I've got Idol Fever and the only cure is more Idol. All the members of the Vos household are faithful Idol watchers. We sit around Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights in front of Idol, shushing each other to be quiet because some of us (Christopher) are very chatty TV watchers. Each of us chooses our favorite. Emily and Chris like Brooke, Christopher likes David Archuleta, Calvin and I have not decided who we like yet. To be perfectly honest, I don't like any of them as singers. I will never buy their album. The only former Idol that I currently like is Daughtry. I know this is a singing contest but I am of the firm opinion that very little good music has been made since 1995. And I don't really care enough about the new stuff to find out if it is good.
Be honest, can anything out there today compete with the Beatles, U2, REM, Nirvana, Nine Inch Nails, Depeche Mode, Def Leppard or Guns N Roses? I really don't think it can. My friend, Jodi, made me a mix of current music that is all really good. She's trying to cool me up. I especially like this song on it by Maroon 5 and one by Hoobastank. I like the mix and it is fun to listen to. Current music on the radio is not the music that I love. It doesn't have any memories attached to it. It doesn't remind me of sitting in the car with my dad after my little 8th grade boyfriend dumped me, crying and listening to "Patience." It doesn't remind me of dancing to "Head Like a Hole" with this totally HOT guy in the modern room at the Palace in Provo. It doesn't remind me of singing Beatles in the car with my mom. It doesn't remind me of making my sister memorize the names of the singers on the posters in my room and singing REM to her. It doesn't remind me of falling in love with Chris (Enigma). I guess I'm an old fogey. I remember being about 13 or 14 and listening to music with my mom that she described as "jangly." I laughed at her then but now I would laugh with her. Most music I hear on the radio I would describe that way. My mom was a devoted WJR listener, which I found to be very annoying. Our little car only had an AM radio and so we had to listen to it but when I was 14 we got a car with an FM radio and a tape player. My mom wouldn't listen to my jangly stuff but my dad was a sport listening to Metallica and other wonderful choices of mine. Now my radio is permanently fixed on WJR. The circle is complete.
So how do I choose my favorite Idol singer if I don't base it on the music? I do it the same way that I choose a winning card in "Apples to Apples." I choose the one I like the best based on their personality and annoyingness. As far as the Idols, I like Brooke White because she's a Mormon but not annoying. I like Michael Johns because he is nice to look at. We need to get rid of Amanda Overmeyer (aka Bride of Chucky) because she is NOT Janis Joplin and Danny Noriega because he annoys me. If I were a judge, I would probably be like Paula, "You stink as a singer but I love your top. You're through to the next round."
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