American Idol, the biggest show on TV has began and I’m sure people are curious to know who are the 24 lucky contestants who made it to the semi-finals. In tonight’s two-hour episode, February 16 on Fox, the American Idol Semi-finalists will be revealed.
As of today, here are the people who already made it to the Top 24 Semi-finalists of American Idol:
- Katelyn Epperly
- Lee DeWyze
- Casey James
- Didi Benami
- Todrick Hall
- Michael Lynche
- Aaron Kelly
The list is not complete yet and the rest would be revealed on February 17 so be sure to tune in on FOX for the rest of the American Idol 2010 Top 24 Semifinalists.
I’ve been reading through the pages of http://creation.com and have found their articles enlightening and awe inspiring. I remember being a child and learning that God made everything in 7 days – I totally believed it. However, that thought was slowly changed when school introduced me to the theory of evolution. Soon I figured that the interpretation of God’s creation in Genesis is no longer relevant, and how wrong have I been! I am reminded that God “did” as what the Bible teaches. Funny how a site full of great information is now required to remind me of something that I simply believed in when I was a kid. Hope you can check out their site, even if you are not a fan of “Creation” .
As each year unfolds, I always ask – “Is it going to get better?” At times I feel that every year is worse than the last, so I evaluate and then ask: what makes a year “better”? Is it more wealth, is it better relationships, is it security, is it a specific accomplishment, is it (insert anything here) – and the list goes on and on. So what makes each year better? Here’s a lousy answer (or excuse if you’d like to call it that) – that I came up with:
Each year is better simply because we are allowed to experience it. Strip off all the add-ons in life – we find that it’s all about life and being alive, that is probably one of the best lessons Ondoy has taught me. So with that I am thankful to God for continually allowing me to experience life – with all it’s ups and downs, and I am also grateful for the added bonus of experiencing life with the people I love.
Song #1: Waiting Game
Back Story: This song was written around the main guitar lick, as opposed to the traditional way of writing, heh. I wanted a song that has a light / easy message to contrast the highlight on the guitar playing. So there you have it.
Since I have dedicated this blog to music and how it relates to my life – I might as well fill this up with actual music. I’ll be posting demos of songs that I have written, and add in a bit of back story.
The song “2009″ is about to enter it’s CODA. As proof, the twelfth full moon has risen bright last night as if signalling the beginning of this year’s ending. CODA according to Merriam-Webster is “a concluding musical section that is formally distinct from the main structure”.
So to conclude my 2009, I looked back and saw another year of great loss, opportunities, blessings, disasters and gifts. To keep this long post short, here are some of the highlights: losing our loving “Lola Mama” – we will miss her much, finally being able to grab the opportunity to be musically more active, receiving the continued blessing of having a healthy and happy family, being hit by the worst flood and survived, and being given unexpected gifts right before 2009 closes – to end the year right. The song of life doesn’t have to end with 2009 though, soon by the grace of God, I’ll be listening to and singing the new melodies of 2010.
Weird facts of 2009: We will have a 13th full moon for 2009, which will be lighting our night skies on New Year’s Eve – December 31. When there are 2 full moons in a month, the second full moon is called a “Blue Moon”. What a way to transition 2009 to 2010 – now you can truly say “Once in a Blue Moon”. ^^
As much as everyone else, I’m very excited to hear the new studio album of John Mayer, Battle Studies. I’ve been a fan of his work, but I’m one of the few who prefers his older albums and would rate Room for Squares as his best work. For me, that album has the most memorable hooks, great songwriting and most importantly – songs that are “relatable” – if there is such a word.
So far, I’ve heard the tracks that John Mayer prereleased as videos: “Who Says” and “Heartbreak Warfare”. Both songs are great but not as climatic as I hoped it was – Who says sounds like a lost track from Continuum, while Heartbreak Warfare has that Heavier Things vibe.
Both are ofcourse good, don’t get me wrong but it seems like there is a shortage on topics to sing about – and singing about his “rockstar” self (Who Says) just doesn’t cut through to normal human beings like myself. In fairness – it’s still an honest song, and I can only imagine how it is to want to be “Stoned”. Heartbreak warfare on the other hand has some tasty hooks, but lacks on the “guitar” aspect (Can’t blame me for wanting more guitar after hearing John Mayer Trio ).
Much like Continuum, I better appreciate his songs AFTER seeing him play the song live, so probably my take on the two songs will change after a few weeks. Can’t wait to hear the new album to see where John Mayer currently stands musically.
What is the difference between Music and Noise? Tapping your table may sound irritating to others, but to you it’s just your hand drumming to a beat in your head. Some people might consider heavy metal music as noise while others enjoy it. The same goes with old love songs – teenagers might dread it while the young at heart enjoy it. So maybe – what makes them different is the way we hear them.
A lot of things right now sound like noise to me. I guess it’s time I change my attitude towards this seemingly pesky things and see the good in them – which upon closer inspection I can say they are not so bad. Take a deep breathe and re-evaluate everything and listen to these “noise” with an open heart and an open ear – and “hear the music”.
Yep, the pre-bend – preparation for that sweet sounding milked note. And yes – the irony – the effort you have to put into it – while making sure it is muted. It may seem like a waste of effort but all will payoff when the right timing comes for you to play that note and milk it with vibrato. Sweet note heaven.
At times all I see and hear are those good notes without taking notice of the “pre-bends”. Now that I’m at it – I’m beginning to doubt if it is even worth pre-bending at all, just to make that one note special and flexible. But when I visualize what I want my life and my music to be – I regain focus and I understand that it is all worth it. All for that one special note.
I believe that in life, just like in music – everything is special, but it doesn’t hurt to have some notes standout – by preparing for it, with hard work and dedication.
This line from John Mayer’s song In Repair is exactly the phase where I am in right now.
“I’m in repair, I’m not together but i’m getting there”
The same with my acoustic guitar, had it repaired at Guitar Hospital, following another musician’s advice. It was my first time having my guitar fixed by someone who doesn’t work at a store / someone I don’t personally know. At first there was a lot of setbacks, weather went bad, had a lot of things to do, and it feels like it’s stopping me from getting my guitar fixed. But earlier, when I saw the sun – even when I am supposed to rest – I took the chance and went off to have my guitar fixed.
Meeting A and his family was a positive experience for me, and seeing how his home is setup to accept Guitar repair / modifications and the like, that is THE job! hehe. When I got in there were already 2 customers sitting down having some guitar related chats while Mr. A was showcasing his favorite Telecaster. And man that was an awesome sounding guitar. The same goes with his Strat, which I promptly “tested”. He had a lot of stories about tone, guitars, amps, feedbacks, grounding and a lot more. I also looked around reading the name tags on the guitars that are lined up for repair. I was hoping to get my guitar back before Friday for a gig rehearsal… but looking at the guitars of “famous” musicians lined up for repair, reality struck me. I’ll be without my guitar for longer. Awwww…. but still it is reassuring that known musicians entrust their gear to Mr A. . Anyway this is an opportunity for me to be more intimate with my ’83 Fender Strat.