Seminary Ramblings

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Pyrotechnics are in; taste it out

Here’s an interesting article on American Idol and last Tuesday’s episode where contestants were asked to sing a song from the Great American Songbook. It’s a thought provoking piece on how Idol militates against musicial subtlety, minimalism, or anything but musical pyrotechnics.

Perhaps the most controversial part (with which I am in complete agreement), comes when explaining how Harry Connick Jr. “made it clear why, despite the impressive vocal abilities of the four finalists — Candice Glover, Angie Miller, Amber Holcomb and Kree Harrison — they probably will never be truly great singers in the mode of those who came before, like Dinah Washington, Peggy Lee, Vic Damone and Billy Eckstein.”

Check it out.

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