March 5th, 2006

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I'm not that impressed by a lot these days. Most things just fly right by me. I've never really been that hip on American Idol as I find the contestants for the most part to be trite and cliche in their choices and stylings, and the fact that they do (forthe most part) more karaoke than actual performance, they generally don't try to make the songs they perform their own. Also, they're just too 'cute' and that also bothers me. Enter Chris Daughtry.

...w h o a...

Not only did I do a serious double take as he's fucking gorgeous, but the other night he performed Fuel's "Hemhorrage (In My Hands)" and it fucking rocked balls. I mean seriously, I got chills. The guy is a consummate showman, he commanded your attention and totally worked the song in his own way. His voice is clear and just gravelly enough to stay clear but still have that thick, angry bite that keeps the edges sharp and prevents him from being boring. His vibrato is very deep and pronounced, sort of Rob Thomas only a lot less Stevie Nicksesque goaty, which turns me off. And again, there's the fact that he's hot.

In case you're not a fan of the show, in case you missed it, and in case I've piqued your curiousity enough, I have for you here both the MP3 of the performance and video. The video is an .AVI file, so if you have any trouble playing it you'll need to download and install the DIVX codec. Trust me, it's worth it just to swoon over him, but I really love this song and as much as I generally hate covers, he wore this one out. Good stuff.

Chris Daughtry - Hemhorrage (In My Hands)
Me & D

Oh yeah, this song just made me cry like a bitch.

A friend emailed me and told me I had to listen to this Daniel Bedingfield song. My first thought was "Um, don't think so. That's the same guy that did 'I Gotta Get Through This', in which he sang like he was a gopher with his nuts in a vice." But this is a friend who knows my musical tastes fairly well, so I couldn't discount that. Actually, I was a bit incensed initially in thinking "You've GOT to be kidding me with this, you know better than to suggest this to me unless it's a joke."

Part of what I didn't like about his first single, other than the obvious fact that it sucked, was that I had to play it every couple of hours when I worked in radio and it drove me nuts. There was also the fact that I didn't appreciate his falsetto, which is ridiculously high and outlandishly over the top. In this song it reminds me a bit of Savage Garden's Darren Hayes, whom I have to take in very small doses. I generally am no fan of this kind of poppy music as I find it as soulless and lackluster as any of Britney Spears nut-filled butt nuggets. Anyway, I decided to give it a listen when I get a reply to MY reply from the same friend saying "Will you just trust me on this, please? It's a really beautiful song and it moved me in a way that not much else does. I suspect you might feel the same."

So I listened. And I bawled my fucking eyes out. D saw me over here, tears pouring down my cheeks and my face all bunched up in my hands and got all "Oh my god, baby! What's wrong?" I started laughing and told him I'd just gotten punched in the gut by a song, and that was that. It was the lyrics that killed me. The notion that you're with someone you love desperately, but you are neurotic and need lots of reassurance that it's really going to be okay - oh no, I have NO idea what that feels like...

Daniel Bedingfield - If You're Not The One