I'd like to see Jason, not naked, but if I could dress him this week, I'd have him wear black, head to toe, cowboy boots to match. (You know, if he was like my real life Barbie-Guy.) I'd get big silver rings to hold his dreads. I knew a guy once who had long dreadlocks, he would band them back with silver hair rings he said he received as a gift, they looked so amazing. He was amazing looking...
This week on American Idol we viewers will be treated to yet another glorious (not) theme week. This must be the season of Theme weeks. Whatever happened to contestants getting to select and perform the types of songs they like? Anyway, Neil Diamond has been selected as the guest mentor to follow Andrew Lloyd Webber. Naturally there is a reason for this, Neil Diamond has an album set to drop soon, his new work is being released by Columbia Records, produced by Rick Rubin, titled, "Home Before Dark".
I remember as a really small kid while visiting a friend's house to play, her Mother was playing some music on their stereo. Next to the stereo was an album standing up with an image of a guy in a ponytail and hat. The name 'Neil Diamond' was on the cover. I have searched high and low for this particular album cover but can't find it anyplace. Another blogger who runs a Neil Diamond site emailed me saying that the particular album cover I'm looking for is a rare find; Mr. Diamond had taken those tunes and remastered them with a new photo on the cover. The original album was released in the '60's during the heydays of 'hippiedom' but later considered not in his image any longer to sport the long hair. Truth to this? I have no verification, but makes a somewhat interesting point to include.
Speaking of keywords, I like to set my email to various 'google alerts' just for fun. You can never tell what the minds in the 'alert' division may deem worthy of a send up or a match. Sometimes I think many of them in the robot-o-tron department have simply a great wicked sense of humor. Occasionally though, you make a clever find that may have slipped past you unnoticed without the alert team.
Today, this blog popped up under the 'Taylor Hicks' alert even though the piece was written about Jason Castro. The writer includes a cleverly written post and says what I basically think of Jason, the show and the concept of this reality project called, American Idol. The blogger runs, the Everyone is Entitled to My Opinion blog on my favorite blogger venue, blogspot.
The blogger, "Everyone", as I'll dub them, includes these gems about Castro:
Jason’s studio version of “Memory” is exquisitely sad and haunting while his lower register and falsetto are more assured than ever. When you listen to his recordings in chronological order, his growth in vocal confidence, range, and expressiveness are hard to discount. His fans include serious music aficionados such as Chris Sligh, John Norris, Michael Slezak, and me.
For Neil Diamond night, I hope Jason will perform “Red, Red Wine” UB40 style and accompany himself on the drums – standup kit, bongos, congas, I don’t particularly care which. “Girl, You’ll Be a Woman Soon” or “Solitary Man” would be excellent guitar strumming choices. However, Urge Overkill recorded a modernized version of the former and Cookie might already have dibs on it.
"Red Red Wine" by UB40: video c/o Ventorianer74
I think Jason Castro could do this tune, insert Dallas instead of New York. Cheesy perhaps, but would work:
"I Am I Said" - video c/o froy2
The LA Times has another article up with numerous comments on Jason Castro, Jason Castro's Wacky Gift. Jason's fan base rallied to the article posting their support of Castro. This article featured what the devoted Dreadheads had done for Jason over the past week.
The Dreadheads on the A.I. MyIdol boards, took donations and sent the guy balloon bouquets to console him after last week's bad press and his illness which wasn't mentioned by the show. It seems there was an over 30 page thread that was deleted by the Moderators the other day featuring this event. The balloon donation stemmed from Castro performing last week with a temperature over 102 degrees (up to 104 on some sites) and was fatigued from that illness. Reportedly Castro was on an IV up to and following performance time. Unlike previous performers who have had the fact they were sick while performing talked about on-air, Castro's illness was ignored.
This, the show ignoring his being under the weather, has added fuel to the fire that he's being set up for a fall by the show, this turn of Idol storyline is creating an increase in the fans rallying even stronger behind him.
Jason Castro's fan base and their dedication reminds me increasingly of the caliber seen for Taylor Hicks' during his run on the show. I might add though, and importantly, the "Dreadheads" as they call themselves have been avoiding the mindset of 'troll-bashing' and fight mentality that still is evidenced by some of Taylor Hicks' fans, in the "Soul Patrol" today. Jason's fans stress the no-bashing rules and have behaved admirably in support of their favorite. It's all peace and love, psychedelic painted buses - and brownies - on the A.I. Boards supporting Jason. The official fan listing on this site where the Idol's are 'born' for Castro is on this link. Anyone checking the list can see names of the same folks who backed Taylor Hicks in Season FIVE. Uncanny really.