I was not able to watch all of last season's American Idol (2011), but I can tell you from what I did see that it was the best season they had in a long time.
One performance in particular really stood out to me. Not only was it of one of the greatest piano ballads of all time, but to me, it exemplified all that American Idol ought to be--the pursuit of a vocalist who can interpret music, whether their own or someone else's, in ways that are transcendant.
"Candle In the Wind" is a glorious, mournful, and powerful piece of music. Elton John's original is a timeless classic, and contestant Lauren Alaina's rendition, with her gentle and lilting country voice, added an understated and vulnerable sweetness to its presence.
I love this performance. Oh, and I love that red piano too . . .
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Happy Friday everyone!!!
Yesterday, I was riding in my car, and for a moment, my radio was tuned to one of the pop stations here in Nashville. (NPR or a mix-tape of sorts is usually on these days) I didn't think anything of it until I heard the sound of a solitary piano playing. Then, a voice started to sing. I swear, I could have been sitting by a lake all alone with no one else around. Whatever I was doing in that moment seemed to fade away as this song unraveled.
I wasn't sure who was singing until the chorus came in, and there was no doubt in my mind that it was Adele. Thankfully, it was her newest single, "Someone Like You". As a pianist and musician, I am absolutely in love with this song. It is incredibly gorgeous. Whoever decided not to add any other instrument to the production was a genius. The piano can be a symphony orchestra all by itself--handling rythmic, harmonic, and melodic responsibilities simultaneously. The intimacy you get with just a voice and a piano is like nothing else. It provides a huge contrast to the over-produced Euro-dance type of styles that have dominated pop music as of late.
As a human being whose made his own disastrous attempts at love, I could related completely to the lyrics. I could be wrong, but I think this will be Adele's biggest hit ever.
Here is a live performance of this heart-breaking work of art. It's just mesmerizing . . .
I want to be a poet when I'm older, or a journalist. Anything that involves writing. A lot of people ask why I write, and why I am so into music? I write, because writing is one of my favorite things to do, in some ways I feel like I was just born with it. I've been writing since I was little, except back than, what i wrote didn't make a lot of sense. My mom used to write too, she wanted to be a journalist when she grew up. She wrote love letters to people but never gave the letters to them, I guess that's where I got it from. My mom told me that I remind her just like her when she was a teenager. I love to write, because I'm not good at expressing my words. I'm probably the most awkward person ever...I'm like an awkward hippo. Writing, is so much easier for me to express myself. I don't have to make eye contact with anyone when I'm writing out my feelings. When I write my poems, most of them express things I feel, but since it's a poem, no one really knows they are about me. Some are other peoples scenarios..like suicide, bullying, things like that. As for music, none of you reading this know that I play guitar, piano and I sing, I also listen to music every second of every day..well maybe that is exaggerating a little, but just a little. I listen to old music, rock music, country music, basically all kinds of music. I started playing guitar 2 years ago, and started playing piano three years ago, as for singing, I've been singing my whole life. Music is like my escape from the world. Music describes exactly what I'm feeling most of the time. Singing, is just a passion of mine. Guitar, I love the sound of it. Piano, I feel free when I am playing it. I also love the sound of it as well. Since I sit in my room all day, write, and listen to music, you could say I'm a awkward loser with no social life.....but that'd be an understatement.