April 2009


americanidol28 Apr 2009 11:07 pm

so they skipped the final six and we’re right in the thick of the hunt with the final five… hi-fives all around… this should be death metal week if i’m not mistaken… i wonder who will sing my favorite Slayer song… okay, so i just… i’m already hoping that Matt5 goes home…

FIVE SINGERS OF DEATH

now playing: You Didn’t Know Me When – Harry Connick Jr

So really it’s standards week which means that everybody gets to walk with a swagger and talk with a drawl… it’s going to be twice as hard for me to not call in a vote because there are twice as many numbers to ignore… Aw, yeah… the band is PACKED and ready to get live… they should’ve had Denver and the Mile High Orchestra come in and play for the show… the mystery helper is…. KJ-52… no… Jamie Foxx… what?… he’s explaining to them that the Rat Pack were singing a lifestyle and not just a song… i gues that makes them the original hip-hop artists… or something…

Kris “With a K”… starting things off… well, i thought that they’d be doing two songs each, but i guess they’re too concerned about running over again… “throat olympics?”… singing The Way You Look Tonight… and sporting a really weak little stache… ha… i’m gonna have to not look at him or else i’ll laugh through the entire performance… i like this… he’s doing well, but he really doesn’t have the smooth, rich vocal to match the song, but he’s given it a pretty decent touch of the contemporary stylings… i can dig it… Randy says he’s in it to win it and it was mad nice… Kara says that he set the technical standard very high… Paula says he’s ever so handsome and sophisticated… Simon says that it was a little bit wet….

Allison “Red”… the birthday girl… how on earth will she sing a classic like Someone to Watch Over Me without screaming and trying to rock it out?… well… let’s see… oh, she’s very breathy… Jamie made a point of how young she is… gosh, she must just hate to hear that all the time… oh wow… she’s got some good pipes there… i actually like her when she’s not screaming her head off… and, go figure, she actually stays on key… that was very impressive… Randy says she’s rough and gruff and he loved it… Kara says that she ain’t nervous anymore… Kara’s very sassy… Paula says that she delivered an innocence that was alluring and tender… Simon says it was a great performance, but she still isn’t very confident in herself…

now playing: Come Fly With Me – Frank Sinatra

Matt Giraud 5 gack… that’s my initial reaction… oh, and he’s singing My Funny Valentine… i bet it ranks up there with Janice’s version on FRIENDS… he’s sitting on a stool and i do dig the hat… but don’t like the way he’s switching his voice up… it kind of sounds like he’s fighting between doing a Sammy Davis Jr impersonation and a Justin Timberlake impersonation… ah, well, two of the three big notes were pretty much on and that was probably one of his best, but i still don’t think he’s finals material… send him home… Randy says it didn’t all come together… Kara says he wasn’t emotionally connected to the song… Paula says that she felt the emotion… Simon says that he disagrees with Randy… he thought it was believable and brilliant…

“Gokey Dokey” Danny will be singing Come Rain or Come Shine… man, Jamie Foxx is CRAZY… all up in his grill… and here comes the Gokey… looking like he’s actually in the right decade… unfortunately, i think he may be singing his swan’s song here… this may be the shocker of the season (or not), but even though this is a perfectly fine performance, it’s really not at all memorable… of course, he just pulled out all the stops to close it out and that was awesome… but still… it’s hard to overcome the slower start… and i’m sure Simon will point out his lack of “star” qualities… Randy says that he could have an album with songs like that… Kara says that he had swag… Paula says that it was stellar… Simon says that it was outstanding… wow…

“Wicked” Adam and now we come to the part of the program where we forget everyone else and just stand amazed… Adam with the white suit on… and he’s feeling… good… talk about swagger… i didn’t really like the ending of that opening phrase, and i’m not actually thrilled at all about this arrangement… but he’s really his own man… and… woah… that note… bam!… and the camera work was just perfect for it too… Randy raises his hand to speak and says that it was a little too broadway for him, but he’s in the zone… Kara says that he’s shocking and confusing and sleazy and it’s all in a good way… Paula says he’s the Michael Phelps of the singing industry… Simon says that it was the best entrance of the year… winner…

now playing: Home Sweet Home – Carrie Underwood

it always gets tougher when the contestants get whittled down… i’m cool with how this has turned out so far, but i’ll be a bit upset if Matt stays another week… so, here are my picks…

MY PICKS

Three: Kris, Danny, Matt

Going Home Sweet Home: Matt

peace… love… bdg…

general28 Apr 2009 11:04 pm

so they skipped the final six and we’re right in the thick of the hunt with the final five… hi-fives all around… this should be death metal week if i’m not mistaken… i wonder who will sing my favorite Slayer song… okay, so i just… i’m already hoping that Matt5 goes home…

FIVE SINGERS OF DEATH

now playing: You Didn’t Know Me When – Harry Connick Jr

So really it’s standards week which means that everybody gets to walk with a swagger and talk with a drawl… it’s going to be twice as hard for me to not call in a vote because there are twice as many numbers to ignore… Aw, yeah… the band is PACKED and ready to get live… they should’ve had Denver and the Mile High Orchestra come in and play for the show… the mystery helper is…. KJ-52… no… Jamie Foxx… what?… he’s explaining to them that the Rat Pack were singing a lifestyle and not just a song… i gues that makes them the original hip-hop artists… or something…

Kris “With a K”… starting things off… well, i thought that they’d be doing two songs each, but i guess they’re too concerned about running over again… “throat olympics?”… singing The Way You Look Tonight… and sporting a really weak little stache… ha… i’m gonna have to not look at him or else i’ll laugh through the entire performance… i like this… he’s doing well, but he really doesn’t have the smooth, rich vocal to match the song, but he’s given it a pretty decent touch of the contemporary stylings… i can dig it… Randy says he’s in it to win it and it was mad nice… Kara says that he set the technical standard very high… Paula says he’s ever so handsome and sophisticated… Simon says that it was a little bit wet….

Allison “Red”… the birthday girl… how on earth will she sing a classic like Someone to Watch Over Me without screaming and trying to rock it out?… well… let’s see… oh, she’s very breathy… Jamie made a point of how young she is… gosh, she must just hate to hear that all the time… oh wow… she’s got some good pipes there… i actually like her when she’s not screaming her head off… and, go figure, she actually stays on key… that was very impressive… Randy says she’s rough and gruff and he loved it… Kara says that she ain’t nervous anymore… Kara’s very sassy… Paula says that she delivered an innocence that was alluring and tender… Simon says it was a great performance, but she still isn’t very confident in herself…

now playing: Come Fly With Me – Frank Sinatra

Matt Giraud 5 gack… that’s my initial reaction… oh, and he’s singing My Funny Valentine… i bet it ranks up there with Janice’s version on FRIENDS… he’s sitting on a stool and i do dig the hat… but don’t like the way he’s switching his voice up… it kind of sounds like he’s fighting between doing a Sammy Davis Jr impersonation and a Justin Timberlake impersonation… ah, well, two of the three big notes were pretty much on and that was probably one of his best, but i still don’t think he’s finals material… send him home… Randy says it didn’t all come together… Kara says he wasn’t emotionally connected to the song… Paula says that she felt the emotion… Simon says that he disagrees with Randy… he thought it was believable and brilliant…

“Gokey Dokey” Danny will be singing Come Rain or Come Shine… man, Jamie Foxx is CRAZY… all up in his grill… and here comes the Gokey… looking like he’s actually in the right decade… unfortunately, i think he may be singing his swan’s song here… this may be the shocker of the season (or not), but even though this is a perfectly fine performance, it’s really not at all memorable… of course, he just pulled out all the stops to close it out and that was awesome… but still… it’s hard to overcome the slower start… and i’m sure Simon will point out his lack of “star” qualities… Randy says that he could have an album with songs like that… Kara says that he had swag… Paula says that it was stellar… Simon says that it was outstanding… wow…

“Wicked” Adam and now we come to the part of the program where we forget everyone else and just stand amazed… Adam with the white suit on… and he’s feeling… good… talk about swagger… i didn’t really like the ending of that opening phrase, and i’m not actually thrilled at all about this arrangement… but he’s really his own man… and… woah… that note… bam!… and the camera work was just perfect for it too… Randy raises his hand to speak and says that it was a little too broadway for him, but he’s in the zone… Kara says that he’s shocking and confusing and sleazy and it’s all in a good way… Paula says he’s the Michael Phelps of the singing industry… Simon says that it was the best entrance of the year… winner…

now playing: Home Sweet Home – Carrie Underwood

it always gets tougher when the contestants get whittled down… i’m cool with how this has turned out so far, but i’ll be a bit upset if Matt stays another week… so, here are my picks…

MY PICKS

Three: Kris, Danny, Matt
Going Home Sweet Home: Matt

peace… love… bdg…

Bookshelf27 Apr 2009 10:46 pm

good golly, i’ve got some books to throw out there for you today… and a busy day otherwise, so let’s get cracking now shall we…

THE WAY YOU LOOK

now playing: Noticed – Mute Math

The Noticer by Andy Andrews

This book is yet another example of how my life is constantly interrupted by the subtle whispers of someone wiser… i’ve mentioned before that the media that i engage in often speaks directly into the situations that surround my life and The Noticer proves this once again… of course, in this particular instance, the book speaks directly to a much larger audience than just me…

we are currently living in what i call a “chicken little era”… everywhere i turn, i’m faced with one more thing that should cause me concern… one more thing that i can easily invest my time worrying about… one more person claiming that the very foundations of the world have been shaken to their very core… the sky is indeed falling for many of us in the world today…

enter Jones… or Garcia… or Chen… the old man and prominent character of Andy Andrews latest book offers what we all need right now more than just about anything else… perspective… The Noticer shares the journey of this angelic man and all the lives he manages to touch – and change – by simply listening and offering guidance… much of the advice that he offers is relevant to the circumstances many find themselves in currently…

i’m highly recommending this book simply for the nuggets of wisdom that can be found throughout the narrative, but it really helps that it’s engrossing as well as an extremely quick read…

SAVE YOU SAVE ME

now playing: Save – The Rocket Summer

Lord Save Us from Your Followers by Dan Merchant
shifting gears just a little bit, the next book explores the disconnect that exists between what we as Christians say that we believe and the way that we live our lives… the book is actually a by-product of a documentary that Merchant put together exploring this well-known dilemma…

The book consists mainly of Merchant’s explanation of his findings, perppered with tales of his own journey and numerous interview transcripts… It’s a compelling read, if not entirely engaging, and one of the few books that approaches this topic from just about every possible angle imaginable… Merchant addresses arguments from both sides of the issue and his journalistic approach allows the reader to draw their own conclusions alongside of those presented within the text…

Perhaps more important than remaining fair and balanced, however, Merchant incorporates the necessary element of love that helps to shatter stereotypes and misconceptions that often keep us from bridging the gap… i can certainly appreciate that…

TRY TO SAVE YOURSELF

now playing: In the Valley of the Dying Sun – House of Heroes

HOUSE by Frank Peretti & Ted DeKker

well, i addressed this one in the latest issue of theTRu.print (hint, hint), but i’ll revisit it quickly here as well…

it seemed like the pages were flying by as i found myself completely caught up in the story of four individuals as they face their greatest fears and innermost secrets… it’s something of a white-knuckled adventure that keeps you guessing and re-evaluating your previous guesses as the tale unfolds…

It is interesting to consider how these two giants managed to collaborate to create this storyline… there are certain parts that clearly ring of either Peretti or DeKker, but there are also some moments that seeem to have their own voice entirely… i do have to mention that the book veers off kind of randomly towards the end and it was somewhat disappointing for me, but my overall impression was still positive…

WHERE LEGENDS ARE GROWN

now playing: My Hometown – Bruce Springsteen

Hometown Legend by Jerry Jenkins

and last but not least for today is perhaps the oldest of the batch… there’s a movie made for this book and i actually watched the movie a long time ago and have wanted to read the source material for years… i’m glad that i finally took the time, since the movie is just a distant memory…

Hometown Legend tells the story of a family, team, school, and town on the decline, with nothing but hope and prayer to hold them all together… and hold together they do, in some rather unexpected ways…

anyway, the book is a rather easy read, and one that keeps you interested despite a certain level of predictability… though i had only vague recollections of the movie, i had pretty much formed the ending in my head fairly early on in the narrative… that said, it was an enjoyable piece of writing that was inspiring and heartwarming…

AND BEYOND…

well that’s enough for now, am i right?… i do have a few more books that i’m working through, most notably Same Kind of Different As Me (about 100 pages left) and The Fine Line, which i think will be one that i engage in greater detail right here on the blog… also stay tuned for my discussion of the Heroes season finale, which aired tonight and i’ll probably watch tomorrow, an audio Bible that’s for the kid in all of us and so much more…

peace… love… bdg…

general27 Apr 2009 10:43 pm

good golly, i’ve got some books to throw out there for you today… and a busy day otherwise, so let’s get cracking now shall we…

THE WAY YOU LOOK

now playing: Noticed – Mute Math

The Noticer by Andy Andrews
This book is yet another example of how my life is constantly interrupted by the subtle whispers of someone wiser… i’ve mentioned before that the media that i engage in often speaks directly into the situations that surround my life and The Noticer proves this once again… of course, in this particular instance, the book speaks directly to a much larger audience than just me…

we are currently living in what i call a “chicken little era”… everywhere i turn, i’m faced with one more thing that should cause me concern… one more thing that i can easily invest my time worrying about… one more person claiming that the very foundations of the world have been shaken to their very core… the sky is indeed falling for many of us in the world today…

enter Jones… or Garcia… or Chen… the old man and prominent character of Andy Andrews latest book offers what we all need right now more than just about anything else… perspective… The Noticer shares the journey of this angelic man and all the lives he manages to touch – and change – by simply listening and offering guidance… much of the advice that he offers is relevant to the circumstances many find themselves in currently…

i’m highly recommending this book simply for the nuggets of wisdom that can be found throughout the narrative, but it really helps that it’s engrossing as well as an extremely quick read…

SAVE YOU SAVE ME

now playing: Save – The Rocket Summer

Lord Save Us from Your Followers by Dan Merchant
shifting gears just a little bit, the next book explores the disconnect that exists between what we as Christians say that we believe and the way that we live our lives… the book is actually a by-product of a documentary that Merchant put together exploring this well-known dilemma…

The book consists mainly of Merchant’s explanation of his findings, perppered with tales of his own journey and numerous interview transcripts… It’s a compelling read, if not entirely engaging, and one of the few books that approaches this topic from just about every possible angle imaginable… Merchant addresses arguments from both sides of the issue and his journalistic approach allows the reader to draw their own conclusions alongside of those presented within the text…

Perhaps more important than remaining fair and balanced, however, Merchant incorporates the necessary element of love that helps to shatter stereotypes and misconceptions that often keep us from bridging the gap… i can certainly appreciate that…

TRY TO SAVE YOURSELF

now playing: In the Valley of the Dying Sun – House of Heroes

HOUSE by Frank Peretti & Ted DeKker
well, i addressed this one in the latest issue of theTRu.print (hint, hint), but i’ll revisit it quickly here as well…

it seemed like the pages were flying by as i found myself completely caught up in the story of four individuals as they face their greatest fears and innermost secrets… it’s something of a white-knuckled adventure that keeps you guessing and re-evaluating your previous guesses as the tale unfolds…

It is interesting to consider how these two giants managed to collaborate to create this storyline… there are certain parts that clearly ring of either Peretti or DeKker, but there are also some moments that seeem to have their own voice entirely… i do have to mention that the book veers off kind of randomly towards the end and it was somewhat disappointing for me, but my overall impression was still positive…

WHERE LEGENDS ARE GROWN

now playing: My Hometown – Bruce Springsteen

Hometown Legend by Jerry Jenkins
and last but not least for today is perhaps the oldest of the batch… there’s a movie made for this book and i actually watched the movie a long time ago and have wanted to read the source material for years… i’m glad that i finally took the time, since the movie is just a distant memory…

Hometown Legend tells the story of a family, team, school, and town on the decline, with nothing but hope and prayer to hold them all together… and hold together they do, in some rather unexpected ways…

anyway, the book is a rather easy read, and one that keeps you interested despite a certain level of predictability… though i had only vague recollections of the movie, i had pretty much formed the ending in my head fairly early on in the narrative… that said, it was an enjoyable piece of writing that was inspiring and heartwarming…

AND BEYOND…

well that’s enough for now, am i right?… i do have a few more books that i’m working through, most notably Same Kind of Different As Me (about 100 pages left) and The Fine Line, which i think will be one that i engage in greater detail right here on the blog… also stay tuned for my discussion of the Heroes season finale, which aired tonight and i’ll probably watch tomorrow, an audio Bible that’s for the kid in all of us and so much more…

peace… love… bdg…

americanidol21 Apr 2009 09:47 pm

alrighty… so we’re back again for a disco night here on American Idol… Matt5 is back as are the same batch that we had last week… well, apparently no time for the jibba jabba tonight, we’re starting off with no delay…

SEVEN… AGAIN…

now playing: You Should Be Dancing – Bee Gees

Lil Rounds well, they mean business tonight… Lil surprises me with a Chaka Khan song… and she’s dressed like Catwomen, prowling the stage and getting behind the judges inspiring Paula to stand up and dance with her… and i have to say that overall it was pretty bland, the last note and trill was nice, but not enough to make the song interesting… Randy says it didn’t show what she could do… Kara says she’s been waiting for her to sing a song like this and it wasn’t worth the wait… Paula plays the sickness card again… Simon says she looks sad and, to avoid more criticism, she interrupts him and hijacks the conversation… Simon comes back and says that she’s probably done…

Kris “With a K” how does an acoustic guitar fit into the disco format? this should be interesting… singing She Works Hard for the Money… wow… i like it… even if he has no real idea why he picked it… the arrangement really works well and either he plays guitar really well or someone else is playing louder… i definitely dug that… no karaoke there, he made the song his own… Kara says that was risky business, but it paid off… Paula says that he probably wears girl clothes (or something to that effect)… Simon says it was original and well thought out, regardless of what underwear he wears… Randy says he is ready for the big time…

“Gokey Dokey” doing September by Earth Wind and Fire… and i just realized that it being GMA Week and all, Danny may actually be in trouble this week… traditionally the most prominent “Christian” on Idol struggles to get votes during the GMA festivities… he’s doing alright though… singing well and including the background singers in the spotlight… it wasn’t fantastic, but it was good… Randy says that he turned the song into something that worked… Kara says that he Danny and disco go together like Simon and a plaid shirt… but it was solid… Paula says that he has a sexy voice… Simon says it was a solid vocal, but a clumsy performance…

Allison “Red”… singing Hot Stuff… apparently the Aerosmith version including the painted on leather pants… that’s a horrible outfit… and this arrangement doesn’t really give her any room to breathe… and by breathe, i mean show off her talents… this feels like a late-night bar performance from someone who’s hanging onto a career just a little too long… Randy says bad arrangement, but she’s great… Kara echoes that… Paula says that it was edgy and the last note was off the chart… Simon says it’s not her genre, but it was brilliant…

now playing: Boogie Shoes – KC & the Sunshine Band

“Wicked” Adam Burger King should be absolutely ashamed for ever approving that square butts commercial… Anyway, Adam is staying classy, but dressing to a t and sporting the mile-high hairdo… singing If I Can’t Have You… it’s a really slow arrangement, but well balanced… and now as he starts killing it on the chorus, Paula is all but smitten as she’s moved to tears… and it finishes nicely and i liked it… i would never say that it’s disco, though… Randy finally pulls out the “hot one tonight” comment… Kara says it was brilliant… Paula says does her absolute best to sound like an artistic critic… Simon mocks Paula and says that it was original, memorable and the vocals were immaculate…

Matt Giraud 5 oh talk about cliche… Matt5 picks Staying Alive… and comes out trying to be all Justin Timberlake, but ignoring the advice he got last week and still trying to do way too much with the melody of the song… he just seems like such a complete poser at this point to me… maybe i’m just mean, but i’m just not buying anything that he’s selling… Randy says that he didn’t like the song choice or the arrangement, but he can really sing… Kara says that he brought disco back and that it was a solid performance… Paula says that it was a strike and that he’ll stay… Simon puts a damper on it all and says that it wasn’t at all original and that he didn’t like it…

Anoop-a-noop Ryan makes a sales pitch for the designer Coke cups… and Anoop struts out in his pretty pink sweater vest and sings a slow song again, claps off-beat and tries his best to work the crowd… at least he was smart enough not to pick an upbeat, high-energy song… that’s when he really loses it all… it’s just not really that compelling… there’s not much emotion, at least real emotion… oh, that note is off… Randy says it was a rough last note, but he can sing… Kara says it was really good… Paula says that he looks fantastic – real men know how to wear pink – and that it was a great song… Simon says that the other three are too kind and that it was bad…

now playing: Home Sweet Home – Carrie Underwood

well, after listening to all these other performances… Gokey should be safe… not sure what the results show will look like, but i’ll pick four in trouble and two heading home…

MY PICKS

Four: Matt, Lil, Anoop, Red

Going Home Sweet Home: Matt, Lil

peace… love… bdg…

general21 Apr 2009 09:40 pm

alrighty… so we’re back again for a disco night here on American Idol… Matt5 is back as are the same batch that we had last week… well, apparently no time for the jibba jabba tonight, we’re starting off with no delay…

SEVEN… AGAIN…

now playing: You Should Be Dancing – Bee Gees

Lil Rounds well, they mean business tonight… Lil surprises me with a Chaka Khan song… and she’s dressed like Catwomen, prowling the stage and getting behind the judges inspiring Paula to stand up and dance with her… and i have to say that overall it was pretty bland, the last note and trill was nice, but not enough to make the song interesting… Randy says it didn’t show what she could do… Kara says she’s been waiting for her to sing a song like this and it wasn’t worth the wait… Paula plays the sickness card again… Simon says she looks sad and, to avoid more criticism, she interrupts him and hijacks the conversation… Simon comes back and says that she’s probably done…

Kris “With a K” how does an acoustic guitar fit into the disco format? this should be interesting… singing She Works Hard for the Money… wow… i like it… even if he has no real idea why he picked it… the arrangement really works well and either he plays guitar really well or someone else is playing louder… i definitely dug that… no karaoke there, he made the song his own… Kara says that was risky business, but it paid off… Paula says that he probably wears girl clothes (or something to that effect)… Simon says it was original and well thought out, regardless of what underwear he wears… Randy says he is ready for the big time…

“Gokey Dokey” doing September by Earth Wind and Fire… and i just realized that it being GMA Week and all, Danny may actually be in trouble this week… traditionally the most prominent “Christian” on Idol struggles to get votes during the GMA festivities… he’s doing alright though… singing well and including the background singers in the spotlight… it wasn’t fantastic, but it was good… Randy says that he turned the song into something that worked… Kara says that he Danny and disco go together like Simon and a plaid shirt… but it was solid… Paula says that he has a sexy voice… Simon says it was a solid vocal, but a clumsy performance…

Allison “Red”… singing Hot Stuff… apparently the Aerosmith version including the painted on leather pants… that’s a horrible outfit… and this arrangement doesn’t really give her any room to breathe… and by breathe, i mean show off her talents… this feels like a late-night bar performance from someone who’s hanging onto a career just a little too long… Randy says bad arrangement, but she’s great… Kara echoes that… Paula says that it was edgy and the last note was off the chart… Simon says it’s not her genre, but it was brilliant…

now playing: Boogie Shoes – KC & the Sunshine Band

“Wicked” Adam Burger King should be absolutely ashamed for ever approving that square butts commercial… Anyway, Adam is staying classy, but dressing to a t and sporting the mile-high hairdo… singing If I Can’t Have You… it’s a really slow arrangement, but well balanced… and now as he starts killing it on the chorus, Paula is all but smitten as she’s moved to tears… and it finishes nicely and i liked it… i would never say that it’s disco, though… Randy finally pulls out the “hot one tonight” comment… Kara says it was brilliant… Paula says does her absolute best to sound like an artistic critic… Simon mocks Paula and says that it was original, memorable and the vocals were immaculate…

Matt Giraud 5 oh talk about cliche… Matt5 picks Staying Alive… and comes out trying to be all Justin Timberlake, but ignoring the advice he got last week and still trying to do way too much with the melody of the song… he just seems like such a complete poser at this point to me… maybe i’m just mean, but i’m just not buying anything that he’s selling… Randy says that he didn’t like the song choice or the arrangement, but he can really sing… Kara says that he brought disco back and that it was a solid performance… Paula says that it was a strike and that he’ll stay… Simon puts a damper on it all and says that it wasn’t at all original and that he didn’t like it…

Anoop-a-noop Ryan makes a sales pitch for the designer Coke cups… and Anoop struts out in his pretty pink sweater vest and sings a slow song again, claps off-beat and tries his best to work the crowd… at least he was smart enough not to pick an upbeat, high-energy song… that’s when he really loses it all… it’s just not really that compelling… there’s not much emotion, at least real emotion… oh, that note is off… Randy says it was a rough last note, but he can sing… Kara says it was really good… Paula says that he looks fantastic – real men know how to wear pink – and that it was a great song… Simon says that the other three are too kind and that it was bad…

now playing: Home Sweet Home – Carrie Underwood

well, after listening to all these other performances… Gokey should be safe… not sure what the results show will look like, but i’ll pick four in trouble and two heading home…

MY PICKS

Four: Matt, Lil, Anoop, Red
Going Home Sweet Home: Matt, Lil

peace… love… bdg…

americanidol&features&front page&pop culture&television21 Apr 2009 04:20 pm

EDIT: i started writing this entry sometime last week, but was interrupted a number of times, most notably when this laptop took a header… fortunately, all the files were recoverable and i’m back up and running… most of the way…

so, i’ve had two pairs of shoes and a number of socks betray me over the last few weeks… given these shoes were 17 and 11 years old, respectively, but it’s still a sad experience for me… on top of that, a third pair is hissing at me with each step, threatening the same course of action… this may seem petty, but i really like these shoes… what am i to do?

anyway, time to dig deep and try to get some writing done… this may be a long one, kiddos, so buckle up and let’s ride…

THE NEWEST AND BESTEST

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

the most exciting news that i have to share is that of the recent releaseof the new issue of theTRu.print… that’s right, it wasn’t just a one-time thing that i did for Christmas… it’s going to be an on-going, regular thing to look forward to…

this second issue includes the same features as the first one (Left to Write, Both Sides, Album Reviews, iTRunes Playlist, etc) as well as a few other items including a feature on HOUSE, the movie and the book, and an article about John Waller… all this and it’s free, too… just head over to theTRu and download the pdf and you’re good to go… also, if you want to advertise in the next issue, get in touch with me and we’ll work something out…

YO-YO MATT

now playing: Mad Season – Matchbox 20

well, to be quick about this – since there’s a new episode on tonight and i’m sure that i’ll be long-winded about it a little later – America finally got it right by booting Matt5 off the show… unfortunately the producers and the judges love him and decided to save him, giving him another chance to ruin a perfectly good radio single… i’m not sure why they like him so much, but i’ll predict that he and Anoop bite the dust tomorrow with Lil hanging on by singing a Donna Summers tune for Disco Night tonight… (of course, that may change after i watch tonight’s show, but that’s my preliminary picks)…

WHO’S THE LOST?

now playing: Mad Season – Matchbox 20

and now it’s time for a brief look at the latest episode of Lost… it’s gonna be rough with no new episode on this week, but i’m sure we’ll manage somehow… anyway…

episode 5.13 (love that number): Some Like It Hoth… a Miles-centric storyline which immediately makes it interesting… Miles has taken over as the sarcastic and sharp-tongued character to balance out Sawyer’s maturation process and his scenes have quickly become some of my favorites… especially when he’s bantering back and forth with Hurley who has quite the grasp on wit as well…

so the episode opens with a flashback of Miles as a young boy with his mother… both have seemingly been abandoned by his father – who we earlier expected and later are assured is none other than Dr. Chang… we learn that Miles has always had this unique ability to read dead minds and that it troubles him… we also see him in a troubling 80’s-era punk outfit and hairstyle…

Meanwhile, back on the island, Miles gets recruited into the circle of trust, earning him the honor of transporting a cadaver from what will become “the hatch” and what will become the Orchid… of course, Miles wants to know what happened and he finds out that a filling from his tooth shot through his head, killing him… initially, i thought this meant that someone shot him, but then it dawned on me that the magnetic source of the hatch’s power could easily pull someone’s metal filling out of their tooth and react in such a manner…

anyway, Hurley manages to tag along, break into the circle of trust, and meddle with the relationship between Miles and Chang… perhaps the most interesting item from the episode for me was during the polar bear poop exchange between Chang and Hurley… Chang refers to the experiments on that part of the Dharma initiative as “ridiculous”… i’m getting a sense that Chang is so obsessed with this magnetic research – and apparently time travel if he’s gotten that far in his studies – that it will consume him, causing a rift between him and his family, him and the rest of the Dharma Initiative, him and the others and, most consequentially, him and the island…

ADIOS

with that, i’ll head off for now, the weather is nice and warm, and it’s a good time to go hide out in the basement to try and get cooled off… i’ll be back later for Idol, more TV talk, and some book reviews…

peace… love… bdg…

general21 Apr 2009 04:15 pm

EDIT: i started writing this entry sometime last week, but was interrupted a number of times, most notably when this laptop took a header… fortunately, all the files were recoverable and i’m back up and running… most of the way…

so, i’ve had two pairs of shoes and a number of socks betray me over the last few weeks… given these shoes were 17 and 11 years old, respectively, but it’s still a sad experience for me… on top of that, a third pair is hissing at me with each step, threatening the same course of action… this may seem petty, but i really like these shoes… what am i to do?

anyway, time to dig deep and try to get some writing done… this may be a long one, kiddos, so buckle up and let’s ride…

THE NEWEST AND BESTEST

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

the most exciting news that i have to share is that of the recent releaseof the new issue of theTRu.print… that’s right, it wasn’t just a one-time thing that i did for Christmas… it’s going to be an on-going, regular thing to look forward to…

this second issue includes the same features as the first one (Left to Write, Both Sides, Album Reviews, iTRunes Playlist, etc) as well as a few other items including a feature on HOUSE, the movie and the book, and an article about John Waller… all this and it’s free, too… just head over to theTRu and download the pdf and you’re good to go… also, if you want to advertise in the next issue, get in touch with me and we’ll work something out…

YO-YO MATT

now playing: Mad Season – Matchbox 20

well, to be quick about this – since there’s a new episode on tonight and i’m sure that i’ll be long-winded about it a little later – America finally got it right by booting Matt5 off the show… unfortunately the producers and the judges love him and decided to save him, giving him another chance to ruin a perfectly good radio single… i’m not sure why they like him so much, but i’ll predict that he and Anoop bite the dust tomorrow with Lil hanging on by singing a Donna Summers tune for Disco Night tonight… (of course, that may change after i watch tonight’s show, but that’s my preliminary picks)…

WHO’S THE LOST?

now playing: Mad Season – Matchbox 20

and now it’s time for a brief look at the latest episode of Lost… it’s gonna be rough with no new episode on this week, but i’m sure we’ll manage somehow… anyway…

episode 5.13 (love that number): Some Like It Hoth… a Miles-centric storyline which immediately makes it interesting… Miles has taken over as the sarcastic and sharp-tongued character to balance out Sawyer’s maturation process and his scenes have quickly become some of my favorites… especially when he’s bantering back and forth with Hurley who has quite the grasp on wit as well…

so the episode opens with a flashback of Miles as a young boy with his mother… both have seemingly been abandoned by his father – who we earlier expected and later are assured is none other than Dr. Chang… we learn that Miles has always had this unique ability to read dead minds and that it troubles him… we also see him in a troubling 80’s-era punk outfit and hairstyle…

Meanwhile, back on the island, Miles gets recruited into the circle of trust, earning him the honor of transporting a cadaver from what will become “the hatch” and what will become the Orchid… of course, Miles wants to know what happened and he finds out that a filling from his tooth shot through his head, killing him… initially, i thought this meant that someone shot him, but then it dawned on me that the magnetic source of the hatch’s power could easily pull someone’s metal filling out of their tooth and react in such a manner…

anyway, Hurley manages to tag along, break into the circle of trust, and meddle with the relationship between Miles and Chang… perhaps the most interesting item from the episode for me was during the polar bear poop exchange between Chang and Hurley… Chang refers to the experiments on that part of the Dharma initiative as “ridiculous”… i’m getting a sense that Chang is so obsessed with this magnetic research – and apparently time travel if he’s gotten that far in his studies – that it will consume him, causing a rift between him and his family, him and the rest of the Dharma Initiative, him and the others and, most consequentially, him and the island…

ADIOS

with that, i’ll head off for now, the weather is nice and warm, and it’s a good time to go hide out in the basement to try and get cooled off… i’ll be back later for Idol, more TV talk, and some book reviews…

peace… love… bdg…

americanidol15 Apr 2009 10:47 am

i know what you’re thinking… you’re thinking that it’s April and i haven’t told you what to buy me for my birthday this year… well, behold, the annual edition of Ye Olde Birthday Liste (of course, if you don’t have my address, you’ll have to buy it from the wishlist

okay, now that that’s squared away… let’s move on.. so, i’ve been busy trying to keep myself from going crazy and from focusing too much on, well, the wrong things… sometimes it’s just not easy to be optimistic, you know?… it’s all a matter of perspective… which i’ll get back to in about 2 weeks…

right now, i suppose i should dive into the final seven show of American Idol, then i have a few things to take care of before i’ll return with some non-idol news and items… off we go…

SEVEN LITTLE MONKEYS SINGING ON A STAGE

now playing: Spotlight (Twilight Mix) – Mute Math

Songs of the cinema… with guest appearance from Quinten Tarantino… you know, i remember the last time he was a guest judge and i loved it because he was the only guest judge who actually acted like a critic… anyway, i’m not sure what i think of movie songs, but i bet someone sings I Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing… someone always does… so, aw, Q is in the audience… and only 2 judges chatter per contestant…

Allison “Red”… HA! that didn’t take long, did it? singing the song I chose… the problem with this performance, besides the number of flat notes i just heard… the problem is that she doesn’t know how to carry the emotions of the song, the scene, the words, anything into something palpable… that song can bring tears to your eyes if it’s sung right and that’s not happening here… Paula says that she has some special sauce and then of course, reminds us that she’s only 16… Simon says we need you obi-red, your the girl’s only hope… i really didn’t think it was special at all…

Anoop-a-noop oh no, it sounds like Anoop is singing Everything I Do by Bryan Adams… the only song on the Robin Hood Prince of Thieves Soundtrack that i skip EVERY TIME… GREAT!… Q is awesome… and now, here’s the song… see, Anoop has a pretty decent voice and he’s following the advice that he got… he’s changed the arrangement up a bit and it’s really not that bad… he’s really pulled it off… but i’d still skip it if it were on the CD… Randy said that it was a really good job… Kara says that he’s found his place in this world…

“Wicked” Adam Adam is going to sing Born to Be Wild… and the lights are going crazy, the girls are screaming and he’s working the stage… now he’s working the hair metal scream… now he’s working the band and the backup singers… i like it, but it’s kind of a frenetic performance… part of that is the song… i’ve never been a big fan of the song, actually, but of course, he worked it and killed it and Paula is jumping around like a groupie… she tries to compose herself, but needs more time… she says something about dancing in the mouth/path/something of greatness… Simon says it was polarizing again…

now playing: Everyone’s a Hero – Nathan Fillon

Matt Giraud 5 Great, another Bryan Adams song… oh, he’s wearing a vest and a tie again… nice… and he’s behind the piano… i actually don’t mind this song too much – the original, that is – and it’s toned down enough that he hasn’t broken off any lousy notes yet… oh, okay, there we go… you know, he makes me think that my television speakers are broken… just another so-so performance, from what i’ve come to realize is a so-so singer… Randy says it was interesting and that he fell down more than he ran with that song… Kara makes a play on Paula’s big hit, Two Steps Forward and tells him that this was three steps back…

“Gokey Dokey” singing Endless Love from the Adam Sandler cult classic Billy Madison… or the movie with the same name, whatever… he’s lost his glasses and he’s pulling off the Miami Vice era Don Johnson look… and he sang it pretty well… i don’t know that i would say it was very emotional but it was alright… certainly not his best… Paula says grab, wow, slay… Simon says that he was disappointed by the harp and the traditional arrangement because it was boring…

Kris “With a K” singing Falling Slowly from the movie Once… i have no idea what that is… so he decided not to play his guitar… i have to really really apologize for ever confusing Kris with Giraud5, because this vocal alone proves that they are miles apart… that was actually a very quick song and it was tender and quiet and really good… Randy said that it never caught on… Kara says that it was one of his best moments ever… Ryan speedtalks the numbers because even though they cut down the feedback, they’re still running late…

Lil Rounds oh, whitney maybe? always love you? nope… something about a rose… it’s a nice song… quiet… that’s kind of been the tone tonight… other than Adam of course… she’s doing well with this straight up section and now she’s diving headlong into the Gospel section, and she’s shouting a bit and she’s a bit flat… and she’s in the bottom three… it just didn’t work nearly as well as it seemed it could’ve… Paula points out the lyrics which means she didn’t like it but she didn’t want to criticize her… Simon says that it was completely wrong… and… (my DVR cut-off)… you know what they could do, is just start running the advertisements on the screens behind the contestants as they sing, then you don’t have to cut away to commercial as much…

now playing: Home Sweet Home – Carrie Underwood

MY PICKS

Bottom Three: Matt, Lil, Gokey

Going Home Sweet Home: Matt

peace… love… bdg…

general15 Apr 2009 10:45 am

i know what you’re thinking… you’re thinking that it’s April and i haven’t told you what to buy me for my birthday this year… well, behold, the annual edition of Ye Olde Birthday Liste (of course, if you don’t have my address, you’ll have to buy it from the wishlist

okay, now that that’s squared away… let’s move on.. so, i’ve been busy trying to keep myself from going crazy and from focusing too much on, well, the wrong things… sometimes it’s just not easy to be optimistic, you know?… it’s all a matter of perspective… which i’ll get back to in about 2 weeks…

right now, i suppose i should dive into the final seven show of American Idol, then i have a few things to take care of before i’ll return with some non-idol news and items… off we go…

SEVEN LITTLE MONKEYS SINGING ON A STAGE

now playing: Spotlight (Twilight Mix) – Mute Math

Songs of the cinema… with guest appearance from Quinten Tarantino… you know, i remember the last time he was a guest judge and i loved it because he was the only guest judge who actually acted like a critic… anyway, i’m not sure what i think of movie songs, but i bet someone sings I Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing… someone always does… so, aw, Q is in the audience… and only 2 judges chatter per contestant…

Allison “Red”… HA! that didn’t take long, did it? singing the song I chose… the problem with this performance, besides the number of flat notes i just heard… the problem is that she doesn’t know how to carry the emotions of the song, the scene, the words, anything into something palpable… that song can bring tears to your eyes if it’s sung right and that’s not happening here… Paula says that she has some special sauce and then of course, reminds us that she’s only 16… Simon says we need you obi-red, your the girl’s only hope… i really didn’t think it was special at all…

Anoop-a-noop oh no, it sounds like Anoop is singing Everything I Do by Bryan Adams… the only song on the Robin Hood Prince of Thieves Soundtrack that i skip EVERY TIME… GREAT!… Q is awesome… and now, here’s the song… see, Anoop has a pretty decent voice and he’s following the advice that he got… he’s changed the arrangement up a bit and it’s really not that bad… he’s really pulled it off… but i’d still skip it if it were on the CD… Randy said that it was a really good job… Kara says that he’s found his place in this world…

“Wicked” Adam Adam is going to sing Born to Be Wild… and the lights are going crazy, the girls are screaming and he’s working the stage… now he’s working the hair metal scream… now he’s working the band and the backup singers… i like it, but it’s kind of a frenetic performance… part of that is the song… i’ve never been a big fan of the song, actually, but of course, he worked it and killed it and Paula is jumping around like a groupie… she tries to compose herself, but needs more time… she says something about dancing in the mouth/path/something of greatness… Simon says it was polarizing again…

now playing: Everyone’s a Hero – Nathan Fillon

Matt Giraud 5 Great, another Bryan Adams song… oh, he’s wearing a vest and a tie again… nice… and he’s behind the piano… i actually don’t mind this song too much – the original, that is – and it’s toned down enough that he hasn’t broken off any lousy notes yet… oh, okay, there we go… you know, he makes me think that my television speakers are broken… just another so-so performance, from what i’ve come to realize is a so-so singer… Randy says it was interesting and that he fell down more than he ran with that song… Kara makes a play on Paula’s big hit, Two Steps Forward and tells him that this was three steps back…

“Gokey Dokey” singing Endless Love from the Adam Sandler cult classic Billy Madison… or the movie with the same name, whatever… he’s lost his glasses and he’s pulling off the Miami Vice era Don Johnson look… and he sang it pretty well… i don’t know that i would say it was very emotional but it was alright… certainly not his best… Paula says grab, wow, slay… Simon says that he was disappointed by the harp and the traditional arrangement because it was boring…

Kris “With a K” singing Falling Slowly from the movie Once… i have no idea what that is… so he decided not to play his guitar… i have to really really apologize for ever confusing Kris with Giraud5, because this vocal alone proves that they are miles apart… that was actually a very quick song and it was tender and quiet and really good… Randy said that it never caught on… Kara says that it was one of his best moments ever… Ryan speedtalks the numbers because even though they cut down the feedback, they’re still running late…

Lil Rounds oh, whitney maybe? always love you? nope… something about a rose… it’s a nice song… quiet… that’s kind of been the tone tonight… other than Adam of course… she’s doing well with this straight up section and now she’s diving headlong into the Gospel section, and she’s shouting a bit and she’s a bit flat… and she’s in the bottom three… it just didn’t work nearly as well as it seemed it could’ve… Paula points out the lyrics which means she didn’t like it but she didn’t want to criticize her… Simon says that it was completely wrong… and… (my DVR cut-off)… you know what they could do, is just start running the advertisements on the screens behind the contestants as they sing, then you don’t have to cut away to commercial as much…

now playing: Home Sweet Home – Carrie Underwood

MY PICKS

Bottom Three: Matt, Lil, Gokey
Going Home Sweet Home: Matt

peace… love… bdg…

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