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Beatles Night on Idol, Who0t!! (Again)

So my least favorite performer did my most favorite song (You've Got to Hide Your Love Away). I didn't think she was as awful as the judges seemed to think. Or maybe it's because she was sooooo much better than the bluegrass nightmare from last week. Don't get me wrong, it did not lead to a standing ovation from me, but I didn't get growly. She should have done Rocky Raccoon if she likes country. Or Don't Pass Me By.

Hey, wait. Did MLR just say her favorite song was You've Got to Hide Your Love Away?

Yes, those of you who know me well will say "I thought your fave Beatles song was Dear Prudence" Others will say "I thought your fave Beatles song was A Day in the Life." Still others will say "I thought your fave Beatles song was In My Life." Well you are all right. I have about 5 or 6 songs that are my absolute favorite Beatles song ever of all times and then the rest of them, except one, fall loosely into what I call "my second favorite Beatles song". Then there's Good Night from the White Album which is pretty much my least favorite Beatles song.

Michael John sang A Day in the Life - my favorite Beatles song - and normally I like him. He wasn't great but he wasn't awful. And that David kid did an amazing rendition of The Long and Winding Road. That did get a standing ovation. Oh, but I hated rocker chick's Back in the USSR So the score so far is one "YAY!!!", two "I won't kill anyone", and one "please make it stop".

Hey, Brooke is doing one of my favorite Beatles songs (possibly my favorite...) Here Comes the Sun and not destroying it. Kinda country but pretty much in tune so long as I don't actually look at her. She's doing weird things. It wasn't bad it just wasn't good. It could have been good, I think the potential was there. Did I mention I'm going to marry George Harrison in heaven. Well I am.

David Cook did a phenomenal (do doo da do da) version of Eleanor Rigby so I have high hopes for this. Day Tripper - my second favorite Beatles song - done in tune with a cool instrument background and strong beat and a voice box (LOL!). Clearly Beatles but not a clone. Score!! Now it's up to two "YAY!!!!"s. And he played his own guitar.

Okay, three "yay"s after Carly's Blackbird being very melodic and especially for her rationale for picking that song. Plus, if people were naming Beatles songs I'm sure that one comes up a lot so it's good that one got sung.

I like Jason Castro's voice, I really do. I think it has a beautiful quality to it - i can't think of the word not whimsical, haunting, ethereal. But something like that. And he smiles nice and seems really sweet. So he did okay with Michelle. His French was great! But was it faster than I'm used to? I don't normally bounce when I sing along with it. Something about it wasn't quite right so it's not a "yay" but it's a qualified "good!".

I hated Syesha's versoin of Got to Get You Into My Life last week because it was too trumpety/Chicago. This week I think her Yesterday was shakey. She was in tune but she sounded hesitant or something. Not quite "please kill me now" but I did flinch a little a few times. At least it was a Paul song! LOL! Probably everyone will like it... yep. So far they do. They are calling it "vulnerability". Even Simon said that will keep her in the competition. Sigh. She sounded better in the playback - but they can pick the best part of the song for that.


I'm in awe of Chickeze (sp!!!) though - he was one of my least favorites (possibly because he seemed to argue wtih the judges to me) but when he hit Beatles weeks I've totally changed my mind about him. It's weird doing the style switchouts in the songs but having said that his initial part of my favorite song I've Just Seen A Face was kinda Motowny or something yet I did not hate it (which is big coming from me) and the last part I really liked. It is a good song for country and despite Simon's comments the Beatles were quite harmonica driven when they started out so I thought it was a kind of homage or something. I loved his energy.

Everyone's sounding kind of country to me tonight! Ramiele's version of Should Have Known Better was really country sounding to me. It wasn't great but it wasn't awful. I thought she was off key a lot but none of the judges seemed to agree. I agree with Simon it was kind of amateur. To me it was kind of "pop rock". Well, "pop rock/country" somehow. Just a little to upbeat and young. Or maybe I'm just thrown because she changed the melody some so she wasn't off key - just off the song playing in my head. But she is so cute and so sweet and so darn likeable.


And what happened to Paula? She's giving really constructive comments this season!!! And she's not always positive, she's saying some negatives but constructively.

EDITED like mad because I couldn't get my tags right and because I was writing as I was watching. Also I stopped in the middle to make coffee.

Oh - I made my own version of Corned Beef and Cabbage for St Pat's day and it was soooo good! So easy, too. I steamed some cabbage and carrots. I boiled some Red Potatoes with salt. (Cuz I know how to do that.) Then I got a tin of that awful canned Corned Beef and mixed it in with the cabbage, smushed that in a casserole dish and mixed in some dried mustard and more fresh ground pepper. I put the carrots and the potatoes on top and baked it all to kind of get the flavor of the beef in with everything else and bam - easy peasey corned beef and cabbage. Mom and I had gotten some Irish Soda Bread at Publix (not as good as the stuff magnet5 makes - he does amazing stuff!!) that I was worried about because it was really fruitcakey but it was really good together! Yay!

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randomposting
Mar. 19th, 2008 01:07 am (UTC)
I'm so excited to see what Jason does.
madladyred
Mar. 19th, 2008 01:39 am (UTC)
What did you think??

I've edited my post to talk about him and Syesha (sp). I love Jason normally. I thought he was good (he's got a great voice) but the song was too fast and bouncey. It threw me off a little. I still liked his voice with it, I just wish he'd been more lamenting or something.
randomposting
Mar. 19th, 2008 01:40 am (UTC)
I agree entirely. I was dissapointed with his performance. He seemed uncomfortable. I didn't love Syesha either. I don;t think her high range is very powerful.
madladyred
Mar. 19th, 2008 01:45 am (UTC)
I am so glad you said that about Syesha because the judges raved and I just did not hear that.

I love your icons, by the way.
randomposting
Mar. 19th, 2008 01:46 am (UTC)
I love yours too! What did you think of Chikezie? I loved the beginning but didn't love where he took it after. Which is exactly the opposite of what Randy said. lol. At least he didn't call him pitchie.
madladyred
Mar. 19th, 2008 01:53 am (UTC)
I thought the last half was more true to the Beatles version and I really liked it (fast). I thought he harmonica was fine - more like an homage since they had loads of harmonicas on their first album. And I was stunned that I did like the first part of the song because it was verging on a style I don't normally like but he did a good job with it I couldn't not like it. He does have a really good voice and I have totally changed my opinion of him- he's one of my favorites now. :)

For some reason tonight I'm totally oppisite the judges on most of the performances!!

But I think we're going to be the same on Ramiele :( She's really sweet, so I'm sad but she doesn't seem to be on key and her voice isn't always strong.

madladyred
Mar. 19th, 2008 01:54 am (UTC)
Eeeps, i'm wrong. Randy's saying nice things. Not great, but nice. As was Paula. But Simon is saying what I was thinking so maybe I'm not too far off.
randomposting
Mar. 19th, 2008 01:55 am (UTC)
He's really talented. Last week he blew me out of the water! I wasn't too impressed with Ramiel. :(

Have you seen "Across The Universe"? I loved it and think if you're a fan of the Beatles you might really enjoy it.
madladyred
Mar. 19th, 2008 02:03 am (UTC)
Yeah, he totally owned She's a Women last week. I was amazed and he jumped to my frontrunner list. it was as if that song was made for him.

I LOVED the movie Across the Universe!!!! In fact, my thoughts on Chikeze (LOL - I'll never get that spelled right) made me think of Jude's version and how much I loved that one.

madladyred
Mar. 19th, 2008 02:04 am (UTC)
Oooops - as if that song WERE made for him. It's like I lose all control of grammar and spelling when I get on the internet. (sigh)

Very nice to meet you, by the way! Would you mind if I friended you?
mcamason
Mar. 19th, 2008 03:04 am (UTC)
*smooches you for your careful use of the subjunctive*
madladyred
Mar. 19th, 2008 12:16 pm (UTC)
LOL! I love you!!! It's pretty much the only grammar rule I always get right and I even got THAT one wrong last night! *sigh*

Death to Commas!!

Hey - did you know the Anarchy symol is an A inside and O?? I just learned that yesterday. Supposedly it stands for Anarchy is Order but they borrowed it from Alchemists (I may be wrong on that) where it stood for Alpha & Omega. John's response was "Oh, I thought it stood for your leftover food."
randomposting
Mar. 19th, 2008 02:24 am (UTC)
Yay!! Glad to see you're all ready a fan. I just adore it.
madladyred
Mar. 19th, 2008 02:58 am (UTC)
I made my dad go see it and he's not normally a musical or a 'art film' type person so I was thrilled when he loved it. I think the "I Want You" scene blew him out of the water. I thought she did an amazing job working all the names from songs into names of characters and loved how she used the songs (or their lyrics pulled out of songs) just as they were to tell her story giving the familiar songs a totally new meaning. I think the best examples of that were Blackbird and I Want to Hold Your Hand for songs and "she came in through the bathroom window" for pulling out a lyric. I was so excited. Oh - and I loved how Maxwell had a silver hammer at one point and that he was the student (not sure if he was studying in medicine) and other references from the song.

Plus, even if it didn't have Beatles songs the visuals in the movie and the colors were stunning.

Of course, it didn't hurt that Jude was really cute, too :)
randomposting
Mar. 19th, 2008 03:04 am (UTC)
The I Want You was the turning point for my Dad as well. He was very wary of it at first, but that's because he's a professional musician and looooves the Beatles. But he was definitely hooked by that point.

I think Julie Taymor is a genius director. She was the one who did The Lion King on Broadway. And she did wonderful things with Titus as well, based on Shakespeare's Titus Andronicus. If you haven't seen that film, I recommend it too. =)

He's veeery cute. I like Max even better. Yumm.
madladyred
Mar. 19th, 2008 12:12 pm (UTC)
Okay, that's funny because I'm going to a Shakespearean play tonight! Not Titus, though, 12th Night. I haven't seen or read Titus -- I only know it from the Reduced Shakespeare Company and from my crush on Alan Cumming. There's a picture on his website from his appearance in Titus. I would love to see her version of Titus and have seen her version of the Lion King - that had to have been amazing. And I will look for the film version of Titus - thanks for the suggestion!! I wonder if that's where Alan Cumming's picture came from?!?!? Hmmmmm...

My dad was in the Vietnam War so I wasn't quite sure how he'd react to a protest movie but I thought his sentiments ran along the same lines so I was optimistic about it - still I never expected him to love it so much. It is funny our dad's had the same turning point!! He also loved the Mr. Kite scene. I think those were our two favorite scenes in the movie.

And Max was cute, too :)
randomposting
Mar. 19th, 2008 06:40 pm (UTC)
That's where the picture of Alan Cumming came from. ;) You'll loooove.

What did you think of 12th Night?

Well Eddie Izzard just rocks. ;) The other one my Dad really liked was Happiness Is A Warm Gun.
madladyred
Mar. 20th, 2008 03:46 am (UTC)
12th Night was GREAT!!! But we just got home and I have to head off to bed so I will have to answer you on Friday I guess. I think tomorrow is the posting boycott. Then again, maybe that's just posts and not responses to comments. I'm not sure!

Anyway - I cannot WAIT to see the Titus movie now - yay! :)
randomposting
Mar. 20th, 2008 03:49 am (UTC)
It's gmt, so for me it doesn't start until like 6 or 7 tomorrow night, so you may want to check what time it starts for you. :) I look forward to hearing more about Twelfth Night though. :) I adore that play.

And it's posts, comments, and even accessing the site in anyway during the strike, so I'm not going to be around for that day. And i'm going to post diversions for my friendslist to do instead. lol

The movie's incredible. I hope you like it as much as I do. It's very disturbing and upsetting, but beautifully done.
zarathud
Mar. 19th, 2008 01:29 am (UTC)
I only see the parts that are bad enough to make it onto The Soup. I don't suppose anyone sang "Happiness is a Warm Gun"? ;)
madladyred
Mar. 19th, 2008 01:37 am (UTC)
So far not yet but they have two more songs to go!

I was hoping for some of their lesser known stuff, too. One of my favorites is Cry Baby Cry - but I don't think that has enough umph for competition. Maybe Honey Pie - that could be interesting!
madladyred
Mar. 19th, 2008 02:05 am (UTC)
Alas, no. No happiness there.
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