Archives for April 2011

American Idol – Top 7

Apparently the theme for tonight’s show is “Songs of the 21st Century,” and I’m guessing that’s just a fancier way of saying “songs that are somewhat current.” For what it’s worth, I’ve had a feeling all day long that Scotty McCreery is going to sing a Dierks Bentley song (“What Was I Thinking,” maybe?), but I’m guessing this hunch is pretty much completely inaccurate considering that I’ve never been very skilled at, you know, PREDICTING THE FUTURE.

Anyway. Top 7. Here we go.

Scotty McCreery – “Swingin'” – Before LeAnn Rimes recorded it, this song was some straight-up early-80s John Anderson goodness, and I know that because I recorded from the radio to my sah-weet red Panasonic tape recorder so that I could listen to it over and over and over. As far as Scotty’s performance, I thought it was okay – but a little boring, maybe? I liked when he dropped down to a lower key, but as far as wowing the audience, that didn’t happen. It felt safe and predictable, but it wasn’t interesting.

(You know what would have been interesting?)

(A DIERKS BENTLEY SONG.)

(I’M JUST SAYIN’.)

James Durbin – “Uprising” – Much to my surprise, I sort of loved it. It was interesting. The touch-o-drum line was clever, and even though I didn’t really know what to make of the riding crop, I thought James did a great job (with the exception of a couple of really screechy parts – but I’ll forgive the screechy since he sounded so good on the other parts). Super creative.

Haley Reinhart – “Rolling in the Deep” – This was the PERFECT song choice for her (I had high hopes that this week would be better after watching her hit it out of the park during last week’s duet with Casey), and I think she did herself a whole bunch of favors by playing to her strengths tonight. It wasn’t perfect by any stretch of the imagination, but I don’t think it had to be. I especially loved how she changed up parts of the song to make it her own, and if she makes it through to next week, I would just like to say: YES. MORE OF THIS, PLEASE.

Jacob Lusk – “Dance With My Father” – The first part of the song sounded a little strange to me – almost like he had a little bit of a frog in his throat (which is totally possible – it’s a super-emotional song). And while the rest of the song was better, I kept thinking that the problem with singing a Luther song is that you’re singing a Luther song. Big shoes to fill.

Casey Abrams – “Harder to Breathe” – I’m starting to think that Casey has the musical equivalent of my home decor problem: I like everything, so it makes it very difficult for me to stick to one “look.” Casey seems to like all sorts of music, and for that reason we can’t ever predict what he’s going to do when he hits the stage. On one hand that’s fun, but I wonder if America is going to be patient with him? Don’t get me wrong: I thought his performance tonight was great and fun and wonderful – I’m just curious to see how people are going to react to it.

Stefano Langone – “Closer” – Um, did Stefano attempt to break it down about mid-way through the song? Because I’m pretty sure that he tried to break out some moves. It was definitely the most animated he’s been in terms of interacting with the audience, so that’s good improvement, but he didn’t blow me away with the vocals. It wasn’t bad – it just wasn’t my thing.

Lauren Alaina – “Born To Fly” – I LOVED the arrangement, and I thought Lauren was darlin’. I feel like she’s sort of locked in the country wheelhouse – and there’s nothing wrong with that – but I’d love to see her step outside of her comfort zone and sing something unexpected. I feel like she needs A Moment – for her confidence as much as anything else. She has no idea how talented she is.

Best of the night: This is a tricky one, but I’d say Haley or Casey
Might have cause for worry: Scotty (sang first), Jacob, Stefano
Favorite moment: JLo’s make-up – it was spectacular

What did y’all think?

I Am Second

I’ve read Brant Hansen’s blog for the last four or five years.

And lots of times he makes me laugh until I cry.

But today he just made me cry.

Here’s why.

So, so good.

Skip To My (Linky) Lou

I have no idea what that title means.

It just came to me in a fit of desperation, so I’m going with it.

Anyway, here are a few links I’ve been meaning to pass along but haven’t because I’ve been very busy 1) sleeping 2) trying to cough up a lung 3) wondering if I really am coughing up a lung 4) sounding like one of Homer Simpson’s aunts and 5) trying to manage my expectations about the season premiere of “Friday Night Lights” that was very understandably pre-empted for storm coverage but that should be arriving via Netflix ANY DAY NOW.

(You have no idea how much I’ve missed the Taylors. And Buddy Garity. And how I’ve wondered what in the world has become of Tim Riggins.)

(Anyway: the links.)

(Sometimes it takes me awhile to find my way back to my, you know, POINT.)

– On the giveaway front, there’s a brand new Seattle’s Best Coffee giveaway ($100 Amazon gift card) that just started today, and the Slim-Fast giveaway ($100 Slim-Fast prize pack) ends Wednesday.

– And speaking of giveaways, there’s a DVD leader kit of Priscilla Shirer’s Discerning the Voice of God Bible study up for grabs over at AllAccess.

– I’m guessing that most of the free world knows this already, but Ree is going to have her very own show on Food Network. I AM SO TICKLED. And also: very, very proud.

– I’m way behind on Royal Wedding news (though make no mistake: I WILL BE WATCHING), so I haven’t read much about all the pre-wedding preparations. But for whatever reason, this cracked me up.

– I’m a wee bit obsessed with Done Out in Deco (not an affiliate link, just FYI).

– Finally, when the fellas got home from church yesterday (the plague and I stayed home), they told me all about a video they’d seen. It’s called The Book of Acts in 3 Minutes – and oh, it was a hit with a certain eight year-old. To watch the video, click here, then scroll down the page and click on the title.

Hope y’all are having a great Monday!

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Just Checking In

Several things.

1. Haley and Casey’s duet on the AI results show last night was the best moment on the show all season.

2. Seriously.

3. The results show is also much-improved since they moved away from total dependence on the choreographed-number-where-everyone-is-trying-to-act-enthused-about-some-really-old-song tradition.

4. I’m “felling” much “beter” now.

5. I attribute my recovery to yesterday’s timely steroid shot at the doctor’s office as well as a fresh prescription for Avelox.

6. Because apparently my sinuses and tonsils got together and decided that April is a MIGHTY FINE TIME for rebellion.

7. And also infection.

8. In other news, the weather is really bad in this part of the country this afternoon.

9. Reallllly bad.

10. And when the weather is realllllly bad, you realllllly depend on your local weatherpeople.

11. Which is why meterologist James Spann is my best friend in the world right now.

12. Even though he has no idea who I am.

13. As a sidenote, I feel the need to tell you that I currently have a terrible case of the hiccups.

15. They’re the fast, loud variety.

16. I’ll be honest: I prefer the slower, quieter hiccups.

17. Because then the hiccups aren’t quite as noticeable to others.

18. But these hiccups?

19. Well, let’s just say that someone about four houses down probably just stopped whatever he/she was doing and said, “WHO HAS THE HICCUPS?”

20. Okay. I have to focus on the weather now.

21. And hiccup.

22. Apparently I have to hiccup A LOT.

23. But mostly focus on the weather.

24. Hope y’all have a great weekend.

25. And stay safe, everybody.

No “Idol” Post Tonight

Well, apparently I’ve tied up with a touch of the plague. And this particular plague? Comes complete with razors in the back of the throat, a hearty fever and no small degree of congestion.

Oh, it’s a delight. It truly is.

Anyway, I’m taking the night off from posting about “American Idol” so that I can stay under the covers and try to convince this fever to break.

After school today Alex walked in the guest room / sick suite and handed me a glass of ice water, a bowl of gingersnaps and a piece of paper. He’d drawn something on the paper, and when I looked at it, I saw a big red heart and the following message:

“Hope you fell beter Mama.”

It was all I could do not to wrap up that boy in a plague-ridden hug.

And I’ll be back when I fell beter. Can’t wait to read what y’all thought about tonight’s show!