I’m always perplexed by the people I know who love the show.
I do not.
It’s basically everything that’s wrong with mu…..I’m sorry, I was going to say music but it’s bigger than that.
Quickly let me get this out-of-the-way. I know Taylor Hicks, and I am proud he won. And he did it with a little soul, so that’s nice.
I now have gotten to know Ruben Studdard and I love the guy. He’s exactly what you think. He’s got a great voice and is a charming person.
But I believe both of them would have found their place in music regardless.
It’s the premise of the show in general.
It perpetuates a dangerous illusion. Kids watch this stuff for god’s sake….
So the idea behind the show is that certain annoying people decide “whose dreams come true” and whose dreams… don’t.
Permission to be successful comes from somebody else. Not yourself.
It also gives the impression that being famous is all that is important. Being famous makes a contribution to the world. This is rarely a show about musicians or singers, it’s about being famous for being famous’ sake.
People think that karaoke singers are stars now. It doesn’t take learning your craft, mastering an instrument, paying some dues, learning how to get better after paying your dues….
Could you imagine Tom Petty being on American Idol? John Lennon? Dylan?
Mick Jagger would have been on the vicious “make fun of” segment in the first couple of shows.
And he’s one of the greatest front men and vocalist in history.
Okay, I would like to have seen that. Simon Cowell’s take on Jagger.
“What the hell was that? Are you trying to look like a rooster on speed? Are you actually singing words?”
And screw Simon Cowell. I know he’s not on the show anymore, but who the hell does he think he is? And when he dies he’s simply going to go down in history as one of the world’s biggest pricks. Nice.
Which leads me to Steven Tyler.
Who is his PR guy, and is everybody else RUNNING from him?
Steven Tyler stands among some of the great vocalists and songwriters in Rock.
Does this tarnish him?
He knows better than this. He made it by playing is ass off in the Boston clubs until the band was undeniable.
That’s rock and roll. That’s being famous for having real talent and getting out there and working it. And then continue to work it.
He’s got nothing to prove. He can retire and go down in music history as one of the greats.
But this is stupid.
And what has the American Idol model given us?
Idols. Not singers. We can use auto-tune now so they just have to have the right look and whatever hell else America has been dumbed down to.
I hate to pick on Taylor Swift. I know she didn’t come from American idol, but she should have. And I don’t dislike her at all, but it all came to auto-focus at the 2010 Grammy awards when she performed her duet with Stevie Nix.
Maybe Taylor had a bad night. Maybe her monitors weren’t working, I don’t know and don’t care.
Stevie Nix nailed it, and Taylor Swift moved her hips around while singing everywhere but on key.
Again, not picking on Talylor, but I think it exemplified where we are. Stevie Nix was a musician and a pro. Taylor Swift was an idol and an embarrassment.
They were even introduced by Ryan Seacrest….
So to those who are still watching, god bless. But I’m warning you:
It’s like crystal meth. It may feel good for a little while, but it’s real bad for you.
Thoughts on AI? Don’t be embarrassed to say you like it….