SockMonkeyHolocaust: I'd die of embarrassment if I let a soulless, watered-down Frank Sinatra whose albums are cookie-cutter crooner 101 dress me down like that.Seriously, watch anything of his on YouTube. It has all the soul and spontaneity of a Disney animatronic exhibit.
busy chillin': Finally someone said it.I watch here and there and these vocal gymnastics drive me bananas. I watched the Voice for about 5 minutes the other night just to see. And these two girls were duetting and doing these runs and a million notes and trying to dazzle people with bullsh*t. I couldn't stand it and thought it was way over the top. The song ends and the judges went apesh*t with love and approval. I guess that stuff just ain't for me.
bborchar: I have never watched that because people are basically singing karaoke. They only display the talent necessary to sing someone else's songs. Sing your own stuff, be yourself. And don't be stupid enough to think that there is a shortcut to stardom.
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SockMonkeyHolocaust: Are you his mom or a 14 year-old fangirl? Because that's the only reason why I'd imagine anyone would type those words in defense of a melted blob of wax hitting pitch-perfect covers of songs that sound vaguely familiar.
Tyrone Slothrop: karmachameleon: SockMonkeyHolocaust: Are you his mom or a 14 year-old fangirl? Because that's the only reason why I'd imagine anyone would type those words in defense of a melted blob of wax hitting pitch-perfect covers of songs that sound vaguely familiar.Witty, but not a musically convincing argument. Try again?This time, consider how you might do in a one-on-one debate with Connick over the artists and music contained in The Great American Songbook. If your feel that your level of knowledge reaches the encyclopedic proportions as his, then by all means show us your stuff and prove me wrong.Until then, you're a comparative musical ignoramus who confuses personal taste with qualitative critique.Just because a person is knowledgeable about music, doesn't mean they are a great performer./or: those who can't do, teach
Waldo Pepper: Ai judges did a great job not picking decent male contestants for this years show. I've never seen such a obvious bias against one gender on AI before this year
GreatGlavinsGhost: And then they ignored him.
Tyrone Slothrop: Just because a person is knowledgeable about music, doesn't mean they are a great performer.
Mentat: I think the winner probably closest to Connick's ideal would be Kelly Clarkson, though it's taken her ten years to get to that point.
freetomato: basemetal: Meh, American Idol is just a bunch of mostly raw, true amateurs who have done little more than some pageants or talent shows. They have not payed their dues and have the mind set that anything can be fixed with computers and auto tune. Well, computers and auto tune have no soul, no feeling, no personality, all of which can overcome mediocre talent. Pay your dues, kids.I've watched the show off and on, and I have to say, my favorite in the recent past has been Crystal Bowersox. She had been performing since she was a child, headed to the city at 17 to play open mike nights and on the street. She had dreadlocks, and crooked teeth and blew everyone else out of the water. You could tell she wasn't comfortable with the staged aspects of AI, especially those horrible group numbers. She came in second place to a mediocre pretty boy who nobody remembers. She's got some really great originals and played the Opry a couple years ago.
Madbassist1: mjones73: The Why Not Guy: EyeballKid: How many grandchildren do you have?Hey, it makes absolutely no difference to me whether you share my taste in music or not. Enjoy what you like, and I'll do the same.Lighten up, it's just an age joke. ;)The whole Sound City Real to Reel album is good IMHO.He does it in every music thread tho. Always the same schtick. It gets old.
Mistymtnhop: I'll beat you with my cane, Kid. Don't you ever, EVER! SAY anything even a little bit negative about Ms Stevie Nicks. Damn kids these days.
EyeballKid: The Why Not Guy: I've never been a Dave Grohl fan but his recent work with Stevie Nicks kicks some butt.How many grandchildren do you have?
EyeballKid: How many grandchildren do you have?
propasaurus: bborchar: I have never watched that because people are basically singing karaoke. They only display the talent necessary to sing someone else's songs. Sing your own stuff, be yourself. And don't be stupid enough to think that there is a shortcut to stardom.Hmm... you've never watched it, yet you know that they're only talentless karaoke singers who don't sing original music.
Musikslayer: bborchar: You seem to be under the impression that singing and writing require the same skills. Umm, they don't. I'm an excellent writer and a horrible, horrible singer. I sound like the lovechild of Popeye and Fran Drescher.Even those who "write" their songs often don't. Someone like Taylor Swift might write "My Boyfriend is bad" on a napkin. After that, 2 pro writers take it, write a song around it (with actual intros, structure, verses, bridge, chords that are more advanced than the 3 Taylor knows), hire arrangers, orchestrators, session players (who are basically "writing" their own parts), synth programmers, engineers, and a producer who knows every studio trick under the sun. The result? Taylor Swift "being herself".
ecmoRandomNumbers: Melisma kills songs. The Star-Spangled Banner is NOT 8,000 notes. If you were to transcribe a typical modern power-diva's rendition of our national anthem, it would read like a Rachmaninoff concerto.
The Why Not Guy: Tom_Slick: nmrsnr: bborchar: I have never watched that because people are basically singing karaoke. They only display the talent necessary to sing someone else's songs. Sing your own stuff, be yourself. And don't be stupid enough to think that there is a shortcut to stardom.Some other people who only sing other people's stuff you may want to avoid:Frank SinatraBing CrosbyTony BennettElla FitzgeraldLouis ArmstrongLena HornPeggy LeeI get the point you folks are trying to make, and I agree 100 percent. A gifted song interpreter is every bit the artist a singer/songwriter is. However, Frank, Louis and Peggy all had songwriting credits. One of my favorite songs is "Whee Baby" sung by Miss June Christy, and co-written by Miss Peggy Lee.
ThatGuyFromTheInternet: vudukungfu: Isn't this the douchetard that tried to sneak a gun on a plane in '92 and plea bargained away jail time while any of us would have been in GITMO?Probably not.
Rotter: Next up: Stephen Sondheim night. A composer who crafts tricky music without a single unconsidered element, and who is capable of coaching inexperienced singers brilliantly.Sondheim, teaching a voice student "My Friends" from "Sweeney Todd":http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DBCVaFqGJwgRandy, after the performance: "Yo, I was bored. I mean, seriously. You're singing about friendship. You don't sound happy, man. You should have done that like Timberlake rocked out 'U N Me N No Body' at the VMAs. Not your best."
The Great EZE: But it sells so any well-meaning musician who wants to act like a mentor to this new generation is just wasting this or her precious time. I don't know why they even try anymore.
dickfreckle: While his dad was a...questionable...district attorney (New Orleans, for appx. 193 years) that old man could throw down a piano and vocal. He's just as interesting to watch as his son. The whole family can cook a stage. While the Connicks' styles aren't always my cup of my tea, there's no denying the craftsmanship.As for the Idol bit, if Connick Jr. ever deigned to offer me free artistic advice, I'd be thrilled. Would probably cry a little inside for how vicious it would be, but I'd be thankful for it nonetheless.
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