FINALLY, JUST THREE
to the tune of Can’t Take the Pain – Third Day

And we’re finally down to the last three contestants… and it’s not soon enough… everyone is already hyping up the double David showdown for next week, but Syesha really wants to stay for the big show… tonight’s show give everyone three songs, one chosen by the Judges, one by the Contestants and one by the Producers… and away… we…. go….

ROUND ONE: JUDGE’S PICK

{Little) David Archuleta: Paula picks And So It Goes by Billy Joel… and he enters into robotic mode… a really slow and potentially boring tune to start off the show… he sounds alright, a bit breathy, but there’s really no emotion whatsoever…. and i didn’t really like the way his voice cracked there, but i love that dude’s hat… is it his dad?… Randy says he was a dope… or the song was dope, and David did a good job… Paula says he was pure and telling stories… Simon says it was a bit predictable, but it was good…

Syesha (a.k.a. Cry-esha): Randy chooses something by Alisha Keys… she looks great… and she sounds good, too… oh, i know this song… i don’t listen to much Alisha, but hey, it rhymes with Syesha… maybe that’s why Randy picked it… maybe Randy had to pick hers because they’re both black?… do i smell a conspiracy?… sorry Jeremiah Wright, no racism here… she was spectacular though… Randy says she’s peaking at the right time… Paula says that she looks stunning… Simon says that she sounded like Alisha, but it was Randy’s fault… and they all agree that she looks gorgeous…

David (Daughtry the 2nd) Cook: And there’s David Cook looking like he just rolled out of bed… and he’s going to sing Roberta Flack’s The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face… and he’s got no guitar… and i think i’m going to start everything with “and” this time… and that lady wants to be the only one standing… and that’s kind of weird… and she’s making eyes at David even though he’s probably 25 years younger than she is… and he’s shouting… and he looks like he’s going to eat the mic… and he did a decent job… and everyone is cheering… and Randy says, dude, he loved the high note but Simon picked a bad song… and Paula says that it’s not about Simon and Randy… and now he’s the second favorite performer of that song… and Simon pats himself on the back and says it was risky… and he takes credit for it…

to the tune of I Dare You to Move – Switchfoot

Simon says that round one went to him and cook, but i’d say that Syesha won it… she’s gonna have to do a fantastic job to stay in it after tonight though… or the other two are going to have to fall down… the judges did a pretty good job of matching songs to the trio… let’s see how they do for themselves…

ROUND TWO: CONTESTANT’S PICK

{Little) David Archuleta: those pants are just terrible.. they’re may be worse than the pleather ones from earlier in the competition … he chose With You by Chris Brown… and i’m literally laughing my head off here…MY BOO!!!! HA HA HA HA!…. this is a trainwreck… this song totally does not fit him… he’s actually moving and he’s got his eyes open which probably helps, but oh man… that’s hilarious… that’s like watching some old dude rap instead of play chess… Randy says that was an odd song choice… Paula says it was perfec tand that he did a great job… Simon says it was like a chihuahua trying to be a tiger….

Syesha (a.k.a. Cry-esha): Syesha chose Fever and she’s working the chair… this song is HOT… and it plays well to her talents… and she’s slithering around the stage just like a jazz singer from the old days… she’s knocking it out of the park… that was a great song choice for her… fit her personality and her vocals… Randy says it was an interesting song choice, but she sang it amazingly well… Paula say that she’s surprised by the song choice as well because it doesn’t show who she is as an artist… Simon slams the gavel down and says it was a lame Cabaret performance…

David (Daughtry the 2nd) Cook: he’s chosen Dare You to Move by Switchfoot and he’s surprised that people have heard of it… he’s got his guitar out but it’s clearly not the one that’s making the music work… honestly, i love this song, but i don’t get why people like this guy’s vocals… it sounds like a drunk guy trying to sing the karaoke… Randy says he loves the Switchfoot, but the song was a little pitchy… Paula says it was cut too short… SImon says it wasn’t that melodic and everyone was just okay…

to the tune of I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing – Aerosmith

ROUND THREE: PRODUCERS PICK

{Little) David Archuleta: i missed the intro to this, but it’s Longer by Dan Fogleberg… and it’s absolutely ancient compared to the Chris Brown song, but it’s more suitable for David because it adjusts well to his formulaic approach to performing a minute and a half… Randy tells him that he can sing the phone book again… Paula says it was great… Simon says that he sang it well, but the song was a terrible choice…

Syesha (a.k.a. Cry-esha): The producers chose Hit Me Up from Happy Feet… and so far it’s her weakest performance… what do the producers know anyway… i don’t really like this song… she did an okay job with it, but she doesn’t work well with that tempo… Randy says he could see her doing a song like that, but it was just okay… Paula talks about penguins and that it wasn’t that good… Simon says it was better than the second song, but it was forgettable…

David (Daughtry the 2nd) Cook: David is singing I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing by Aerosmith… and gah… i just don’t get it… this guy’s vocals… they’re so grating when it’s a slow moment and then when it builds, all he does is shouts… come on… you compare this to Steven Tyler and there’s NO COMPARISON… this guy’s such a hack, but he’s probably going to win it… Randy says it was predictable and just okay… Paula has had way too much caffiene… Simon says David Cook, ftw…

i really hate to say that the Davids will be in the finals… but it sure looks that way…. I’m not sure why they trashed Syesha so much tonight, because i thought she did a fine job, but that’s how the story goes…

peace… love… bdg…

i promised myself that i’d write again before it was time to do the whole American Idol thing and yet, here it is again… Tuesday staring me square in the face laughing at my lack of discipline… mocking me with my own voice… well… anyway… it is Tuesday but it’s not time for Idol… not just yet anyway… and i’ve not been idle in the meanwhile… in fact, i’ve been so busy that i’m ready to burst…

in the past week (though it feels like one long day), i worked on building out a new site for my brother and sister in law, i transcribed a lengthy interview, i wrote two feature articles, i wrote a couple reviews, i did a walk TRu, and i sketched out some work on a few other projects i have whirling around in my head… all this on top of my day job, the duties of which have exploded over the last five days or so… this is going to be one hectic week, i’ll tell you that much… so much so that i missed out on having a sabbath this past weekend and i’m a little discombobulated… anyway… my time is probably short, so let’s go ahead and dig in…

MOVIE MONDAY
to the tune of Assets and Targets – John Powell (from The Bourne Ultimatum)

Well, i finally got around to watching the third installation of the Bourne trilogy, The Bourne Ultimatum, and all i have to say is woah… not like a Keanu Reaves, Matrix, “woah”… a serious, have i taken a single breath this entire movie, woah… i normally try to do some work or whatever on my laptop while the movies are playing, but not while Jason Bourne was on… i had a tough time taking my eyes off the screen the entire time and that’s how an action movie should be… if i’m watching an action flick, i want to be completely taken in by it… i want the little boy in me to be acting out the fight scenes for the next few days after watching it… bottom line, The Bourne Ultimatum gets a 4.5 out of 5 from me…

RETURN OF THE TALK
to the tune of Jesus is Just Alright -dc Talk

So i’ve realized that i don’t talk music enough here on the old blog, which is genuinely odd since this is primarily a music website… if i made any bread and butter, you could say that music is where i’ve made it… and since i enjoy the older stuff too, when i saw this headline… dc Talk Reunites. . . i naturally had to check it out and share it with you all… i knew we’d all be excited together… (note: yes, i realize that it is what it is)…

WHERE IS THE LOVE
to the tune of Love Is Here – Tenth Avenue North

And now for perhaps some more serious musical news… hot new band Tenth Avenue North who’s debut record is set to release next week has released a video for their lead single… the video for Love Is Here seems to pay a bit of tribute to The Beatles and U2… or maybe i’m reading into it too much… anyway, the song’s really good….

IN OTHER WORDS
to the tune of Violet Hill – Coldplay

When the Game Is Over, It All Goes Back in the Box by John Ortberg… Well, i’ve moved onto the final section of this book, which means it’s time for me to talk about Hazards (the second to last section)… the first chapter in this section jumped off the pages to me… “BEWARE, THE SHADOW MISSION” discusses what i’m far too familiar with… distractions… distractions keep you from accomplishing your mission… shadow missions seem like worthy causes sometimes… like, hey, can i really beat my previous high score in that game?… but they occupy your time and prevent you from making progress on what actually matters in the long term… it’s somthing that i can honestly admit to struggling with just about every day…

the rest of the section is good, too, reminding us that competition isn’t necessarily a bad thing… more stuff will never make us more of an actual success… and what’s really important in terms of our physical existence is how we react to, cohabitate with and most importanty love those around us… all in all, a number of good lessons in this book so far… and as i’ve rounded the last bend as they say (i have about 20 pages to go), it’s earning my recommendation more and more with each page turned… stay tuned for the finale sometime (most likely) next week…

PEEP INSTEAD OF SLEEP

okay and there are a few things to check out over on the main page… first, a Walk TRu of WOW Hits [1]… part two of my GMA Reflections and Responses… and an album review of Meredith Andrew’s debut album, The Invitation… right around the corner, you can expect some more reviews, 2 interviews (Salvador and Stephanie Smith), an iTRunes playlist and a handful of other things…

peace… love… bdg…