Saturday, June 03, 2006

but was it worth the dance?...


I know it's a few days old, but it's an honest and revealing Rolling Stone audio interview with Taylor Hicks.

American Idol?

It was "
dancing with the devil."

13 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dancing with the Devil? Not sure by what he means. It sound like he is being ungrateful, but reading the article, I'm not sure that's what he meant.

I guess it doesn't matter, I think he's great, I'm sorry that AI is over, and I will be looking forward to next year.

Dog, out!

4:17 PM, June 03, 2006  
Blogger jennifer said...

I think it makes sense in the podcast. The written article is not all that revealing.

And I think it's a very apt analogy, because, in a sense, one does sell his soul in this game. But it's a voluntary sale.

4:32 PM, June 03, 2006  
Blogger tracyintpa said...

Yes, please listen to the podcast to ascertain the correct meaning. I think all he is saying is that all the great things that come along with winning AI come with a price. That is well known and not a secret.... thus Kelly and Clay suing to get out of their contracts. He knows you lose some control of your career when you sign on to the AI machine, but he is merely saying he is going to maintain as much creative control as he can within the AI constraints. From everything I've read and heard about Taylor Hicks, he is extremely grateful for this opportunity and intends to make the most of it. He is a very savvy businessman and knows exactly what he is doing. He's not your typical AI winner, he is already quite knowledgeable and sophistiacated about the music biz and he will be doing just fine. Can't wait for the album and his solo tour. I'll be first in line for each.

4:45 PM, June 03, 2006  
Blogger jennifer said...

I thought his candor was refreshing. Nice to know (not that I thought otherwise) that he went into this with eyes wide open. Sometimes I wonder if these kids (like Paris, Kevin, etc.) even have a grasp of the price of this "fame." To me, the only ones who can legitimately complain are the ones who came out of season one, but even they had restrictive contracts. Kelly and Clay helped tie up those loopholes that allowed them their freedom.

I really hope Taylor is able to stay true to his vision, because hell, that's why we voted for him. And I hope TPTB learned from Bo that we don't want them changed to "fit their suit."

4:52 PM, June 03, 2006  
Blogger JR said...

After listening to the podcast, it is obvious that Taylor has a clear vision of where he wants to go eventually with his career. The question remains...will Fox/19E let him go there, or will they try to make him into something he's not? If they force the "Pop Idol" issue, it is clear that Taylor will probablly poke is stick in the devil's eye!!! Jennifer, I think you are right, Taylor went into this competition with eyes wide open and he knows this is the break that every musician hopes for. I truly hope he is allowed to make his own music...it will certainly be better than what Fox has written for him. Have a great summer everyone and we will see you next season.

JR (DrillerAA)

9:36 PM, June 03, 2006  
Blogger Julie said...

I was wondering if you saw that Chris turned down Fuel. It was on MSNBC.

1:20 AM, June 05, 2006  
Blogger jennifer said...

Yes, I heard that, but it was expected. Good choice, IMO. I think a large part of that offer was the attempt to cash in on the notoriety of Chris, AI and that boot. Otherwise it wouldn't have been done in such a public and somewhat desperate way. Chris can do better.

7:11 AM, June 05, 2006  
Blogger j_snow said...

I thought the Fuel offer came awful quick. I keep imagining Chris as the heir-apparent to Ozzy Osbourne. Too bad he never got to sing "Ironman".

10:31 AM, June 05, 2006  
Blogger jennifer said...

Yeah, I agree. That offer was TOO quick, IMO. That's what smacked of a desperate grab for attention and publicity (not a bad thing for Fuel, but not good necessarily for Chris who can do better). I'm glad he didn't jump on it.

4:11 PM, June 05, 2006  
Blogger JR said...

I just watched part of MTV-HD program with John Fogerty & Keith Urban. They did "Centerfield"...man could Taylor cover that number. It was A-W-S-O-M-E!!!!

7:59 PM, June 06, 2006  
Blogger jennifer said...

Is that the "put me in, Coach. I'm ready to play..." song? I love that song. And if it is, you're right - Taylor would kill on it. But I think he could do Fogerty without breaking a sweat. Love John Fogerty.

8:02 PM, June 06, 2006  
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