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Childhood Cartoon Shows

I got to browsing on YouTube recently– it truly is the best way to waste time– and happened upon videos of cartoons I used to watch when I was a kid.  Some of my favorites have anime style intro sequences, with killer theme songs.  Here are several of them:

Thundercats

Silverhawks

Bionic 6

Mighty Orbots

And speaking of anime, here are some of my most favorite opening sequences/theme songs:

Flames of Recca

Gatekeepers

Sakura Wars

Bleach

 

America Made DeWyze Choice!

As I had hoped, Lee DeWyze has just won Season 9 of American Idol. Congratulations, Lee! You are the very first contestant that I was rooting for to actually take the prize!

Lee DeWyze FTW!

It’s been quite a while since I blogged. And nearly two months since I last blogged about the current season of American Idol. Interestingly (and most excitingly), the subject of that blog post— Lee DeWyze– is now in the finale, facing off against fellow Chicago auditioner, Crystal Bowersox.

Lee DeWyze

DeWyze has certainly come a long way. During Hollywood week, Simon Cowell, the unequivocal lead judge, once told DeWyze that he didn’t have the potential to be a star. Yet here we are, over 14 weeks since DeWyze responded to that critique with a mere “Okay…” and Cowell is now singing a different tune, telling DeWyze just last week how “very, very, very proud” he is of the unassuming singer-songwriter with a troubled past.

Clearly, DeWyze had the strongest performances during Top 3 Night, with his personal song choice of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Simple Man” and Cowell’s own choice for him–Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah”– being the highlights of the evening. The latter was almost a season-ending turn; he would’ve won, in my opinion, had that been the last performance of the season.

DeWyze has certainly shown the most noticeable progression of any contestant in this ninth season of the popular reality show, and his humble, approachable nature has managed to amass him quite a following. He’s turned from this “little baby lamb” (as judge, Ellen Degeneres, recently opined) into a force to be reckoned with. He’s even been touted by many to be the likely recipient of this year’s crown.

Indeed, at last Wednesday’s results show, DeWyze proclaimed that he’s “never wanted to win more than I do right now.”

But it all comes down to DeWyze’s final judgeable performances on Tuesday– and, of course, America’s votes– that lead to whether his (or Bowersox’s) ultimate dream comes true.

I, for one, can picture the confetti falling upon DeWyze’s smiling, tear-drenched face on next Wednesday’s results show as he’s honored as this season’s winner. But it’s not just up to me. It’s up to the American viewers who are repeatedly reminded by Idol host, Ryan Seacrest: “You vote. You decide.”

I’m hopeful the rest of America makes the right choice: Lee DeWyze, American Idol 2010!

Elliott Yamin’s “How Do I Know?”

How Do I Know (with guitar tabs)

(Elliott Yamin)

Verses & Chorus:

D – A – Em – G

D – A – Em – G

Refrain:

Bm – G – D – A

Bm – G – A

Chorus:

3am, wide awake, you’re asleep, it feels like days

Yeah, since the last time that I held you

I can tell you’d been cryin’, never thought to ask you why

Oh no, I never meant to hurt you

REFRAIN

Is this the way that it goes when it’s falling apart

Maybe it’s time to let go

CHORUS

‘Cause what if the best is yet to come?

What if we’re broke but not undone?

What if we’re not what we’ve become?

How do I know, how do I know when it’s over?

What if I’m wrong?

What if we’re hanging on too long?

I don’t know which way to go.

How do I know, how do I know when it’s over?

Ooh-ooh, how do I know when it’s over?

Oh.

Pictures frozen in a frame, love feels like a losing game

Oh, I miss the way I used to miss you

And I know I’ll be alright without you in my life

Oh, but I just can’t say goodbye

Repeat CHORUS

Repeat REFRAIN

I don’t know which way to go

How do I know when it’s over

What if I’m wrong?

What if we’re hanging on too long?

I don’t know which way to go.

How do I know, how do I know that the best is yet to come?

What if we’re broke but not undone?

What if we’re not what we’ve become?

How do I know, how do I know when it’s over?

Ooh-ooh

How do I know when it’s over?

Oh-ooh

Repeat chord progession: D – A – Bm – G until end

Vote for Lee DeWyze!

So, I’m watching American Idol again.

I know.  Lame. 

But here’s the thing: I love the journey these contestants are taking to further their musical endeavors.  They’re hoping for a career in the music industry and American Idol has proven to open doors and pave the way for many previous contestants. 

Sure a number of those that have ended up on the current Top Ten got there due to their personality or looks over any semblance of true talent.  I’m not going to talk about them.  Who I am going to talk about are those who have been hitting the street corners and subway platforms; gigging at clubs and fairs; impressing people at karaoke; hoping and wishing for that big break.  Those who have been impressing us from the get-go.

One such person is Lee DeWyze.

 

Hailing from Mt. Prospect, Illinois, DeWyze auditioned in Chicago, was put through to Hollywood, selected into the Top 24, and had recently secured a spot within the Top Ten.  And he did these not by relying on having a big personality or industry-defined aesthetics.  He did this by simply singing very well.

To date, through amazing turns with songs like Hinder’s “Lips of an Angel” and a reimagined version of Rolling Stones’s “Beast of Burden”– and impressive reinterpretations of Snow Patrol’s “Chasing Cars,” Owl City’s “Fireflies,” and The Box Tops’s “The Letter”– DeWyze has, in my opinion, exhibited a very current, marketable voice as well as true artistry.

Prior to joining the 9th season of Idol, DeWyze independently released two records: 2007’s “So I’m Told” and 2010’s “Slumberland.”  Both discs showcase the beautiful tone of his voice– at once gruff and tender– and a songwriting skill that could only be bourne from years of honing.

He is not the most savvy “entertainer” and has struggled with shedding the singer/songwriter vibe.  However, therein lies his appeal.  (And, that he’s landed on the Top Ten, it’s clear that he’s appealed to many.)  He’s not the flashiest one on stage; in fact, he seems terrified of it.  But one thing remains:  the voice that comes out of that still terrified frame is one that needs to be celebrated.

DeWyze performs again on American Idol on Tuesday, 03/30/10, when Usher mentors them through “R&B Week.”  If you would like to have a hand in helping this musician with incredible talent and potential, please vote for him, and keep him in the competition.  I feel he can go real far with the opportunity that Idol is providing.  Let’s make a difference in this young musician’s life.  I have a good feeling that we’ll be the ones reaping the most rewards.

We Are The World 25 for Haiti

I’m a sap for shyt like this…

The realities of the Haiti disaster continue.  Please give what you can to help.

Nostalgia Hits Me at Freddy’s Tonight

Whilst shopping for brown sugar at my neighborhood Freddy’s (a.k.a Fred Meyer), this song played on the house music system, and it was suddenly the mid-90’s again: