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!