Monday, July 22, 2019

Daughtry Lambert and the Moon #MusicMovesMe

It's Monday and it's time for music.  How did the week go so fast? Weren't we just here?

Who are the #MusicMovesMe bloggers? We are bloggers who blog about music each Monday and if you have music to share with us, you are most welcome to join! (Music Posts Only on this music train, please!)   First, there is XmasDolly.  Her chief co-conductor is Cathy of Curious as a Cathy. Her other co-conductors are:   Stacy of Stacy Uncorked, and me.  Callie of JAmerican Spice blogs from time to time.  

Our guest conductor for the month of July is Driller AA of Driller's Place. 

For our theme today he has picked:song choices of your favorite AI or The Voice contestants.

My post today will be in two halves.  First half-American Idol.  Second, some of the songs I was planning to post last week before the news gave me my theme for the week.

I have to confess:  I did watch American Idol for several years but I've never watched The Voice.  So my two picks are American Idol alumni from long ago.  I saw both of them compete in my watching days.  Neither won, and perhaps, for both of them, it was for the best.  For the third contestant, you may or may not have heard of him.  He didn't even make it to the show (for obvious reasons as you'll hear) but he won the American public over.  Maybe he'll win you over, too.

My first pick is Chris Daughtry, and I picked his cover of a Fuel song called Hemorrhage (In My Hands) during the competition.  When I heard this live, I knew I was listening to a future rock star.  And then, later on, Fuel made Daughtry an offer to be their front man and he turned them down so he could go out on his own. Wise choice.

In a way, I'm surprised that Adam Lambert got as far as he did on American Idol.  He had to keep his true self hidden on the show to fit their mold.  But, performing with Queen, he broke that mold (no, he shattered it) and has come into his own. He will never be another Freddie Mercury but he is a true Adam Lambert on stage.  Here, he sings "Somebody to Love".

Before I move on to the second half of my post, I want to bring you possibly the most memorable audition ever on American Idol.  This was during Simon Cowell's mean days, and Simon, I hate to tell ya, I loved William Hung doing "She Bangs" just for his courage in standing up thereand...banging it out? And he faced your snark with grace.  I was impressed.  So were millions of other people.

Ok, it's time for my second half.
We just celebrated the 50th anniversary of humankind landing on the moon.    There are many songs mentioning the moon - let's just pick a few.

Duran Duran and New Moon on Monday

This is not an official music video but a fan's effort - I think it fits my theme just right  Jonathan King's classic 1965 song "Everyone's Gone to the Moon" was playing on WABC radio in New York City as the blackout of November 9-10, 1965 started to hit. How strange that New York had another blackout just a few days ago.

Finally, how could I ignore Pink Floyd's epic "Dark Side of the Moon" album? This song (actually two songs) is not the song "Dark Side of the Moon" that begins the album but "Brain Damage" and "Eclipse"that end it.  I chose this video for the moon landing footage. And now, all these years later, we do know what the dark side of the moon looks like.  But how I still love the lyrics.

Next Monday I plan to be back, same time same place!


  1. Alana,

    I remember thinking the same about Chris Daughtery and he's done well for himself. Not quite as big as Carrie Underwood but still not shabby.

    I admire William Hung's spirit and understand why you liked him but honetly it always amazed me to see folks audition who do not have a shred of talent and that's what the show is all about. Take me for instance, DH says I have a voice of an angel. He's sweet like that and I love him to death but honestly, I wouldn't be the next AI. I know my limitations. I'm happy to stick with singing for his ears only or those privy to catch me singing. ;)

    Simon was really mean back in those days, wasn't he? But...that's what made the show so popular. He said what others thought while others smiled politely declining him for a spot on the show.

    I like how you rolled two themes out for the 4M dance party to boogie to this week. Have a songsational week, my friend!

  2. I think they knew about Adam Lambert in his Idol days; it was no surprise when Queen reached out to him. And I did love Daughtry.

    Interesting choice of moon songs.

  3. I remember that song from the Blackout (but I was listening to WNEW- the first alternative rock station back then). Never heard the Duran Duran song- or any of those American Idol folks. (I always thought AI meant artificial intelligence!)

  4. Great selection. I guess I never realized that is where Adam Lambert came from, he is so talented!

  5. Well, how ya doin? It's been a long time, right? Well, I love your choices for American Idol. Yes, I was a huge fan, but towards the end of the life of AI I petered out! Don't get me wrong now & then I watched it, but there were so many others I didn't know what to watch. I had favorites here & there, but then I didn't know who was who or where they were at. LOL Love Adam Lambert & oh gotta tell ya Chris Daughtry is playing right here in my neighborhood at a theatre called the Arcada in St. Charles, Illinois. It's a real big deal here. I couldn't even get tickets - SOLD OUT! Well, loved your picks. Have a great day. Nice boogieing with ya!!!

  6. In the end, they all sort of fit together, you know? Maybe it's because Brian May has a Ph. D. in Astrophysics... Good choices!

  7. I liked Chris Daughtery best. Strangely the two NYC blackouts were both on July 13th which happens to be TW's birthday. She had just come home from sitting on the grass in Central Park listening for free to a Richie Havens' concert. Remember the Schaffer Music Festival every summer? Luckily she wasn't in the subway when the power went out.


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