Monday, 26 November 2012

'New Zealand's Got Talent' ~ who will win? And some of my favourites

This show has been great entertainment!  My two top favourites are Clara van Wel and Evan Sinton:

Here you can watch Clara's final performance of her own very beautifully written and movingly performed song "Where do you find love?":

I look forward to her commercial recording of this and other songs of her own writing so that I can buy them!

Here is Evan performing Sonny Bono's song, "Bang bang": 

As judge Jason Kerrison said "I reckon that if you were to release an album of classics it would become a classic album." and I agree: in addition to "Bang bang" Evan has delivered some hauntingly original interpretations, namely "Blackbird" by the Beatles, and "I put a spell on you" by Screamin' Jay Hawkins.  Yes, I'll buy that album too!  

Later note about Evan: I continue to be very impressed with his music.  For those of you who are interested in hearing more here is his YouTube page:

For those of you who enjoy 'classical' music of the symphonic sort here is the link to 
Jessie Hillel's heart-stopping performance:
I found all of these performances very moving.  What incredible talent!  The ages of these artists is staggeringly young: Clara is 15, Evan is 18, and Jessie is 11!  

At the other end of the age scale is Olivia Turner, who is 91.  She also gave a lot of pleasure to her audiences.  It's wonderful to see a woman of her age so beautiful and accomplished and communicating with her audience with such immediacy.  Of her renditions I enjoyed 'My way' the most.  

And Mihirangi FlemingI think she is in a class of her own.  Judge Ali Campbell of UB40 fame, has said more than once that he has been touring the world for 30 years and never seen anything like her performances; she is his favourite.  Her final performance linked to here didn't wash with me, but the judges and studio audience responded rapturously.  

It will be interesting to see how the voting public places these paragons!  I see each of them as winners in their own right.  

Later note: Clara won first place, Jessie second, and Evan third.  In the video below the three of them perform a charming rendition of Gotye's song "Somebody that I used to know":

The original clip of Gotye singing it with Kimbra, which is particularly remarkable for the video, can be seen in a separate article:

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

The Script ~ 'Hall of Fame' with Will.I.Am

I saw this video on tele the other night and enjoyed it.  I have been feeling a bit down lately due to difficulties with people who should know better: it is hard to keep on being tolerant and understanding of people who refuse to discuss issues and hold onto grudges.  I can let this upset me and control how I behave or I can give them a whole lot of space in which to feed their bad feelings in their own company and get on with my life.  But however hard I try to block it out I do find it upsetting, so when I hear a song like this and see these young people gritting their teeth in the face of adversity and continuing to strive towards their own goals I feel strengthened.  Good!  Stand up, be tall, be proud, be yourself!  I can too!

I am not familiar with The Script but have seen quite a bit of Will.I.Am on American Idol.  He is quite a character and often made me laugh, especially when he and Jimmy Iovine mentored the contestants together. 

Music can be a wonderful balm to ease difficulties, and the songs of these musicians speak for themselves...

Note: this track is reminiscent of 'Battle Scars' both in style and themes, which I've featured in an earlier article.

Sunday, 11 November 2012

Mihirangi Fleming ~ an unusual and fascinating performer on 'New Zealand's got talent'

There are many wonderful talents on this show, so I hope all NZ readers are watching it.  Mihirangi is a big favourite of mine.  She has to be seen - and heard - to be believed:

The clip shown here is of her first performance; I liked her second performance tonight even better!  
Here is her website: 
You can find the official New Zealand's got talent website here, with Mihirangi's second performance, and much more besides:
On that web page you can also find youngster Fletcher Oxford, who, at twelve years of age, is an exceptional singer, song writer and musician!

There are some amazing acts on this show!