Squibs and blurbs.

So a few new Taylor Hicks mp3s have been posted over at the Boogie Board. These come from a collection titled “One Night in Nashville,” and contain our old favorites “Hold Onto Your Love” and “Son of a Carpenter,” plus a few new goodies here and there. But be absolutely sure not to miss “People Get Ready.” Slow, laconic, jam-bandy but with a plucky, almost tropical feel — it’s Jimmy Buffett meets Ray LaMontagne meets Ray Charles. It’s an amazing sound that Taylor could trademark, bottle and sell very, very well, because it’s all his own. Are you listening, Clivey baby? You have a tremendous talent with a unique style and a gifted, brilliant growl of a voice here.

Taylor gets another mention in a blog run by Mark Sanborn, author of the book You Don’t Need a Title to be a Leader. In examining why Taylor Hicks beat out Katharine McPhee, he took notice of one person’s opinion that while Katharine made you want to listen, Taylor made you want to dance. Sanborn applies this sentiment to the world of business and marketing–does your product make someone want to dance? I think this is a great metaphor. A product, whether that product is a tangible item, a service or, yes, an American Idol contestant, has to engage the audience. After all, I’ve watched many a season of Idol, and while I admired many pretty people with pretty voices (and some not-so-pretty people with pretty voices), none of them “made me want to dance” the way Taylor did.

Over in the world of the mainstream media, Entertainment Weekly’s Michael Slezak (a far more even-handed reviewer than Henry Goldenblatt, who infamously claimed that “Dream Myself Awake” was the best song on Taylor Hicks — HA!) is geared up for Season 6. Slezak muses that right now, “songs like Whitney Houston’s oft, oft-covered “I Have Nothing” and Phil Collins’ similarly hard-used “Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now)” sit trembling in the corner, awaiting what’s sure to be a hideous fate[.]” Hee. (Hey, and guess which Season 5 contestant covered both of these songs–poorly?)

But not all hope is lost for Kat. At least one reviewer (Aidin Vaziri of SFGate) is looking forward to her debut album, lumping her in with the likes of other 2007 “pop discoveries” such as Paolo Nutini and Lilly Allen. Writes Vaziri, “the accident-prone runner-up promises a combination of Streisand, Celine and the Pussycat Dolls. How could that possibly go wrong?” Um…many, many ways, Mr. Vaziri. Maybe it’s a California thing.


January 2007
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What the kids are sayin’

"I hate them all. The judges, TPTB, the blatant manipulation, the songs, the contestants, everything. I'm a die-hard Cook fan, but for the love of god, at least try to look like you're enjoying yourself up there! Please? Syesha was awesome but she ruined it by being completely shameless and disgusting. Yes, being on American Idol is exactly like the civil rights movement, except for the part where you're fighting to make the world a better place."

"All I can say after the disgusting display tonight of favoritism towards the mediocrity that is David A. - good luck trying to market and make money off of that kid, American Idol. (Not to mention good luck dealing with his father.) All the teeny boppers may buy up his American Idol coronation single, but they will quickly forget about him before the album comes out. And I shudder to think of a David A. album - song after song of unrelenting sameness and heavy breathing. Why they are pimping him for the win is beyond me."

"This show was simply a hot buttered mess tonight. And Jason "needs to be arrested for what he did to I Shot the Sheriff. But I hope he stays. He amuses me. "

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