Q&A with Eurythmics’ Dave Stewart

August 5, 2008 by

Mark Stevens recently spoke with Dave Stewart of Eurythmics. In the telephone interview from Dave’s home in Los Angeles, Stewart talks about his new album and tour with his “Rock Fabulous Orchestra,” life with Annie Lennox in Eurythmics and staying busy. … Here is a transcript of the interview. The questions are in caps, and Dave’s answers follow.

FIRST, TELL ME HOW “ROCK FABULOUS” IS THIS ORCHESTRA YOU’VE ASSEMBLED FOR YOUR ALBUM AND TOUR?

“I thought it summed up sort of the spectacle that I was going to create to play live with. I was kind of like, well it’s rock, but it’s fabulous, if you know what I mean. In England, you see, when you get to a certain age and you’ve been successful, they always call you rock royalty. The Times will say, ‘Elton John, “Rock Royalty.’ I was thinking about that, and, over the years, I’ve written so many different songs with so many different people, I wanted them to sort of string together when I performed them and have some sort of bonding, some glue. And I think the glue is the orchestrations and having what I call a ‘Rock Fabulous Orchestra.’ I can jump from a Mick Jagger song to a Sinead O’Connor song to a Eurythmics song, and it all feels cohesive. And then I thought if I’m going to have this many people on stage, let’s make the whole band an orchestra and a spectacle. When the curtain drops and you hear the beginning of ‘Sweet Dreams’ and it comes in with the boom-boom, it looks like wow.”

THE RECORD COMPANY SENT ME A SIX-TRACK SAMPLER CD, AND ‘SWEET DREAMS’ IS JUST FANTASTIC.

“Hey, thanks. See a lot of people at first don’t understand that there’s not one secret or anything. That electronic song has been recorded with horns and orchestra and real players and everything. I tackled it by starting with the middle section – you know that ‘Hold you head up’ part – and it all builds up and builds up, and then the strings start doubling and that high note from Amy Keys, and then boom. I really can’t wait to do that on stage.”

SO YOU’VE NOT HAD A PERFORMANCE YET WITH THE TOUR?

“I’ve never played live as me on a tour in America ever. I did one test of a gig with an orchestra. I flew to England, and I played at the Tower of London and I did this show with an orchestra. We came back to America and we adjusted the scores and the orchestrations, and we recorded a 21-song album. That was like a test, you know?”

THE TEST OBVISOULY WENT VERY WELL.

“Oh, yeah. They said it was the best show they had in the whole 10-day festival.”

I HEARD YOU SAY YEARS AGO THAT ONE DAY YOU AND ANNIE LENNOX WOULD BE PLAYING CONCERTS WITH A FULL ORCHESTRA, AND HERE YOU ARE DOING THAT, SANS ANNIE, BUT STILL YOU’VE GOT AN ORCHESTRA BACKING YOU UP. EURYTHMICS’ SONGS TRANSLATE TO ACOUSTIC AND ORCHESTRA VERSIONS VERY EASILY. WHY IS THAT?

“That’s true. I’m here in the office with a lady and we’re just doing the very final changes on the big coffeetable-size book that’s about the 21 songs and all the stories. It’s got all these photographs I’ve taken over the years. It’s funny because over the years, thinking back, I was really obsessed with orchestrations like on songs like ‘Here Comes the Rain Again.’ I would always say to Annie, ‘We’ve got have an orchestra on this.’ Any opportunity, I was just sort of mad about strings. Even when we started playing R&B, I was really mad about getting great horn arrangements. I do love the marriage of proper rock music with real instruments.”

A LOT OF PEOPLE WOULD SAY, YOU CAN’T TAKE EURYTHMICS’ SONGS AND PARE THEM DOWN TO AN ACOUSTIC SET. BUT YOU’VE DONE IT ALL THESE YEARS AND DONE IT INCREDIBLY WELL.

“It really is funny, because we could take the most electronic thing like ‘Sweet Dreams’ or ‘Love is a Stranger’ and play it with an acoustic guitar. In fact, the last time that Annie and I really performed together in 2000, we were doing a 20-day tour just the two of us — me on guitar and her singing. We only got through seven and she twisted her back, but the last gig we played it was just the two of us in front of 100,000 people in Italy. It was us with an acoustic guitar on songs that had complex arrangements, and the whole audience just sang along. I think it’s to do with when you’re writing – or when I write anyway with anybody, I just don’t like doing something on false promises. I always like to check, can we just sing this on an acoustic guitar or just with a piano? That way you can really make sure that’s a proper song.”

YOU WOULD KNOW THIS BETTER THAN ANYONE, BUT IT MUST BE A RATHER DAUNTING TASK TO FIND A REPLACEMENT FOR ANNIE LENNOX. HOW DID YOU GO ABOUT THAT, AND WHAT WAS YOUR CRITERIA IN WHO YOU CHOSE TO SING EURYTHMICS’ SONGS.

“What I did was on the tour I play about seven Eurythmics songs, and then I play Tom Petty’s ‘Don’t Come Around Here No More,’ ‘Underneath It All’ from No Doubt, a duet I did with Candy Dulfer for ‘Lily Was Here.’ So I actually have myself singing on lots of songs like the Bryan Ferry and the Tom Petty ones. And I duet on ‘Here Comes the Rain Again’ and I sing ‘The Miracle of Love.’ But when it’s a real out-and-out obvious female vocal-type song, I have four female vocalists on stage with me. They are all very different voices. Amy Keys, for example, is the main singer. She’s a real soul belter. For songs like ‘Missionary Man’ or ‘Would I Lie To You?,’ she’s got that voice. And then I have Sierra Swan, who’s a more alternative, edgier singer and more for songs like ‘Thorn In My Side,’ ‘Love Is a Stranger’ and ‘Sweet Dreams.’ What I do with all the female singers is treat their voices like instruments in an orchestra,” Stewart said. “Amy is more like the brass section, and Cindy is more like the violin, if you will. The front line is actually me, four women and Mike Bradford, a bass player.”

FOR YOUR NEW VERSION OF ‘SWEET DREAMS,’ THE SONG, TO ME, HAS TAKEN ON A ‘MISSIONARY MAN’-TYPE BLUES FEEL? AM I READING TOO MUCH INTO THAT OR AM I HEARING BLUES IN ADDITIONAL TO THE SOULFULNESS OF THE ORIGINAL ‘SWEET DREAMS’?

“Absolutely. You are absolutely correct. I describe it in my book that with ‘Missionary Man’ I was creating kind of a voo-doo concoction, and that’s why in the video, it’s like I’m making a weird experiment and it turns into Annie. But, for this album, I did this same kind of feeling with ‘Sweet Dreams’ with this blues waling on top of strings. You hit it right on the head. You are absolutely correct.”

FEW MUSICIANS GET A CHANCE TO WORK WITH THE PEOPLE YOU HAVE OVER THE YEARS – ANNIE, OF COURSE, BUT TOM PETTY, JON BON JOVI, BOB DYLAN, SINEAD O’CONNOR, NO DOUBT, GEORGE HARRISON, MICK JAGGER. THE LIST GOES ON AND ON. DO YOU ALWAYS HAVE AN IMMEDIATE REPORT WITH OTHER MUSICIANS OR DO YOU HAVE TO WORK AT THAT LIKE EVERYTHING ELSE?

“I say in my book that writing songs with people is like falling in love over and over again, but obviously you don’t go falling in love with everybody. It’s this thing that there’s sort of an instant chemical reaction and you say, ‘I know I can write a great song with this person.’ It’s like a feeling. Some people I just know. I’m not really a gun-for-hire songwriter. All these songs came about by being in extraordinary circumstances or meeting somebody and getting along and having an acoustic guitar.”

“DON’T COME AROUND HERE NO MORE,” YOUR TOM PETTY COLLABORATION, SOUNDS AS FRESH TODAY. IT SEEMS LIKE A PERFECT CHOICE FOR THIS TOUR, AND YOU TAKE ON TOM’S PART, TOO.

“Thanks so much. On Tom’s version, there was a drum machine most of the way through and a sitar guitar. But this version, it’s the whole band playing, and I’m playing the same sitar guitar. But, obviously, I’ve got an English voice.”

EURYTHMICS WAS STRIPPING SONGS, LIKE “WHO’S THAT GIRL?,” DOWN TO ACOUSTIC PIECES BACK IN 1986 – ACTUALLY THREE YEARS BEFORE BON JOVI FAMOUSLY PERFORMED AN ACOUSTIC SET ON NATIONAL TV AND BASICALLY PUT INTO MOTION THE WHOLE “UNPLUGGED” SERIES. WASN’T EURYTHMICS ALWAYS AHEAD OF THE TIMES, AND, SOMETIMES, DO YOU FEEL THAT YOU AND ANNIE DIDN’T GET ENOUGH CREDIT?

“It’s funny. You are absolutely spot on there. When of the guys who started MTV, he did actually tell me that he saw Eurythmics play and do that well before Unplugged and also U2. I think it was the beginning of Unplugged.”

WAS EURYTHMICS ALWAYS AHEAD OF THE TIME? IT ALWAYS SEEMED AS IF EURYTHMICS WAS A LITTLE BIT AHEAD OF WHERE EVEYRONE ELSE WAS?

“Certainly we were in videos and everything. I looked at videos as little short movies. If you look at ‘Sweet Dreams’ and other videos out at the same time, it was usually just a band playing in a room with a visual effect. But ‘Sweet Dreams’ was a little weird movie. I remember that the record label saying, ‘Why do have to have a cow in it? Annie’s so good looking.’ And in that video there’s this one scene where the cow turns purple. It’s interesting, have you read Seth Godin’s book, “The Purple Cow?” It’s a business book, which is basically about making your business remarkable, and it talks about how you have to create your world, your brand or your company as something that stands out. … And I was actually doing the same thing. We could make a video to this song or we could make a surrealist type movie that grabbed people’s attention but it also had a subtext about what the song is about, which is that the world has sort of gone into overdrive. We had the boardroom and put the cow in the boardroom.”

YEARS AGO, YOU AND ANNIE THOUGHT YOU WERE GOING TO RELEASE AN ACOUSTIC ALBUM CALLED “UNTOUCHED.” WHATEVER HAPPENED TO THAT IDEA?

“What happened was that when Eurythmics became so huge and Annie, being such a private person, it was always very scary for her to start any Eurythmics project, because it would snowball into the whole roller coaster. So we had many ideas like let’s play opera houses. We’d have all sorts of ideas and tell people, but we would never end up doing it. We often thought about me just on a guitar and some strings and just Annie. There were endless combinations.”

I WAS AT RECENT BON JOVI CONCERT, AND JON WAS THANKING THE CROWD FOR BEING THERE FOR 25 YEARS, AND YOU’RE IN THAT SAME CATEGORY. IN FACT, YOU’VE BEEN IN THIS BUSINESS MORE THAN 25 YEARS, BUT EURYTHMICS HAS BEEN PART OF YOUR LIFE AND OURS FOR 27 YEARS NOW. I’M FASCINATED – AND PLEASED – THAT SOME MUSICIANS AND GROUPS MANAGE TO FIND THAT USUALLY ELUSIVE LONGEVITY. WHAT’S THE SECRET?

“I think it’s to do with personality and being able to maintain some semblance of stability in your life. It’s very hard balancing being an artist and other things that happen in your life – marriages, families, kids. Some people manage to do it, and some manage lots of complex situations and still keep their creativity alive. But then others get buried under it all and they could swallowed up before they know it. And some people stick to formula, and they stop experimenting. They think they’ve struck gold here and we’re going to play the same thing for five years.”

EVERY EURYTHMICS ALBUM HAD A DIFFERENT FEEL, A DIFFERENT TYPE OF MUSIC. IF YOU HAD TRIED TO REPEAT ‘SWEET DREAMS’ FOR SIX ALBUMS, YOU WOULD NEVER HAVE LASTED.

“No, we would have been categorized as the electro-era.”

A-HA, THE GROUP FROM NORWAY, HAD A BIG HIT WITH “TAKE ON ME” BACK IN 1985, AND IN ENGLAND AND EUROPE THE GROUP HAS BEEN RECORDING SINCE, RELEASING REALLY GREAT MUSIC AND HAVING HITS FOR THE PAST 20 YEARS, BUT IN THE STATES, MOST PEOPLE WOULDN’T KNOW THEY’VE RECORDED ANYTHING SINCE 1985. RADIO PROGRAMMERS DECIDE IF YOU’RE GOING TO BE AROUND AND HAVE LONGEVITY. WHAT IF ‘SWEET DREAMS’ HAD BEEN WRITTEN OFF AS A ONE-HIT WONDER, AND RADIO TURNED ITS BACK ON YOU BACK IN 1983. DO YOU THINK ABOUT THE WHAT IFS IN LIFE?

“I think it was the videos, our visual assault and that we played America so much. We played arenas and everywhere. I think people realized we were the real thing. We would also do tricks like we would send the radio ‘Would I Lie To You?’ And they’d say ‘Holy shit, this is great. Who is it?’ ”

I WAS LUCKY ENOUGH TO SEE EURYTHMICS LIVE FOUR TIMES, THE REVENGE TOUR, THE REVIVAL TOUR AND PEACE TOUR. I NEVER HAD A CHANCE TO CATCH THE SWEET DREAMS AND TOUCH TOURS. THE TOUCH TOUR, FROM PICTURES, LOOKED LIKE A LOT OF FUN. TO ME, IT SEEMS A SHAME THAT TOUR WAS NEVER CAPTURED ON VIDEO. YOU AND ANNIE WERE PERFORMING ‘I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE’ AND REALLY DOING AMAZING STUFF. THAT SEEMED LIKE A REALLY FANTASTIC TIME FOR YOU.

“Yeah, we were really experimenting. We were on stage with Sam from Sam and Dave singing ‘Wrap It Up.’ We thought we could do anything.”

COULD YOU?

“Yeah, we could really. We would go on stage and nobody would know what was about to happen.”

(DAVE GETS A TEXT MESSAGE AND EXCUSES HIMSELF FOR A BRIEF MOMENT.)

“Sorry, I’m back.”

WITH YOUR NEW ALBUM, YOU REFER TO IT AS VOLUME 1. DO YOU HAVE SOMETHING FOR VOLUME 2 ALREADY PLANNED, OR IS THAT A REFERENCE TO THAT THERE ARE STILL MORE SONGS TO COME FROM DAVE STEWART?

“This album is made up of 21 songs that have huge stories to them, and then there will be another 21 songs. Obviously Annie and I wrote over 100 songs just ourselves. You know the MorrisonHotel Galleries? They sort of specialize in photographic exhibitions, and they’ve given my an exibition on Sept. 17th for photos from this book. And that’s really amazing timing because on the 18th, I’m playing The Fillmore.”

YOU’RE FAMOUS FOR NEVER BEEN IDLE. FROM THE OUTSIDE LOOKING IN, YOU’RE ALWAYS ON THE GO. WHAT MAKES DAVE STEWART STAY ON THE GO?

“I must have been hit by lightning on my head or something. When I was kid, I had all these little radios they had a little thing you put in your ear, and I remember when I was little, I put into my ear and plugged it in the electric socket and my head went zapppppp.”

YOUR SON IS A MUSICIAN, CORRECT? DOES HE SEEK ANY ADVICE FROM DAD?

“Both my sons are musicians.”

DO THEY COME TO DAD FOR ADVICE?

“They like to play me stuff, but they like to have their own opinions.”

I FIND IT INCREDIBLY SAD WHEN I HEAR A REALLY GREAT SONG, AND IT’S, FOR WHATEVER REASON, NOT A HIT. IT DOESN’T GET PLAYED ON THE RADIO. IT COMES AND GOES. GREAT SONGS ARE SO PERSONAL. YOU’VE BEEN LUCKY, BECAUSE YOU’VE HAD LOTS OF HITS. YOUR SONGS ARE PLAYED ON THE RADIO SOMEWHERE EVERY MOMENT OF THE DAY. DO YOU CONSIDER YOURSELF A LUCKY MAN?

“Well, there is a great archive in the sky now, isn’t there? Sometimes my son will say to me, ‘Hey, Dad, you should hear this song. Have you ever heard of this guy Lou Reed? And I’m like, ‘Yeah.’ But they’re just discovering him and albums that they’ve discovered. It’s like the whole thing starts again.”

WHAT DO THEY THINK OF YOUR WORK?

“They are always very critical, but they are very supportive at the same time. They like to say, ‘That’s really cool’ or ‘I like this other one better.’ They’ve got their own tastes, you know?”

WHAT ABOUT YOUR PAST STUFF? EURYTHMICS?

“They recognize that we were a powerhouse, and they’ve seen us on stage on the Peacetour, and I think they were like, ‘Wow!’ ”

I THINK ANNIE LENNOX SAID ONCE THAT HER DAUGHTERS WERE A LITTLE EMBARRASSED WHEN THEY SAW HER ON THE PEACETOUR AND SAID SOMETHING LIKE, “MOM, WHAT ARE YOU DOING?”

“I was with them, and they were really excited about it and they were gobsmacked, because none of our kids had actually ever seen Annie perform, so the first time when they went out front to see it, they were like, ‘Holy shit.’ ”

DO YOU THINK EURYTHMICS WILL MAKE THE ROCK ’N’ ROLL HALL OF FAME SOMETIME?

“I don’t know. I would hope so. I think we’ve played enough and made enough records and created enough stuff to at least merit a nomination or whatever. Two years ago, we were inducted into the Hall of Fame in Britain by Bob Geldolf, Sting and the prime minister.”

WAS THAT ODD FOR THE PRIME MINISTER TO BE SAYING ALL THOSE NICE THINGS ABOUT YOU? AS A MUSICIAN, WAS THAT SURREAL?

“Not really. I knew Tony Blair for years before he was prime minister. I’ve had many interesting turns in my life where lots of different people have been around, and Tony Blair just happened to be one of them. He would be there at the same dinner with Robert Altman. He genuinely meant what he said.”

I WANT TO TALK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT EURYTHMICS. YOU OVERSAW A REALLY WONDERFUL REPACKAGING THREE YEARS AGO OF THE EURYTHMICS CATALOG. THE 1984 SOUNDTRACK/ALBUM WASN’T INCLUDED. ARE THERE ANY PLANS TO REMASTER THAT WORK AND INCLUDE SOME REMIXES AND B-SIDES?

“BMG couldn’t get Virgin to agree to put it amongst it all. I would like to dig into the 1984 vault and find all the tracks we left off. There was a lot of amazing, experimental stuff.”

EVEN WITH YOUR REMASTERED ALBUMS, THERE ARE STILL SOME MISSING TRACKS, MISSING REMIXES, ETC. OBVIOUSLY YOU CAN’T FIT EVERYTHING ONTO A CD. DO YOU HAVE ANY PLANS TO REISSUE ANY OF THE OTHER MISSING TRACKS, LIKE THE REMIX TO “THERE MUST BE AN ANGEL,” COMES TO MIND. IF NOT IN CD FORM, MAYBE ON ITUNES OR OTHER DOWNLOADABLE MUSIC CENTERS?

“There are some amazing fan sites – eurythmics.me.uk and he’s compiling just about everything and he has another friend who has a site called dnafiles, and between them I think they’re trying to get everything. And they can have a link to it all.”

I’M AMAZED AT ALL THE THINGS YOU’VE GOT GOING.

“I’m launching a whole sort of collection of everything from clothes to guitars, everything in a sort of Rock Fabulous lifestyle. … A launch of all that is in Las Vegas Aug. 25. But, right now, well, I’m lying flat on my back right now.”

BECAUSE YOU HAVE TO?

“Well, me and this lady, Tabatha, are here with our eyes falling out of our head from checking and proofreading the book and making sure the photos are the correct quality. I’ve never toured America as Dave Stewart, and people will ask what is it? All I can say is it will be an enormous spectacle where the audience will recognize every song one after another. I really look as myself as a sort of Cab Calloway-type character. I’ve created my band. You know the period when the bandleaders were the stars? So I’ve created this epic thing, and I’m going to lead it into the throw, as they say in Britain. I’m going to create this spectacle and give the audience a sort of musical journey. We’ve had costumes made for the orchestra and everything to look at it will be amazing, and to look at it be amazing and sort of amazing in a way.”

 

 

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Finale!

May 22, 2008 by

This year’s finale was great!!

I loved all the arrangements, and guests this year. And the excitement level was a lot higher than last year because the competition is so close.

So, this season has certainly had it’s ups and downs. The ups being that the David’s were the top two. The down’s being that Carly and Michael left when they did. I think that this season was one of the best for a number of reasons. The number one reason would be the variety of different talent that was on the show. Each contestant (whether I loved or hated them) brought their own personal style and talent, and did a great job for the most part.

I decided  to start writing this before the show ended, so I could express my feelings about who won firsthand and……I AM SO EXCITED THAT DAVID COOK WON!!!

I didn’t expect it, and I can’t tell you how happy I am that he won. I think that America has made the right choice for once this season. Thanks for reading!

My dreams came true…

May 14, 2008 by

Sorry for my brief hiatus. As some of you may know, moving home for the summer from college can be a little crazy.

What I missed…Brooke and Jason’s departures definitely pleased me. I can’t believe that I even liked Jason at first. By the end of it all, he was probably my least favorite. I’m glad he is gone, although he was a sweet kid. I was also extremely happy that America sent Brooke home also. She deserved to leave.

I don’t even think I have to make a prediction as to who goes home tonight. If Syesha stays after last night, I’ll be surprised. Even if she performed the best, I still could never see her in the top two. I think she knows that, too.

Ok, so last night was one of my favorite nights of the whole season. My only wish was that Michael had been in the top three where I thought he would be at this point. Syesha was disappointing, and the producer’s song choice was really odd. I just didn’t enjoy her performances at all. However, her hair looked great.

David Cook was amazing as always, although his performances last night were not my favorite of the season. The arrangement of “I Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing” was really neat. I still hold firm that he’s the one to win.

But some small part of me thinks that David Archuleta will win because everybody loves him. And how could you not? He is cute AND he has a great voice. America loves him, and I do too. But…I still want David Cook to win this year. I feel like he can have more of a career than little David.

So, I guess we’ll find out tonight. Keep your fingers crossed that Syesha goes home, but I don’t really think that will be necessary.

Neil Diamond tonight!

April 30, 2008 by

Well, I can say that Idol has had some great songwriters this season, and tonight was no exception. Neil Diamond was a lot of fun, and the songs sounded great…for the most part.

Starting off, Jason Castro did pretty good. He’s not that terrible, but all of his performances sound the same. Simon said that he struggled through both songs, and that he hadn’t been himself the past two weeks. I have to say that I agree completely.

I can’t say enough how much I love David Cook. I loved his performance of “I’m Alive” although Simon said it was “okay”. The second song was AWESOME! He has to be this year’s idol, if Brooke and Jason fans don’t mess it up.

Brooke’s first song was terrible in my opinion. The vocals sounded off the entire time. The second song was pretty good, but I don’t think she’s anywhere near the David’s. I used to like Brooke a lot, but for some reason I can’t put my finger on, I don’t like her at all anymore.

David Archuletta had a great night, in my opinion. I liked both of the songs that he sang, although I knew in my heart that he would choose “America” because, as Paula said, it was the perfect song for him to sing.

Syesha’s first song was pretty good, but the best thing I can say about the performance was that her hair looked great. I liked the second performance a lot, and although I think she did a million times better than Jason and Brooke combined…I think she’s going home. Simon agrees.

Tonight was a little weird. Paula was completely out of it, and the arrangement of the show was off. However, despite all of that, I hope that America makes the right choice tonight…it’s time for Brooke to go home.

Another upset…

April 24, 2008 by

Well, I decided delay my post until tonight to gain a little perspective. Last week I was crying for joy that Kristy Lee had finally parted ways with Idol. This week, I’m a little confused.

Last night was one of the most interesting nights I can remember. Songs from Andrew Lloyd Webber are not what I think of when I think about American Idol, yet I was excited because it’s always nice to switch things up.

Syesha surprised me with a really entertaining performance. I haven’t fully appreciated her voice, or her personality. I can say that after her time is over on Idol, she will certainly have a career on Broadway. I hate to say this…but I…liked her this week.

Jason Castro gets the award for most awkward song choice and performance of all time (Oh wait..that goes to Brooke!) I don’t think he understood what kind of song he was singing. “Memory” is a song that I was almost certain David Archuleta would pick. I was SO surprised that he wasn’t in the bottom two. This proves to me that this show is becoming a popularity contest after all. Speaking of David, he did a great job singing a girls’ song. There is no doubt in my mind that he will be in the top two.

Poor Brooke. I felt sorry for her, but even after the mishap she didn’t sing the song very well. To be honest, I didn’t think she could sing it even under the best of circumstances. Brooke is really sweet, and obviously has a huge fan base, but she hasn’t stood out in a long time.

Carly…I’m extremely sad to see her go, especially when she had a great performance and Brooke and Jason have been having average ones. I don’t feel like she deserved to go. I’m not sure what happened this week. My only explanation is that Brooke and Jason have won over America’s hearts instead of their ears.

Lastly..David Cook wowed us again. I have seen Phantom on Broadway, and I swear that he sounded better than the guy singing in the show. I think he’s going to be the next Idol. There’s no doubt he’s the most talented person on the show, with little David being a close second.

So…I hope that next week goes better. I’d like to dedicate this post to Michael Johns and Carly Smithson…Idols gone too soon. Until then!

Definitely the guy’s night…

April 16, 2008 by

Well, most everyone would agree that Michael Johns’ departure last week was surprising. Nobody was more surprised than I was. Here is my theory…Michael Johns has never been in the bottom three, and he has constantly been a front-runner this season. People who vote recognize this and decide that he’s safe, so they’ll give their votes to someone like Jason Castro who may need the votes. And so…Michael Johns goes home.

It honestly wasn’t the same for me tonight without him there, but his career is far from over. My predictions have been terribly off lately, so hopefully they will be right this time. Mariah Carey mentored the contestants, and I was a little uneasy about her songs being performed. However, there were no major mishaps except for Kristy Lee Cook.

As for tonight, the guys dominated the show. David Archuleta started off with a really beautiful performance. I think he’s going to be in the top two, yet I regret typing that because Michael was also one of my picks. There is no denying that he’s a wonderful singer and performer, and isn’t that what this competition is about?

David Cook is by far the most original contestant. Every week I look forward to seeing his performances because he tries to make everything his own, which is more than can be said for most of the remaining contestants. He chose an extremely well known pop song and transformed it into his own awesome version. Loved it!

I thought Carly did better than what the judges gave her credit for. She is no longer their favorite, and I think her time is dwindling down. Maybe last week I wouldn’t have said she’d go home, but I wouldn’t be surprised. Brooke White gave us a blah and (according to Simon) rather “meatless” performance. Yes, she did the best she could do, but is her best good enough?

Ok, at this point there is nothing that Kristy Lee could do to make her like her unless she developed a cure for cancer or gave me a lot of cash. I am not saying that she can’t sing, but I get absolutely nothing out of her performances. The thought of watching another one of her performances absolutely pains me.

Syesha would be the only other person who I would like to see go. She gave us, once again, another uninspired performance. It wasn’t terrible, but it wasn’t great either. And, at this point in the competition, how many so-so performances will she be allowed to get by with before America gets it right?

Lastly, Jason Castro ended the evening with an interesting arrangement. I wasn’t overly impressed, but I thought he did a good job. I still like Jason, and I hope he sticks around another week.

So, tonight I will keep my bottom three predictions to myself, and maybe I’ll be right for once. Until then!

An “inspirational” week on Idol..

April 10, 2008 by

Well, imagine my surprise when Kristy Lee hung on for another week. I’m not going to say that she’s going home this week, though, because I always seem to jinx myself.

Poor Ramiele…she was so cute, but I think she had reached her peak long ago. I’m not sad that she’s gone, but I feel like she could have surprised us later on down the line. Speaking of surprises, Brooke White surprised many people by being in the bottom three last week, but she may as well get comfortable there because her performance this week was dismal.

Michael Johns did great this week, in my opinion. Simon claims that he’s becoming a “wannabe”, but I couldn’t disagree more. He has stood out the entire competition, and tonight’s performance leads me to believe that he will be in the top three.

In contrast, David Cook really disappointed me this week. I like the song that he chose, but there was something off about it. I’m going to go ahead and say that he will not be in the bottom three because he has a huge following.

Syesha and Kristy Lee were one in the same for me, last night. There is nothing that stands out about either of these girls. Kristy Lee is mediocre to the highest degree, and I can’t believe that she comes back each week. I feel that at this point in the competition, the dead weight is being weeded out. So, the next to go has to be Kristy Lee or Syesha.

Jason Castro was great last night! I loved the song he sang, and he really does have a distinctive style and voice that will get him noticed whether or not he wins Idol or not.

David Archuleta was my favorite. “Angels” is an awesome song, and I love the way he sang last night. David is also one of my picks for the top three.

Carly Smithson isn’t getting any better, but isn’t getting any worse. Her performance of a Queen song got mixed reviews from the judges, and I think she’s losing steam. I really hope she steps it up next week because I don’t think she’s going home.

A little side note..as anyone noticed that Randy is the new Simon? His comments keep getting harsher. I would be impressed if I could understand what he was saying half the time.

SO, I have been wrong, but my tentative picks for the bottom three: Brooke, Syesha, and Kristy Lee. I would almost say Carly, but I am not sure. I think Syesha is going home this week. What do you think? The competition is getting good, but I have a feeling that it will be between three guys this year to win.

Also, Idol Gives Back was great tonight! I hope you enjoyed it.

Dolly Parton!

April 2, 2008 by

Well, I must start off by saying how relieved I was that I didn’t have to worry about watching Chikezie perform this week. Thank you America!

As for tonight, I loved that Dolly Parton was on the show. She’s an amazing song writer, and owner of a theme park close to all of our hearts as East Tennesseans.

The show started off pretty shaky with Brooke White. I think Brooke has a good voice and a great personality, but for some reason I can’t seem to ever love her performances. I don’t want to say that Brooke is in the bottom three, but it wouldn’t surprise me at all.

Ramiele…she is for sure going to be in the bottom three tomorrow night. She did the worst of the night, in my opinion. Randy seemed to think it was OK, and Paula liked it (but she likes everybody, right?) And, let’s give it to Simon for summing up what I was thinking at that exact moment…it was something you would see on a cruise ship. Thank you, Simon.

David Cook did really well this week, but wasn’t that great compared to last week’s performance. He’s going to have a hard time topping that one, but he’s done consistently well every single week. As I’ve said before, I’m almost positive he will win this year, or at least make it to the top two.

Carly did a great job this week, but I think that she’s no longer the best voice in the competition. That would have to go to…David Archuleta! Wow, I hadn’t realized how amazing his voice is. “Smokey Mountain Memories” is a great song, and he sang it very well. He takes the best of the night, hands down.

Not a lot can be said for Kristy Lee. Country music is her element, but she makes so impression whatsoever with any song she sings. The only risks that she has taken on this show have failed to impress the judges, and she’s been hanging on by a thread until last week. This week, I think she’ll be in the bottom three, and she’s my pick to go home tomorrow.

I feel like Syesha played an April Fool’s joke on me this week. I had a feeling she would choose the toughest and most popular song, “I Will Always Love You” and I was right. At first I liked the arrangement until she took it too far. I wish she would have kept it toned down because she definitely can’t sing like Whitney.

Jason Castro improved from last week, and I don’t think he’ll be in the bottom three this week. Imagine my surprise last week! I must be reading America’s opinions all wrong.  He is really sweet, and I think that he has some potential to do great things. I hope that he stays around.

The show ended with a bang with Michael Johns. I LOVED his performance, and he’s really stepped it up from the past mishaps that have gotten him bad reviews from the judges. I loved the arrangement, and his voice sounded amazing. Michael will for sure be sticking around for a while.

So, here are my predictions for the bottom three (I may be wrong) Syesha, Kristy Lee, and Ramiele. What do you think? See ya next week!

Interesting night on Idol..

March 26, 2008 by

Tonight was definitely interesting on Idol. The contestants sang songs from the year of their birth, which wasn’t my favorite category, but it was neat to see what the contestants did with it.

First of all..the great performances went to the two leading men this season, Michael Johns and David Cook. Michael has a real talent for singing Queen, and tonight’s performance was awesome. He certainly chose the right song this week.

David Cook blew everyone away this week with a stellar performance. It was so good, in fact, that the judges have picked him to win the competition. His interesting and courageous arrangement of “Billie Jean” was one of my favorite performances this season. I would have to agree with the judges and say that he is the one to beat this season.

Carly took a song I liked, and didn’t do a lot with it. The performance was okay, but she really needs to step it up. I guess we’ll see tomorrow if she will be in the bottom three, although I doubt that will happen again anytime soon.

Agreeing with the judges, I wish that Brooke White had not incorporated the band in her performance. It started off really strong, but she struggled to make it really amazing. Brooke has had two weaker performances in a row, which may hurt her soon, but not in the near future. Another blah performance goes to Ramiele. I just do not care for her at all, and her performance this week just didnt cut it, although Simon said that it was good enough to make it through to next week.

Another disappointment would have to be Jason Castro. Jason is really cute, but cute can only take you so far. He needs to prove to the judges that he’s more than just a pretty face that can play guitar.

Syesha did pretty good. I personally enjoyed the performance, surprisingly enough, but I have a feeling she will be in the bottom three next week. Her rendition of “If I Were Your Woman” was strong, but I don’t think America likes her.

I was not feeling David Archuleta at all this week. I couldn’t recognize the song he sang, and I can promise you that I would have hated the original version. The judges had mixed comments. Randy seemed to think that David’s “got mad skills” whereas Simon compared it to a theme park performance (whatever that is). I’m crossing my fingers that he does better next week because I’m positive he’ll make it through.

Now..the worst of the night would have to go to Chikezie (or Chikcheezy). Chikcheezy has a pretty good voice, but his performance was, as the name goes, CHEESY. I am almost for sure that he will be in the bottom three, and might be the one to go home.

Although Kristy Lee wasn’t the worst…my dislike for her has prejudiced me. I think the song choice was really really odd, and I was totally surprised that the judges didn’t hate it. I pray that she’s the one that goes home. She just isn’t talented enough to be on that show.

So…my predictions for the bottom three are: Kristy Lee, Chikezie and Syesha. We’ll see what happens.

Until next time!

Too much of a good thing..

March 20, 2008 by

Hey, Sarah here to catch you up on American Idol. At least the parts that matter!

I was excited to hear that the contestants would be performing Beatles songs, and I was even more excited to hear that they would be performing the songs this week. However, after tonight…I have definitely changed my mind.

First of all, although the contestants wanted us to believe that they were thrilled to be singing the Beatles yet again, I could tell that they were getting stressed out. Brooke White’s performance was unusually lackluster, and Ramiel just couldn’t pull it together.

Michael Johns (one of my favorites) needs to get a grip. His song choices keep getting worse, and I just hope that it isn’t too late! Fortunately, he went on to the top 10, so I am hoping that he will surprise us next week.

David Cook is playing the part of the resident rocker on Idol very well. He will continue to do well in the competition if he continues on the path that he’s on. His performance on Wednesday was certainly not as good as last week, but I have a feeling that he’s just going to get better and better.

Syesha escaped the chopping block with a surprisingly pleasant rendition of “Yesterday”. I have never been a fan of hers, but I cannot deny that she did great (and neither could the judges.) She squeaked by this week, but I doubt she will go very far.

Chikezie…I wish America would put me out of my misery already. His version of “I’ve Just Seen a Face” was horrifying to me. I’m hoping he fizzles out and SOON.

Speaking of fizzling out..why is Kristy Lee Cook still in this competition? She fizzled out before she even started, in my opinion. If we are talking talent here, then she just doesn’t compare to others on the show. I think next week will be her last week with us, and good riddance if that’s true.

David Archuleta is my favorite contestant by far. His voice is amazing, and he never gets on my nerves while he’s onstage. David is my pick to win this year, unless I’m very much mistaken.

Jason Castro is absolutely adorable, although his vocals sometimes leave something to be desired. Jason may have a few tricks up sleeve, and I hope that’s true because I would love to see him stay.

And…Carly Smithson was in the bottom 3 tonight. My response is WHAT? I hope that was just a fluke this week.

And lastly..Amanda Overmyer. I’ve never been a fan, so I’m not sorry to see her go. However, Kristy Lee should have gone home this week because Amanda has twice the talent and ten times the personality. Goodbye Amanda!

Until next time…