Archive for April 2009

Idol Power Rankings, Top 8 (Birth Year Week)

April 7, 2009


Here are my Power Rankings for Top 8 week on Idol.
Previous Rankings: Top 13 | Top 12 | Top 11 | Top 10 | Top 9

  1. Allison Iraheta, “I Can’t Me You Love Me”. Her vocals were NAILS, y’all. She is getting better and better each and every week. I was VERY impressed with her SKILLZ this week!
  2. Matt Giraud, “Part Time Lovers”. Matt is back, yo! We hope “Rock Band Matt” is gone for good! Very very, nice job.
  3. Danny Gokey, “Stand By Me”. Another nice, strong, consistent effort by one of my favorites. Nothing groundbreaking but another strong performance.
  4. Adam Lambert, “Mad World”. OK…my personal opinion is that we went backwards into “Weird Adam” land again. It was OK I guess, but it definitely wasn’t my thing at all. I was not a fan of that performance.
  5. Anoop Desai, “True Colors”. Anoop the balladeer returns. This is what he can do well. It’s in his sweet spot.
  6. Lil Rounds, “What’s Love Got To Do With It” When she sings, it makes me want to take a big breath FOR her! It always seems like she’s struggling to keep up with the beat and to have enough air. It creates a very uneasy feeling. The big high note pushed sharp. Lil started this competition in my top 3, but her impact on me is fading quickly. I think the width of her sweet spot is extremely narrow. She is proving week after week that she can’t sing other genres that are thrown at her.
  7. Kris Allen, “All She Wants To Do Is Dance”. What was with that crazy arrangement, bro? I didn’t get it. That song doesn’t really work as a funk pop thing. I think somewhere in the distance, Don Henley is crying himself to sleep.
  8. Scott MacIntyre, “The Search Is Over”. Scott, your search for the Idol crown is over. It’s time to go now. Thanx. Buh-bye.

Writing to you from the hospital

April 1, 2009

I thought that I had better write this down for everyone so I wouldn’t have to keep telling the story over and over. I’m in the hospital after quite an eventful evening.

At about 2am last night, I awoke to the sounds of a ravenous animal loose in the house. It was a very scary sound, like growling, but it sounded HUGE. It freaked me out and at first I wondered if I was dreaming it – as I was still in that “I just woke up in the middle of the night” fog. I looked over at Mandy and she was looking at me, too. She said, “Do you hear that?” I nodded.

I quickly got up and put my houseslippers on, and grabbed the only thing I could find to carry as protection – a Barbie guitar. By this time, I could hear this huge animal loose in the kitchen. I heard the trash can get knocked over. Then I heard pots and pans falling and crashing to the floor. I heard Zoe scream.

When I heard Zoe, I ran up the stairs as fast as I could and just when I reached the third step from the top, I froze. I was staring eye-to-eye with the biggest, meanest looking dog I have ever seen in my life. It was HUGE! It barked at me, and kept making that low growling, deranged noise I had heard earlier. This creature had hate in it’s eyes. Drool was dripping from its mouth. It had me locked in its gaze. I slowly shifted my weight and brought the Barbie guitar up to “attack stance”.

I don’t really remember what happened next. It was so fast. It lunged at me and bit into my leg. I started swinging the Barbie guitar wildly in between yelps from the pain of its huge teeth sinking into me. The girls are screaming. Mandy was on the stairs behind me and was trying to help get the animal off of me. It jumped on top of me and starting scratching and biting at me. This went on for quite a while.

Mandy says I eventually got a big strong downward thrust with the Barbie guitar and it landed square on the animal’s head, which caused the dog to yelp in pain and caused the guitar to start playing the Christina Aguilera song, “What A Girl Wants.” It must have been on just the right spot of the dog’s head because the only memory I have after that is seeing blurrly animal legs running out the back door. I fainted after that.

Mandy called 911 and the ambulance came and took me to the St. Joe ER. I was coming in and out of consciousness but I remember seeing Cameron Huffman and thinking, what the heck is he doing here? And then I remembered that he works here. Turns out I needed a lot of work done to my face, neck, arms and legs. I overheard one of the doctors tell Mandy that I had lost a lot of blood and was lucky to be alive.

I’m in a lot of pain now, but am going to be OK. The doctors say the scars will heal and that there was no permanent damage. Hopefully I can return to work in a couple of weeks.

Mandy told me that after the ambulance came and took me away, when she went to lock the back door, she saw the dog hanging around outside. It was the same dog, but it was no longer in that “red zone” attack mentality. It was calm and held its head low and had its tail down. It had a sign around its neck that said, “I so totally punked all of you. April Fools!”