Wednesday, December 13, 2006

don't mean to be rude

Christmas music is in and on the air. I am very much looking forward to attending this weekend's 20th Annual Clayton Holiday Concert by the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra and the Knoxville Choral Society. I had a good time last year. My wife sings with the KCS. She got home from their rehearsal tonight in time to watch an HDTV Christmas concert with me. As I type this, we're watching "Christmas in Washington 2006" on TNT in HD.

Simon Cowell's
influence was apparent on this year's broadcast. "American Idol" winner Taylor Hicks (coming to Knoxville on March 3rd by the way) opened the show. "America's Got Talent" winner Bianca Ryan belted out a couple of tunes. My wife described her voice as country twang crossed with Mariah Carey's note jumping. She also said that there is a young singer with a similar style on this weekend's KSO program. Simon's creation, Il Divo sang "White Christmas." Three of the four Divos sound okay but the warbling goat standing on the far right was horrible.

Corinne Bailey Rae
is everywhere. While introducing her, Dr. Phil's wife mistakenly said that tonight's Christmas show was Corinne's prime time American TV debut. I had first heard of the British singer last spring when my daughter told me about a CD she bought after listening to it on the headphones at a music store. In the past two months, Corinne has turned up on many shows that I watch including "Saturday Night Live," "Jimmy Kimmel Live" and "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip." I guess we know which prime time show Robin McGraw doesn't watch.

It might have been Il Divo that I heard on the radio the other day when I flipped past a station airing a so-bad-its-good version of "Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town." It was done in their faux-operatic style. Somehow I got the feeling that the singers I heard were taking themselves a little too seriously. Several years ago I bought a CD called "What if Mozart Wrote 'Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.'" As I recall from the liner notes, the musicians on that disc were in on the joke.

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Blogger Krisha said...

I had no idea your lady sang with KCS!

My dad sings with them as well..Greg Bohanan. He is quite sporadic, but nevertheless.

I did my first musical with them ages ago...The Music Man. ( I was like..kid #9 or something)

Hmm..just a tid-bit of randomness to brighten your day.


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