Friday, 25 May 2012

Phillip Phillips wins American Idol ~

When I heard Phillip sing "Home" in the final round of the contest I knew he had won.  Outstanding!  The video of his winning performance is no longer available, but here is his later recording of it.  Personally I found the shifting imagery distracting, but there it is - the life of a travelling musician:


Rolling Stone magazine interviewed Phillip soon after his win:
For those interested in how Phil is doing I've included this clip from 'Fuse News':

Friday, 18 May 2012

Donna Summer ~ Hot Stuff to the end!

I was saddened to hear of Donna Summer's death today.  She died of cancer, aged 63.  I saw her perform on American Idol a few years back and was totally impressed by her enduring charisma and vocal power.  That show hosts quite a number of what might be termed 'voices of the past' and whereas some of them are still good, most of them I don't much care for any more.  But Donna Summer, like Stevie Wonder, was clearly still a powerhouse of music.  I wish I had that one on tape.  She looked like the older woman she had become and looked great with it, all the more remarkable as she had very recently been hospitalised for some serious disorder, I forget what.  Inspiring!

I hunted through the YouTube archives for some recent footage that came close to doing her justice, and found this one of her performing at the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize Concert in Oslo, Norway:


Rest in peace, Donna, we remember the happiness of your music!