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Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Taylor Hicks Knocking, Providence Opening the Door

It's somehow fitting that the "Grease" National tour would begin on a Tues-Tay Tuesday considering Taylor Hicks is planning on utilizing this opportunity to open yet another door in his quest to 'have his voice heard'. Back in 2006, during the American Idol boards in the Taylor Hicks threads, posters affectionately referred to this day of the week as "Tues-Tay". Slightly embarrassing to remember, but back then, beginning in the morning hours, fans of the man (yes, I'd be tuned into the web page at least part of that day) would start their countdowns in anticipation of show time in their respective time zones.

Moderately interesting, the beginning city of this national theater tour being in a city named Providence. Merriam-Websters defines the word 'providence': divine guidance or care; the power sustaining and guiding human destiny. Whether this city was selected simply at random, a matter of pure circumstance, convenience, or perhaps, for those so inclined, a sign sent harboring some sort of cosmic divinity (Ouija anyone?) - something to entertain your brain for a moment.

You see, Mr. Hicks has said he's on a new pathway toward a possible new age marketing idea, an idea concocted within the secluded walls of the show's producers and Mr. Hicks' "people". This national touring production of "Grease" providing the added benefit of promoting his new CD scheduled for release, February 10th, 2009. (Regarding "people", you know what I mean - the cast of humanity that surround those of the celebrity ilk designed to provide guidance and advice; handle all the scheduling and marketing that accompanies the status of 'said' celebrity.) Not known, the idea behind and the reason for kicking off this national tour in the the tiny state of Rhode Island and that potentially provident moniker of description for Mr. Hicks' most recent quest to rise in the entertainment industry.

In an article in one of the Providence local on-line sources, projo.com, Rick Massimo pens a clever title, "Taylor Hicks greases the skids of his career". In that title lies reference to the fact that Mr. Hicks is in need of an upward surge in his destiny chart and that perhaps "Grease" may pull the guy out of what has been viewed by many as a downward skid, career-wise. In the article Mr. Hicks is quoted as saying that the role of Teen Angel spoke to him. “It’s kind of like rock ’n’ roll heaven — all the rock stars coming down from heaven and [saying] ‘Do something that’s solid.’ I think there’s a hidden message: Education will set you free.”

Perhaps this role in "Grease" as the Teen Angel has come to Mr. Hicks as his providence; certainly it will provide an education in creative expansion. Too, perhaps Providence will play a role in being a key to finally unlock that door he's been knocking on for so many years.
"Fight Outta You" Ben Harper LYRICS

Taylor Hicks, may providence be with you. (You know, like the Force.)


  1. I want to post something to be supportive of you (and TH) but I just don't know what to say. You wrote a nice piece and from what I've heard Taylor did a great job last night as Teen Angel.

    So why am I sad? (OK, here's the part where I get attacked by his fans, so I'll be brief.) Maybe this is his future, but...sorry, I'm just not interested in Taylor the actor.

    On the other hand, Taylor the musician casts some kinda spell over me, so as soon as we hear some more Intimate Club dates, I'll be there.

  2. Caryl, there are many who are not interested in Mr. Hicks as an actor and especially not an actor in a Broadway production.

    I'm just very curious where he may go with this; I find the guy, his decisions, his choices absolutely fascinating. ;)

  3. jerseyirish2:02 PM

    Sunny, My take is that he is looking to be an all around entertainer, music, acting the whole nine yards. I don't think he will ever give up his soulful music, that is who he is, may take a few turns along the way and try different things to keep the money flowing in. I think his music will always win out over it all. He may never achieve what he is looking for, but he will fight every inch of the way to try and get it. I don't see Taylor ever giving up throwing in the towel he will come up with something to keep his name out there.


  4. Hope it's OK to pass along some info from HQ. I'm always in trouble over there. Anyhoo- Taylor says the club shows will start in January. Yay!

    His choices ARE fascinating. He seizes opportunities and tries to make the most of every situation. At the same time, (from what we've heard) he doesn't want to compromise his integrity. That just isn't done in the music biz, apparently.

    But I can dig it, man. I be down with that. I, uh, I'm all over it, aiight?

    (sorry. Doing my best to avoid work here.)