March 2009


americanidol&pop culture&television31 Mar 2009 10:41 pm

Okay, so, this is an interesting theme for the show… popular downloads on iTunes… i wonder, does that mean songs in the Top Songs list? i’m gonna go ahead and load that list up and keep that available for me… it’s funny to see Ryan doing his thing in the radio world… okay enough chitter chatter… off we go…

NINE MORE LEFT

now playing: You Found Me – The Fray

Anoop-a-noop… singing Holla by Usher… and he’s crowded out by the forefront singers… see, i’m not so sure that this is a good thing… more energy and all that… last time he did that it was the Michael Jackson trainwreck… and yeah, this really doesn’t work for me… he’s still kind of imitating MJ… and his vocal turns into screaming way too often… i wasn’t into that one… let’s see… Randy says he picked up his swagger, but still the wrong song… Kara says that he played it too safe and it sounded like he did it on a dare… Paula says she wasn’t sure at first, but his vocals were good… Simon says it was a complete and utter mess… Anoop says everything is everything and he wants to be an R&B singer…

Megan Joy “Lydia”… iTunes is being stupid… maybe it’s my computer or connection… i swear my cable company has it in for me… she’s going to try and bounce back with a Lauryn Hill version of a Bob Marley song… that might work… um… or not… hey, why is she dressed up like 1980’s era Madonna? is that current?… you know, i try to like her and it’s probably better than last week, but everything in me screams FAKE!… i don’t think she is who she says she is… Kara says she’s in trouble… bad song choice – should’ve picked Adele… Paula says that she needs to take us by surprise… Simon says the problem was it was boring, indulgent and motonous… Randy says bad song choice… she snarkily argues and says that she’s good anyway…

“Gokey Dokey” okay, finally the iTunes page loaded… and so far none of these songs have been on the top 100… and, well, Rascal Flatts is, but not this song… anyway… What Hurts the Most… oh, it’s a slow one… i’m not exactly a Rascal Flatts fan, so i’m not familiar with it… wow, he’s really nailing it though… i mean, assuming that’s what it’s supposed to sound like… i bet one of the judges says that the night has finally begun… good job Danny boy… Paula says this is where he thrives and she wants to hear it again… Simon says it was his best of the competition and he blew away the first two… Randy says the night starts right here… i KNEW IT!… Kara says it was emotionally moving…

now playing: Heartless – Kanye West

Allison “Red” singing Don’t Speak by No Doubt, which is a good ten or twelve years old, right?… She’s playing the guitar for the first time and… oh no, it sounds like she’s struggling with the lyrics… and she has no fire in her vocals tonight… not a good time to be timid… certainly a low point for her… Simon says, no, Randy starts… Randy says she was ahead of the beat and what a crazy outfit… Kara says it doesn’t matter ’cause you can’t stop the rock, but it felt forced… Paula calls her guitar an axe to sound cool and that she’s tenacious and going to go far… Simon says the outfit belongs in the Addams family and it was so distracting that she was lost in it all…

“Mistah Scott-tare”… will be singing a Billy Joel song and he’s going to strip it down so that it’s really slow and intimate… just like he does every week… i think the piano is just a little bit closer this week… a bit of pitch issues, but nothing worse than that hair style… you know, i kind of appreciate Billy Joel a lot more now… i don’t like this guy… Kara says that he made some smart choices tonight and that it was moving and honest… Paula says that she’s most proud of him among all the contestants… Simon says it was his best performance by a country mile… Randy says one of the best of the night several times…

Matt Giraud 5 is picking a song for himself with The Fray’s You Found Me… hopefully he doesn’t butcher it like he did to Coldplay’s tune… oh, well, so much for that notion… really, what on earth do the judges keep talking about with this guy?… he’s absolutely horrible… i mean, it’s karaoke to the nth degree… he’s just plain off and not good at all… Paula says it was not a great performance – like when he did Coldplay… Simon says he didn’t get it at all – somebody trying to be somebody else… not a commercial song? it’s the first one that’s actually on the top 100… Randy says wrong song choice… Kara says he needs to find out who he is… rock or pop…

now playing: Chasing Pavements – ADELE

Lil Rounds oh no… a Celine Dion song?… ugh sorry Ugh (with a capital U)… well, come on, she’s got a good, maybe great voice, but why would she pick this song… and it feels about as lifeless as her hair looks… she hits a few power notes… misses a few others… i didn’t like it really… Randy says he wouldn’t have picked the song, but she sang it really well, but it’s too old… Kara says something younger would’ve been better… Paula says no AC, give us the energy… Simon says it was playing it safe, but it would’ve been better at a wedding… they try to save her by playing the cute kids card…

“Wicked” Adam is gonna get funky with Wild Cherry?… fasten your seatbelts… oh, that Wild Cherry… how about that… here we go… i like the swagger to the arrangement… it’s a little slower than i’d like to have seen… and honestly, i’m not sure why on earth he picked this song… it’s really not anywhere near his best performance… that was over the top and sure to draw an “indulgent” comment from Simon… i generally like this guy, but that wasn’t it… Paula says something about true genius and then includes him with Mick Jagger and Steven Tyler… Simon says at least it wasn’t karaoke… Randy says he worked it out and he was in the star zone… Adam tributes the band… Kara says that it was like Studio 57…

Kris “With a K” Fringe is back NEXT WEEK… and Glee starts soon… wonderful… anyway… Kris is going to try to be memorable and make a moment… singing Ain’t No Sunshine with a keyboard and there’s a bit of strings there waiting for their cue… see, now this dude is a hundred times better than Matt… even though this song’s been done to death, i don’t mind hearing it again… it’s nice… good way to close things out… Randy says he is in the zone… Kara actually counted right and says that is artistry… Paula says that could be the first cut from his album… Simon says it was a very good arrangement and a good performance…

now playing: Home Sweet Home – Carrie Underwood

MY PICKS

Bottom Three: Anoop, Megan, Matt

Going Home Sweet Home: Matt Giraud

peace… love… bdg…

general31 Mar 2009 10:27 pm

Okay, so, this is an interesting theme for the show… popular downloads on iTunes… i wonder, does that mean songs in the Top Songs list? i’m gonna go ahead and load that list up and keep that available for me… it’s funny to see Ryan doing his thing in the radio world… okay enough chitter chatter… off we go…

NINE MORE LEFT

now playing: You Found Me – The Fray

Anoop-a-noop… singing Holla by Usher… and he’s crowded out by the forefront singers… see, i’m not so sure that this is a good thing… more energy and all that… last time he did that it was the Michael Jackson trainwreck… and yeah, this really doesn’t work for me… he’s still kind of imitating MJ… and his vocal turns into screaming way too often… i wasn’t into that one… let’s see… Randy says he picked up his swagger, but still the wrong song… Kara says that he played it too safe and it sounded like he did it on a dare… Paula says she wasn’t sure at first, but his vocals were good… Simon says it was a complete and utter mess… Anoop says everything is everything and he wants to be an R&B singer…

Megan Joy “Lydia”… iTunes is being stupid… maybe it’s my computer or connection… i swear my cable company has it in for me… she’s going to try and bounce back with a Lauryn Hill version of a Bob Marley song… that might work… um… or not… hey, why is she dressed up like 1980’s era Madonna? is that current?… you know, i try to like her and it’s probably better than last week, but everything in me screams FAKE!… i don’t think she is who she says she is… Kara says she’s in trouble… bad song choice – should’ve picked Adele… Paula says that she needs to take us by surprise… Simon says the problem was it was boring, indulgent and motonous… Randy says bad song choice… she snarkily argues and says that she’s good anyway…

“Gokey Dokey” okay, finally the iTunes page loaded… and so far none of these songs have been on the top 100… and, well, Rascal Flatts is, but not this song… anyway… What Hurts the Most… oh, it’s a slow one… i’m not exactly a Rascal Flatts fan, so i’m not familiar with it… wow, he’s really nailing it though… i mean, assuming that’s what it’s supposed to sound like… i bet one of the judges says that the night has finally begun… good job Danny boy… Paula says this is where he thrives and she wants to hear it again… Simon says it was his best of the competition and he blew away the first two… Randy says the night starts right here… i KNEW IT!… Kara says it was emotionally moving…

now playing: Heartless – Kanye West

Allison “Red” singing Don’t Speak by No Doubt, which is a good ten or twelve years old, right?… She’s playing the guitar for the first time and… oh no, it sounds like she’s struggling with the lyrics… and she has no fire in her vocals tonight… not a good time to be timid… certainly a low point for her… Simon says, no, Randy starts… Randy says she was ahead of the beat and what a crazy outfit… Kara says it doesn’t matter ’cause you can’t stop the rock, but it felt forced… Paula calls her guitar an axe to sound cool and that she’s tenacious and going to go far… Simon says the outfit belongs in the Addams family and it was so distracting that she was lost in it all…

“Mistah Scott-tare”… will be singing a Billy Joel song and he’s going to strip it down so that it’s really slow and intimate… just like he does every week… i think the piano is just a little bit closer this week… a bit of pitch issues, but nothing worse than that hair style… you know, i kind of appreciate Billy Joel a lot more now… i don’t like this guy… Kara says that he made some smart choices tonight and that it was moving and honest… Paula says that she’s most proud of him among all the contestants… Simon says it was his best performance by a country mile… Randy says one of the best of the night several times…

Matt Giraud 5 is picking a song for himself with The Fray’s You Found Me… hopefully he doesn’t butcher it like he did to Coldplay’s tune… oh, well, so much for that notion… really, what on earth do the judges keep talking about with this guy?… he’s absolutely horrible… i mean, it’s karaoke to the nth degree… he’s just plain off and not good at all… Paula says it was not a great performance – like when he did Coldplay… Simon says he didn’t get it at all – somebody trying to be somebody else… not a commercial song? it’s the first one that’s actually on the top 100… Randy says wrong song choice… Kara says he needs to find out who he is… rock or pop…

now playing: Chasing Pavements – ADELE

Lil Rounds oh no… a Celine Dion song?… ugh sorry Ugh (with a capital U)… well, come on, she’s got a good, maybe great voice, but why would she pick this song… and it feels about as lifeless as her hair looks… she hits a few power notes… misses a few others… i didn’t like it really… Randy says he wouldn’t have picked the song, but she sang it really well, but it’s too old… Kara says something younger would’ve been better… Paula says no AC, give us the energy… Simon says it was playing it safe, but it would’ve been better at a wedding… they try to save her by playing the cute kids card…

“Wicked” Adam is gonna get funky with Wild Cherry?… fasten your seatbelts… oh, that Wild Cherry… how about that… here we go… i like the swagger to the arrangement… it’s a little slower than i’d like to have seen… and honestly, i’m not sure why on earth he picked this song… it’s really not anywhere near his best performance… that was over the top and sure to draw an “indulgent” comment from Simon… i generally like this guy, but that wasn’t it… Paula says something about true genius and then includes him with Mick Jagger and Steven Tyler… Simon says at least it wasn’t karaoke… Randy says he worked it out and he was in the star zone… Adam tributes the band… Kara says that it was like Studio 57…

Kris “With a K” Fringe is back NEXT WEEK… and Glee starts soon… wonderful… anyway… Kris is going to try to be memorable and make a moment… singing Ain’t No Sunshine with a keyboard and there’s a bit of strings there waiting for their cue… see, now this dude is a hundred times better than Matt… even though this song’s been done to death, i don’t mind hearing it again… it’s nice… good way to close things out… Randy says he is in the zone… Kara actually counted right and says that is artistry… Paula says that could be the first cut from his album… Simon says it was a very good arrangement and a good performance…

now playing: Home Sweet Home – Carrie Underwood

MY PICKS

Bottom Three: Anoop, Megan, Matt
Going Home Sweet Home: Matt Giraud

peace… love… bdg…

Bookshelf31 Mar 2009 03:43 pm

I’m going to try and write a lot today, so we’ll see how that goes… first up, a book review…

now playing: My Deliverer – Mandisa


Deliver Us from Evelyn by Chris Well

One of the first book reviews that i ever wrote, well, actually, the first book feature that i wrote included a review of Forgiving Solomon Long by Chris Well… now – it’s been a long time coming (on my behalf) – i’m finally getting around to Well’s second novel and yet, the results are pretty much the same… i enjoyed the book a lot… but let’s back up a second…

first, i picked up the book on the sales rack, and i’m informed that it looks like a girl book… cover design aside, Evelyn would likely appeal to the ladies as well as guys, though, i’m insisting that it is a guy book… there are mobsters, killings, mystery, and witty banter aplenty as can be expected based on Well’s previous novel and this time around, a few capers…

Written from a number of different perspectives and in a number of different writing styles, the book will keep the attention of even the most A.D.D. of readers and the twists and turns will keep you turning the pages as fast as your eyes can carry you… Well fosters an excellent relationship between the reader and the characters which engages you in the narrative… overall, a well-written escape from the rigors of actual life, though, the ending left me a little unfulfilled…

Needless to say, i’m already looking forward to Tribulation House, which is already queued up in my list of books to read next…

peace… love… bdg…

general31 Mar 2009 03:35 pm

I’m going to try and write a lot today, so we’ll see how that goes… first up, a book review…

now playing: My Deliverer – Mandisa

Deliver Us from Evelyn by Chris Well
One of the first book reviews that i ever wrote, well, actually, the first book feature that i wrote included a review of Forgiving Solomon Long by Chris Well… now – it’s been a long time coming (on my behalf) – i’m finally getting around to Well’s second novel and yet, the results are pretty much the same… i enjoyed the book a lot… but let’s back up a second…

first, i picked up the book on the sales rack, and i’m informed that it looks like a girl book… cover design aside, Evelyn would likely appeal to the ladies as well as guys, though, i’m insisting that it is a guy book… there are mobsters, killings, mystery, and witty banter aplenty as can be expected based on Well’s previous novel and this time around, a few capers…

Written from a number of different perspectives and in a number of different writing styles, the book will keep the attention of even the most A.D.D. of readers and the twists and turns will keep you turning the pages as fast as your eyes can carry you… Well fosters an excellent relationship between the reader and the characters which engages you in the narrative… overall, a well-written escape from the rigors of actual life, though, the ending left me a little unfulfilled…

Needless to say, i’m already looking forward to Tribulation House, which is already queued up in my list of books to read next…

peace… love… bdg…

americanidol26 Mar 2009 09:25 am

This week we’re being treated? to yet another MoTown week… we’ll see how this year’s class of contestants connect with and reinterpret songs from Hitsville USA… i anticipate a number of trainwrecks and a few decent performances… i’ll be particularly interested to see what Lil Rounds chooses and, of course, how Adam turns MoTown inside out with a squelching rock opera… off we go…

AND THEN THERE WERE TEN

now playing: Cruisin’ – Smokey Robinson

Matt Giraud 5 from the last spot to the first, Matt is getting all maroon 5-ish with the dirty classic, “Let’s Get It On” by Marvinn Gaye… starting off at the piano and a slightly different arrangement, it’s not too bad… wait, now that he’s away from the piano, it’s not working out well for him… he’s pitchy and totally out of breath… eh, it was alright, but he just doesn’t really have it for me… Randy says that he worked it out and he’s challenging for the top spot… Kara talks dirty to him and says that it was solid… Paula says he has a sexy, cool vibe… Simon says it was a brilliant song choice and that he is a frontrunner… i’m just scratching my head at all this love… (has taken it’s toll on me… )

Kris “With a K” Kris and Matt are kind of interchangeable for me and, go figure, they’re both singing Marvin Gaye songs… “How Sweet It Is“… Kris is apparently a fan of numbers… 6181980… 38397… oh, i guess that’s a uniform of some sort… anyway… he’s vocal is quite a bit better than Matt’s and he’s actually brought something new to the arrangement with the whole singer-songwriter vibe to it… it’s pretty nice… Kara says that he made his mark on that song… Paula says that she like him… Simon says he needs more swagger… Randy says it’s all good, baby…

“Mistah Scott-tare”… well, Scott’s gonna stick with the piano… and he’s gonna sing a girl song again… “You Can’t Hurry Love“… Scott may have two numbers listed at the end… one for voting and one for dating… blah… i do like how he plays the piano, but i do not like the slow pace of this song so far… okay, he’s picking it up a little bit… you know, i think i figured it out… his voice is just flat… there are absolutely NO DYNAMICS to it at all… it’s like a flatline on the equalizer… i think he messed up the lyrics there at the end, too… well, i didn’t like it… not exactly a trainwreck, but really nothing to write home about… maybe it’s bottom threesville this time… Paula says it had a whole new life… Simon says he couldn’t take much more… wrong song choice… Randy says that he agrees with Simon and that it was very average… Kara says he brought tempo, but he didn’t nail the melodies… arguments and discussions ensue… Paula gives Simon crayons and coloring books… odd… very odd…

Megan Joy “Lydia” singing “For Once in My Life” a Stevie Wonder… Smokey says that she’s “different”… Megan minus the flu kicks off with a a nice horn section, an interesting outfit… Simon has an odd look on his face… i really like the style of singing that she’s trying to pull off, but i think that the fact that it’s fake is really starting to show… and she’s unfortunately wearing a little thin on me… can we say trainwreck?… this one just didn’t work… Randy says… oh my goodness… trainwreck!… score!… Kara says bad song choice and it was all over the place… Paula says that she is stunningly beautiful and Simon says that doesn’t matter and Paula says that yes, she is stunning, but she didn’t sing it well… Simon says it was horrible…

Anoop-a-noop… finally someone is singing a Smokey Robinson song… Anoop has got guts… “ooh, Baby, Baby“… and it’s actually pretty good, that was a pretty rough note there early on, but he’s recovered well and he’s really got that falsetto working overtime… yeah, i liked it man… say what?… Kara says that very hard to do and he did it pretty well… Paula says that he needs more confidence, but he’s doing a good job… Simon says that it was a great vocal, but he needs to wake up… Randy says that he should turn it back up next week… i think he won the first half of the show…

now playing: What’s Going On – Marvin Gaye

Mikey the Mechanic i think that the new Osbournes show looks like a plague on society… also, i can’t quite believe that there are seven guys left and only three gals… how did THAT happen?… anyway, Mikey is churching up “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg“… too bad that means that he’s been told all his life how good he is when really, he’s just okay… i think that he’s doing his part to even out the gender odds… yeah, he’s really churching it up all right… grunting, howling and kiching it into a whole new decade… ouch… toot! toot!… chugga chugga!… CRASH BAM POW!… Paula says, “oh, boy”… Las Vegas lounge act… Simon says he couldn’t wait for it to end… and on and on… (sorry, he started arguing and i just hit fast-forward… i can’t really stand that)…

Lil Rounds She’s gonna sing “Heat Wave“… Ryan is doing the crowd shot, which has become a staple apparently… oh no… that outfit isn’t right… and she’s not really connecting with the song as well as i had hoped… i mean, well, it’s okay and it’s pretty true to the original, but it’s just not near what i was anticipating… she’s safe and it was better than last week, but i’m a little disappointed… Randy says it wasn’t the right song choice because it didn’t showcase her vocal… Kara says, yeah, you look great, but this should’ve been her week and she didn’t nail it… and then she kind of repeats what i just typed… Paula disagrees completely… Simon says it was a nice tribute to MoTown, but it wasn’t the best song choice…

“Wicked” Adam now, let’s see if Adam lets me down, too… he’s singing a Smokey tune as well… “Tracks of My Tears“… YES!… okay, he’s unplugged and slicked out with a nice classy look… and the vocal is on point… my goodness… he’s miles ahead of everyone else… lightyears… man… i don’t even know what more to say… it’s spectacular… and it’s completely not what anyone probably expected… that was HOT, YO!… Smokey gave him the standing O… Kara says understates it by saying it was one of the best of the night… Paula says he’s in his own league and he’s “it”… Simon says it was “the” best of the night… original, excellent songwriting and relevant… Randy says he’s very happy that he proved how hot of an artist he is…

“Gokey Dokey” it must be pretty awkward for these song coaches… anyway… Gokey is singing “Get Ready“… and he’s packing the power vocals from the beginning this time… doesn’t want to be called boring again… he’s doing pretty well and that little dance number with the background singers will certainly draw some comments from Simon… it was good… Paula decides to be Dr. Seuss… Simon says it was clumsy… Randy says it had a great energy… Kara says he has a good, not great personality…

Allison “Red” why is Matthew Perry remaking 30 Going on 13? and how are they running so thin on time when there’s one less performer than last week? bad time management… anyway… Red is singing “Papa Was a Rolling Stone” which probably gets sung at least once each year… she’s placed here to boost her votes since she was in the bottom three last week and the judges, they love her… well, it’s pretty good, but i think there’s something about the vocal that disconnects her from the audience… she’s probably fine though… Randy says she’s dope and blazing hot… Kara tells us all to vote… Paula has a mustache… and thinks that Red is awesome… Simon says she’s a survivor and that she’s bounced back…

MY PICKS

Bottom Three: Michael, Megan, Scott

Going Home Sweet Home: Michael

peace… love… bdg…

general26 Mar 2009 09:22 am

This week we’re being treated? to yet another MoTown week… we’ll see how this year’s class of contestants connect with and reinterpret songs from Hitsville USA… i anticipate a number of trainwrecks and a few decent performances… i’ll be particularly interested to see what Lil Rounds chooses and, of course, how Adam turns MoTown inside out with a squelching rock opera… off we go…

AND THEN THERE WERE TEN

now playing: Cruisin’ – Smokey Robinson

Matt Giraud 5 from the last spot to the first, Matt is getting all maroon 5-ish with the dirty classic, “Let’s Get It On” by Marvinn Gaye… starting off at the piano and a slightly different arrangement, it’s not too bad… wait, now that he’s away from the piano, it’s not working out well for him… he’s pitchy and totally out of breath… eh, it was alright, but he just doesn’t really have it for me… Randy says that he worked it out and he’s challenging for the top spot… Kara talks dirty to him and says that it was solid… Paula says he has a sexy, cool vibe… Simon says it was a brilliant song choice and that he is a frontrunner… i’m just scratching my head at all this love… (has taken it’s toll on me… )

Kris “With a K” Kris and Matt are kind of interchangeable for me and, go figure, they’re both singing Marvin Gaye songs… “How Sweet It Is“… Kris is apparently a fan of numbers… 6181980… 38397… oh, i guess that’s a uniform of some sort… anyway… he’s vocal is quite a bit better than Matt’s and he’s actually brought something new to the arrangement with the whole singer-songwriter vibe to it… it’s pretty nice… Kara says that he made his mark on that song… Paula says that she like him… Simon says he needs more swagger… Randy says it’s all good, baby…

“Mistah Scott-tare”… well, Scott’s gonna stick with the piano… and he’s gonna sing a girl song again… “You Can’t Hurry Love“… Scott may have two numbers listed at the end… one for voting and one for dating… blah… i do like how he plays the piano, but i do not like the slow pace of this song so far… okay, he’s picking it up a little bit… you know, i think i figured it out… his voice is just flat… there are absolutely NO DYNAMICS to it at all… it’s like a flatline on the equalizer… i think he messed up the lyrics there at the end, too… well, i didn’t like it… not exactly a trainwreck, but really nothing to write home about… maybe it’s bottom threesville this time… Paula says it had a whole new life… Simon says he couldn’t take much more… wrong song choice… Randy says that he agrees with Simon and that it was very average… Kara says he brought tempo, but he didn’t nail the melodies… arguments and discussions ensue… Paula gives Simon crayons and coloring books… odd… very odd…

Megan Joy “Lydia” singing “For Once in My Life” a Stevie Wonder… Smokey says that she’s “different”… Megan minus the flu kicks off with a a nice horn section, an interesting outfit… Simon has an odd look on his face… i really like the style of singing that she’s trying to pull off, but i think that the fact that it’s fake is really starting to show… and she’s unfortunately wearing a little thin on me… can we say trainwreck?… this one just didn’t work… Randy says… oh my goodness… trainwreck!… score!… Kara says bad song choice and it was all over the place… Paula says that she is stunningly beautiful and Simon says that doesn’t matter and Paula says that yes, she is stunning, but she didn’t sing it well… Simon says it was horrible…

Anoop-a-noop… finally someone is singing a Smokey Robinson song… Anoop has got guts… “ooh, Baby, Baby“… and it’s actually pretty good, that was a pretty rough note there early on, but he’s recovered well and he’s really got that falsetto working overtime… yeah, i liked it man… say what?… Kara says that very hard to do and he did it pretty well… Paula says that he needs more confidence, but he’s doing a good job… Simon says that it was a great vocal, but he needs to wake up… Randy says that he should turn it back up next week… i think he won the first half of the show…

now playing: What’s Going On – Marvin Gaye

Mikey the Mechanic i think that the new Osbournes show looks like a plague on society… also, i can’t quite believe that there are seven guys left and only three gals… how did THAT happen?… anyway, Mikey is churching up “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg“… too bad that means that he’s been told all his life how good he is when really, he’s just okay… i think that he’s doing his part to even out the gender odds… yeah, he’s really churching it up all right… grunting, howling and kiching it into a whole new decade… ouch… toot! toot!… chugga chugga!… CRASH BAM POW!… Paula says, “oh, boy”… Las Vegas lounge act… Simon says he couldn’t wait for it to end… and on and on… (sorry, he started arguing and i just hit fast-forward… i can’t really stand that)…

Lil Rounds She’s gonna sing “Heat Wave“… Ryan is doing the crowd shot, which has become a staple apparently… oh no… that outfit isn’t right… and she’s not really connecting with the song as well as i had hoped… i mean, well, it’s okay and it’s pretty true to the original, but it’s just not near what i was anticipating… she’s safe and it was better than last week, but i’m a little disappointed… Randy says it wasn’t the right song choice because it didn’t showcase her vocal… Kara says, yeah, you look great, but this should’ve been her week and she didn’t nail it… and then she kind of repeats what i just typed… Paula disagrees completely… Simon says it was a nice tribute to MoTown, but it wasn’t the best song choice…

“Wicked” Adam now, let’s see if Adam lets me down, too… he’s singing a Smokey tune as well… “Tracks of My Tears“… YES!… okay, he’s unplugged and slicked out with a nice classy look… and the vocal is on point… my goodness… he’s miles ahead of everyone else… lightyears… man… i don’t even know what more to say… it’s spectacular… and it’s completely not what anyone probably expected… that was HOT, YO!… Smokey gave him the standing O… Kara says understates it by saying it was one of the best of the night… Paula says he’s in his own league and he’s “it”… Simon says it was “the” best of the night… original, excellent songwriting and relevant… Randy says he’s very happy that he proved how hot of an artist he is…

“Gokey Dokey” it must be pretty awkward for these song coaches… anyway… Gokey is singing “Get Ready“… and he’s packing the power vocals from the beginning this time… doesn’t want to be called boring again… he’s doing pretty well and that little dance number with the background singers will certainly draw some comments from Simon… it was good… Paula decides to be Dr. Seuss… Simon says it was clumsy… Randy says it had a great energy… Kara says he has a good, not great personality…

Allison “Red” why is Matthew Perry remaking 30 Going on 13? and how are they running so thin on time when there’s one less performer than last week? bad time management… anyway… Red is singing “Papa Was a Rolling Stone” which probably gets sung at least once each year… she’s placed here to boost her votes since she was in the bottom three last week and the judges, they love her… well, it’s pretty good, but i think there’s something about the vocal that disconnects her from the audience… she’s probably fine though… Randy says she’s dope and blazing hot… Kara tells us all to vote… Paula has a mustache… and thinks that Red is awesome… Simon says she’s a survivor and that she’s bounced back…

MY PICKS

Bottom Three: Michael, Megan, Scott
Going Home Sweet Home: Michael

peace… love… bdg…

pop culture&television24 Mar 2009 11:09 pm

well, life continues on, does it not? I’m churning along through three more books and i’ve spent a good bit of time working with an agency that i’m not sure really has anything to offer… all this and nothing really new as far as leads or anything like that… i did get the results to a myers-briggs personality test and a strong’s occupational interest exam and apparently i’m suited to work a number of jobs that don’t pay much at all…

now now, i know… money isn’t everything – it isn’t even really much of anything, really – but it’s kind of interesting to know… and it makes you wonder about things… kind of a new level of chicken-egg questioning…

anyway, how about some TV talk…

now playing: Never Gonna Be As Big As Jesus – Audio Adrenaline

no American Idol today as once again, the number one show in America is preempeted by America’s current idol, President Obama… that’s right, Obama is a hero to more people than Jesus… Although, God placed eleventh, so if you combine the votes… well, i don’t want to really get into it… moving on with the quickness…

Chuck has recently taken a rather interesting turn… last week’s episode revealed that Chuck himself has been running his own secret investigation with the hopes of revealing the source of the intersect… he’s even hidden a hand-drawn chart visualizing various connections and leads that he’s identified (a la the one on Life)…

Speaking of Life, it’s stuck in a bad timeslot and has all but fallen off of my radar… also, Life on Mars is apparently on its last legs… i haven’t actually watched any of the episodes, but i’ve been meaning to…

anyway, my time has been trimmed unexpectedly, so i’ll talk more later… hope everyone enjoyed the presidential interruption as much as i ignored it…

peace… love… bdg…

general24 Mar 2009 11:05 pm

well, life continues on, does it not? I’m churning along through three more books and i’ve spent a good bit of time working with an agency that i’m not sure really has anything to offer… all this and nothing really new as far as leads or anything like that… i did get the results to a myers-briggs personality test and a strong’s occupational interest exam and apparently i’m suited to work a number of jobs that don’t pay much at all…

now now, i know… money isn’t everything – it isn’t even really much of anything, really – but it’s kind of interesting to know… and it makes you wonder about things… kind of a new level of chicken-egg questioning…

anyway, how about some TV talk…

now playing: Never Gonna Be As Big As Jesus – Audio Adrenaline

no American Idol today as once again, the number one show in America is preempeted by America’s current idol, President Obama… that’s right, Obama is a hero to more people than Jesus… Although, God placed eleventh, so if you combine the votes… well, i don’t want to really get into it… moving on with the quickness…

Chuck has recently taken a rather interesting turn… last week’s episode revealed that Chuck himself has been running his own secret investigation with the hopes of revealing the source of the intersect… he’s even hidden a hand-drawn chart visualizing various connections and leads that he’s identified (a la the one on Life)…

Speaking of Life, it’s stuck in a bad timeslot and has all but fallen off of my radar… also, Life on Mars is apparently on its last legs… i haven’t actually watched any of the episodes, but i’ve been meaning to…

anyway, my time has been trimmed unexpectedly, so i’ll talk more later… hope everyone enjoyed the presidential interruption as much as i ignored it…

peace… love… bdg…

americanidol&general20 Mar 2009 08:14 pm

So the “madness” is underway and, while i did fill out a bracket, i can’t say how well i’m doing with it since i haven’t really paid attention to any of the games or the results… i guess i’m just distracted… or perhaps i’m just not into the early rounds because it’s all so predictable… upsets are are quite rare anymore which makes the tourney just a bit less compelling…

now playing: Let’s Get Upset – DeGarmo & Key

speaking of upsets, i was told that Alexis being sent home this week on American Idol was the single biggest upset in Idol history… i don’t know about that, but then again, i didn’t realize it was an upset at all…

see, i don’t really pay attention to any “sources” or chatter about American Idol… i pretty much watch the performances (while blogging my thoughts in real time), make my predictions, and watch the results (with my remote close by to skip through the group lip-syncs and silly Ford commercials (though, i do like the new Fusion)… i figure that’s enough of a time investment to the show as it is and to scour the internet for more would be going too far… also, i want my picks to be my picks, as pure as possible, uninfluenced by things like dialidol and whatnot… (i’m not saying that it’s wrong for others to partake in these channels of information, just that i find it hard enough to manage my time and i need to draw lines somewhere)…

all that to say that i had no idea that Alexis was predicted to make it deep into the contest… all i saw was a gal who has a slightly better than average voice, who was clearly willing to sacrifice all her dignity (“I’ll dirty it up”) to advance and who turned in two weeks of entirely unimpressive performances… that’s why i picked her and that’s why she’s at home now…

now playing: Mad Season – Matchbox 20

now, speaking of madness, it’s been a pretty maddening week for me as i’ve watched four solid opportunities become naught… and i sat through a three-hour class that was all but worthless… so, if i’m riding a pendulum between optimism and pessimism, i’m swinging a little on the dark side this week… i know there’s more out there and that there’s a door that’s been prepared for me, but i’m starting to get antsy…

anyway, coming up, i’ll be finishing up the Dove features on the front page and trying to get some reviews and other items written up – just gettting back to that whole time management thing – and i have plenty to write about here, including: the last episodes of Lost, The Office, and Heroes, a look at some of these mid-season additions to the tv grid, another book review (Deliver Us From Evelyn by Chris Well), as well as thoughts about dirt, Star Wars, and more… hopefully, it won’t be too long coming…

peace… love… bdg…

general20 Mar 2009 06:33 pm

So the “madness” is underway and, while i did fill out a bracket, i can’t say how well i’m doing with it since i haven’t really paid attention to any of the games or the results… i guess i’m just distracted… or perhaps i’m just not into the early rounds because it’s all so predictable… upsets are are quite rare anymore which makes the tourney just a bit less compelling…

now playing: Let’s Get Upset – DeGarmo & Key

speaking of upsets, i was told that Alexis being sent home this week on American Idol was the single biggest upset in Idol history… i don’t know about that, but then again, i didn’t realize it was an upset at all…

see, i don’t really pay attention to any “sources” or chatter about American Idol… i pretty much watch the performances (while blogging my thoughts in real time), make my predictions, and watch the results (with my remote close by to skip through the group lip-syncs and silly Ford commercials (though, i do like the new Fusion)… i figure that’s enough of a time investment to the show as it is and to scour the internet for more would be going too far… also, i want my picks to be my picks, as pure as possible, uninfluenced by things like dialidol and whatnot… (i’m not saying that it’s wrong for others to partake in these channels of information, just that i find it hard enough to manage my time and i need to draw lines somewhere)…

all that to say that i had no idea that Alexis was predicted to make it deep into the contest… all i saw was a gal who has a slightly better than average voice, who was clearly willing to sacrifice all her dignity (“I’ll dirty it up”) to advance and who turned in two weeks of entirely unimpressive performances… that’s why i picked her and that’s why she’s at home now…

now playing: Mad Season – Matchbox 20

now, speaking of madness, it’s been a pretty maddening week for me as i’ve watched four solid opportunities become naught… and i sat through a three-hour class that was all but worthless… so, if i’m riding a pendulum between optimism and pessimism, i’m swinging a little on the dark side this week… i know there’s more out there and that there’s a door that’s been prepared for me, but i’m starting to get antsy…

anyway, coming up, i’ll be finishing up the Dove features on the front page and trying to get some reviews and other items written up – just gettting back to that whole time management thing – and i have plenty to write about here, including: the last episodes of Lost, The Office, and Heroes, a look at some of these mid-season additions to the tv grid, another book review (Deliver Us From Evelyn by Chris Well), as well as thoughts about dirt, Star Wars, and more… hopefully, it won’t be too long coming…

peace… love… bdg…

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