Archive for the ‘Tunes’ Category

The Moody Blues

Monday, September 10th, 2007

XM Channel 46 was playing some good tunes on my way into work this morning. The last song I heard was “The Afternoon” by The Moody Blues. This is the second time I’ve heard it on XM, and before then I never knew this song had such a cool extended version that gets cut off on traditional radio. I’ve never owned any Moody Blues albums, obviously. That song is so good, though, isn’t it? The harmonies are incredible. I love any song that features minor chords, it seems, so it’s no surprise this one really resonates with me. I got to thinking – whatever happened to The Moody Blues? I mean you just don’t hear about them any more. So I checked their website and guess what? They’re still touring! Granted, the venues are pretty small, but they’re going to be in Toms River, NJ on October 27th. I wonder if Rob is interested in seeing them – he’s not one for the hippy music so much, so this is kind of doubtful. Then again, sometimes he surprises me.

Oh shoot! I just researched further… that show is completely sold out, which is mind boggling because the tickets started at $78 and went all the way up to $258! Dang. Guess there are some hard core Moody Blues fans.

Hall & Oates

Wednesday, July 4th, 2007

We’re watching Hall & Oates perform in the rain in downtown Philadelphia. These guys are incredible – they’ve stood the test of time and their musical ability hasn’t waned at all over the years. Rob and I have seen them live in concert before, and they really do put on a good show. With the rain, the venue is virtually empty – I told Rob we should head down there and we’d get some good seats! That won’t be happening – and we can see them just fine on our big screen high-def TV.

We’ve turned both of our kids onto Hall & Oates over the years – they both request to hear our mix CDs with their music. Funny thing – when they came out on the stage just now and Darryl Hall started singing, Aric goes, “I thought the singer was black. In fact, I thought the whole band was black.” HA! That just shows you right there, these boys got some serious soul.

For anyone who watched America’s Got Talent last year – Biana Ryan was the opening act for Hall & Oates tonight. She’s got a lot of talent for a 12 year old, but she definitely has some growing to do where her singing is concerned. Some parts of her performance were downright cringe-worthy.

Well, that’s how we’re spending our night of the 4th – at home in front of the TV. It’s been a laid back day here – Aric isn’t feeling well so the two of us stayed home while Rob and Connor went to my sister’s for a BBQ. So no BBQ or fireworks for me this 4th of July, but that’s okay. I’m perfectly content to be right where I am.

American Idol – The Final Two

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2007

It’s down to the final two – which also happens to be (not coincidentally, I’m sure) my favorite two.

First of all, let’s get the judges out of the way. Paula supposedly broke her nose, but I don’t see any signs of it. Randy has on the most bizarre jacket I’ve ever seen – what is with those gold chains hanging off the side? Also, I have to tell you that I’m watching this on my broken TV, so I’m seeing red and in double. Maybe Randy’s jacket isn’t that bad? I suspect it is, though.

Ryan is flipping a coin to see who sings first. Blake wins the toss and decides to go first. I’d go first, too, if I had the choice. They have to be so nervous!

Blake’s first song was his rendition of “You Give Love a Bad Name” by Bon Jovi. He did it much like he did the first time he sang it, but with even more beat boxing. I thought the beat was a bit slow, but it was an excellent performance. I love watching him on that stage!

Jordin’s first song was “Fighter” by Christina Aguilera. She did a great job considering it’s a Christina song, but she is no Christina. I’m surprise Randy didn’t say something about her trying to tackle a song like this. If I had never heard the original, I probably would have thought Jordin did this beautifully, but I inevitably did the comparison.

I agree with Simon – first round goes to Blake.

Second round Blake sings “She Will Be Loved” by Maroon 5 again. This is one of my favorite songs to sing along to – it’s going to take some restraint to not do that so I can listen to Blake sing. I’m glad I didn’t sing – I would have missed something really great. He sang it so pretty. However, I have to admit his version didn’t give me chills the way the original does when I listen to it on the radio.

Jordin’s second song was “A Broken Wing” by Martina McBride and while the beginning just about put me to sleep, it really picked up in the end and she gave me chills. She knocked Blake out of the park in this round.

The third round is a new song no one has heard before by people who win a song writing contest. The winning song is called “This Is My Now”, another slowish pop song.

Blake up first and I can see why he added the extra beat boxing to the first song now – he knew there was no place for it in the last two. I could totally see this song being a hit on the radio – it’s very catchy after only one listen. I wish Blake could have ended with something more dynamic and funky, though. And obviously Blake would have preferred to do something else, too! It doesn’t matter, he’ll have his own career once this is over and he knows it.

Jordin made this sound like a completely different song. Wow – was that really the same song? Incredible. This is obviously her genre and she once again out-performed Blake. If we’re judging the votes for who wins based solely on tonight – Jordin wins, hands down. She fits the stereotype more anyway.

I’ll be happy with whoever wins, but I think Jordin should win this thing. Looking forward to tomorrow night! I can’t believe the season is over already… but don’t you worry, these posts will soon be replaced by posts for So You Think You Can Dance! Woot!

American Idol – Final 3 Results

Wednesday, May 16th, 2007

Don’t peek here if you don’t want to know who is in the finale for this season’s American Idol!!

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American Idol – Multiple Choice

Tuesday, May 15th, 2007

It’s the final three tonight! Tonight the contestants sing three songs each; one is judge’s choice, one is producer’s choice and one is singer’s choice.

Jordin Sparks is up first singing “Wishing On A Star” by Rose Royce, a song picked by Simon. I’m not familiar with this song, but Simon picked a good one. I liked it a lot. Simon says he wishes it wasn’t the jazzy version, I’d be interested to hear the original.

Next up is Blake Lewis singing “Roxanne” by the Police, chosen by Paula. Excellent choice, Paula! Rob hated it, but I agree with the judges – it was good. You don’t come here to hear what Rob has to say anyway, do you? He’s listening from another room; I’m watching the screen and there’s a bunch of hotness emanating from my TV screen that Rob is just not aware of.

Wrapping up the judges’ choice round is Melinda Doolittle singing “I Believe In You and Me” by Whitney Houston picked by the captain of the Dawg Pound, Randy Jackson. I’m surprised he picked a Whitney Houston song since he is always the first one to say you can’t do the “big ones” like Whitney, but just like I suspected – he was testing her. I liked it, the vocal was very pretty, but it was kind of boring. I think it’s her stage presence.

Next round is producer’s choice.

First up is Jordin Sparks singing “She Works Hard For the Money” by Donna Summer. This girl has got some serious soul! Man, I loved that. The end was incredible with the run she did – gave me chills.

In the middle spot again is Blake Lewis singing “This Love” by Maroon 5. One of my favorite songs of recent years. I just knew he would fit the beat box in there on this song and he did not disappoint. He sang this beautifully – I’ve seen people say he is not that strong of a singer, but I disagree and this song just proves my belief.

Wrapping up our three for this round is Melinda Doolittle singing “Nutbush City Limits” by Ike & Tina Turner. She’s reminded us of Tina Turner a few times this season, so this song choice makes sense. You know what the thing is about Melinda? She is an excellent singer, but there is just something too controlled, too perfect about the way she sings. Almost like there is all training and not a lot of soul, but that’s not entirely true because she does have soul. So I’m not quite sure what I’m trying to say exactly. Aren’t you glad you read all that anyway?

Okay now is the last round – contestant’s choice.

Jordin Sparks is singing “I Who Have Nothing” by Shirley Bassey. She sang this during British Invasion week and did a knock out job then, and she did the same tonight. Beautiful job. I wish she picked a song she didn’t already do, though. I know the judges keep saying it, but it bears repeating – it is unbelievable this girl is only 17 years old. She is mind blowing.

OMG – Blake’s in between segment where he was beat boxing for Sir Mix A Lot? HOT!!!! Nice. Okay Blake’s final song of the night is “When I Get You Alone” by Robin Thicke. That kicked ass! I especially liked the end. Definitely picking up the phone for him tonight.

Ending the show for us is Melinda Doolittle singing “I’m A Woman” by Peggy Lee. Again with the repeat. I love that Blake was the only one to sing a new song for the artist’s choice. I think she did a good job with this, but again, she bores me. She just doesn’t do it for me.

I’m not sure if America will agree with me or not… my prediction is that Melinda’s going home tomorrow. It’ll be a shocker if she does because I’m sure everyone is expecting it to be Blake. We’ll see!