I was watching NBC’s Today show this morning with my 3 year old daughter. Legendary singer Lionel Richie was the featured performer. His second song was “Easy” …(Like Sunday Morning) a mega hit from his days in the Commodores. Being the guitarist that I am I grabbed my daughter from her morning play routine and said you have to listen to this guitar solo!
She patiently sat on my lap as I kept telling her here it comes! If you’re not familiar check out the video to hear the solo which starts at 2:47. It’s not the most technically demanding solo but it is iconic.
Back to the story…as my daughter appeases me and waits for the guitar solo that I am building up…Here it comes! Here it comes!
THEY CUT IT OUT!!! What the heck? That’s like peanut butter without jelly, Abbott without Costello, breathing without air!
I need answers, you don’t cut out an iconic guitar solo!! Even my wife knows you don’t get out of the car until the guitar solo is over…I am guessing it was a time thing for the show.
Here is the sadly ironic part, half an hour later they had an extended segment with the most ridiculous looking dude who is a profession air guitarist.
I know not everyone’s life is governed by guitar solos but C’mon NBC!
Let me say I do watch American Idol. I didn’t see the first five years or so but every season since I have, but I never vote. Growing up a rocker into Van Halen, Zeppelin, Judas Priest, etc., it is a bit out of my element. However, when my wife’s cousin Mary (of Mama Mary) got tickets and asked us to go I was actually pretty excited. Maybe even a little afraid that it would be a cheesy pop concert but I was excited to see the show and hang out with Mary and her husband.
The kids did not disappoint!!
My fears that it might be a Brady Bunch Popfest were unfounded. Surprisingly, as well, the stage setup was not beastly over powering the singers. With all the hype Idol brings I expected a huge overbearing scene. It was, however, state of the art and perfect for letting the singers do their thing.
So here are some of my thoughts on the show…keeping in mind that I am a guy that loves music but not usually into vocals so much.
First of all let me say there was no pitchiness Dawgs!
All the girls sounded amazing! So much serious musical talent for such young musicians. They don’t just sing but use their voices as instruments.
Elise Testone’s version of Led Zeppelin’s Whole Lotta Love. Since I usually go to rock concerts it was a chance for me to feel in my element and rock out a little.
Erika Van Pelt, nailed Pink’s Glitter in the Air!
The duo of Skylar Laine and Hollie Cavanagh hit some serious harmonies together and their musical phrasing was impressive! Their respective solos were great as well.
Very cool to see San Diego native Jessica Sanchez return to a hometown hero’s welcome. Sixteen years old are you kidding me? That girl can flat out sing!
On the boys side I would have to say my biggest surprise of the night was Colton Dixon. He sells it out! There is a difference between good singers and good singers who put their heart into it, good job my man!
Phillip Phillips, what can you say? First of all he was my pick from day one of the auditions when he sang Michael Jackson’s Thriller. All bragging aside he like Colton, but even more so, has stage presence, a great voice and likeability. I would say he even stole the hometown crowd away from Jessica, a bit.
But the best singer of the night maybe one of the best ever is Joshua Ledet!!!! The boy can SANG! I said it not sing…SANG! His version of James Brown’s It’s a Man’s World was PHENOMENAL. Regarding my earlier statement that I like to attend concerts of musicians over vocalists does not APPLY to Joshua. Not sure what else to say but AMAZING!
The Not So Good?
Deandre Brackensick with his super falsetto and Heejun Han with the sweet crooner voice just did not quite live up to the others…keep at it though guys!
The flow of the concert was also a little off especially in the first half. I think it is just the nature of the show not being one recording artist and their own fans creating a bond.
Valley View Casino Arena…come on San Diego we can do better than that worn down piece of junk! I remember seeing shows there in the 80’s and it was not a great venue then…lots of memories though. And sorry to Valley View…everyone is San Diego just calls it the Sports Arena!
The Must Be Mentioned!!
The band! Yeah, believe it or not there are real musicians backing these kids up and they have the best backing them up. Flawless rocking out in the band and some great guitar work throughout the show but most notably on Testone’s version of Whole Lotta Love…Don’t forget these guys!!!!
Alright, there’s my thoughts. I am going to go read Mama Mary’s blog for her thoughts and you should too!
Can you believe the Olympics are finally here? You might not have noticed the pre-coverage going on EVERY SINGLE DAY for the last several months….if you don’t own a TV, computer or radio that is. But, if you didn’t then you wouldn’t be reading this now would you!
I have come up with a musical tribute of sorts to pay homage to the London Olympics starting this evening. This was meant as a light-hearted musical tribute with a touch of humor and cynicism thrown in for good measure.
So without hesitation here is the list….LET THE GAMES BEGIN!
TO THE WINNERS
Sweet Emotion – Aerosmith
Rapture – Blondie
Victory is Won – Santana
Shinning Star – Earth Wind & Fire
Nobody Does it Better – Carly Simon
TO THE LOSERS
Cry Baby Cry – The Beatles
Last Child – Aerosmith
Last In Line – Ronnie James Dio
The Party’s Over – Willie Nelson
Dammit – Blink 182
WHAT OLYMPIC OFFICIALS WANT TO HEAR
Here Comes the Sun – The Beatles
Sunshine of Your Love – Cream
Mr. Blue Sky – E.L.O.
Anything by K.C. & The Sunshine Band
Sunny & 70 – Slayen & Fox Guitar Duo (Pardon the shameless plug!)
WHAT OLYMPIC OFFICIALS DON’T WANT TO HEAR
The Rain Song – Led Zeppelin
Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head – B.J. Thomas
Rainy Day Women #12 & 35 – Bob Dylan
Have You Ever Seen the Rain – Creedence Clearwater Revival
One Rainy Wish – Jimi Hendrix
IF MICHAEL PHELPS BREAKS THE ALL-TIME OLYMPIC GOLD MEDAL RECORD
Fast as a Shark – Accept
Iron Man –Black Sabbath
Big Shot – Billy Joel
Bad to the Bone – George Thorogood
One – Metallica
TO THE MARATHON RUNNERS
Run Like Hell – Pink Floyd
Long Distance Runaround – Yes
Runnin’ Down a Dream – Tom Petty
Running Wild – Judas Priest
The Long Run – The Eagles
REGARDING THE CHINESE ‘WOMAN’ ATHLETES (Yes I know this isn’t nice but kind of funny)
Three Times a Lady – The Commodores
Dude Looks Like a Lady – Aerosmith
Inject the Venom – AC/DC
(reference to steroids etc-which unfortunately may apply to many athletes in the games)
Lola –The Kinks
GOLD, SILVER & BRONZE
Heart of Gold – Neil Young
Golden Lady – Stevie Wonder
Silver & Gold – U2
Maxwell’s Silver Hammer – The Beatles
😦 Honestly I could not think of one song with bronze in the title…but does any one really care besides the athlete’s families?
FOR EVENTS WITH CLOSE CALLS
Thriller – Michael Jackson
Skin O My Teeth – Megadeth
Heartbreaker – Led Zeppelin
Ain’t That a Shame – Cheap Trick
Nothing I Can Do About it Now – Willie Nelson
Well there it is a musical tribute to the upcoming Olympics. Out of full disclosure, every song here is in my ITunes library. For those of you looking for new music I strongly recommend you give a listen to any and all songs listed!
Another loss in the music world today with the passing of Donna Summer known as the Queen of Disco.
Although Disco was her claim to fame she deserves more credit for being a great singer and song writer as well.
I recently wrote about listening to music with my mom including while driving around town in the family’s Chevy Impala. I’ll never forget there was a local station 13K ,an AM sister station of KGB FM 101, who used to play Top 40 and in the 70s that definitely meant they were playing Donna Summer as we cruised around town. I will forever be thankful of soaking up her songs in my brains musical hard drive!