May 27

My Heart Hurts

Those of you that follow me on Facebook know this already, others may remember that Joplin, Missouri is my hometown.

Apartment Complex in Joplin Before the Tornado

I have been watching the news and following the feeds basically non-stop since the tornado hit Sunday evening. I’ve been listening to the talk radio station out of Joplin in a sort of stunned fog.

I know that I can’t know exactly what it was like to live through those terrifying 20 minutes of chaos or the disorienting aftermath. But I do know that there is a special hell reserved for those of us who are thousands of miles away waiting for the next Facebook update from a friend who was silent for 10 hours after the storm.

I think everyone on my list has been accounted for without serious injury. I know several people who have lost their homes. I know a few who have family members among the dead.

Apartment Complex After

Apartment Complex in Joplin After Tornado

I know I haven’t been checking here on the old blog much, outside of trying to write about the most disappointing season of American Idol ever… but if you would all please consider making a donation to the American Red Cross to help the efforts in Joplin?

An economically depressed area full of some of the best friends I have ever had needs help. I can’t even tell you how badly I wish I could be there helping with the clean up and recovery.

May 11

American Idol Season Ten: Top F… ah, fuck it.

You guys…

I just can’t do it.

I’m halfway through tonight’s episode and I’m just so disgusted and apathetic about these four contestants that I can’t bring myself to even bother with my critiques.

I mean, come on! The defining moment was learning that Bubba JesusLicker was going to sing “Where Were You When The World Stopped Turning.”

Could there have been a more disgusting manipulation of current events?

I just. Can’t. Sorry. Maybe next week.

May 04

American Idol Season Ten: Top Five Perform Songs from Now and Then

They will do a recent song and an old song.

We said goodbye to Casey Abrams last week. The most talented, interesting, and unique performer the show has ever had, and he doesn’t win.

I can hardly bring myself to watch anymore of this season. I’ve been disappointed in the past by some people who went out earlier than they should have. This year it’s compounded by the fact that there is really only other performer that I think was real competition for Casey. James. And I’m not that excited about him.

Sheryl Crow is the mentor.

James Durbin is kicking it off with “Closer to the Edge” by 30 Seconds to Mars. Great song and he performed it well. And the pyrotechnics are back. He has his niche and he owns it this year.

Jacob Lusk needs to go home. Before he goes, he’s decided “No Air” by Jordin Sparks and Chris Brown. Wow he’s hitting some flat sour notes. This caterwauling siren shit has to stop. It was terrible. Absolutely terrible.

Lauren Alaina picked “Flat on the Floor” by Carrie Underwood. Forget about Lauren for a minute and pay attention to the bedazzled and very hot fiddle player. He’s great. And hot. And. umm… oh wait, I’m supposed to be paying attention to Lauren doing yet another mediocre version of a Carrie song.

Scotty McCreery chose a Montgomery Gentry song called “Gone.” Jimmy Iovine things this is gonna move me… it just might, to turn off the sound. This silly little shit is going to win this thing isn’t he? *sigh* Especially now with all the patriotism and flag waving going on, he’s just going to sail through. Maybe those billboards all over San Francisco are right and the world IS going to end on May 21.

Haley Rhinehart is going to do an unreleased Lady Gaga song, “You and I.” There’s something about the way she’s affecting her voice in the verses is causing me to make a face. It’s this strange accented thing that falls kinda flat on the end of the phrases. It makes her sound a bit like a deflating balloon. The song choice is strange, too… we all know that doing an original or a song that most people don’t know is not a good idea.

For his second song, James chose a brilliant song, “Without You” by Harry Nillson. He broke down crying at the end. It was a great performance.

Jacob picked “Love Hurts” by Nazareth. What a strange song choice. And a bizarre harp-laden arrangement. You know what hurts? Listening to this crap. GO HOME.

Lauren is back with “Unchained Melody” by The Righteous Brothers. I don’t think she can pull off the maturity this song requires. I hate it when young contestants sing songs that are far too old for them. She totally blew the high night. Didn’t even reach for it, but farted out a gaspy bleat instead of knocking the note out of the park. Look… there is already a Carrie Underwood. We don’t need this Dollar Store version.

Another Elvis song for Scotty. *yawn* “Always on My Mind” is the latest rehash. Awe, isn’t he so cute and sweet and oh so just dadgum wholesome!? Sitting there looking like a miniature George Bush with his silver cross gleaming on his hairless chest. He just needs an apple pie in one hand and confederate flag in the other. Scooping every phrase, giving the stupid Who Me look, and singing Elvis song after Elvis song. That’s what you get with a Scotty American Idol.

Haley is back with “The House of the Rising Sun” by The Animals. The a cappella start was pretty cool… gave a bit of an Adele vibe. Which is funny because I think she did an Adele song earlier in the competition that didn’t have enough of an Adele vibe. Irony, eh? Hmm… the chick that wandered in from the street and ended up on stage might have been my favorite tonight with this performance. It was cool, collected, and her vocals were actually good.

So that’s that.

Haley and James win my vote tonight. Jacob needs to go home. I may have mentioned that already.

What do you think?