I am heading to Asheville, NC this weekend. I am doing a concert at Merrimon Avenue Baptist Church this Sunday morning at 11. If you are in the area, come over for a visit!
I am excited to see the pastor of the church, Jim Russell. Jim was the pastor of my home church in Boone when I was youngER...probably from the time I was 10 until I was 16 or 17 or so. He and his family left and served as missionaries in Japan for a number of years.
My family is going with me (yessssssss)...we are going to make a fun weekend of it. We will probably head to Boone to see family for a couple of days, too.
Idol. OK. So, I think that David C deserved to win. I just wanted David A to win. But David C gave the most original and memorable performances week after week. After starting so strong, David A created a momentum that was just too hard to keep up for the whole run of the show. But he did a great job on both shows this week. I feel like he did better than David C this week...but taking the whole season into consideration, I think the right guy won.
Even though I didn't feel like this season was as strong as a couple of the others, there were some really amazing performances this year. Imagine, Billie Jean, Hello, Let It Be, Hallelujah. But my favorite performance of the year was Brooke's Love Is A Battlefield. Don't judge me. : >)
There were some bad things about the finale. Like the opening, when they had David and David staring each other down. What was that? So awkward. And speaking of awkward, how about those group numbers? Oh, the glorious group numbers. They bring me almost as much awkward laughter as an episode of The Office. They are just awful. I sometimes have to look away, I feel so bad for the contestants.
There were some great things about the finale, too...like Seal (what a great voice), the duet with Graham Nash and Brooke (awesome...and don't you think "Teach Your Children Well" is a funny song for a nanny to sing?), George Michael - who, even though he has had some issues, is an amazing singer, and David A singing with One Republic (giving us a glimpse that he might indeed have a place in today's pop music scene other than the Disney channel...he sounded great). And of course, it was great to hear my favorite resident rocker chick, Amanda Overmyer tear into Hot Stuff. And how about the Michael Johns / Carly Smithson duet? Woah. That was killer. Possibly the best singing moment of the show.
You all have a great day. Hug those you love if you are with them. And keep praying for the Chapmans. Blessings to you today...