Friday, March 5, 2010

Harmless Addiction

I believe in telling the truth.  I believe that if we have any chance of living a "normal" life, we must first admit to our weaknesses and by so we free ourselves from the chains that bind us to our addictions.

HOWEVER! In my case, I have absolutely no problem admitting that I'm totally, 100%, without a doubt, wholeheartedly addicted to American Idol.  I am.  From beginning to end.  I love watching the initial auditions, except for the real weirdos in costumes or those people whose parents are either blind, hard of hearing or too out of touch with reality to tell their kids how untalented they are.  Of course, that's partly what makes AI what it is.

When we first started watching it was a family event.  Every Tuesday and Wednesday night the Bozas would sit down, watch, criticize and make our own "educated" guess at who would be the next American Idol.  Often times we would all agree on who the winner would be and other times totally disagree.  We hear the sharp notes, the flat notes, the trained voice and the untrained voice.  We comment on vocal style, dress style and hair style.  We judge the judges and for the most part we love Simon who most people love to hate; he knows his stuff, he's just a little blunt in the delivery.

This is one of the only programs of which I know the time and channel to tune in.  So if we're eating and haven't yet finished, we move to where ever we need to be so we can get a full shows criticism in. 

Every year the contestants get younger and more talented.  Except those old farts who manage to get in.  They come off being crazy but they're neither crazy or dumb.  Those old farts are working; they're working at getting recognition regardless of cost.  If they have to wear dirty stinky clothes to get noticed, they wear them.  If they have to sing off key in order to do it, no problem.  The last old fart to appear during the audition week wrote his own song and it hit!  Kids are singing it everywhere. Check this out.....
American Idol is our harmless addiction.  I'm sure, that if American Idol had been around when Carlos and I were younger we would have considered auditioning.  We may not have made it through but as I tell Karina everytime she auditions for honor band, it's not whether you make it or not, it's that you challenge yourself to try; that in itself is a trophy won.

So this week, through all the commotion in the house, we found a way to sit down together Tuesday and Wednesday nights.  Then, with all the musical wisdom we could conjure up we cast our votes and waited with anticipation for Thursday night to see just how inclined we were.  I can tell you this, we're purdy darn good!


Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

You've gotta hand it to this old guy....and to the others for having the courage and stamina to do this! BRAVO! And I can't wait to see you!!!!

Debbie said...

Comadre - I have NEVER watched American Idol! Can you believe that! I think they all sound the same and I think Simon is so mean. Yes, he has no time to waste being nice, I understand that, but I think sometimes people watch American Idol just so they can laugh at all the ridiculous people who think they're talented. What do you think is going to happen to AI when Simon leaves? What do you think about Ellen being a judge?


Marie said...

I think AI will be just fine when Simon leaves. Tara is very good too. She's just as honest as Simon, she just doesnt dog the contestants. Ellen is good also. She's not nearly as harsh but she doesn't melt everytime someone sings. She has a good ear and very good criticizm. I like her. And we don't watch to laugh, we're really pulling for some of them. Everybody deserves a good beak.

Me....bunny said...

I only watch when they get to Hollywood because I got put off when they started auditioning Developmentally Disabled people. Very bad taste, but....if I'm around I'll watch it. Not obsessed with it just "LOST" and "Amazing Race"..other than that, not too much TV like the old days.


Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Dear cousin,
Thank you for visiting me for our "anniversary party"! 28 years, can you believe this? Really, the old cliché is so true...where does the time go? But then when God fills your heart with love, one day is like a 1000 years and 1000 years is like one day...Eternity is going to be a blast, living TOGETHER in harmony!


Rattus Scribus said...

Hi Marie,

I like this old dude. I think he has a point. Because it's hard to take any one seriously who's talking to me "with his pants on the ground."
"Talkin like a fool with your pants on the ground."

American Idol. Yep, that's about right.