Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas, Baby!

I pulled off yet another Christmas! Gifts, decorations, good food. I even managed to look OK for church on Christmas Eve. I'm tired and am treating myself to a hot bath. Right now. Enjoy a little Bruce while I soak. See ya on the flip side!

Monday, December 15, 2008

Album Cover Ideas

Since I wrote about what I don't like for the cover of Taylor Hicks new CD, I thought I'd share some ideas that I DO like.

I posted these last April, so if you've seen them before, I apologize. I'm very big on recycling!

These first few are derivative of classic album covers:

Inspired by Led Zepplin's untitled fourth album:

Inspired by Michael Jackson's "Thriller":

But perhaps Taylor should be thinking of making a more obvious attempt to reach fans of genres other than soul. A few examples:

In that vein, maybe a "Duets" album, like the ones Frank Sinatra recorded? Taylor could really grab the youth with some well planned collaborations:

But, I suppose knowing Taylor as we do, he'll always return to the sound that sparked his passion for music: soul. Pop music may dominate the charts, but I believe there's a market for soul music as well. One very successful musician in particular has had a lot of luck with a distinctive look that just may work for Taylor as well. He might want to consider it:

Then again, I could be wrong.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Sinead O'Connor - You Do Something To Me (Red Hot + Blue)

This song has been swirling around in my head all day. It's a sweet old song, given a cool 45 degree turn with Sinead O'Connor's voice. Love it.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Bruce Springsteen- "I'm On Fire"

Here's a performance where the song is taken to another level by a bit of acting. It's often said that making the switch from emotive singer to actor isn't such a stretch because the greats are already acting when they show us what the lyrics make them feel.

Taylor Hicks seems interested in acting in the future. But, Taylor, before you take on a dramatic role, I want to see you act this song. (In my opinion, the sexiest song ever written in the history of music.) Though, I'm afraid if you acted as though you were quietly and desperately "on fire," the audience would spontaneously combust.

Do it anyway. I'm willing to risk it.