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Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Tay Tay's Morning Shows

Taylor will be on Fox and Friends this a.m. around 7:50 a.m. CST.

He then makes a dash to CBS's The Early Show for taping of tomorrow's showing.

The show I received notice of several days previous in an e.mail, but am not able to attend. Why couldn't I have been born rich instead of so beauti- or wait, why couldn't something intervene, the Divine, Powers That Be, Anyone and make me that offer for that high paying writer's gig?

One Fine Day - The Chiffons

One fine day
You'll look at me
And you will know
Our love was meant to be
One fine day
You're gonna want me for your girl

The arms I long for
Will open wide
And you'll be proud
To have me by your side
One fine day
You're gonna want me for your girl

Though I know you're the kind of boy
Who only wants to run around
I'll keep waiting and someday, darling
You'll come to me
When you want to settle down, oh

One fine day
We'll meet once more
And then you'll want
The love you threw away before
One fine day
You're gonna want me for your girl

shoobie do wah, shoobie do wah...

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Groove on Soulman!

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Regis and Kelly Video in GO FISH

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CBS, The Early Show invitation to see Taylor!

I received an e.mail extending an invitaion to all the Soul Patrollers to come see Taylor live. He is performing for their morning show here are the details:


My name is Brian Bagley I work for CBS 's The Early Show. On Wednesday May 31st, Taylor Hicks will be performing on our Plaza located on the corner of 59th and 5 Ave. This is FREE and would love for all members of The Soul Patrol to be there. He will go on about 9 a.m. but would also like for you to be outside while we film The Early Show at 7:30. For more questions please feel free to email me at BagleyB@CBSnews.com. I wanted to know if you could post this on your page for all of the Soul Patrol to attend.


Brian Bagley
Audience Coordinator
CBS The Early Show

Now if he'd just have thrown in the airfare and hotel accommodations, I'd be there poster in hand screaming my very best WOOOOOOOOOOO!!!! But alas, my little blog stature doesn't earn me that elite treatment. If only there really was a Santa Claus...and he came to visit in May...or let's see, magic fairy dust...I could sprinkle it on myself with the help of Tinker Bell and poof! I'd be in Taylor Heaven but life doesn't work that way. The reality is I just can't afford this great opportunity.

Starving artists and all of that. But one day when my great American Novel sells, and it becomes a top grossing movie...

(OK, I slapped myself, back to reality.)

Great opportunity for all of you fortunate folks to go cheer on our guy. Wish I could be there. sigh. Somebody send me a postcard and pic. Think of Sunny as you cheer on the Soulman! *wiping a tear*

Groove on Soulman!

Alabama Alive! Taylor Hicks issue!

Alabama’s exclusive lifestyle publication, will feature Season 5 American Idol Taylor Hicks, of Hoover, Alabama, in an upcoming issue. The issue is expected to be published by Aug. 1. Last year, Alabama ALIVE! featured American Idol Season 4 finalist, Bo Bice, on the cover. This was a hard to get issue and folks experienced many delays in receiving it with some still complaining they never did get their issue. This year Alabama ALIVE! is improving how we can order the magazine to ensure delivery. You can order the magazine on-line. Cuurently it appears a yearly subscription is the only offering but closer to release time they may offer the one issue. Yearly rates, though, are only $18.00 and each issue features information on the beautiful state and things to do, famous people. Anyone who like to travel may want this to see if they would like to include Alabama as a travel destination.

Besides Taylor HIcks the August 2006 issue will include updates on the other Alabama Idols--Ruben Studdard, Bo Bice and Diana DeGarmo. This is one American Idol fan keepsake that everyone will be wanting to own!

They also offer in the "Gift Ideas" extra special issues including a Bo Bice program which costs $7.00. Over 20 pages of Bo and never seen photos, in depth looks at Suagar Money and Donny Acton and insights to Bo that will make you proud to own this program. Price includes shipping in the US First class mail. This is a real deal for Bo Bice fans. I can see later down the road, that one similar to this will be created for Taylor Hicks.

Click the title link to visit their site.

Saturday, May 27, 2006

Soul Patrol Push Hicks to Idol 2006

Quoting Taylor Hicks, "The Soul Patrol rides on"!

Individualism was rewarded on American Idol, this season. The 'regular Joe' morphed into an American hero. The whole small town guy makes good by beating the system fantasy that many of us love and hold to our hearts came true. Taylor's appeal is spanning from the true music aficianados, to the against-the-mainstream misfits, to the retro music fans, to the baby boomers desiring a return to a time where real American idols were born, not churned out pre-fabricated, dressed and dyed and plasticized.

Talent was rewarded this season on American Idol. This reality talent show surpassed being about just pop pipes, to a show premiering true talent with real stage presence and high decible charisma and charm.

Drive was rewarded this season on American Idol. From the beginning I have said Mr. Hicks is not a stupid man. It was evident to me, from Taylor's initial audition that he was a man with the desire, the drive and the intelligence to make this happen. He had that fire in his eyes. He projected a definite sense of self, independence and originality. Taylor Hicks has played this Idol game with the savvy and know-how he ripped from the streets, derived from honest to good, blue collar On-the-Job training. Performing at regional honky tonks and clubs helped to hone his sensibilities on music delivery and reading his audience. There are many aspiring artists wanting to enter the music business that should take to school the precedence Mr. Hicks' has set on this talent show.

Taylor began shaping an image from the beginning of this season. Mr. Hicks came in with a dream, with a vision, with a plan. The acoustic performance of Sam Cooke's classic, "A Change is Gonna Come". His enthusiasm, his trademark, "WOOOOO!". The much discussed 'harp walk', Hicks' enters the judges' quarters, harmonica playing, working that stiff-legged bluesman walk where he discovers he is indeed moving on to Hollywood. His attire. The blazers representative of several things, communicating he was taking the show seriously, the fact he was more mature than his counterparts, but most importantly the blazers helped create that old soul vibe. Researching some of Hicks' heroes whom he patterns his music after; Sam Cooke, Ray Charles, James Brown, Solomon Burke you see these men as careful with their appearance as they were with staying true to their music.

Song choice always holds an ultimate role of importance on this show. Hicks weekly demonstrated what he's about and for the most part successfully chose songs to match up with his style. "Levon" by Elton John garnered him praise, "Taking It to the Streets" by The Doobie Brothers brought out Taylor's fierce intensity as a performer. That energy translated into his real ability to communicate mind, body and soul to the audience. This performance generated tons of mixed media attention for Taylor and made him a household name. His sense of humor emerged in the pre-performance clip about his days as a shopping mall Easter Bunny.

He made a few mistakes, but learned from them. "Easy" by Lionel Richie, lesson learned from that song, to lay off a little on the "Woo's", concentrate more on the singing. "Country Roads", and "Just Once", were his two weakest performances of the competition. With the performance of "Just Once", an inkling of doubt, a slight lessening of confidence became a ghost shadow in his eyes. Taylor had endured week after week of poundings from Cowell, mixed reviews from Jackson and Paula. Realistically, there's just so many times a guy can be compared to 'someone's drunk Dad at a wedding' and not let it affect him somewhat. I found myself comparing Idol to a football game. Your team's been playing the first quarter pretty well, not too many penalties, a fumble, but not much yardage lost, then into the second quarter the penalty flags begin to fly fast and furious, the other team scores a lead breaking touchdown, 2 minutes before the second quarter ends.

The half-time whistle blows.

Third quarter, Taylor exploded on the Idol field in a wild hot paisley shirt and blue suede shoes with pink laces. He belted out "Play that Funky Music White Boy!" by Wild Cherry, it was an in-your-face, 'up-yours-Cowell' moment. Great move, it enthused his fans who applauded his seemingly flip-off to Cowell criticisms and negative critiques. Pairing that song with "Something" by George Harrison was brilliant. "Something" gave weight to Taylor's real vocal abilities, he sung it masterfully, beautifully. The game had turned tide. "Jailhouse Rock" had been a popular on-line request for Elvis Week. I had a request out that he sing "In the Ghetto". Elvis week scored that comeback touchdown for Taylor. May. 16 brought Bruce Springsteen's "Dancing in the Dark" and Joe Cockers'"You are So Beautiful" Score another for Team Soul Patrol! Last competition, the Finale, Taylor brought back previous favorite "Levon", considered by some fans an anthem, "Levon wears his war wound like a crown" a tribute to the challenges overcame weekly on this show, and the song is important to Hicks for the family values it represents. "Living for the City", a 1974 hit by Stevie Wonder had previously brought Taylor accolades from his fans. The topper of the Finale was his performance of the American Idol song created to be his first released single. Titled, "Do I Make You Proud". This title and the song are incredibly appropriate for Taylor for a couple of reasons; one, when he had originally talked to his father, Brad Hicks, about trying out for Idol his father had commented he just might as well just go out and buy a lottery ticket, two, Taylor had been feeling the pressure of timing, and the need to make something out of himself, have real success. He did not want to have his years playing honky tonks to be a waste, he didn't want to let Daddy down. I hope that Mr. Brad Hicks is a happy man today, knowing his son wasn't wasting his time. Confident now that music was a true calling for Taylor, not just a young man's pipedream.

Persistance was rewarded on American Idol this season. Team Soul Patrol never gave up on Taylor Hicks. Through thick, through thin (even through the occasional fumbled ball, the "Country Roads" penalty flag). Let's reflect upon Taylor's journey through Idol and re-live some highlights in an fitting montage created with Tay's band's music playing. (Thank you Comrade631.)

FOX News complete Post Idol Coverage

"Straka: It only took you 10 years to become an overnight sensation.
Hicks: Yeah, 10 years and every one of those years was worth it, you know. It's amazing that the road that I've been on and the journey that I've taken and I want to say thanks to all the voters 'cause if it wasn't for them, I wouldn't be here.
Straka: Yesterday I talked with Chris Daughtry, and I asked him what he respected about you as a musician, because I really think Chris has a good following as a talented musician. He said, "You're a songwriter, man, you did the grind in the bars, playing for very little people for very little money."....

Straka: You do have a lot of presence in the moment. Probably your greatest moment of the show came when you were walking in to find out if you made the top 12, and you had the harmonica. Was that something spontaneous or did you think "This is an opportunity for me to stand out"?

Hicks: Yeah, you have to premeditate your moves, especially in a competition where the stakes are so high, like this. You can't get lost in the moment in all this, you have to storm out, and luckily the harmonica helped me out.
Straka: Well, this is a very gracious winner of "American Idol," Soul Patrol all the way.
Hicks: Soul Patrol man, thank you so much."

Thursday, May 25, 2006

Taylor's Single Hitting the Radio Stations!

Reporting from Rochester, NY, Washington DC, Columbia, SC stations playing Taylor's single. If you've heard it e.mail me or post a comment!

DO I MAKE YOU PROUDI've never been
The one to raise my hand
That was not me
and now that's who I am
Because of you
I am standing tall

My heart is full
of endless gratitude
You were the one
The one to guide me through
Now I can see
And I believe
It's only just beginning

This is what we dream about
But the only question with me now
Is do I make you proud
Stronger than I've ever been now
Never been afraid of standing out
Do I make you proud

Everybody needs to rise up
Everybody needs to be loved
To be loved

Roll Tide! and Taylor Hicks

Jay Reeves with Associated Press has put forth several articles on Taylor Hicks,' this one, Hometown Abuzz Amid 'Idol' Final featured in the Washinton Post. MSNBC featured Taylor Hicks’ Alabama hometown abuzz "Roll Tide and Taylor Hicks" signs were prevalent according to the reporter present.

For the proud Alabamians this is a perceived victory for their state, developing a name as producing some of the best contestants for American Idol. Ruben Studdard, season 2 winner, Diane Digarmo season 3 runner-up, Bo Bice, season 4 runner-up, and now Season 5 winner, Taylor Hicks.

My daughter attends the University of Alabama (Roll Tide)and she has commented to me how much excitement Taylor has brought to the area. Talk about Hicks dominating local news programs, area venues.

Hicks winning Idol has once again brought pride to the state and shows why the phrase 'Stars Fell on Alabama' can hold many meanings for the state.

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

You Make Me Incredibly Proud to be a Fan

Ok this is not an objectional report, as if I could give one to Taylor Hicks at this point. To think of what road you've been on, what criticisms you've faced with a smile, dusted yourself off and went on... to achieve this goal...to see the look of admiration on your brother's face, your father's face. How incredible was that for you sweetman? The thought brought tears to my eyes. I am so Proud...
of you.

I loved your song "Do I Make You Proud". I was semi-concerned, I know how those PowersThatBe are with Idol. But I also had faith in you, you'd do it your way. You did. You gave it your treatment. Take the POP out and give it SOUL, baby. I am so Proud...of you.

I am SO in love with you tonight sweetman.

SO in love. So Proud of You...
Groove on Baby.


1Taylor Hicks 70.827 1.075
2Katharine McPhee 58.387 1
1218 a.m. CST
(how did this occur?)

Taylor Hicks 71.415 1.523 -
Katharine McPhee 65.329
As of 10:09 p.m. CST



1-866-436-5702~ 1-866-436-5704

I have been dialing land line and reg. cell, got through once since show ended.

3 go phones and they're losing count.

I don't know why I get the short straw every week and get these other phones. Boring to try calling in -- at least text goes.


Simon, "With that performance Taylor Hicks, you have just won American Idol".
Groove on Soulman!!!!!!!!

Evidence of the Soul Patrol Spreading the Globe

Katharine McPhee's fans may be hot with McPheever, but Taylor Hicks' fans are beginning to spread the globe like wildfire.

Evidence of Taylor Hicks' global appeal is becoming more prevalent. In an article written by Mike Brantely with al.com his research lead to these comments from folks far and abroad:

"The Taylor Hicks soul thing is no longer a Birmingham, Gulf Shores or Alabama thing," said Bonnie Latino, an Atmore-based Soul Patrol member in Alabama.
Latino said the gray-haired vocalist's emerging global fan base became very evident to her on Friday, May 12, during Hicks' "American Idol" hometown visit. Fans from all over the United States, as well as Brazil, England and Norway, displayed signs of support at an appearance and "mini-concert" by Hicks at the Riverchase Galleria shopping mall in Hoover, the city where the singer attended high school."

"Srbo Galic, a 34-year-old amateur musican in Serbia, shared a Soul Patrol experience in an e-mail exchange. Galic described how he played his harmonica recently while sitting on a park bench in his "once beautiful city of Belgrade."
He noticed a nearby gathering of two young women and a young man who were singing and playing a guitar beneath a tree Galic began to play "A Change is Gonna Come," which was Hicks' first "American Idol" audition song. Galic joined in an improptu jam session with the group."

"Karen Coles, an editor/proofreader in Wellingborough, U.K., loves Hicks' music, certainly, but she also is grateful for all the friends she has made through her Soul Patrol activity on the Internet.
"His amazing voice and personality shine through the airwaves," Coles wrote about Hicks in an e-mail. "I am grateful for joining the Soul Patrol. I have discovered an amazing person. Thanks to Taylor, I've made hundreds of new friends, literally across the world."
One of those friends Coles met online is Catherine Viart, a teacher from France. Viart, who lives in Dhaka, Bangladesh, said in an e-mail that she's a Hicks fan because of the singer's voice and personality.
"He's fun to watch," Viart wrote, "and he also makes me cry sometimes. He makes me feel strong and think good things are possible. Really, he is magic."

Magic, definitely.

Groove on Soulman!

B'Ham News and LA Daily Square off

Top ten reasons to vote for 'their idol':

1. Song choices approved by Bruce Springsteen and reps for George Harrison. How cool is that?
2. Compare their dance moves. No contest.
3. Because he'd never, ever smile nonstop while singing "I Ain't Got Nothin' But the Blues."
4. If Elvis had a little brother, he'd look like Taylor.
5. "Saturday Night Live" doesn't spoof just anyone.
6. Because a soul man trumps an ice princess every time.
7. Gray is the new blond.
8. Taylor didn't wear Paula's tacky new jewelry line on camera.
9. With Soul Patrol, we're talkin'¤'bout a revolution. McPheever sounds like a sickness.
10. So Katharine's dad will really have a reason to cry.

Top Ten Reasons to vote for Katharine:
1. Kat had her "moment" when she sang "Somewhere Over the Rainbow," and even Cowell dropped his scowl. Has Taylor had his "moment"? (& forgotten her lyrics...)
2. Kat can navigate a car through the nation's busiest freeway interchange - the 101/405 in Sherman Oaks, the real "Malfunction Junction" - while talking on her cell phone, sipping a latte and doing her nails. Beat that, Taylor.
3. It's in the genes - Kat's mom is a vocal coach and dad is a TV producer.
4. More women have become "Idol" winners than men.
5. Better hair. That gray's gotta go.
6. "McPhee" sounds cooler than "Hicks."
7. Kat doesn't dance like she's being manipulated from above by strings.
8. Jerry Mathers, "The Beaver" in "Leave it to Beaver," went to Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks, where Kat graduated.
9. Kat can sign autographs with both her right and left hands.
10. Kat knows how to make friends. In the final cut-down show for "Idol's" Top 24, she was so excited she kissed all three judges on the lips. Your turn, Taylor.

Fred Shuster, L.A. Daily News

Is it just me, or do McPhee's reasons just look like a real stretch? Multi-task driving, hair, and Jerry Mathers hardly rack up as deciding factors.

What do I know?

Soul Patrol Parties Supporting Taylor Hicks

In a recent story in http://www.calendarlive.com/tv/cl-et-taylor23may23,0,7077538.story?coll=cl-tv-features reporters talk to two of the groups in the Birmingham area that hold regular "Taylor Hicks parties". Seems each have slightly different viewpoints, especially about the other, but one thing is for certain, they love Taylor Hicks.

Go Soul Patrol!

Monday, May 22, 2006

Spoilers for TuesTay Night.

Of course, subject to change without notice:

From FOX NEWS Original song - Do I make you proud
Living for the City

My Destiny (original)
Somewhere over the rainbow
That Cherry Tree with a horse song (whatever)

So kat will possibly be shining the Idol floor all night...

21 hours until the showtime CST - it's now 10:45 p.m. in lovely hot Dallas, Texas.

Groove on Soulman!

Finale Dirt and Rumors

Nigel, reportedly has stated that Katharine McPhee and Taylor Hicks will perform two different "coronation" songs. Maybe some truth to Hicks opining about the song selections and arrangements. (You go big Daddy) Quoting, "Both will sing their new records, but it's not the same song."

He expressed concern over Kat oversinging her songs, and of course, I imagine we'll hear "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" again. Nigel so astutely commented that Tay is "unique to the competition" (uh, hello Nig, speak the obvious) He whines about missing Daughtry the most of the contestants gone. (How he dreamt of Chris as the new "Idol".) We don't always get what we want even Mr. Lithgoe.

Swirling rumors:

Elliott to sing with Mary J. Blige
Carrie to sing (pretty much confirmed)
Bo Bice to perform (He doesn't just sing, you get a performance. I hope Daughtry is there so he can take notes on how it's really done)

It would be great to have The Biceman perform, but I haven't really received confirmation on that, only that he will be present.

Groove on Soulman.

Some Finale Thoughts

We've less than 48 hours to see the final competion performances of this Seasons A.I. Less than 48 hours to get those TEXT phones ready. It has been brought to my attention by several folks that the TEXTing votes will be the ones to put the contestant over the top. Here's one informed gentleman's run-down on how this voting situation comes down:

"Okay, here goes on why the AI voting system guarantees a micro-thin voting margin when it's down to the last two or three. I'll try to be as brief as I can.
The problem is that for any given second during the voting period, there are only "x" number of phone lines available to accept votes. (As any of us who have tried to vote, we know that all lines are busy the vast majority of the time.

Okay, for example purposes, let's say that for any given second, there are 1000 available lines to register a vote for each contestant. During that second, if Contestant A has 1100 people calling in to vote for them, and Contestant B has 2500 people calling in to vote for them, each contestant will be credited with exactly 1000 votes, since that's the max available. And that 1000 total votes per second will apply to each second during the voting period where each contestant has more than 1000 voters calling in, even if one, again, has 1100 per second and the other has 2500 per second.

Other than text message votes, the ONLY way one contestant can pick up votes over the other is in the limited number of seconds when less than 1000 votes are cast in a second for one contestant. In this example, say Contestant A receives 950 votes in one second, and Contestant B receives 2000 votes, Contestant B will gain exactly 50 votes over Contestant A (since 1000 is the max).

I hope this makes sense to everyone. The bottom line is that, with the voting system in place, it is almost impossible for one contestant to gain huge numbers of votes over another contestant, even if there is a huge difference in the number of people voting for each contestant.

The only variable is text messaging, which apparently does not have a per-second limitation. For that reason, my wife and I will both be text messaging a lot of votes tomorrow night. For Taylor, of course."

Tom Wilson

Thank you Tom for your information. We text as well as landline and cell phone call. (get your go-phone!)

One other interesting bit of news, we might see a former runner-up at the finale as well; Bo Bice is rumoured to attend - most likely with Caroline, his wife, they have been strong Taylor Hicks backers throughout this season.

Here's a posting I read that just gave me chills for some reason. "Azure" wrote it:

"That shy guy, who at his audition, said "Just give me a chance", has almost come full circle.
Wouldn't it be awesome to see the confetti falling down on "the real deal" for a change! Not just an American Idol, but a real American Dream! A guy who wants to have a bus to tour the country making music, maybe get a little place by a lake where he can look at the water, and have a girl, who can among other things, cook turnip greens. A humble guy, who is overwhelmed by his fans' support - It doesn't get much better than this!
We've got your back, Taylor! We love you - no matter what the outcome this week. Congratulations for making it this far, and thank you for the renewed spirit you've given us!
Let's rally round folks! TH needs all of our votes. Your time and effort will be rewarded when you see his smile on Wednesday night!"

Yes "Azure", it would just be awesome. And right.

She said basically what I was going to put in the blog this a.m., but rather I do it I wanted to use her comments as it just shows that we, who love Hicks, all seem to love him for the same reasons.


Sunday, May 21, 2006

Taylor's Old Place; get ready baby for a new home!

Typical bachelor type pad. Just shows Tay's not an interior designer. Looks like he's getting ready to move out, as he soon will.

Taylor, sweet man, if you need any help with re-decorating your new place, or your tour bus, I'm quite artistic... mural anyone?

I hear you're looking for someone who can fix up some great turnip greans - Southern cooking, one of my specialites! (That and Mexican, food that is

Yeah, like he's going to be at a loss for volunteers... ;)
Groove on Soulman.

Taylor Hicks, Idol Karma?

Taylor Hicks had been in New Orleans the night before Hurricane Katrina hit, he encountered problems trying to evacuate the city, but he succeeded. Handling matters in a diplomatic manner, the airline responded in kind, providing him a free ticket anywhere in the country. He had planned to attend the Memphis September 5th, American Idol auditions, but they were cancelled; Memphis could not take in the American Idol crowds with incoming victims from Katrina requiring shelter. Instead of forfeiting his efforts to try out for this show, Taylor later used that free ticket to attend the Las Vegas auditions. In the Vegas audition, he performed accappella, Sam Cooke's classic, "A Change is Gonna Come". This performance awarded another ticket for Hicks, the 'golden ticket' to Hollywood. (Thanks to support from judges Randy Jackson and Paula Abdul who overruled judge Cowell.) This song has been adopted by Hicks' fanbase as an anthem, perhaps the first karmatically selected song choice The Soulman performed; the audition and song stand as the defining moment the silver-haired young man attracted the attention of his now currently burgeoning fanbase. Previously casual American Idol watchers as well as folks who have never watched this show have morphed into devoted viewers - and voters. A change is gonna come, indeed.

"Will it Go 'round in Circles" was a song Taylor Hicks performed while on his hometown visit in Alabama. This song is included in Hicks' regular repertoire he and his band perform. Mr. Hicks has been unabashedly upfront with the media and his fanbase in his desire to win this talent show. Considering, how fans of this insanely popular show spend much of their time and personal funds to promote their favorite, it is rewarding to see and hear Taylor Hicks declare consistantly, heartily and passionately, his desire to win. His 'shout outs' of "Soul Patrol", the repeated expressions of thanks to that fanbase, following every televised performance, including all of his recent Alabama appearances are truly indicative of a man as devoted to his fans as they are apparently devoted to him. Taylor Hicks uniquely demonstrates gratefullness vociferously, in a way not often seen in the world of celebrity. But 'will it go 'round in circles'? Will all the love and affection deliver Taylor Hicks the Idol win?

Taylor has performed memorable songs such as Elton John's "Levon", he gave his heart and soul to The Doobie Brothers' "Taking it to the Streets," demonstrating fierce energy, "Trouble" by Ray LaMontagne showcased brilliant vocal attributes, as well as did "Something," by George Harrison. His performance, "In the Ghetto" by Elvis Presley artfully breathed new life into an old song. He has, in my opinion, demonstrated more emotion, more intense feeling and drive, and love for his fans and his music than any other contestant on Idol (or mainstream music for that matter). Coming down to this last competitive performance, polls are wavering between close and very close for the two remaining contestants, Katharine McPhee and Taylor Hicks. Many of the other contestants' fanbases have converged their focus contributing to the fray intent to oust Hicks or seat him, depending on how he affects their passions as the Season 5 Idol. As a deliberate understatement, let me comment Mr. Hicks has the ability to incite great passions. Taylor Hicks has drawn the most widely diverse opinions of any contestant to date; his fans are captivated, entranced, while antithetically, non-fans verge on bedlamite expressions of derision and contempt. In turn, Hicks' reward has been to garner some of the highest voting totals in the show's history. But will a change a gonna come?

This season's ending couldn't be more perfect if it were scripted. On one side you have the lovely Katharine McPhee representing the prototypical pop princess. The type of persona viewers became accustomed to seeing on American Idol. Conversely, we see Taylor Hicks contributing a new and divergent concept, single-handedly elevating A.I. from its initial speculative premise, a reality soap opera. Taylor is taking this show to what it should be - an actual discovery of a bonafide natural musical artist. Taylor Hicks has already written several songs displaying the gifts he has to offer music. Check out this site for a listing of songs he has performed and songs he has written. Mr. Hicks does Ray Charles proud. Take a listen to "Georgia".

Guidelines for this finale have the two contestants choosing two songs already performed, with the third song the one to be recorded on the first released single. All being kept very hush-hush at the moment. Coming down to the wire this Tuesday, it is time to see if the Karmic wheel put in motion with the complimentary airline ticket will rotate full circle. Time is now to demonstrate how much value The Soul Patrol and fans deem Taylor Hicks has brought to the Idol table. It is the last time in this competition to give Taylor Hicks The Soul Patrol 'shout out'! Can I get a big "WOOOOOOO! WOOOOOO!!!"?

Will it go 'round in circles? Is a change a gonna come?

It's now up to us.

Saturday, May 20, 2006

"A Change is Gonna Come" song request

I don't know if Taylor Hicks could perform Sam Cooke's song during the A.I. finals as I'm not versed in all their rules and protocol, but I think it a fitting way to end this season's talent contest. He started his journey on American Idol with accapella, Sam Cooke's great song, "A Change is Gonna Come". Be great to end with what he started with - this is the tune that grabbed all of his fans' attention, and made Taylor memorable and a stand out this season. In the finals, you'd think they'd get a choice of their own to perform. I have heard on the A.I. Soul Patrol site, from a good source (yoda guru) that only top 12 songs can be used. Such a shame.

Check out this site, called Soul-Patrol Radio, listen to Sam Cooke and other soul artists. Website ran by Bob Davis. Soul Patrol, you are going to love it!

A Change Is Gonna Come
(Sam Cooke)
As Performed Sam Cooke (1964)

I was born by the river in a little tent
And just like the river, I've been running ever since
It's been a long time coming
But I know a change is gonna come

It's been too hard living, but I'm afraid to die
I don't know what's up there beyond the sky
It's been a long time coming
But I know a change is gonna come

I go to the movie, and I go downtown
Somebody keep telling me "Don't hang around"
It's been a long time coming
But I know a change is gonna come

Then I go to my brother and I say, "Brother, help me please"
But he winds up knocking me back down on my knees

There've been times that I've thought I couldn't last for long
But now I think I'm able to carry on
It's been a long time coming
But I know a change is gonna come

Yeah-yas, "a change a gonna come" and it's Taylor Hicks.
Groove on Soulman.

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

FOX News: The Next American Idol

"...Simon chose "Somewhere Over The Rainbow" for McPhee, and before she sang it Simon hoped she'd have the aforementioned "moment."
She did not disappoint. But I'm sorry, it was better when I played it back with my eyes closed.
Katharine McPhee has such a wonderful voice, but her performance is so affected it's very difficult for me to like her. Not to mention the fact that her pose laying on the stage floor was already cemented in "American Idol" lore by Fantasia last season.

Randy Jackson chose Joe Cocker's "You Are So Beautiful" for the king of the Soul Patrol.
Finally. Ever since Hicks' audition, when Simon was berating Paula and Randy for liking the silver haired crooner and Hicks mumbled, "hasn't this guy ever heard of Joe Cocker," I've been praying for him to do a Cocker song...Taylor pulled it off, and the judges I think surprised even Taylor. They said it was his best performance ever.
The difference between Taylor and the rest is that he is an artist. It's apparent that music moves him. That is something that cannot be faked, or compensated for with humility (Yamin), or longing looks into the camera (McPhee).
Wanting to be there and absolutley, positively having to be there are not mutually exclusive.

The contestants themselves picked their final song of the night.
Elliott didn't do himself justice. He picked Danny Hathaway's version of "I Believe," originally done by Ray Charles.
At this stage of the competition, he needed to blow the audience away with a familiar song. That was not the one. Simon Cowell was the only one to tell it to Elliott like it is...
Katharine McPhee did "I Ain't Got Nothing But The Blues," by Ella Fitzgerald.
Randy seemed insulted that McPhee continues to sing songs that were made great by legends in the business. Part of me agrees with that sentiment — how dare she think she's that good? But then again, if she doesn't believe that she's that good, who will? It's a catch 22.

Artists should never judge themselves, however, and by arguing and giving flabbergasted looks at the judges like they wouldn't know a good singer if they ran over one, probably won't help her in the long run.

With "Try A Little Tenderness," it's all over but the last episode for this season's "American Idol." Taylor Hicks is the next American Idol."

As it should be.
Groove on Soulman.

Dial Idol Predictions - and my wrap-up

Performance results on DialIdol last night:
1. Taylor HicksTaylor Hicks 31.638

2. Katharine McPhee 28.759

3. Elliott Yamin 28.286

Dial Idol has been correct more often than incorrect this season. Looks like Katharine's "Over the Rainbow" won't send her clicking her heels and going home. Simon picked a good one for her to perform. Sly Simon.

I'm not going to recap moment by moment, don't have the patience to go through that kind of run-down - plus most reviewers will be doing that today. Instead I'm going to do just a brief wrap up on each contestant.

Elliott was first up, his moment with Clive Davis was endearing, honest and put in the spotlight what a great guy he truly is; E. was gracious, self-effacing and so humble. His first performance was "Open Arms", by Journey, the overall pacing of the song felt off, especially in the beginning. Nerves might have been getting the best of him, I can only imagine, with his limited prior experience to 'Idol' that performing in front of Clive Davis, being in the semi-finals, pretty heavy and possibly daunting for Elliott. A very big night. His other performances were good but Elliott did not create that 'Idol Moment' that is so necessary in this show especially in the semi-finals. I did like "What You Won't Do for Love" (Bobby Caldwell) Elliott reminds me of Al Jarreau, such a nice jazzy soul groove.

Next up was Katharine, she performed Clive's pick, "I Believe I can Fly". It sounded country 'twangy', plus she maintained that annoying strange, 'I'm being so serene' smile on her face, and mugged like hell for the cameras. Its downright disconcerting watching her, that "Stepford Wives" plasticity in her features, movements. Too many talent shows or something when she was a tot. She comes across like McMother and McFather have directed and designed the perfect performing babydoll McDaughter. You know the performance ain't all that when the judges immediately start the focus on flattery about her looks. McFather wasn't none to pleased with the critique of his babydoll. Simon tried to prevent a rerun of McDad visiting the judges table by closing comments, "a couple of bum notes, but you sort of almost created a moment for yourself". (If it was 'almost', why bother to mention it?) Katharine's demeanor with Clive and then the judges was true to form Katharine. This little missy thinks she deserves more kudos than what she's getting, (McDaddy says so) afterall, per Ryan, 'I hear your causing an epidemic called McPheever'; I know I sure as hell haven't caught it. McPheever. How McCHEEse is that? agh.

Taylor's meeting with Clive Davis conveyed natural charm, he exuded classiness and maturity. If I'd have been sitting with Clive and he read the song to me in the way he read it, Bwahahaha! We would have had to do re-takes, and Clive would not like me anymore. (Taylor, I love you so much sweet man.) Clive Davis is examining Hicks, getting "Dancing in the Dark" by Springsteen was a Clive Davis test to see how The Soulman would pull it off. I loved how Tay included Paula, great inspiration (he saw the Springsteen MTV video with Courtney Cox too, I see) she was glowing afterwards. Paula could have had "A Moment" of her own, she came close to a wardrobe malfunction...never forget that double stick tape. Imagine the distraction! Would have been a true test of The Soulman's concentration under pressure. Today's 'Idol' news titles:
    "Taylor Hicks Dances Paula Abdul Out of Her Dress on Semi-Finals of American Idol"
. That would have been fun.

"You Are so Beautiful", yes you are Taylor. I want that one on the new CD. "Try a Little Tenderness" started out slow, I was concerned, but Hicks turned on the heat - Sizzlin'!. (Dedicating it to the Soul Patrol was absolutely adorable, and very smart *wink* show your love baby!)

Hicks received praise all around from the judges and by the sound of the audience he came over very strong in person. He did not deliver the "One Moment" Tuesday night, instead he delivered three. (and almost a Pauler moment) Each song displayed a different facet of Taylor, he is so The Real Deal.

As I said in comments about dear Elliott, he did not create that 'going to the finals moment' whereas McCHEEse did (finally) with her "Somewhere Over the Rainbow". What I'm afraid will happen is that One Song she did very well will carry her through. Remember Fantasia's "Summertime" - Fantasia wasn't all That Great during most of that dismal season, but she locked that one song fabulously and won. Hell, everybody cried. I even misted a bit. Career wise since, she's been riding on her really sad and traumatic childhood story. Live performances I've seen Fantasia do since "Idol" have been borderline awful and I've never even thought about buying her music. That doesn't take away the fact that when the time called for it - "That Moment" she delivered. It's the way this 'Idol' game is played. I predict that the finals will be Taylor and Katharine. She scored big with SOTR and we will sadly say good-bye to Elliott tomorrow night. I hope I am wrong. (My special friend has been quiet so far...will post if I get anything definitive today.)

(I will have no fingernails at all left by next week. None.)

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

"Living the 'Idol' Life, by Mary Colurso

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

MARY COLURSO News staff writer

"Things have changed quite a bit at Same Day Dentures in Jasper.
When Brad Hicks, 54, arrives at the office in the morning, he often finds notes pinned to the door that contain song suggestions for his son, "American Idol" contestant Taylor Hicks.
People drop in to see the dentist frequently - not because their teeth hurt, but because they want to send good wishes to Taylor, fix up their daughters or boast about their tenuous connections to the Gray Haired Guy."

Click the title link to read the rest of the article!

Monday, May 15, 2006

SPOILERS - Updated 5/16 a.m. Taylor's "Dancing in the Dark"

Reported Spoilers for May 16th:

Taylor: He's got three Great Songs to perform!
Soulman, you're gonna rock the show tonight baby, I can't wait.
Randy Jackson, Hicks's judge to choose, selected: "You are so Beautiful" by Joe Cocker
Hicks' choice: "Try a Little Tenderness" by Otis Redding (see Wikipedia.com)
Clive Davis: "Dancing in the Dark" by Bruce Springsteen

lyrics to "Dancing in the Dark"
I get up in the evening
and I ain't got nothing to say
I come home in the morning
I go to bed feeling the same way
I ain't nothing but tired
Man I'm just tired and bored with myself
Hey there baby, I could use just a little help

You can't start a fire
You can't start a fire without a spark
This gun's for hire
even if we're just dancing in the dark

Message keeps getting clearer
radio's on and I'm moving 'round the place
I check my look in the mirror
I wanna change my clothes, my hair, my face
Man I ain't getting nowhere
I'm just living in a dump like this
There's something happening somewhere
baby I just know that there is

You can't start a fire
you can't start a fire without a spark
This gun's for hire
even if we're just dancing in the dark

You sit around getting older
there's a joke here somewhere and it's on me
I'll shake this world off my shoulders
come on baby this laugh's on me

Stay on the streets of this town
and they'll be carving you up alright
They say you gotta stay hungry
hey baby I'm just about starving tonight
I'm dying for some action
I'm sick of sitting 'round here trying to write this book
I need a love reaction
come on now baby gimme just one look

You can't start a fire sitting 'round crying over a broken heart
This gun's for hire
Even if we're just dancing in the dark
You can't start a fire worrying about your little world falling apart
This gun's for hire
Even if we're just dancing in the dark
Even if we're just dancing in the dark
Even if we're just dancing in the dark
Even if we're just dancing in the dark
Hey baby


Paula Abdul's choice for Yamin: "What You Won't Do For Love" by Bobby Caldwell
Elliott's choice: Possibly "You are the Sunshine of My Life" Stevie Wonder, not confirmed, so we will stand with: PENDING
Clive Davis: "Open Arms" by Journey, pretty sure about this one.


Simon Cowell: "Over the Rainbow" (let's see if Katharine can click her heels this week and go home, like Dorothy)
Kat's Pick: PENDING (who really cares anyway)
Clive Davis' pick: "I believe I Can Fly", pretty certain about this one too.

What's the deal with Kat's songs. One has her clicking her heels (to go home) the other has her flying (home). Are they trying to tell her something? Subliminal messages can be quite effective. ;)

to be updated...soon.

Sunday, May 14, 2006

YouTube Videos - Taylor Hicks Day in Alabama

Check out the videos posted by an attendee at the Riverchase Galleria in Hoover, Alabama. Amateur quick videos but they provide a better insight to the magnitude and noise of the crowd than do the videos on FOX 6 webpage. The mall's levels were all completely packed and the noise for Taylor, amazing. This should really provide him an idea of the tip of the giant iceberg the Soul Patrol is becoming and giving FOX execs the needed insight into what they really have in the form of Taylor Hicks.

He is absolutely great with the crowds, a completely brimming with life and love individual. He had time for everyone he was close to - signing autographs, allowing pictures, shaking hands and hugging. Taylor Hicks exudes positive powerful vibes, he has everything to define the "American Idol" image both for the TV show and in the real music world. His excitement and awe at the crowds is real and palpable. I am proud to be one of his fans in the Soul Patrol.

Remember these videos require double click and take a brief moment to load.

Groove on Soulman!

American Idols sing Elvis - all the Idols Elvis songs

Ms. Lea Frydman, writer, Elvis historian, has provided me with a link to her site on Elvis Presley. I found her website to be the most in-depth, detailed, informative Elvis Presley website I have ever visited. The site is title Elvis Presley News.com. I was fortunate that Ms. Frydman found my blog and was kind to leave me comments with her site's address. Lea Frydman's career as a writer involved writing biographies, film reviews and interviewing Hollywood celebrities for countless publications worldwide. More on Ms. Frydman including information on her publications and achievements. You can also purchase e.books on Elvis from her site with detailed accounts of different facets of The King of Rock 'n Roll's life. Pay Ms. Frydman a visit, leave her a comment on what you thought about the site and where you heard of it!

She has one page dedicated to the 2006 American Idol Elvis Theme Show with all the song performances on the page. Taylor Hicks being the first Idol's performances offered. Listening to "Jailhouse Rock" without actually seeing Taylor was almost eery - the resemblance in his vocals amazingly similar to Elvis'.

To Ms. Frydman, thank you for taking the time to comment and send me your link. It is an honor for me to have it on my site.

Groove on Soulman

Friday, May 12, 2006

Soul Patroller True North's Mission Statement

True North’s Report From Tuesday’s Dress Rehearsal

"I call on ALL of Soul Patrol right now! Wherever you are in the world. Gather ’round everyone, old and young, newbie and veteran, and new SPers. I have a message, and a plan. This is “The Gospel of Taylor Hicks” for the next two weeks.

If you read the “Umpteen Soul Patrollers…” thread, then you know that I was on the American Idol stage with Taylor during the May 9 rehearsal. You have read about his embracing me for a long 10 seconds there. I have not told anyone - ANYONE! about the following, saving it until this moment. I’ve told you that I felt I was up there representing Soul Patrol all over the world. I feel that what Taylor said to me is not intended just for me, but for all of Soul Patrol, world-wide. Fasten your seatbelts.

I said quietly, in his ear: “Do you really want to win this thing?” Taylor said: “I want it more than anything.” I said, “Well then Soul Patrol is going to give it to you.”
(I've been saying this all along - he is NOT Bo Bice!)

When we grasped each other’s hands just as I left the stage, we were making some really strong eye contact. I felt I was trying to say to him (right under Ryan’s nose…haha) “We’re going to give it to you.” His expression seemed steady and strong…like…”I believe you.”

That’s a serious promise I made him right there, and I feel the responsibility of it. We all should. Lv4Tay said that I looked “transformed” as I came down the stairs. Now you know why.

Soul Patrol, we have not invested this much heart, time and money in Taylor Hicks just to see him finish second or third in this contest. No Sir. I am giving this man what he wants from me no matter what. And so are you. That’s just the way it is.

It is time to dig down, people, and push yourselves beyond the limits of whatever it was that you thought you’d do for Taylor Hicks. He has sung his GUTS out for us. He has left his blood and sweat and tears on that stage week in and week out because, as Sean says, he wants to make us smile by giving us everything he has got. He has put himself through a meatgrinder and NEVER allowed anyone get his spirit down for long. With Soul Patrol’s backing, he comes back every single dammed time and wrings himself OUT giving to US!

He LOVES his Soul Patrol SO MUCH!

We have two weeks left - only two weeks - to give HIM, what he needs from US. And by GOD I tell you that we are SOUL PATROL and we are going to give it to him!

Time to remember for always, forever, Soul Patrol, "a change is gonna come" and we are making that change, getting Hicks the win spot on Idol, against all odds. We've got this one chance to send the message and vote IN HICKS!!!

FOUR MORE DAYS to the semi-finals. Yamin is hot on Taylor's heels....and never discount Kat. She's playing to win!

19E and American Idol Owe Taylor Hicks.


Groove on Soulman!!!

Taylor's Hometown Visit

Link will take you to the Fox station in Birmingham that has pictures and videos of Taylor in their studio. They will be tracking him all day!!!

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

American Idol; Down to Three

Last night Elliott Yamin showed how very much the judges and media have underestimated him. This little guy has overcome a multitude of adversities in his life, he is 90% deaf in one ear, he packs an insulin pump to combat his extreme diabetes, and has not had the benefit of performing in a band or had extensive vocal training. He is an authentic rags to riches story on Idol. He played the Idol game very well last night. Coming into the evening he was viewed as the next to go. Interviews during the past week with Nigel Lithgoe and judge Randy left Yamin completely out of the finals equation. He had to do something amazing to survive the night and he delivered. Considering how he had been prematurely discounted, and rated so far below the rest, Yamin did not let it affect him, instead he stood up to the challenge, took off the gloves and K.O.'ed Chris and Katharine.
He scored huge with both songs he performed. "If I Could Dream" was brilliant, well sung, each note spot-on. "Trouble" gave Elliott some overdue production perks, great camera angles and lighting. His rendition was the best I've ever heard, and most importantly in this part of the competition, his best performance of the season. I bow to you Mr. Yamin.

Regarding Daughtry's performances, "Suspicious Minds" was okay at best, I just didn't think he was feeling the song or the moment. Cowell's appraisal, "it worked" was a sad attempt to breathe life into the moment. "A Little Less Conversation" just did not work for me at all. Only redeeming portion of the performance was its ending.

Katharine McPhee should be sent packing home to be with her McMother and McFather tonight. I felt almost badly for her, well almost, with neither performance coming across well. I remember how Melissa McGhee was sent packing after she forgot the lyrics and what a big deal the judges made of it. It seemed the Paula Randy Simon Team attempted to sweep Katharines' faux paux under the Idol carpets. A wardrobe malfunction would have helped her last night.

Saving my last comments for my absolute favorite, Taylor Hicks. The suit he wore in "Jailhouse Rock" was gorgeous, his entry into the song from the audience fun, electric! Taylor gave "Jailhouse Rock" the energy is should have, his dancing infused the song with the soul of the man the night was named for; regarding his vocals, I loved the growl, the intensity of his delivery. The song was prime fodder though for Simon Cowell, he was probably jonesing to say the Karaoke word. "In the Ghetto" his second song, was a favorite of mine as a little girl, Elvis' delivery of that song so poignant, so sad. I had hoped Mr. Hicks would sing this song, it was perfect for him on many levels, allowed him to show off his voice as well as providing insight into Taylor's style, he gave it a soul turn beautifully breathing new life into that song. Not a whiff of karaoke here, hey Simon? I would love to hear Taylor include that one on his next CD.

Tonight's the 30-minute adios special, Katharine should be saying good-bye, but we may be in for a rocker shocker.

Some Feedback from Overnight

Washington Post

'Idol' Standout Hicks Likes Music With Soul
The Associated Press
Tuesday, May 9, 2006; 8:06 PM

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Brad Hicks fondly recalls the time he and wife Linda settled down for dinner at a small Mexican restaurant in Birmingham years ago and spied a curiously familiar face on stage with the band.
That lanky frame and thick mop of hair, the way the young man jerked around as he coaxed sweet melodies from the mouth harp at his lips _ the mysterious musician could only be their son, Taylor, who was supposed to be at home.
"Linda looked up and said, `Well, there's Taylor,'" Brad Hicks reminisced recently from the family's home in the Birmingham suburb of Hoover. "When he was 15 or 16 he would sneak into bars and play harmonica."
The only sneaking Taylor Hicks has to do these days is to keep from inciting mayhem among the fans who've voted him to the final four contestants on Fox's "American Idol."
Hicks is the fourth Birmingham area native to make it to the show's top four with rocker Bo Bice finishing second to Carrie Underwood last year and Birmingham-born Diana DeGarmo the season three runner-up to Fantasia Barrino. R&B crooner Ruben Studdard became America's second "Idol" when he won the competition in 2002.
With his distinctive dance moves and soulful singing, the 29-year-old Hicks has provided some of the more unpredictable performances this season, like his failed attempt to topple a microphone stand while singing "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" on the April 11 show.
Antics like that and his trademark silver hair are what make Hicks a favorite, says Birmingham fan Pat Hummel, who's been attending Taylor Hicks Band performances for the last 18 months.
"What people are seeing on TV, that to me, that's really Taylor," she said. "He gives it his all. He just lets go, he just has a good time."
Hicks was born in Birmingham, and his family moved to suburban Hoover a few years later. His parents divorced when he was 8 and his dad and stepmother, Linda, share custody. His half brother, Sean, is a student at Georgia Tech, where he plays trumpet in the school's jazz band.
Hicks grew up in Hoover, where he played Little League baseball and, at 6-foot-1, was on the varsity basketball team at Hoover High.
"He was an athlete and he just loves sports," Brad Hicks said. "He loves to eat too _ we all do. But he's lost weight out there. He's a meat-and-potatoes boy. Sushi's great and all that, but he'd like some greens and some potatoes and gravy, macaroni and cheese, cornbread and iced tea."
The elder Hicks, a dentist, remembers the performances Taylor would put on when he tagged along with him to work as a boy.
"Here's this skinny little kid _ he'd walk around to each person and say, `You want me to sing for you?' and then he'd just wail on Kenny Rogers," he said laughing. "What adult is going to say 'No' to a 5-year-old kid?"
His artistic talents didn't end at singing _ Brad Hicks says his son could cut a mean rug, from disco moves to mimicking the King of Pop. "He thought he was the white Michael Jackson," the elder Hicks said.
Hicks studied business at Auburn University and was close to getting a degree before music lured him from the classroom to the stage for good.
The ripples from the splash Hicks has made on the show have trickled down from his bandmates to his pet goldfish, Lamont and Ray, who have their own blog.
Brian Less, a keyboardist and backup singer for Hicks' old band, said the band has been getting more gigs since Hicks' success on "Idol."
And while chances are the band will be forever different, there's no sadness.
"Taylor spent 10 years putting this band together, and Taylor said, `Keep playing, stay tight,'" Less said. "I think the only sadness is that everybody misses Taylor so much _ it's like your family member's gone. But he's so much bigger than this now. We're just all blessed."

Dial Idol Results

Taylor Hicks 29.749 1.533

Elliott Yamin 29.181 1.539

Katharine McPhee 25.623 1.577

Chris Daughtry (whatever)

Slimon, Your Boy maybe going home. Chris' rendition of "A Little Less Conversation" didn't satisfactioning me . I had a "Suspicious Mind" regarding Cowell's, "I don't know about the sunglasses (Chris' attempt at entertainment) but that worked." (Not) Simon was trying to give Chris one last gasp of hope....
(Taylor would have done this song SO much better.)

Katharine. No, she ain't nothing but a hound dog, but I think tonight she'll be "All Shook Up". I predict that Kat will be waving bye, bye to Idol and going home with her McDaddy tonight.

Elliott! Elliott! Elliott!!! He was really the champion of the night, he came from LAST place and soared - he KILLED the Kat and Chris D. I was truly amazed. Will this new 'dark horse' gallop away off with The Prize? Not out of his reach after last night. Man, E., you did great!

Taylor, Taylor, Taylor. Loved it, Loved it, Loved it. SO glad he decided to sing my pick, "In the Ghetto". "Jailhouse Rock" was really fun, he sang it well - Simon just can't get past that 'barminess'! I knew Simon was penning 'Karaoke' well in advance of that performance. He had it down and ready to utter.

Working hard to give Simon that 'horrible' feeling.

Monday, May 08, 2006

Girl600 Podcast of Elvis Theme Week B/C article

Somehow this witty lady with her own podcast show found the Blogcritics article I recently put on the site. She devotes her morning show to reading it and commenting. She's really funny and I enjoyed it - semi-snark but you can tell she's a Taylor fan. I believe it's about 10 minutes long. LOL

Saturday, May 06, 2006

American Idol; Elvis Presley Theme, Taylor Hicks

Behind the Elvis Theme Week on American Idol one only has to look for a man named Robert F.X. Sillerman. He's a Wall Street operator and sort of a 'Donald Trump' of the media business. A little background: he sold a group of radio stations to Westinghouse (now Viacom)in 1989 for $389 million. Less than a decade later he sold more stations to Hicks Muse for $2.1 billion. He had dealings with Clear Channel in 2000 when he sold a company that owned concert venues for a reported $3 billion. A real wheeler dealer.

Sillerman's latest publicly traded corporation is titled CKX. The CK stands for "content is king," while the 'x' is a reference to one of his middle initials. It's unknown what they stand for but I'm leaning towards 'effects' abbreviated, you know, like seen on the cable FX station, or on an SUV made by Infinity Motors. Well it is his little secret. Sillerman made a business deal with Lisa Marie Presley in 2004, then moved to buy the smash-hit TV show American Idol and other properties from a company called 19 Entertainment (19E), which was previously owned by British pop mogul Simon Fuller. So you can see where this is leading...Regarding the business arrangements brokered with Lisa Marie Presley, what the man owns is Elvis Presley Enterprises. EPE generates $40 million in annual revenue from Graceland tours, onsite retailing, and licensing, an apartment complex and the much promoted Heartbreak Hotel. American Idol, Bob Sillerman and 19E create a tangled but understandable money making thread, therefore we have American Idol able to throw an Elvis Presley Theme week and Sillerman able to promote his EPE ventures. Win, Win, for Sillerman and Elvis Presley entertainment from the final four contestants remaining on Idol.

Taylor Hicks and his compatriots will visit Graceland where they will have a tour accompanied by Priscilla Presley. To prepare for the competition this week, insight and guidance will be provided by Tommy Mattola. (I haven't figured that one out yet). I've been reading about the fortunate A.I. fans able to commute or that live in the vicinity, staking out Graceland with the hope of seeing their favorites. Ah, yes, I can just picture myself hanging on the music themed wrought iron entry gates of Graceland... Screaming like a giddy fangirlly freak, "Taylor! Taylor! Tay...!"

Snapping back to a semblance of reality, and back to topic, the overwhelming challenge the contestants will face under this theme is the dreaded 'Karaoke' label. This should pose a real test of their individual artistic abilities. (I'm not just talking about taking an Elvis song like "Burning Love" and giving it the "Creed" alt-rock treatment to 'make it their own', ala the "Live" turn of "Walk the Line," performed by Daughtry.) Definitely a challenging genre, creating lots of speculation and excitement for this crazily popular talent show.

It's a given that Taylor Hicks will have the highest hurdle to jump this week to avoid the dreaded "K" label. Hicks is proving he is not a stupid man, I am confident The Soulman will carefully consider all options. Overall, Taylor has been demonstrating that he is a winner, a champion performer with a heart for success. Like Secretariat, Taylor Hicks "knows how to run a great race", he hasn't won all the Idol races so far, but the ones he has had the other contestants 20 lengths behind, blinded by flying sand. On-line, Hicks has the largest confirmed fanbase and is all ready demonstrating his growing international appeal. The man has true star power evidenced by his performances of "Taking it to the Streets", "Living for the City", "Trouble," and the brilliant combination of "Play That Funky Music White Boy," by "Wild Cherry" teamed with George Harrison's "Something." No doubt, I am biased.

It may be unavoidable, that no matter what Taylor Hicks performs, a certain ascerbic judge may have already penned the dreaded "K" label on his index card. Conversely, when considering some of the 'master-minds' behind the Idol scenes such as the obviously brilliant Bob Sillerman, Hicks should be garnering the recognition, internally, within the monied fraternization needed to promote and develop his career.

My advice to Taylor Hicks, "Lay it all on the stage, baby, and don't look back!"

Groove on Soulman!

Friday, May 05, 2006

Let the S.P.oilers Begin

Hot off the Soul Patrol, A.I. forum:
Initial S.P.oiler news - which can and May change...

Chris "The Goat" Daughtry: "A Big Hunk O'Love" and "Memories"

Taylor "The Soulman" Hicks: "Guitar Man" and "You Gave Me A Mountain"

Elliott "Mr. Tumnus" Yamin: "Love Me Tender" and "Teddy Bear"

Kat McCHEEse: "Can't Help Fallin' In Love" and "Always On My Mind"

This list is only final until the Final S.P.oiler List...

Slimon Cowell: Singing a New Taylor Tune...

Yeah-yas! Baby! Slimon puts out a new prediction...
article by Lynda Johnson,

"A.I. judge Simon Cowell - never at a loss for words has again named his favorites as the contest hits the final four. The feisty Brit believes it might be an all male final, Taylor Hicks vs. Chris Daughtry.
He mentions that the lone female left standing Katharine McPhee should be considerd a dark horse in the competition and still should may make the final two.
American Idol Favorites Per Cowell: Taylor Hicks & Chris Daugherty.
That leaves Elliott Yamin on the outside looking in. At least in Cowell's eyes.
For once - I agree.
It's hard to see any combination that ends without McPhee, Hicks & Daugherty in the final three - sorry Elliott fans - and unless Katharine wows big time it should be Taylor vs. Chris for an all male final.
Chris is far more polished, but Taylor has fun and has an incredible fan base that votes early and often.
I'd love to see Katharine make it to the final as I think the male versus female ala Bo Bice versus Carrie Underwood last season makes for a better showdown, but it sure seems like a long shot at this point.

Can we give a big ol' WOOOOOOOOOOOOO! (Bye bye to McCHEEse, can it be eminent? Oh, McFather will be so mad... Kat will go Boo Hoo.)

Groove on Soulman! You can do it baby!!!

Could this be Taylor's Badlands?

"boy blue" from the A.I. Hicks' boards has "Crying in the Chapel, accompanied by only a quartet of singers no musicians as a potential Great Idol Moment. He may be on to something.

Whereas my idea for a moment grabber with a slow tune; "In the Ghetto". Low lighting, minimal backup singers, Tay's beautiful dark eyes into the camera. Great vocal opportunity.

In the Ghetto

As the snow flies
On a cold and gray Chicago mornin'
A poor little baby child is born
In the ghetto
And his mama cries
'Cause if there's one thing that she don't need
It's another hungry mouth to feed
In the ghetto

People, don't you understand
The child needs a helping hand
Or he'll grow to be an angry young man some day
Take a look at you and me,
Are we too blind to see,
Do we simply turn our heads
And look the other way

Well the world turns
And a hungry little boy with a runny nose
Plays in the street as the cold wind blows
In the ghetto

And his hunger burns
So he starts to roam the streets at night
And he learns how to steal
And he learns how to fight
In the ghetto

Then one night in desperation
A young man breaks away
He buys a gun, steals a car,
Tries to run, but he don't get far
And his mama cries

As a crowd gathers 'round an angry young man
Face down in the street with a gun in his hand
In the ghetto

As her young man dies,
On a cold and grey Chicago mornin',
Another little baby child is born
In the ghetto
And his mama cries

In the ghetto
In the ghetto

yeah, baby.

Thursday, May 04, 2006

Two favorite Elvis song picks for Taylor

Click the link for a 30 second "Blue Suede Shoes" clip.
Elvis Lyrics Library

My favorite pick for fast song:
A Little Less Conversation

A little less conversation, a little more action please
All this aggravation ain't satisfactioning me
A little more bite and a little less bark
A little less fight and a little more spark
Close your mouth and open up your heart and baby satisfy me
Satisfy me baby

Baby close your eyes and listen to the music
Drifting through a summer breeze
It's a groovy night and I can show you how to use it
Come along with me and put your mind at ease

A little less conversation, a little more action please
All this aggravation ain't satisfactioning me
A little more bite and a little less bark
A little less fight and a little more spark
Close your mouth and open up your heart and baby satisfy me
Satisfy me baby

Come on baby I'm tired of talking
Grab your coat and let's start walking
Come on, come on
Come on, come on
Come on, come on
Don't procrastinate, don't articulate
Girl it's getting late, gettin' upset waitin' around

A little less conversation, a little more action please
All this aggravation ain't satisfactioning me
A little more bite and a little less bark
A little less fight and a little more spark
Close your mouth and open up your heart and baby satisfy me
Satisfy me baby

Slow song: "In the Ghetto". Tay would be great with this song. One of my favorites when I was a little girl; would make me cry.

Waiting for "Elvis" to enter the building on Tuesday night, WOOOOOO!!!!

Groove on Soulman!

Lythgoe's TVweek.com Breakdown: and Tay time for some "Blue Suede Shoes" Baby!

Nigel Lythgoe's Weekly Interview with TVweek.com about the top 5

Elliott - Nigel preferred Scott Savol's version of "On Broadway" from Season 4's Top 5 (Scott was eliminated that night). "But, Elliott's got such a wonderful voice, you can't knock him, I don't think," said Nigel.
Paris - Nigel said, "I thought she had a lot of fun with it, and showed that she's got two sides to her. There's this sort of smokey voiced Princess P and this fun dancing one. I much prefer her singing the smokey stuff...she is old fashioned in her style, she should be proud of that, and I think she should embrace that...she puts herself with too many other people who sing like that, and her second number with Mary J. Blige, too...there is something very special about Paris, at this moment in time people are saying...she is too precocious, because she shouldn't have that voice at her age. She's only 17, God has given her a wonderful instrument, and I hope she continues to sing like that. "
Chris - The interviewer said he and his family thought Chris's first song was the highlight of the night. "I think that Styx song was fantastic," said Nigel, "It was probably my second favorite of the night."
Katharine McPhee - Nigel's first favorite of the night was Katharine's performance of "Black Horse and Cherry Tree" About "Against All Odds" Nigel simply said, "I didn't like it."
Taylor Hicks - About "Play that Funky Music", Nigel said, "I thought he had great fun with it, and that continued on when he lay on the floor at the end, and Ryan took him back to the floor for his numbers. That just showed to me why we chose Ryan as a host. He used that moment brilliantly. It was another 'Brokeback Moment' on Idol, both of them lying on the floor there."
Elliott Pt 2 - "It might be my ear, but I thought Elliott was slightly out of tune on that. I don't think I've heard Elliott sing out of tune--it could possibly be me. I thought he was out of tune."
Chris Pt 2 - About Chris having a "voice breakdown" on "I Dare You"--Nigel said, "I don't know about that...he's got a gravelly voice and he uses that when he wants to, I just didn't really like that song. I thought the Styx "Renegade" was so much better."
Taylor Pt 2 - About Taylor singing a 30+ year old song for his Top 10 choice, Nigel said, "Well, we've always said they could sing from any chart, and there it was in the compilation charts...so he was entitled to use anything. It was just great to hear a Beatles song on American Idol. We only got it cleared because George Harrison wrote it, not Lennon/McCartney...delighted with him and I think as Simon said, 'it's nice to know you have a voice as well with all of the fun'...for my money, I think Taylor got it...nearly got it right on both songs. I think everybody else let themselves down on one of their songs.

The Top 4 will be taking a private jet to Graceland. I toured Graceland back in 1993. I have been an Elvis fan all of my life, and since we were on a raod trip that ran through Memphis, Hubby had to take me to Graceland. The Top 4 will be meeting with Priscilla Presley who is suppose to provide a tour. For a reason unknown to me, Tommy Mottola (?) is going to be there to provide the coaching with the Elvis songs. They'll each be performing two songs. I'm breaking out the E. albums later this evening and will post my favs.

If anyone has any thought regarding Mattola, hey, enlighten me.

Taylor, it's good you started breaking in those "Blue Suede Shoes" *wink* *wink* You're gonna rock the house next week!

Groove on Soulman!

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

The 20 Things to Love about "Something"

Off of the boards at American Idol, I pulled this posters description of "Something"; it sums up the performance beautifully. (Thank you for allowing me to post it in my blog.)
'Texasfan4ever" wrote:

1. I LOVE how he slowly walks on stage in the beginning 2. I loved the look on Taylor's face (his mouth and eyes shift) when he sings the word "lover" at the beginning. 3. I love the LEAN to the side right after he sings moooooooves in that sexy way he did. I also love the way he let that note drag. Very sexy! 5. I LOVED how he moved his head to the side after he sang that line too as if he remembered the way she moved, and was like "DANG DO I REMEMBER" It was HOT!6. I love that the audience screamed right as he did that too! 7. I love the dip he did right after "You know I believe in how" 8. His intense beautiful eyes 9. I didn't like at 1 min. and 45 seconds into the song (at the end) seeing that Paula had pushed her chair back and Randy and Simon were talking side by side. 10. I loved the humming! 11. I loved the shy looking glance he gave right after he was done 12. I LOVED the "HOW YA LIKE ME NOW" stare he was giving to Randy while he was waiting! 13. I HATED Randy's LAME comments. That's ALL he offered?!?!?! It was a good song choice, then that other lame comment. Then we should have a Beatles night? Why did Simon think that was so funny? Had they talked about that during the song when they were side by side? Whatever Randy! 14. Paula was nice to Taylor. He had a sweet look on his face while Paula was talking! 15. Simon wanted to bash taylor, but knew after that one he couldn't say much! 16. I love the WOOO and then the second WOOOOO was even better! He was so relieved! 17. I love how sweet he sounded when he said Thank you Simon!18. "HAPPY ENDINGS" He was just glowing! He looks awesome!19. MORE than anything I LOVED LOVED LOVED that someone said "WE LOVE YOU TAYLOR" and EVERYONE GOT TO HEAR IT! Taylor looked so happy when he heard that. I love that Simon and Nigle heard it too! EAT THAT Randy! 20. "How much DO you love him?" Thanks Ryan!!!! We all know you LOVE Taylor too!Taylor just looked AMAZING! He looked so happy and relaxed. You can tell he went out there and did it HIS way and didn't care. I didn't like the comments Simon said about his song choice and how he was able to sing it, like there was tension there about it. After all the crap he's gone through about songs, I wanted to LOL when I heard Simon being critical over Something! He's a waste! Anyway, those are my FAVS from last night.

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Song Spoilers

The Beatles George Harrison’s “Something” shows more clearly than any other song in the Beatles canon that there were three great songwriters in the band rather than just two. Harrison wrote the song during a break from the ‘White Album’ sessions in 1968 and initially hoped soul legend Ray Charles would record it. This is the new rumored song choice, or at least one of them for Hicks to perform tonight. Click title to give it a listen.

This garnered off the AI Boards this a.m.

Paris Bennett -- "Kiss" by Prince (Tom Jones in 1988) and "Be Without You" by Mary J. Blige.

Katharine McPhee -- "Against All Odds" by Phil Collins and "Black Horse and Cherry Tree" by KT Tunstall

Taylor Hicks -- "Play that Funky Music" by Wild Cherry and "Something" by the Beatles (George Harrison wrote this one)

Elliot Yamin -- "On Broadway" by George Benson and "Home" by Micheal Buble

Chris Daughtry -- "Renegade" by Styx and "I Dare You" by Shinedown

Damn, Shinedown's one of my favorite hardcore rock bands when I feel like getting 'randy'. But can Chris really pull a Brent Smith? Well actually he probably can since he already sounds like him anyway...you know, typical rocker vocals.

Check out this link : http://shinedown-rockon.blogspot.com/
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Waiting for Taylor's Show to start, count-down..... 7hrs. 20 minutes......

Taylor Hicks - Watch out for the Trolls!

My thoughts are, what Taylor Hicks does NOT need now, is the current fan base getting swayed and manipulated by Trolls planted to disparage the vote. Taylor Hicks fans need to get wise to the Trolls. At this point in the competition you will find some very crafty and devious Trolls. Sometimes they are planted in the middle of the season, you can find them acting like true blue fans but, as PUSH time approaches they start spiels that can run like this; "Oh how I'd Hate to see American Idol do to Hicks what they did to Bo Bice", (or whoever). This type of manipulation plants the seeds in unsuspecting fans that may make them consider, "Yeah, wow, it could maybe not be a good thing that he wins this..."

Let's look at the flip side. Is Carrie Underwood hurting? Did she compromise ANYTHING? No, she is making country music, what she wanted to do all along, not singing Pop songs. Think about that one moment. Talk amongst yourselves....

I have had several Trolls enter into my articles on Blogcritics and troll their way into this blog. One comment, I published, written by 'anonymous' (of course, a very brave one, indeed), which I allowed as an example - you'll find them a few posting down. I've seen these types of 'stealth Trolls' on other sites as well. What is disturbing is seeing folks I know that are True Blue fans repeating the Trolls insidious mantras, not knowing any better, the comments getting to them - which is what these Trolls are trying to achieve - and then actually considering backing off the Hicks' vote for 'his sake'. If he wanted off - if Mr. Hicks did not want to win this he could just quit the bloody show and walk. Contract be damned. Capiesh?

Hell, let's ask ourselves, is he a stupid man? Absolutely not. Taylor Hicks knew this job was dangerous when he took it, he took it on anyway. He is a winner, a champion performer with a heart that has put me in mind of my favorite race horse of all time, http://www.secretariat.com/legacy.htm Secretariat. Losing is not an option. Taylor Hicks has been running a great race, as I have said in the past, "this 'dark horse' knows how to run a great race". He's not been ahead by a nose! The man has been flying ahead of the other contestants up until very recently, when the Trolls began their mantras and the AI machine began trying to work their "voodoo" against him. Like any great athelete (or great racehorse) Taylor cannot win every race, but when he does win, like with "Taking it to the Streets", "Living for the City", "Trouble," he leaves the others 20 lengths behind, eating his dirt, blinded by flying sand.

Taylor Hicks is in this to win so let's all pull our heads out of the sand, stop following the other sheep to the woods where the wolves live, and for Hicks' sake, stop parroting the planted trolls.


Groove on Soulman.

Foxy Donna and I on Same Page

Reading Donna's article this a.m. she practically paraphrases my piece written earlier this week, regarding VFTW and Hicks, among other issues. I'm very pleased to hear she is so vociferously backing Hicks. Taylor Hicks is the most unique and talented entertainer to peek over the music world horizon in longer than I can remember. There are so many artists out in the music world now that are just copycats of each other; list of comparisons could fill up this page.

Taylor Hicks' name is being debated on The Official Soul Patrol.com, TaylorHicksfansite.com, and the American Idol Boards as well as many other of the (MJ's Big Blog) blog/websites that encourage chat. The debate concerns whether he should win this because of 'what AI might do to him' regarding his music. There are, I suppose well meaning, folks thinking he's better off to not win this because "they'll" change him. Well let me give you a hanky to dry those crocodile tears.

This is Hicks' life. He's in this competition to win it. Not be dubbed "The A.I. Also Ran", or "The A.I. Loser" (as I have seen Bo Bice wrongly titled in articles). To make it this far, none of these contestants are losers, but The Soulman entered this to win it, the majority of his fans want him to win it - and before you go speculating on whether 'it'd be good for him' based on what someone else said in a post on a site someplace, let me point out to you that there are a lot of 'trolls' roaming out there now - working their brand of influence to sway voters. The trolls are particularly nasty this time of year in this point of the competition in this show.

SO before you put any considerations into any of the postings that to win would 'not be good for him', if you are thinking about not voting tonight or giving your votes to another contestant to 'spare Taylor Hicks' from the 19E-vil, American Idol Machine, think again. Don't be sheep. Hicks wants to win this. I want to see the joy that would tranfer into a physically palpable reaction upon his winning this - I for one will be voting until I can't vote anymore for him tonight.

Groove on Soulman.