I don’t know about you guys, but Monday was EXHAUSTING. I didn’t cry all day, but when I sat down to watch and blog The Voice, I simply lost it. The first songs were emotional. I ended up grabbing some tequila, and let the tears and the music flow. It was very cathartic. By the time the 2nd hour rolled around, which ended up being a bit more rock and roll, I was feeling better. No Tom Petty songs, but it was kind of appropriate to end with rock and roll on the day that genius left the planet. If you are feeling the need to share more about the tragedies in the world, Tamara has set up an open forum for us to share our thoughts and feelings. It helps. So does tequila.
Last week, I said that Jennifer was a great addition. Now, I am not so sure. Oh, she is going to be an amazing, actual COACH who teaches these singers a thing or two. She is adding some spice, but maybe just a little too much of one particular kind? I don’t know – maybe it is the tequila talking. Miley CLEARLY has an agenda and a vision for her team. She has said she learned a lot from observing Adam, but I also think she had some great “takeaways” from Alicia. She is holding back a little, which makes me wonder what she is up to!
I’ve noticed an interesting, emerging trend that, if it continues, I am calling the “Chris Blue effect” as he was the last person to be selected for ANY team and he went on to win. I’ve noticed that the coaches are not NEARLY as quick to hit their buzzers as in seasons’ past. I thought artist Shilo Gold was going home, and I couldn’t believe it. I loved her voice (if not her song choice). Miley and Jennifer hit their buttons practically at the same time, with probably only a second or two to spare. I can’t wait to see what Miley is going to do with her.
Honestly, if you’ve never watched an entire episode of The Voice, relying only on recaps and YouTube, THIS is the season to give it a try. Season 13 is bringing some incredibly talented people to the stage. Just when I think “yup, that is the person who will win” someone else comes along with golden pipes and excellent song choice. Actually, I would say that of the ones who haven’t had any chair turns, most might have stayed with a different song.
Artist: Davon Fleming Song: Me & Mr. Jones Chair Turns: ALL FOUR Team: Jennifer
I started rooting for this guy at his INTRO. Coming from a more poverty stricken neighborhood, I just liked his attitude and the fact that music is what kept him motivated and out of trouble. Then he opened his mouth! Damn! Now, I admit, I love this song as sung by Amy Winehouse, but this came an extremely close second. I also adore him for his confidence. He bantered with the coaches like a pro, and didn’t miss a beat when Jennifer started singing with him. It was like they rehearsed “I Will Always Love You” together beforehand. It was like he had zero nervousness!
Artist: Adam Pearce Song: Hot Blooded Chair Turns: Adam, Miley Team: Adam
I’m not usually a fan of someone singing a hit from a pure rock band. They typically look like they are stuck in the 70s or 80s with their haircut, and the performance comes off as a dive cover band performance by guys who formed their band in high school twenty-five years ago when they didn’t have dad bods. Not so with Adam Pearce. Ok, his hair may need a little trim, but he definitely doesn’t have a Dad voice. Miley said it best “His voice is dope”! Best part was that he auditioned last season, was rejected, and came back. I LOVE it when that happens. Even though he picked Adam, I hope somehow that Blake’s suggestion of Miley and he doing a duet of Wrecking Ball happens.
Artist: Karli Webster Song: You’re So Vain Chair Turns: Adam, Miley Team: Miley
In another “so not dated” performance of a song from the 70s, Karli killed her namesake’s signature song. Carly Simon has a clear and pure voice, but this Karli has an outstanding vibrato quality that seemed effortless and made the song her own. In what is becoming a rare occurrence this season, Adam and Miley hit their buttons almost immediately. What really struck me was the audience reaction. I hardly EVER notice them. They are careful in lighting and sound to keep the focus on the artist and judges. Occasionally a coach will mention something he or she noticed in audience reaction. There were glimpses of the audience on their feet and clapping at the appropriate verses. You could faintly hear the claps. Finally, after she finished, the crowd cheered loudly, as if she was a four chair turn. This is a girl to watch. I can’t wait to hear what Miley picks for her to sing.
All in all, it was VERY hard to choose three artists. I could probably pick three more. Tell me who you would pick and especially if you disagree with my choices!
Huge shout out to Lady Cocotte. Last week and last have been crazy pants. TT let me know I have Lady Cocotte for the GREAT pictures for last week’s blog entry. That picture of Miley smiling into the collar of her jacket gives me joy. I might have to figure out how to make it my avatar. 🙂