With the disappointment on the outcome of 2010 American Idol and departure of judge Simon Cowell; I didn’t try to watch the season 10.  But this year I gave it a try, I’ve told myself that there’s nothing wrong with trying besides I’ve wanted to discover new artists for 2012.  I’ve just realized I didn’t get to discover new songs and artist for 2011. 

Funny thing is I actually didn’t watch the first few episodes which are the auditions.  I just listened to it while I was doing other stuff example; I’ve sorted puzzle pieces, wrote blog posts or listened while working from home that was the routine.  I thought that it was the best time to multi-task and it worked.  Came the Hollywood episodes then I started to put my attention to the show.

That was the time I started to come up with my artists to watch for.  And I’ve got at least 2 bets that I’d know would go straight to the 24.  One was Reed Grimm, I think he’s a Taylor Hicks incarnate.  Unfortunately, he didn’t make it to the final 12 which became 13. 

I actually hated having the final 13.  For me having an extra person compromised the actual concept of the show and what made it worst I think they’ve picked the wrong idols like Deandre and Jeremy. Ha-ha!

Anyway, what really made my AI viewing worth my time is the discovery of Phillip Phillips.  I have to admit his looks sealed the deal.  He reminds me of someone close to my heart.  Oops, enough of the sexy thoughts, back to writing the post. Ha-ha!

I’m hoping that he’d win the title but knowing my history the only bet I had that won was Carrie Underwood.  All my bets placed 2nd or 3rd.  I just hope that Phillip would break that curse.  What I really love about him is his individuality.  There’s no single song he performed that I actually recognized.  He made it his own.  Well, some of his songs are too old that I don’t really know but that’s beside the point.  What fears me is his idealism.  I know that he just wants to be there to share his talents but in a contest like American Idol where you get votes and up against artists, who are also good or even better, it pays to be out of your comfort zone and try something new and out-of-the-box that will totally leave the audience awed.  Good thing is he doesn’t sound cocky whenever he defends his song choice or fashion sense.  I just hope that he’d perform something that would overshadow the talent and performance of other idol hopefuls.

And lately I’m beginning to love Elise and Colton it’s more of a back up bets but I don’t think that they’d made it to the finale.  I’m just saying.  I really love the trio’s performance of Fleetwood Mac and Stevie Nicks’ performance 3 weeks ago.  I’d watch this clip at least once a day that’s how impressed I am with the performance.  Good thing I’ve found a high quality link in YouTube that I can share with you.  Enjoy!

I just really hope that he’d win.  For now that’s my wish for 2012 and if he makes it to the finale, I’d fly to LA. Just kidding (I wish!).

 

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I wasn’t originally planning to write about Kelly Clarkson’s You Can’t Win.  I was thinking of a different song but I was too busy that the days passed by and my love for this song grew stronger that made me post this.

This song is said to be one of Kelly’s favorites and I’m not surprised.  Upon hearing the song I already knew that she wrote it.  Basically, the song is about why we shouldn’t try to please everyone.  It’s like if you’ll do something, you’ll be damned and if you don’t you’ll still be damned.   And it’s the fucking truth.  People will always have different opinions about you.  The question is does this really matter?  Are we here on earth to live a life built on others’ expectations?

It’s actually ironic, when the world clamors for us to be ourselves – yet forces us to be the “selves” that meets the world’s standard of approval.  See how the world is trying to confuse us.  No wonder some people stopped believing on their own.

But I don’t.  I have always been the rebellious type.  I am non-conformist.  I really hated getting an attention.  Being famous and popular wasn’t my priority in life.  I’ve always believed that I don’t need to kiss somebody’s ass to be loved and appreciated.  In fact, I’m a bitch, I’m blunt and I can get away with it.  Actually, there’s a misconception, most people love bitches.   

I guess it’s just matter of finding your right crowd, the crowd who’d get to know you more and accept for what you are.  At least for me, what only matters are the opinions of my loved ones because I know that they have the best interest but again, I’ll just take their inputs and weigh things out then do whatever suits me.  I never meant to live my life under the shadow of somebody else and up to the extent that I’d sacrifice my own happiness and personality. 

Always remember whatever you do with your life is your own decision and you just need to be ready with its consequence.  At the end of the day your own happiness matters not theirs.  So do you still think you need everyone’s acceptance?  I just hope your answer is a resounding – NO!

Finally after two and half years of waiting, Kelly Clarkson finally released her 5th studio album entitled Stronger.  I was actually excited not only because I’m a big fan but it’s also because of her debut single, “Mr. Know it All” sounds very different.  It’s bitchy and resentful with an upbeat sound that makes me want to walk in a catwalk like a model.  It really surprised me and I really loved it instantly so after hearing that I couldn’t expect less from the album.  I know that I’d be surprised and I really hoped that I would.  I couldn’t care less on some of the critics’ comments like it sounded a bit like Bruno Mars’ “Just the Way You Are”.   The song has more to it than just that, a defensive word that a true fan would utter, I guess.

But I’m not the kind of fan who’d follow and read news there is so I’d be that updated.  I also dislike listening and getting leaked songs because I know that she doesn’t want us to hear second-rate quality songs.  I just love her voice and songs and I’m the type who would line-up on a ticket booth just to see her perform live and buy the original record.

Then finally last Tuesday, I was able to hear the deluxe edition of her album.  I know and I’m not proud of it but I had to.  The record isn’t released here yet but once it hits the racks, I’d be the first to buy and that’s for sure.  The deluxe record included earlier hit and collaboration, “Don’t You Wanna Stay” which is a country song, seeing this from the track listing answered my earlier expectation.

And like what a true blue fan would do, I had listened to the album the whole day and enjoyed my favorite artist’s songs and voice.  The album was really good.  It showcased her talent, her voice.  Listening to it made me wish that I could fly to the US soon and in time for her album tour.  I want to hear her live and validate how she sounds like her record. 

The first three tracks were great and I intend to write about one of the songs on a later date.  Though I still think that Breakaway is still her best and still prefer the underrated My December album over this new one.  I just hope that this current album would get the critics’ approval.  I think this record is much better than her fourth which produced a couple of hit songs.

And talking about hits, the title track “What Doesn’t Kill You (Stronger)” would certainly be a hit and I’m betting my money on this track.  The song is a true work of an artist coupled with a powerful voice that hits the spot and you would never go wrong with this one.  You’d love it instantly.  At least I did. 

I just love how strong the lyrics are from disproving one’s impression of your so-called breakdown to actually thanking them for paving the way for the new start and helping one see the need to think about the “me” and knowing that the end was actually just the beginning of a greater thing.

I really love the line, “what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, stand a little taller, doesn’t mean I’m lonely when I’m alone.”  I know that this really sounds bitter but that’s how it should be.   Sometimes we should let the aggressor realize that the hurt that they have caused us doesn’t make our lives stop but instead it fuels reborn, the realization that life doesn’t end when someone leaves us.

And that’s why I really loved the song because I believe her words.  People will always leave you and the good thing about it is you’d realize that you’re strong enough to survive without them in your life.  And for me there’s nothing wrong with being alone.  I’m a fighter and I believe that happiness is not equated with being in love or having someone.  Happiness is a choice that we embrace in our everyday life and for me that’s the real meaning of love. 

This is one of the reasons why I really love Kelly because I can totally relate with her songs.  After this post I still have to write about another favorite and that’s another story to read.  For now, I’m leaving you with the first single from her current album, Mr. Know It All and if you’ll have the chance to visit a record store don’t forget to grab her album because it’s a truly piece of art.

Earlier this morning as I was looking for Third Eye Blind’s “How’s It Going to be” on my ipod, I noticed that I have songs with common song titles that I have been playing for quite some time and these songs are from different artists and not covers.  And, I just find it very amusing.  Forgive me there are days like this that I randomly pay attention to non-essentials.

The list was supposed to start with Nelly Furtado and Macy Gray but I removed it for technical reasons; Nelly’s song is “Try” while Macy’s song is “I try”.  So to take out the guilt and be too technical about it I’m starting Kelly Clarkson and *N Sync with “Gone”.

Kelly Clarkson’s Gone

*N Sync’s Gone

Next on my list is Beyonce and Bethany Joy Galeotti’s “Halo”

Beyonce’s Halo

Bethany’s Halo

I guess it’s too obvious that I’m a Kelly Clarkson fan.  I was supposed to include “Because of you” but I don’t exactly have Keith Martin’s song on my iPod so again, I was too technical.  Anyway, I want to finish this post big so I’m sharing the song from my two favorite girls, Pink and Kelly Clarkson with “Sober”.

Kelly Clarkson’s Sober

Pink’s Sober

 

Letting go of someone you love is a hard thing to do.  If there’s one thing that I hate doing it would probably be, seeing someone go.  And unfortunately, most of the time I am the one who’s left behind.

At first when my friend Sashapurse shared this new song Don’t You wanna Stay by Jason Aldean featuring Kelly Clarkson, I just listened to it because it was featuring my favorite American idol of all time.

But when I get to listen to this song again last week end I finally had the time to internalize and appreciate the song.  It talks about how hard it is to part ways with someone you love.  The feeling of good bye kiss makes you wonder if that’s what they really wanted.  If they can just stay for a little while, fall asleep together for the last time and make it seem like the feeling can stay forever.  You’d still feel the love is there.  If they can just hold on to it for forever they would probably would.  Both parties want to make the time to slow down.  It is definitely a sad good bye song.

I’ve got one phrase that best describes this song, “There are things that you don’t want to continue but you’re afraid to end” that’s what I think the song is trying to say.  I’m ending this post by sharing Jason Aldean and Kelly clarkson’s performance last CMA.  I really love Kelly Clarkson hope you’ll like it, too!

 

 


All I ever wanted is to see Kelly Clarkson live in a concert.  The minute my foreign leave was approved last year that’s the first thing I’ve checked.  I tried my best to look for her tour schedule since the album All I Ever Wanted was released during that time.  And it is safe to assume that she’ll be promoting it but the time she released it I was on my back here in the Philippines.

Then the birth of All I Ever Wanted World Tour answered my prayers.  Yes, I don’t mind if people think I’m a fanatic because I won’t deny it.  I love her so much.

As soon as I got the news that she’ll be coming over I immediately got in touch with the ticketing office and asked when the tickets will be available and how much it will cost.  I was really targeting to buy front seat row tickets but unfortunately I don’t have the funds to spare.

Few days after deciding what ticket to buy I was lucky to find out that two other friends are willing to watch the concert, too.  (Thanks Erna and Rhix for coming with me)

So you’d probably think how lucky can I get, right?  I’d get to watch this concert with good friends and that’s always a nice bonding moment for girls like us. Ha-ha!

But the story doesn’t end there the night before the concert my kapatid Trina called me to say that her boss won’t use the two complimentary seats and she’d give it to me.  It was two free patron seat tickets.  What more can I ask for?

I got to bring my date with me (Patrick) and gave my original ticket to my close friend Dru.

Last lucky thing that happened that night was – I was able to go near the stage.  Sorry but I can’t and will probably not get over that fact.  It was Kelly Clarkson and she’s the original Idol.

The only disappointment I had that night was she didn’t sing my favorite track which is the “Beautiful Disaster” and my most favorite part was the whole concert.

She was awesome.  She’s simply the best.  After that concert, I love her even more.

I’m sharing this link from the concert; it was a mash up of That I Would Good by Alanis Morissette and Use Somebody of King of Leon.  Hope you like this as much as I did.


I waited for a moment like this.  I promised myself that I’d never commit the same mistake when Mariah Carey visited the country and I’d buy a good seat just to see Kelly Clarkson Live.  That’s the dream, when I’ve learned that I’d be visiting the US this coming May, I have started to look for tour dates of Duncan Sheik and Kelly Clarkson but I haven’t found one.

And yesterday, someone that I’m following on twitter tweeted about this site (click here) and voila! Kelly Clarkson will be going here to perform live.  I can’t wait for the concert.  Luckily, the concert date is 20 days early than my tentative flight to the US.

I have this feeling that this tour will be about the latest album “All I Ever Wanted” and I’m sure she’d play hits from previous 3 albums.  But what I’m wishing for right now is for her to sing “Beautiful Disaster” if she does, you can kill me after that song.

Anyway, it but rightful to link this song since I’ve really waited for this moment and I’m also linking the website where it all started.