Wrong Winner. Again.

Yes. After three hours or 180 minutes or 10, 800 seconds or 1.08e+13 nanoseconds – however you want to count it - we find out that for the fiftyleventh time, the wrong person won American Idol. Wrong, but utterly predictable from the moment that the judges made Laine audition so many weeks ago when he... Continue Reading →

Idol? Or un-Idol?

I’m cutting to the chase – the judges have given out WAY TOO MANY standing ovations this year. Oh. The other chase is that Alejandro and Laci Kaye need to be in The Finale. And Alejandro needs to win. Oh. Laci Kaye didn’t make The Finale. This show makes me nuts. “That was a complete... Continue Reading →

Adam Lambert’s Ten Best Songs

In conjunction with the recent rush of publicity regarding Adam Lambert, Billboard got in the act this week by tweeting out their February article Adam Lambert's 10 Best Songs: Critic's Picks. Because they got it wrong Because mine are different, I felt it was my duty to go on the record with a more correct with my... Continue Reading →

Wha’ Happ’ned???

Uh, #WOW and Oh Em Gee. Like Katy Perry, I didn’t see that coming. Wade and Madison (in particular) have consistently been the bottom vote-getters when there were even more Idolists in the competition. What changed that suddenly put early darlings Laci Kaye and Jeremiah into the bottom with only six left?[1] This put the... Continue Reading →

Where Are We Now?

We have a final eight. Other than that, where are we now? Before I answer that question, allow me a few musings. I began tonight with a problem. Last night I saw the New Zealand electropop duo Broods in concert. After six years together, they’re now seasoned performers headlining shows in well-known smaller clubs while... Continue Reading →

All-Star Duets Set Lists

Idol has put out the set lists for the Sunday Night/Monday Night All-Star duets. About half of them drew an immediate reaction from me and I’m sharing those immediate reactions with you. Sunday Night Kate Barnette/Heartbreaker My Girl Pat Benatar – Hmmm. Girl with cool, chill vibe takes on My Girl Pat’s big, new wavy... Continue Reading →

My Favorite Albums of 2018

A year-end list is a fool’s errand. The mere fact that I feel compelled to do one for public consumption is to give myself a level of self-importance which is completely unjustified.  And you may notice I call my list “favorite” instead of “best”. I believe that music is ultimately too subjective to call something... Continue Reading →

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