February 2009


Bookshelf26 Feb 2009 05:50 pm

I’m getting close to finishing another book, so it’s about time that i tidy up some loose ends and write about the last book i read… once again, i’m diving back into my youth and visiting the work of one Gordon Korman… and once again, i found some truth that was relevant for my current situation… (of course, i’m in a bit different of a situation now, but it’s still appropriate)…

now playing: Less Than Zero – LA Symphony


No More Dead Dogs by Gordon Korman

So this is a story about a “star” high-school football player, Wallace Wallace, who always tells the truth… and in telling the truth in a book report (describing how much he disliked the assigned book), he manages to insult his teacher who happens to rank the book, Old Shep, My Pal, among his favorites…

The story really takes off when Wallace is suspended from the football team and held in after-school detention until he writes a favorable book report… He refuses to do so and winds up getting involved in the school’s drama production, which happens to be based on Old Shep… his suggestions are well-received by most of the students, but they wind up turning the play into quite a production and leaving the teacher unsettled and frustrated by his own lack of control…

It is when the teacher finally gets it, that he utters the truth that stood out in the book:

“If you force the students to fit into the play, it’ll come out lifeless and boring. But if you mold the play to showcase the talents of the students, the sky’s the limit.”

oh, if only all employers and managers could come to that same understanding… what a wonderful world this could be…

Anyway, i don’t expect that everyone will be as interested in this book as i was because i’m sure that not everyone grew up reading Gordon Korman, but i was happy to have re-engaged in this one and it’s a nice, quick, light read…

peace… love… bdg…

general26 Feb 2009 04:51 pm

I’m getting close to finishing another book, so it’s about time that i tidy up some loose ends and write about the last book i read… once again, i’m diving back into my youth and visiting the work of one Gordon Korman… and once again, i found some truth that was relevant for my current situation… (of course, i’m in a bit different of a situation now, but it’s still appropriate)…

now playing: Less Than Zero – LA Symphony

No More Dead Dogs by Gordon Korman
So this is a story about a “star” high-school football player, Wallace Wallace, who always tells the truth… and in telling the truth in a book report (describing how much he disliked the assigned book), he manages to insult his teacher who happens to rank the book, Old Shep, My Pal, among his favorites…

The story really takes off when Wallace is suspended from the football team and held in after-school detention until he writes a favorable book report… He refuses to do so and winds up getting involved in the school’s drama production, which happens to be based on Old Shep… his suggestions are well-received by most of the students, but they wind up turning the play into quite a production and leaving the teacher unsettled and frustrated by his own lack of control…

It is when the teacher finally gets it, that he utters the truth that stood out in the book:
“If you force the students to fit into the play, it’ll come out lifeless and boring. But if you mold the play to showcase the talents of the students, the sky’s the limit.”

oh, if only all employers and managers could come to that same understanding… what a wonderful world this could be…

Anyway, i don’t expect that everyone will be as interested in this book as i was because i’m sure that not everyone grew up reading Gordon Korman, but i was happy to have re-engaged in this one and it’s a nice, quick, light read…

peace… love… bdg…

americanidol26 Feb 2009 02:07 pm

And we’re back with week two of the final thirty-six… as soon as i finish with this, i’m gonna have to go back and get a few other posts written as well, including a book review and a quick little music thing and some other fun stuff… anyway, here’s my Idol rundown…

American Idol’s Final 36 (part 2)…

Jasmine Murray… okay, so do you think that she heard Kara say something about this song last week and thought, “hey, this will make me a shoe-in”… well, clearly she forgot that she has to sing it WELL… she’s flat and she’s out of breath… and she’s shreiking a little bit… do i need to come up with more reasons for her to not make it?… Randy says it was the wrong song… Kara says it was all over the place… Paula wants to come up with her own opinion, but in the end agrees with Kara and Randy… Simon says he likes her, but she has a bad voice…

Matt Giraud… wow, these contestants are really pulling out current hits… i actually have this as one of my ringtones… of course, the key here again is not just to be current, but also to sing well and again, it’s not happening… that crazy little trill there was horrible and that was a complete mess… Kara says no thanks, Paula says it was better than rehearsal… Simon says it was almost horrible… Randy says it was bad, but he’s still pulling for Matt…

Jeanine Vailes a.k.a. the “naughty gal with the boots”… oh dear, that’s a bad outfit… oh man… this night so far has been a terrible example of karaoke… what a weird thing… yeah, she’s terrible… really, really terrible… Paula says that she has great legs… Simon agrees with me and even says it was terrible… Randy continues the love for the legs and says that the best part was the end because that meant it was over… Kara says it was over the top…

Nick Mitchell/Norman Gentle… yeah, like this is going to make the night any better… you know what kills me about this clown is that his vocals can actually be really good… but i think that may be in part because he covers up his flaws with the comedy… i’m pretty sure that he would be mediocre at best if he played it straight… he knows his limits and for that (and that alone) i appreciate him… Simon says that he hopes and prays that he doesn’t make it through… okay, and this is where the schtick really gets annoying… Randy says that was funny… Kara says at least we remember him and that she enjoyed him… Paula says that this is America… i’m not sure if that was a question or a statement… wow, Ryan says probably not… i don’t think he’s ever commited like that before…

Allison Iraheta… she’s going to sing a Heart song… that usually doesn’t bode well… here’s hoping… that red hair is really mesmorizing… it’s such an odd shade of red for hair… oh and she’s starting out well… building up to the big notes… here we go… oh… well, flat, and she really needs to work on her breathing… i hate it when people feel the need to shout in order to make a song louder, thinking that adds to the emotion… it was the best of the night, but it wasn’t my favorite… Randy said she blew it out the box… Kara says that she’s great… Paula pulls out the telephone book… Simon says that she’s the best of the night by a clear mile… i think she sounds like she’s a smoker…

Kris Allen with a K and it’s a guy… i like the hat that he wore to the audition… he’s singing a Michael Jackson song… Man in the Mirror… i sang this in jr. high school i think… the best way to sing a Michael Jackson song is to not try to sound like him at all… for the most part, Kris (with a K) does it pretty well, though he did slip into an impersonation for a slight moment… he did alright, i suppose, but in general stay away from Michael Jackson…

Megan Joy Corkrey aw, she has a two-year old boy… and a tatoo that covers 3/4 of her right arm… nice… and she’s singing a Corinne Bailey Rae song and she’s trying her best to sound just like Corinne… well, maybe that’s her actual voice… she’s very awkward on stage with those little swivels… it’s kind of like what i have to do on Wii Fit to tone my abs… and she’s shouting and man, that’s a weird dress with those two random flowers? buttons? puffballs? something… i guess she’s alright… yeah, actually, she’s pretty good… Paula says she picked the right song and then she lists a bunch of positive adjectives… Simon says that she’s a funny little thing, but that she shouted a bit… Randy says that she’s got a nice tone to her voice… Kara calls her a package artist…

Matt Breitzke… 20 years of the simpsons… man, i’m getting old… i’ve seen less than 20 episodes of the simpsons, by the way… anyway, this is “the welder”… singing Tonic… he’s singing it alright so far… it seems like he’s moving on the stage in efforts to convince the audience that they’re all tripping on acid… slow motion, side-to-side… well, anyway, it was pretty good, but i’d say it was entirely too safe and forgettable… Simon says that he hated that song, but he likes Matt… why argue? what’s that about?… Randy says that it was lacking an edge… Kara says that it didn’t show us any side of him… Paula says that he has a good voice, but bad song choice…

Jesse Langseth… a single mutha… with Bette Davis Eyes… hmm… i’m having a hard time deciding how to describe this… i guess the biggest problem is that her voice doesn’t really fit the song… she’s not annuciating at all and i guess she’s oversinging it… it’s just a weird, weird performance… i can’t really put my finger on it… Randy says that she was just kind of hanging out… Kara says that she was slinky… Paula says that she is captivating… Simon says (without being rude) that she was forgetable…

Kai Kalama… three more to go… What does becomes of the broken-hearted?… why is he snearing at us… you know, his vocal isn’t too bad… i’m not sure how much i like him though… he’s kind of grunting through some of the lower register and i didn’t really like that ending… Kara says that he likes him, but the song was too old-fashioned… Paula thought he could make it if he works really hard… Simon says that it was old-fashioned and that Kai would be a good back-up singer… Randy says yeah, dawg, it’s just too safe…

Mishavonna Henson Julia Roberts doesn’t at all strike me as spy-worthy… Drops of Jupiter by Train (a.k.a. a great Led Zeppelin cover band)… anyway… people make the weirdest faces when the sing, don’t they?… “did the wind sweep you off your feyuuut?”… this isn’t a good song for her… she’s very pitchy here as well… and she’s awkward on stage… oh well… Paula says it wasn’t a good song choice… Simon says that she’s very serious, but cold… she swears that she’s not a 50-year old… duh… Randy says that Simon’s right, she feels way too old… Kara says that she didn’t mind the song, just Misha… nice…

Adam Lambert why does this guy seems so familiar to me? I just feel like i’ve seen him trying to sing in a contest before… he can’t get no satisfaction… he’s got some pretty good stage presence though… that’s refreshing, especially for this night… he’s got a pretty sweet 90s rocker voice… and i actually enjoyed that performance… Simon wants Paula to go and she doesn’t have any words, but that it’s an Adam Lambert concert… Simon finds it difficult… part excruciating and part brilliant… love it or hate it… Randy says he loved it and he drops “da bomb” on him… Kara says that some crazy stuff… in a good way…

And now, my picks…
-top guy: Adam Lambert
-top gal: Allison Iraheta
-extra: Megan Joy Corkrey

peace… love… bdg…

general26 Feb 2009 01:07 pm

And we’re back with week two of the final thirty-six… as soon as i finish with this, i’m gonna have to go back and get a few other posts written as well, including a book review and a quick little music thing and some other fun stuff… anyway, here’s my Idol rundown…

American Idol’s Final 36 (part 2)…

Jasmine Murray… okay, so do you think that she heard Kara say something about this song last week and thought, “hey, this will make me a shoe-in”… well, clearly she forgot that she has to sing it WELL… she’s flat and she’s out of breath… and she’s shreiking a little bit… do i need to come up with more reasons for her to not make it?… Randy says it was the wrong song… Kara says it was all over the place… Paula wants to come up with her own opinion, but in the end agrees with Kara and Randy… Simon says he likes her, but she has a bad voice…

Matt Giraud… wow, these contestants are really pulling out current hits… i actually have this as one of my ringtones… of course, the key here again is not just to be current, but also to sing well and again, it’s not happening… that crazy little trill there was horrible and that was a complete mess… Kara says no thanks, Paula says it was better than rehearsal… Simon says it was almost horrible… Randy says it was bad, but he’s still pulling for Matt…

Jeanine Vailes a.k.a. the “naughty gal with the boots”… oh dear, that’s a bad outfit… oh man… this night so far has been a terrible example of karaoke… what a weird thing… yeah, she’s terrible… really, really terrible… Paula says that she has great legs… Simon agrees with me and even says it was terrible… Randy continues the love for the legs and says that the best part was the end because that meant it was over… Kara says it was over the top…

Nick Mitchell/Norman Gentle… yeah, like this is going to make the night any better… you know what kills me about this clown is that his vocals can actually be really good… but i think that may be in part because he covers up his flaws with the comedy… i’m pretty sure that he would be mediocre at best if he played it straight… he knows his limits and for that (and that alone) i appreciate him… Simon says that he hopes and prays that he doesn’t make it through… okay, and this is where the schtick really gets annoying… Randy says that was funny… Kara says at least we remember him and that she enjoyed him… Paula says that this is America… i’m not sure if that was a question or a statement… wow, Ryan says probably not… i don’t think he’s ever commited like that before…

Allison Iraheta… she’s going to sing a Heart song… that usually doesn’t bode well… here’s hoping… that red hair is really mesmorizing… it’s such an odd shade of red for hair… oh and she’s starting out well… building up to the big notes… here we go… oh… well, flat, and she really needs to work on her breathing… i hate it when people feel the need to shout in order to make a song louder, thinking that adds to the emotion… it was the best of the night, but it wasn’t my favorite… Randy said she blew it out the box… Kara says that she’s great… Paula pulls out the telephone book… Simon says that she’s the best of the night by a clear mile… i think she sounds like she’s a smoker…

Kris Allen with a K and it’s a guy… i like the hat that he wore to the audition… he’s singing a Michael Jackson song… Man in the Mirror… i sang this in jr. high school i think… the best way to sing a Michael Jackson song is to not try to sound like him at all… for the most part, Kris (with a K) does it pretty well, though he did slip into an impersonation for a slight moment… he did alright, i suppose, but in general stay away from Michael Jackson…

Megan Joy Corkrey aw, she has a two-year old boy… and a tatoo that covers 3/4 of her right arm… nice… and she’s singing a Corinne Bailey Rae song and she’s trying her best to sound just like Corinne… well, maybe that’s her actual voice… she’s very awkward on stage with those little swivels… it’s kind of like what i have to do on Wii Fit to tone my abs… and she’s shouting and man, that’s a weird dress with those two random flowers? buttons? puffballs? something… i guess she’s alright… yeah, actually, she’s pretty good… Paula says she picked the right song and then she lists a bunch of positive adjectives… Simon says that she’s a funny little thing, but that she shouted a bit… Randy says that she’s got a nice tone to her voice… Kara calls her a package artist…

Matt Breitzke… 20 years of the simpsons… man, i’m getting old… i’ve seen less than 20 episodes of the simpsons, by the way… anyway, this is “the welder”… singing Tonic… he’s singing it alright so far… it seems like he’s moving on the stage in efforts to convince the audience that they’re all tripping on acid… slow motion, side-to-side… well, anyway, it was pretty good, but i’d say it was entirely too safe and forgettable… Simon says that he hated that song, but he likes Matt… why argue? what’s that about?… Randy says that it was lacking an edge… Kara says that it didn’t show us any side of him… Paula says that he has a good voice, but bad song choice…

Jesse Langseth… a single mutha… with Bette Davis Eyes… hmm… i’m having a hard time deciding how to describe this… i guess the biggest problem is that her voice doesn’t really fit the song… she’s not annuciating at all and i guess she’s oversinging it… it’s just a weird, weird performance… i can’t really put my finger on it… Randy says that she was just kind of hanging out… Kara says that she was slinky… Paula says that she is captivating… Simon says (without being rude) that she was forgetable…

Kai Kalama… three more to go… What does becomes of the broken-hearted?… why is he snearing at us… you know, his vocal isn’t too bad… i’m not sure how much i like him though… he’s kind of grunting through some of the lower register and i didn’t really like that ending… Kara says that he likes him, but the song was too old-fashioned… Paula thought he could make it if he works really hard… Simon says that it was old-fashioned and that Kai would be a good back-up singer… Randy says yeah, dawg, it’s just too safe…

Mishavonna Henson Julia Roberts doesn’t at all strike me as spy-worthy… Drops of Jupiter by Train (a.k.a. a great Led Zeppelin cover band)… anyway… people make the weirdest faces when the sing, don’t they?… “did the wind sweep you off your feyuuut?”… this isn’t a good song for her… she’s very pitchy here as well… and she’s awkward on stage… oh well… Paula says it wasn’t a good song choice… Simon says that she’s very serious, but cold… she swears that she’s not a 50-year old… duh… Randy says that Simon’s right, she feels way too old… Kara says that she didn’t mind the song, just Misha… nice…

Adam Lambert why does this guy seems so familiar to me? I just feel like i’ve seen him trying to sing in a contest before… he can’t get no satisfaction… he’s got some pretty good stage presence though… that’s refreshing, especially for this night… he’s got a pretty sweet 90s rocker voice… and i actually enjoyed that performance… Simon wants Paula to go and she doesn’t have any words, but that it’s an Adam Lambert concert… Simon finds it difficult… part excruciating and part brilliant… love it or hate it… Randy says he loved it and he drops “da bomb” on him… Kara says that some crazy stuff… in a good way…

And now, my picks…
-top guy: Adam Lambert
-top gal: Allison Iraheta
-extra: Megan Joy Corkrey

peace… love… bdg…

americanidol18 Feb 2009 03:59 pm

okay, i haven’t really said much about American Idol as of yet, because i don’t pay all that much attention to the big parade of highlights that the producers think will bring in ratings… i don’t know any of these final 36 by name so this is, for all intents and purposes, the first impressions on each of these… here we go…

American Idol’s Final 36 (part 1)…

Jackie Tohn – so this is the gal who broke the window in NY… got it… she’s slinking onto the stage like a cross between a sleezy lounge singer and that chick from Flashdance… and, she’s shrieking which i don’t like… that’s a really bad outfit actually… this is a really bad performance actually… Elvis would roll over in his grave if he could… Randy says it was all good on the entertainment side… Kara and Paula stroke her ego and Simon lays down the honesty… well, her parents are proud, so, i guess that seals it… GET THEM OFF THE CAMERA…

Ricky Braddy – i kind of missed the little interview thing here, but i guess he quit his job to do this… okay… you know… this guy’s got a pretty decent voice… it’s definitely a whiter shade of soul, but it’s solid and really impressive… the outfit isn’t too bad – is that velvet? – but his performance is rather understated… not much to it other than the voice… Randy says this is the *real* beginning of season eight… Kara and Paula are fawning… and Simon says that he’s a shy guy with a good voice, but no charisma… oh, are they going to feature everyone’s parents?… the Braddy Bunch… nice…

Alexis Grace so i guess she’s traded in the “dirtied-up” image for a hairdo from the Motown era and a Madonna dress… i think the coolest thing about her was that pink streaks in her hair and now it’s kind of hidden… and she really shouldn’t be singing Aretha… she’s not terrible or anything, but she’s not on that level… the ending was pretty nice… overdone, but good… Randy says, WHAT?… Kara calls her on her Christina wannabe nature (Genie in a bottle, dirrty)… Simon says she’s blown away the other two…

Brent Keith we’re getting all countried up for this one… i don’t think that i’ve ever heard this song before and i don’t think that i’ve been missing much… i’m actually not too sure what to say about this… he’s jumping around and all, but i don’t think it’s much of a rocking song, nor is his vocal all that impressive… i think it’s about a half octave higher than i’d like… Randy likes him, Kara says he held back, Paula acts like a parrot, pulling comments from Randy and Kara… and Simon asks what has happened to Bucky Covington… and then he notes that it was forgettable, but Brent Keith disagrees (of course) and then he goes back and sits too close to Ryan…

Stevie Wright okay, she looks way older than 16… or 17… um, is she whispering? oh there’s her voice… yeah, whispering may have been better… this is a trainwreck… oh you know who she looks like? her face looks like that old troublemaking daughter from Seventh Heaven… oh, but this is more like seven stages of purgatory… Randy says it wasn’t hot… Kara says she’s in the middle of an identity crisis… Paula says she wants a cracker… Simon says that everyone is being too polite and that it was terrible…

Anoop Desai a-Noop dogg… nice… and he’s so gangsta that he’s singing a girl song… i remember when this album came out… it was a big competition between Monica and Brandy as to whose album would sell more… anyway, i digress… so this dude has a pretty good vocal and maybe he’s more comfortable in the upper register, but is he going to sing a girl song every time?… i’m pretty torn on this one… kind of forgettable for me which is too bad… Randy says that it was sharp, Kara says she agrees, Paula says that America has already connected with him and that he sounds like Brian McKnight… Simon says that it was too serious…

Casey Carlson oh dear… she’s singing a Police song… and she’s swanking it up and swapping out she’s for he’s… yeah, i’m gonna say that this isn’t very good… her vocal doesn’t match the song and she’s off pitch a lot… she’s turning it into a broadway tune and it’s just not working at all… it’s too bad because she’s probably got a good look for the contest… Randy says the dawg was lost… Kara says that every little thing about that song was wrong… Paula says that it just didn’t work… Simon tries to find something positive because the singing was atrocious…

Michael Sarver oh a Gavin DeGraw song… well… he clearly doesn’t wanna be anything other than himself, which, by the way, is NOT the next American Idol… this group has really taken a turn for the worse and maybe that’s why the show feels like it’s dragging on and on… he’s way off on this one and he’s making the strangest faces… Randy says where is the soul?… Kara says he’s likeable, but that’s not the best… Paula takes a stand and says that he did a real good job but PICK A HAND FOR GOODNESS SAKES!… Simon says that he likes him, but it wasn’t the best vocal and he’ll only get through because he’s likeable…

Ann Marie Boskovich i don’t really like this song, so that’s one strike… but she’s doing alright with it… she moves around the stage rather strangely, kind of stiff and maybe that’s just a little too over the top there belting out those big notes there… like a peacock trying to draw undue attention… it’s just not soulful enough… it’s as stiff vocally as she is in her performance… Randy says that other people have done that song better… Kara says she should’ve sang something more youthful… Paula says that she’s gotten better than when they first met her… Simon says that her voice isn’t good enough for that song…

BRIEF INTERMISSION: okay, so there was just a commercial for the new X-Men movie… um, Ryan Reynolds? okay, then…

Stephen Fowler thank goodness there are only three more… and hey, this dude actually has some soul based on his past performances… and he’ll be singing Rock With You… aw… well, nice try i suppose… he’s about a beat and a half behind the pace, and the vocal is rather weird for this song… and that long note really didn’t make it all the way to the end… well, thanks for playing… Randy says it wasn’t the right song… Kara says that he seemed disconnected… Paula says it’s good that he remembered the lyrics, but it was a kiss of death… Simon says that he might’ve been better off forgetting the lyrics because the whole thing was pointless and corny…

Tatiana Nicole Del Toro okay, i actually do remember these last two… i wish i didn’t remember her and i really hope no one makes her laugh… or talk… or sing… i guess that’s not going to happen… uh man… a Whitney song… the judges are probably already laughing… okay, i’m not going to say much except that it’s every bit as bad as i expected it to be… please let her go home… Randy says that she had some moments… Kara says that Linkin Park is a roller coaster… i mean, Tatiana is a roller coaster… Paula says that Tatiana is the talk of the town… what the heck is going on? i think the judges are afraid to set her off… Simon says that she’s a drama queen who is desperate to be famous…

Danny Gokey last on the docket and i actually like this guy… not just because he’s from Wisconsin and not just because he works at a church… but he’s got a great tone to his voice and, even though he’s singing a Mariah Carey song, he still manages to bring something to it that’s new… oh, that’s a nice bit of power added to the vocal… that was the best of the night… Randy says that he’s redeemed the night… Kara says that he’s a hero (is she going to make puns on song titles all the time)… Paula says it was stellar and something else with a hyphen… Simon says that it was good…

okay, so the top guy and the top gal and one more make it through… Guy: Danny, Gal: Alexis, Third: Ricky Braddy…

peace… love… bdg…

general18 Feb 2009 02:28 pm

okay, i haven’t really said much about American Idol as of yet, because i don’t pay all that much attention to the big parade of highlights that the producers think will bring in ratings… i don’t know any of these final 36 by name so this is, for all intents and purposes, the first impressions on each of these… here we go…

American Idol’s Final 36 (part 1)…

Jackie Tohn – so this is the gal who broke the window in NY… got it… she’s slinking onto the stage like a cross between a sleezy lounge singer and that chick from Flashdance… and, she’s shrieking which i don’t like… that’s a really bad outfit actually… this is a really bad performance actually… Elvis would roll over in his grave if he could… Randy says it was all good on the entertainment side… Kara and Paula stroke her ego and Simon lays down the honesty… well, her parents are proud, so, i guess that seals it… GET THEM OFF THE CAMERA…

Ricky Braddy – i kind of missed the little interview thing here, but i guess he quit his job to do this… okay… you know… this guy’s got a pretty decent voice… it’s definitely a whiter shade of soul, but it’s solid and really impressive… the outfit isn’t too bad – is that velvet? – but his performance is rather understated… not much to it other than the voice… Randy says this is the *real* beginning of season eight… Kara and Paula are fawning… and Simon says that he’s a shy guy with a good voice, but no charisma… oh, are they going to feature everyone’s parents?… the Braddy Bunch… nice…

Alexis Grace so i guess she’s traded in the “dirtied-up” image for a hairdo from the Motown era and a Madonna dress… i think the coolest thing about her was that pink streaks in her hair and now it’s kind of hidden… and she really shouldn’t be singing Aretha… she’s not terrible or anything, but she’s not on that level… the ending was pretty nice… overdone, but good… Randy says, WHAT?… Kara calls her on her Christina wannabe nature (Genie in a bottle, dirrty)… Simon says she’s blown away the other two…

Brent Keith we’re getting all countried up for this one… i don’t think that i’ve ever heard this song before and i don’t think that i’ve been missing much… i’m actually not too sure what to say about this… he’s jumping around and all, but i don’t think it’s much of a rocking song, nor is his vocal all that impressive… i think it’s about a half octave higher than i’d like… Randy likes him, Kara says he held back, Paula acts like a parrot, pulling comments from Randy and Kara… and Simon asks what has happened to Bucky Covington… and then he notes that it was forgettable, but Brent Keith disagrees (of course) and then he goes back and sits too close to Ryan…

Stevie Wright okay, she looks way older than 16… or 17… um, is she whispering? oh there’s her voice… yeah, whispering may have been better… this is a trainwreck… oh you know who she looks like? her face looks like that old troublemaking daughter from Seventh Heaven… oh, but this is more like seven stages of purgatory… Randy says it wasn’t hot… Kara says she’s in the middle of an identity crisis… Paula says she wants a cracker… Simon says that everyone is being too polite and that it was terrible…

Anoop Desai a-Noop dogg… nice… and he’s so gangsta that he’s singing a girl song… i remember when this album came out… it was a big competition between Monica and Brandy as to whose album would sell more… anyway, i digress… so this dude has a pretty good vocal and maybe he’s more comfortable in the upper register, but is he going to sing a girl song every time?… i’m pretty torn on this one… kind of forgettable for me which is too bad… Randy says that it was sharp, Kara says she agrees, Paula says that America has already connected with him and that he sounds like Brian McKnight… Simon says that it was too serious…

Casey Carlson oh dear… she’s singing a Police song… and she’s swanking it up and swapping out she’s for he’s… yeah, i’m gonna say that this isn’t very good… her vocal doesn’t match the song and she’s off pitch a lot… she’s turning it into a broadway tune and it’s just not working at all… it’s too bad because she’s probably got a good look for the contest… Randy says the dawg was lost… Kara says that every little thing about that song was wrong… Paula says that it just didn’t work… Simon tries to find something positive because the singing was atrocious…

Michael Sarver oh a Gavin DeGraw song… well… he clearly doesn’t wanna be anything other than himself, which, by the way, is NOT the next American Idol… this group has really taken a turn for the worse and maybe that’s why the show feels like it’s dragging on and on… he’s way off on this one and he’s making the strangest faces… Randy says where is the soul?… Kara says he’s likeable, but that’s not the best… Paula takes a stand and says that he did a real good job but PICK A HAND FOR GOODNESS SAKES!… Simon says that he likes him, but it wasn’t the best vocal and he’ll only get through because he’s likeable…

Ann Marie Boskovich i don’t really like this song, so that’s one strike… but she’s doing alright with it… she moves around the stage rather strangely, kind of stiff and maybe that’s just a little too over the top there belting out those big notes there… like a peacock trying to draw undue attention… it’s just not soulful enough… it’s as stiff vocally as she is in her performance… Randy says that other people have done that song better… Kara says she should’ve sang something more youthful… Paula says that she’s gotten better than when they first met her… Simon says that her voice isn’t good enough for that song…

BRIEF INTERMISSION: okay, so there was just a commercial for the new X-Men movie… um, Ryan Reynolds? okay, then…

Stephen Fowler thank goodness there are only three more… and hey, this dude actually has some soul based on his past performances… and he’ll be singing Rock With You… aw… well, nice try i suppose… he’s about a beat and a half behind the pace, and the vocal is rather weird for this song… and that long note really didn’t make it all the way to the end… well, thanks for playing… Randy says it wasn’t the right song… Kara says that he seemed disconnected… Paula says it’s good that he remembered the lyrics, but it was a kiss of death… Simon says that he might’ve been better off forgetting the lyrics because the whole thing was pointless and corny…

Tatiana Nicole Del Toro okay, i actually do remember these last two… i wish i didn’t remember her and i really hope no one makes her laugh… or talk… or sing… i guess that’s not going to happen… uh man… a Whitney song… the judges are probably already laughing… okay, i’m not going to say much except that it’s every bit as bad as i expected it to be… please let her go home… Randy says that she had some moments… Kara says that Linkin Park is a roller coaster… i mean, Tatiana is a roller coaster… Paula says that Tatiana is the talk of the town… what the heck is going on? i think the judges are afraid to set her off… Simon says that she’s a drama queen who is desperate to be famous…

Danny Gokey last on the docket and i actually like this guy… not just because he’s from Wisconsin and not just because he works at a church… but he’s got a great tone to his voice and, even though he’s singing a Mariah Carey song, he still manages to bring something to it that’s new… oh, that’s a nice bit of power added to the vocal… that was the best of the night… Randy says that he’s redeemed the night… Kara says that he’s a hero (is she going to make puns on song titles all the time)… Paula says it was stellar and something else with a hyphen… Simon says that it was good…

okay, so the top guy and the top gal and one more make it through… Guy: Danny, Gal: Alexis, Third: Ricky Braddy…

peace… love… bdg…

Bookshelf17 Feb 2009 10:17 am

Happy President’s Day… hopefully, you all had a wonderful day off or at least a light day of work… i went to Lowe’s in order to replace an exploding light fixture and, after relaxing around the house, got to watch little boy at his basketball practice… he did really well and it may be starting “click” for him…

now, though, we turn our attention to a book…

now playing: Why Don’t You Look into Jesus – Larry Norman

Churched by Matthew Paul Turner

i was pretty interested in getting ahold of this book once i heard that it was coming out and when i finally did, i elevated it to the top of my waiting list… i’ve enjoyed a few of Turner’s other writings and i expected this to be a fun read as well…

often times when i finish reading a book, i begin asking questions that have been proposed during the course of the text and that was the case here… the questions i’m left with upon completing Churched are a bit different, however… the biggest questions echoing in my mind circle around Turner’s intentions… i’m not entirely certain who the intended audience is or what Turner was hoping to accomplish with this book…

Churched is certainly an enjoyable read… it’s entertaining and it’s written with a conversational tone that just makes you feel welcomed and part of the journey… but, at the end, i’m not sure where the destination was… the book seems a bit heavy on the airing of grievances and a bit light on the substance… at times it felt like a therapy session for Turner and i’m okay with that on some level… i’m even okay with the lack of resolution… i actually appreciate that honesty, but all-in-all, after the humor of some of the described scenarios wore off, it was something like an exercise in the beating of a dead horse…

Perhaps i missed some of the point – and don’t get me wrong, it is a fun read – it’s just that, i’m not sure what point, if any, that it’s making… i think it’s been pretty well established that people can run amuck when it comes to applying religion to everyday life and i’m glad that Turner was able to overcome the stumbling blocks of good intentions… i’m just not sure he’s really over it… and maybe that’s okay too…

now playing: Do Something – Sharlok Poems (ft. Cookbook, Joey the Jerk and BTwice)

Alright, that’s that… i should be back later today, but first i need to turn my attention to that there light fixture…

peace… love… bdg…

general17 Feb 2009 09:17 am

Happy President’s Day… hopefully, you all had a wonderful day off or at least a light day of work… i went to Lowe’s in order to replace an exploding light fixture and, after relaxing around the house, got to watch little boy at his basketball practice… he did really well and it may be starting “click” for him…

now, though, we turn our attention to a book…

now playing: Why Don’t You Look into Jesus – Larry Norman

Churched by Matthew Paul Turner

i was pretty interested in getting ahold of this book once i heard that it was coming out and when i finally did, i elevated it to the top of my waiting list… i’ve enjoyed a few of Turner’s other writings and i expected this to be a fun read as well…

often times when i finish reading a book, i begin asking questions that have been proposed during the course of the text and that was the case here… the questions i’m left with upon completing Churched are a bit different, however… the biggest questions echoing in my mind circle around Turner’s intentions… i’m not entirely certain who the intended audience is or what Turner was hoping to accomplish with this book…

Churched is certainly an enjoyable read… it’s entertaining and it’s written with a conversational tone that just makes you feel welcomed and part of the journey… but, at the end, i’m not sure where the destination was… the book seems a bit heavy on the airing of grievances and a bit light on the substance… at times it felt like a therapy session for Turner and i’m okay with that on some level… i’m even okay with the lack of resolution… i actually appreciate that honesty, but all-in-all, after the humor of some of the described scenarios wore off, it was something like an exercise in the beating of a dead horse…

Perhaps i missed some of the point – and don’t get me wrong, it is a fun read – it’s just that, i’m not sure what point, if any, that it’s making… i think it’s been pretty well established that people can run amuck when it comes to applying religion to everyday life and i’m glad that Turner was able to overcome the stumbling blocks of good intentions… i’m just not sure he’s really over it… and maybe that’s okay too…

now playing: Do Something – Sharlok Poems (ft. Cookbook, Joey the Jerk and BTwice)

Alright, that’s that… i should be back later today, but first i need to turn my attention to that there light fixture…

peace… love… bdg…

pop culture13 Feb 2009 12:10 pm

Before i dig into this season of LOST, i thought that i’d take a stab at another show that i’ve been watching this year since it’s recently gone on a brief hiatus from the air, returning in April… the show is Fringe and it’s further evidence that JJ Abrams has plans to turn us all into sci-fi loving, trekkie geeks…

now playing: Supernatural – dcTalk

I can’t remember if i’ve written anything of substance about Fringe in the past – i think i’ve only briefly mentioned it – but now it’s time to discuss a little bit more… It’s hard to believe that they’ve already aired 14 episodes of the show already, partly because the airings have been somewhat sporatic and partly because the series started off with a rather slow pace… This week’s episode (Ability), however, marked the “this changes everything” moment that is prominent in every JJ Abrams entity…

The beauty of the show, as with all the JJ Abrams shows that i’ve watched and enjoyed, is the intricacy and layers of planning that have clearly gone into the overarching storyline… that and the deft balance of intensity with unexpected humor… this comic relief comes from the most intense of characters, Walter Bishop, a fringe scientist who has clearly seen too much and experienced too many scientific breakthroughs… he’s quite a character and each episode reveals more about his troubled past, though there’s plenty more to be explored, especially in light of the floating “y” at the end of this week’s episode…

The other main characters have enough going for them to keep them from being flat or stock as well and the ensemble really proves to be compelling… i never watched X Files, but i’m assuming it was kind of like this, but i’m certain that Fringe takes that premise to entirely new levels…

I’m not going to get into any theories at the moment, but perhaps, i’ll revisit that in April when they begin the next batch of episodes… It’s definietly a series that’s gotten its legs under it and is worth checking out if you don’t mind some instances of grotesque afflictions… and beware, Abrams will turn you into a sci-fi junkie if you’re not careful…

peace… love… bdg…

general13 Feb 2009 11:01 am

Before i dig into this season of LOST, i thought that i’d take a stab at another show that i’ve been watching this year since it’s recently gone on a brief hiatus from the air, returning in April… the show is Fringe and it’s further evidence that JJ Abrams has plans to turn us all into sci-fi loving, trekkie geeks…

now playing: Supernatural – dcTalk

I can’t remember if i’ve written anything of substance about Fringe in the past – i think i’ve only briefly mentioned it – but now it’s time to discuss a little bit more… It’s hard to believe that they’ve already aired 14 episodes of the show already, partly because the airings have been somewhat sporatic and partly because the series started off with a rather slow pace… This week’s episode (Ability), however, marked the “this changes everything” moment that is prominent in every JJ Abrams entity…

The beauty of the show, as with all the JJ Abrams shows that i’ve watched and enjoyed, is the intricacy and layers of planning that have clearly gone into the overarching storyline… that and the deft balance of intensity with unexpected humor… this comic relief comes from the most intense of characters, Walter Bishop, a fringe scientist who has clearly seen too much and experienced too many scientific breakthroughs… he’s quite a character and each episode reveals more about his troubled past, though there’s plenty more to be explored, especially in light of the floating “y” at the end of this week’s episode…

The other main characters have enough going for them to keep them from being flat or stock as well and the ensemble really proves to be compelling… i never watched X Files, but i’m assuming it was kind of like this, but i’m certain that Fringe takes that premise to entirely new levels…

I’m not going to get into any theories at the moment, but perhaps, i’ll revisit that in April when they begin the next batch of episodes… It’s definietly a series that’s gotten its legs under it and is worth checking out if you don’t mind some instances of grotesque afflictions… and beware, Abrams will turn you into a sci-fi junkie if you’re not careful…

peace… love… bdg…

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