oh my gosh… i’m crying too… please please… make it stop… what the HECK has this come to?… yeah, let’s hear the judges say nothing nice about this…
  • Gina (hand on the) Glock-son: Paint It Black… this is a shaky start… i mean it’s not horrible, but it’s definitely a little off and whenever she holds a note, she seems to be literally shaking and she’s just a bit flat… i do like the energy… it’s a good song choice for her i suppose… but unfortunately it shows that she’s not the strongest of vocalists… i think Haley was actually a better singer tonight than her… ah well… not too, too bad, but she’s clearly outclassed…
  • Chris (Sloppy Fro) Sligh: Zooombie, Zoombie… sorry, She’s Not There… ooh, he’s in the crowd… and everyone’s laughing at him… what’s up with that? slow down, dude… you’re always ahead of the beat… The vocal is pretty darn good but this whole walking through the crowd thing is like a really bad music video… and oh wow… dude cannot dance… that made me laugh… i’ll give him kudos for vocal and take away a little bit for stage presence… but all in all, not too bad… oh yeah, there… now he’s blabbering again… please don’t interrupt the judges…
  • Melinda (The Good Dr) Doolitle: ah here we go… i cannot wait to hear this one… As Long As He Need Me… you know what we need to see from Melinda that we’re not seeing? variety… i think she sings the same song every week… don’t get me wrong, she’s awesome at that song… but i’d like to see something more… maybe it’s just me… this is a bad song to end on so far… why the heck is that girl always crying… dang… there’s the chills… that’s a mighty fine voice… dang… for real… clearly leagues ahead of every one else… kind of a boring song choice, but she did bring it on a few of those moments…

    Bottom Line: wow… let’s see… bottom three… Gina, Stephanie, and Phil… going home… oh dear… i’m gonna say Gina…or Stephanie… no… Gina… i’m going with Gina


    BACKWATER PROPHETS

    wow… i’m officially 30 album reviews behind schedule… fun fun fun… i’ve dug myself quite a hole now haven’t i… and yet here i am, chiming in at the old blog instead of knocking out any of those said reviews… i’m like that Green Day song from back in the day… what was it? Walking Contradiction? something like that… yes… that’s me… i’m just like that… i really just want to make sure that you don’t forget that there’s more to me than snide American Idol commentary…

    actually, it’s more accurate to say that i’m bored and stuck in a marketing meeting with a bunch of, well, i’ll leave it at that… why am i in a marketing meeting? well, because our marketing people are terrible at their jobs and they need help… not that the people around this table are much better, but they sure do think they are… someday maybe i’ll figure out why i always end up working with annoying people… right now i assume it’s because people with enough money to pay salaries are generally annoying… anyway…

    FUNDAMENTAL MYSTICISM

    i’ve talked before about the podcasts that i listen too regularly and today i want to highly encourage everyone to listen to the Relevant podcasts from the weeks of Feb 23rd (right-click–>save as) and March 2nd (right-click–>save as)… Even if you don’t want to listen to the amusing banter that makes up most of the podcast, do check out the Don Miller interview segments as they are really thought-provoking and inspiring…

    The first segment on the 23 Feb begins at about 27:00 and is only about 20 minutes long, but discusses the book that Don is currently working on called A Map of Eden, but the second segment from 2 March (begins about 13:00) last about a half hour or so and hits on some ideas about America’s addiction to money and why that affects our ability to effectively minister to other nations, he calls for a Christian boycott of Christmas as we know it and states that in order to be a fundamentalist, you need to be a mystic… some really great conversation reminding me again, that i could do better as a writer… and that maybe it wouldn’t be so bad to live in Florida if i got to work at Relevant… (or whereever, working for whatever job that actually is enjoyable)…

    anyway, i’ve listened to the podcasts a few times now and i’ll probably comment more specifically on some of the points made after you all have a chance to hear it… don’t want to spoil the experience by injecting my thoughts just yet…

    WHAT HAVE YOU DONE FOR ME LATELY?

    so, outside of album reviews, i have been pretty buried in the process of interviewing and getting interviews ready for posting… as such, here’s a batch of recent interviews and other notable content that i’ve gotten posted…

  • John Reuben (CMC)
  • TobyMac (CMC)
  • Jeremy Riddle (CMC)
  • Jackson Waters (CMC)
  • Left to Write: Love (CMC)
  • Relient K (theTRu)
  • Phil Vischer (theTRu)
  • Year End iTRu-nes Playlists

    the big major super-exciting project that i was working on has been slightly derailed, but it’s still in the works… interestingly enough i’m finding that i relate more and more to a point brought up in Me Myself and Bob… Phil was talking about how Big Idea had gotten big, but rather than that bigness creating opportunities and freedom to pursue “new” ideas, it actually forced them to focus specifically on their current “branding” in order to simply survive as a company… not that i’m “big-time” or anything, but i really don’t have the creative freedom that i wish i had…

    Anyway… coming down the pike by way of interviews that i’ve conducted in the last week or so are: Mike Nawrocki (VeggieTales), Shawn McDonald, Nichole Nordeman, Nate Sallie, Group 1 Crew (probably up tonight at CMC), John Waller (According to John), Mac Powell and David Nasser (Glory Revealed), KJ-52, Verbs and tomorrow i’ll be interviewing Nicole C Mullen in theory (knid of still waiting for more confirmation)… features to watch for include Left to Write, 2oo6 in Re:TRu, Dove Award picks/predictions, The RunDown: On Books, and a few other fun stuff… busy busy bee am i…

    MARCH MADNESS

    yeah, so i completely suck at filling out the brackets with winning teams… we’ll leave it at that…

    DISNEY…

    sorry, part three is coming soon, i promise… right now i need to steal away early and try to remedy something that’s clearly going on that i’m unaware of how to resolve…

    COMING SOON…

    Disney part 3 (etc.), C vs A, Mathematics and Music, Missions, American Idol and more more more…

    spinning round in circles:

    Group 1 Crew – Group 1 Crew
    The Showdown – Temptation Come My Way
    Lost Ocean – Lost Ocean
    TobyMac – Portable Sounds
    Relient K – Five Score and Seven Years Ago
    Jeremy Riddle – Full Attention
    Nate Sallie – Ruined for Ordinary
    Seventh Day Slumber – Finally Awake (until this album put me back asleep)
    Paul Wright – Wright or Wrong, These Songs are Paul’s

    i’ve got my eye on…

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    peace… love… bdg…