Saturday, April 30, 2011

My Revue on Bruce Springsteen!

This morning I was trying to figure out who to write about. Then I thought of Bruce Springsteen. I remember growing up and the first album I listened to was "Born to Run". I thought this was a great album from him. It is something about his voice that I really like. It is really different than anyone else.

Bruce Springsteen was born September 23, 1949 in Long Beach, New Jersey.

He was nick named the boss from his band members. This is because after the shows he would go and get the money and give each band member there pay for the night.

The type of music is Rock, Heartland Rock, Roots Rock, Jersey Shore Sound, Country Rock. The Band's name is the E Street Band.

Bruce is singer and songwriter. He is known for his brand of heartland rock, poetic lyrics and american sentiments centered on his native New Jersey. Most successful albums are Born to Run and Born in the USA. Sold more than 65 million in the US and over 120 million worldwide. His dad was a bus driver and his mom was a legal secretary. Bruce's heritage is 50% Italian, 37% Irish and 13% Dutch. He has two sisters and he was raised Catholic.

Bruce's influence growing up was Elvis at age 7. At age 13 his mom bought him his first guitar for $18. Then at age 16 his mom had to take a loan out to buy him a Kent guitar for $60.  Later Bruce had written a song about the guitar called "The Wish".

In 1965 Bruce was in a band called The Castiles. He was lead guitar and lead vocals. in 1964 he failed a physical exam for the Vietnam War. Because the year before he had suffered a concision from a  motorcycle accident.

Then in 1969-Early 1971 he was in a band called Steel Mill. Then in Early to Mid 1971 he was in a band called Dr. Zoom and the Sonic Boom. In Mid 1971 he was in a band called Sundance Blues. Then in 1971 to Mid 1972 The Bruce Springsteen band came. John Hammond a talent scout for Columbia Records gave Bruce and the band an audition in 1972 with new managers for the band Mike Appel and Jim Cretecos. In January of 1973 his first album that came out was "Greetings from Asbury Park N.J.". Then in 1975 he released "Born to Run" and in August he had found his success. This album had reached number three on the billboard 200. This album was a favorite on the Classic Rock stations. Then in 1978 he had released "Darkness on the Edge of Town". This was the turning point for him. Gone were the raw, rapid-fire lyrics, outsized character and long, multi-part musical compositions. Then songs are more leaner and more carefully drawn.

Then on 1984 he released "Born in the USA" This is the album that Bruce is best known for making. He sold over 15 million copies in the US. He also had seven singles to go on to the top ten. The title track was a bitter commentary on the treatment of the Vietnam Veterans. Some of whom were his friends and some were his bandmates. In 1985 he had married Julianne Phillips.  Then in 1986 he released "Live 1975-1985" box set. This was number one on the US ablum charts. Then in 1988 Bruce and Julianne had gotten a divorce.  Then in 1989 Bruce had dissolved the E Street Band. Then Bruce and Patti Scialfa had move to California.

Then in 1991 Bruce and Patti had gotten married. They have three children  together. Then in 1999 Bruce was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame by Bono from U2. Also Bruce and the E Street Band had reunited they went on an extensive reunion tour lasting for over a year long. This reunion tour was sold out all over.

Then on November 4th, 2008 when Obama won the election and after the victory speech in Chicago's Grant Park. They had played Bruce's song "The Rising" over the loud speakers. Then in February 2009 Bruce performed at the Superbowl XLIII halftime show. This was his busiest month of his life. Then in 2010 he performed at the concert to raise money for Haiti. This concert was organized by George Clooney.

The Band Member are-
Bruce Springsteen- Lead Vocals, Guitar, Harmonica and Piano.
Garry Tallent- Bass and Tuba.
Clearance "Big Man" Clemons- Saxophone, Percussions and Backing Vocals.
Max Weinberg- Drums and Percussions.
Roy Bittan- Piano and Keyboards.
Steven Van Zandt- Lead Guitar, Backing Vocals and Mandolin.
Nils Lofgren- Guitar, Pedal Steel Guitar and Backing Vocals.
Patti Sciafa- Backing Vocals , Duet Vocals, Acoustic Guitar and Percussions.
Soozie Tyrell- Violin, Acoustic Guitar, Percussions and Backing Vocals.
Charles Giordano- Organ, Accordion and Glocken Spiel.

Bruce and the band have had a great career with a lot of great music. They also had a lot of awards for all of there great music. I love all of his music.

Friday, April 29, 2011

American Idol 2011!

The theme for this week was Carole King songs. Baby Face was helping with the songs at rehearsal. Miley Cyrus showed up for Lauren's rehearsal.

Jacob sang "Oh No, Not My Baby". The performance was alright. But he sang the song a little bit to loud.

Lauren sang "Where You Lead". This was not one of her better performances. She was trying way to hard.

Scotty sang "You've Got A Friend". This was a great performance. He made the song his own like always.

James sang "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow". As usual an awesome performance. He can sing any song and make it his own.

Casey sang "Hi-De-Ho'. This was a different song he made it his own. Really good performance.

Haley sang "Beautiful". Another awesome performance by her. She really knows how to make a song her own.

The Duets that they did-

Casey and Haley sang " I Feel The Earth Move". They did an awesome job with the performance. They can really sing together.

Scotty and Lauren sang "Up On The Roof". This was a really good performance. They really sing good together.

James and Jacob sang "I'm Into Something Good". This was a good performance. But for them to sing together I did not like.

Special guests- Crystal Bowersox she sang "Riding With The Radio". I really like this song for her. It was great to see her again.

Bruno Mars sorry I did not catch his performance.

Bottom three-

Eliminated was Casey.

I also found out for this week Steven Tyler was on the cover of Rolling Stone and People.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Little House Farmer Boy Revue!

This book is about Almanzo Wilder growing up. He was born on Feburaury 13,1857 and he passed away on October 23, 1949 at the age of 92. He was raised in Malone, New York. He lived there with his Ma, Pa, brother Royal, sisters Eliza Jane and Alice.

His Ma and Pa had a big farm they had horses, cows, lambs, ox's and pigs. They also grew hay, oats, potatoes, corn, carrots, pumpkins, peas and beans.

Growing up they only had one pair of shoes to wear all year long. In the summer time Almanzo would walk around barefoot to save on his shoes. He also liked the feel of the grass under his feet.

Then at Christmas some of the family would come to the house on Christmas Day. You could here the bells on the horses coming down the driveway. Everyone was in there best clothes for the Holiday. They would all sit down to eat dinner and the adults would get there food first then the kids could get  there food. At the dinner table the kids are not to say a word unless an adult is talking to them. Then after dinner they opened there presents. After opening there presents the boys went outside to play and the girls had to stay inside.

In the winter time the only way they had to heat the house was a  wood burning stove downstairs. When the kids went to bed it was very cold upstairs in the bedrooms. It was so cold some days that the kids could see there breath in the air. They would hurry up and wrap up under there covers. In the morning they would hurry up and go downstairs by the wood stove to warm up.

On his 9th birthday Almanzo was able to stay home from school. But he still had to do his chores and he helped his Ma clean the house. For his birthday he got a yoke for the young ox and he also got a sled his Pa made both of them for him.

Then Spring came and it was time to plow the fields and plant them. All the kids had to help with the planting. Almanzo asked his Pa if he could plant a special pumpkin for the County Fair. While it was growing his Pa had an idea to help it grow bigger. He took a candle wick and make a slit in the stem put the wick in the slit and the other and of the wick was put in a bowl of milk. Also in the Spring his Pa had sold two of the young horses. When Pa had made the sale it was to late to go to town to put the money in the bank. Then they heard something by the door and they went to look there was a dog there. The dog would not leave the house and it was a good thing. Because during the night they heard the dog growling and in the morning Pa went outside and seen footprints the dog had chased someone away from the house. After that the dog never came back.

It was Independence Day and everyone put on there best clothes and went to town. The girls wore hoop skirts under there dresses. This made it hard for all the kids to get in the back of the buggy. When they got to town Pa dropped off Ma, Royal, Eliza Jane and Alice. Almanzo would go to the barn with Pa to help him unhitch the horses and feed them. There was a lot of booths with drinks and games. There was also a big cannon in the middle of town that would be shot off. Almanzo had asked his Pa for money to buy some lemonade and his Pa gave him a half dollar and said he could buy some lemonade or he could spend it wisely and buy a pig to raise.  So he bought himself a pig. 

During the summer all the kids would have to help keep the fields weeded. Almanzo had his pig he had to take care of besides all of his chores. Almanzo helped his Ma churn butter.

Then it was harvest time and all the kids had to help. They had all the hay, corn, oats and the vegetables. With the potatoes they would have wagon fulls to take to the house and put down a shoot. The hay and corn was taken to the barn. The vegetables were put in the basement. Everything had its place to be put at harvest time and each place was real full with the harvest.

Then it was County Fair time. This was a week long event. The day before the fair Pa took Almanzo with his pumpkin to get it registered. The day of the fair everyone put on there best clothes and went to town. On the third day of the fair the pumpkins were judged and Almanzo got 1st place for his pumpkin. On the way home that night Pa said the Wilder family did real good at the fair. Alice had gotten 1st place on her wool work, Eliza Jane had gotten a red ribbon for her jellies and Alice had gotten a blue ribbon for her jellies.

Then after the fair the older kids had to go away to a different school. This left Almanzo home alone with Ma and Pa. Also he had to do more chores because Royal was not there to help him anymore. Almanzo really missed the other kids because at lunch time it was just Ma, Pa and Almanzo. He was really close to Alice and he really missed her.

Almanzo had a job offer to make buggies and wagon with Mr. Paddock. Mr. Paddock had talked to Pa about Almanzo working for him because he had no children to take over his business. This was a real good offer for Almanzo but Ma did not like the idea of Almanzo working for other people. His brother Royal wants to have his own store some day. Pa asked Almanzo if he wanted to work for Mr. Paddock and Almanzo said he wanted to be like his Pa and work the farm. Almanzo loves to work with the animals and doing the planting.

This book really tells you a lot of Almanzo growing up. I really like this book. I hope everyone enjoys my revue on this book. I am sorry it has taken me awhile to write about his book. I was told that the Wilder's house and barn are still there and they still have the County Fair every year.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

American Idol 2011!

I know this is really late. My computer went down last week and we had to take it in last thursday to get it fixed. Then we were gone for Easter.

So here is the Top 7 for last week. The theme for it was 21st Century music.
Scotty sang Swing by Leanne Rimes. This was an awesome performance. I loved it especially when he got his deep voice in it.
James sang Uprising by Muse. Like always he did had an awesome performance. This is his best performance yet and I love it. 
Haley sang Rolling in the Deep by Adele. Really good performance. I always like it when she makes the song her own.
Jacob sang Dance with my Father by Luther Van Dross. When he first started to sing I thought he was going to lose it. But he surprised me that he came back. This was a real emotional song for him to do.
Casey sang Hard to Breathe by Maroon 5. Good performance not one of his best ones. He has a real different style of music.
Stefano sang Closer by Ne-Yo. This was a good performance but not his best. He is getting more confident on the stage.
Lauren sang Born to Fly by Sara Evans. This was alright not her best performance. She is staying in a safe zone. She needs to find a song that will really show her voice. She sounds more like a karaoke singer.

Special guests this week- David Cook and Katy Perry.

Bottom three- Jacob, Stefano and Haley.

Eliminated was Stefano.

Thursday, April 21, 2011


I know I am writing this early. The reason for this is we may be going up north tomorrow to spend the Holiday with my boyfriend's family and my family. I just wanted to make sure that I had this posted for everyone.

Easter is the central feast in the Christian Liturgical year. It is told in the gospel that Jesus rose from the dead on the third day after his crucifixion. His resurrection is celebrated on Easter Sunday.

Easter marks the end of Lent. Lent is a forty day fasting, prayer and penance. The last week of Lent is called Holy Week. This contains Good Friday, Commemorating the Crucifixion and the Death of Jesus. The Lamb is a used for a sign of the Crucifixion.

Easter is a movable feast. This means it is not a fixed date in the relation to the civil calendar. It occurs in the Spring in March or April. The method to determine the date for Easter Sunday is complex, based on the lunisolar calendar. 

Easter customs vary across the christian world. By decorating eggs, egg hunts, the Easter Bunny. Customs like the egg hunt and the Easter Bunny extend from the domain of Church.

Sun rise service is in reflect to the gospel account of the woman coming to the tomb at dawn on the first day of the week. The tradition to sun rise service use to take place in the church cemetery, yard or at a nearby park.

Easter has extended beyond church. Such customs as Easter games, outfits, egg rolling, decorating eggs. Today's date Easter is commercially important with wide sales of greeting cards, chocolate eggs and bunnies, marshmallow eggs and bunnies, jelly beans, filling the Easter baskets and hiding the eggs and baskets. 

I think a lot of people forgot the reason for Easter Sunday lately. That is why I am writing this post. I am not a very big church going person but I do believe in Jesus. I just hope nobody does take any offense in this I am not trying to hurt anyone in anyway. I just thought I would post something about Easter Sunday.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

My Revue on Chicago!

This morning I decided to write about Chicago. This is one of my favorite bands growing up. I also grew up in Chicago like some of the band members.

The band was formed in Chicago, Illinois. The first name of the band was The Big Thing then they went to The Chicago Transit Authority.

Chicago's style of music is Rock, Jazz Rock, Progressive Rock and Soft Rock.

The band was formed from a group of musicians that went to DePaul University and they were all music students. This is the six members that started the band: Terry Kath- guitar and was born in Chicago, Illinois he passed away in early 1978, Danny Seraphine- drums he was born in Chicago, Illinois, James Pankow- trombone, he was born in St. Louis, Missouri, Lee Loughnane- trumpet, he was born in Elmwood Park, Illinois, Robert Lamm- Keyboards, he was born in N.Y. but then was raised in Chicago, Illinois, Peter Cetera- bass and vocals, he was born in Chicago, Illinois.

In 1967 - June 1968 the band was called The Big Thing. In June of 1968 the band moved to Los Angeles, California. This is with the guidance of there friend and manager James William Guerico. James had gotten the band a record deal with Columbia Records and they changed there name to The Chicago Transit Authority. Then in April 1969 they releasedd a double album called The Chicago Transit Authority. Some people would just call the the CTA's. This album was a jazzy instrumental album with some Latin percussion to it. This was the band's first album and it had sold over one million copies and was awarded a Platinum Disc and this was in 1970. Shortly after this album was released the band had to change there name again. They decided to change it to Chicago. They had to do this because the actual Chicago Transit Authorities were going to take legal action against the band.

In 1970 there next album was released it is called Chicago also known as Chicago II. This album was also a double album. This album had several top forty hits. Some like " Make Me Smile" and "Colour My World". This also had Robert Lamm's dynamic by cryptic 25 or 6 to 4 song on it. This song is in a reference to a songwriter trying to write a song 25 or 26 minutes to 4 in the morning.

The band released an album every year from 1971 - 1979. During this time the albums consist of the bands name and a roman numeral. This was the bands naming pattern that lent an encyclopedia aura to the bands work. The fourth album was a live box set call "Chicago at Carnegie Hall" and the 12th album was called "Hot Steels".

In 1978 the band had let long time manager James William Guercio go. Then on January 23rd co-founder Terry Kath died of an acciedental self inflicted gun shot wound. This almost ended it for the band. But a friend and admirer Doc Severinsen encourged the band to keep going with there music. After over thirty potential replacements the band hired Donnie Dacuson in April of 1978.

In 1981 Peter Cetera  had made a solo album. Then in 1985 Peter left the band. He was very successful on his own. He was on the Pop Charts with " Glory of Love" and The Next Time I Fall".  Then in 1988 he had two more to songs with " One Good Woman" and " After All". He is doing very good for himself. In 1985 Jason Scheff replaced Peter. Jason was very successful for the band.

In 1993 the band didn't mind that there was a lot of bootlegs out there from the concerts. They knew that the fans were making them. The concert that had the most bootlegs out there was " Stone of Sisyphus". The reason why the band didn't mind the bootlegs is because they knew that they had real loyal fans.

In 1997 the band released "The Heart of Chicago 1967-1997". This album went gold and had the number one hit adult contemporary his called " Here in My Heart".  In 1998 the band released "Chicago XXV The Christmas Album". This album went to gold. It had all traditional Christmas music on it.

In 2006 the band made many appearances with Huey Lewis and the News. The Chicago XXX album was on the top 200 list for two weeks straight. Then in October of 2007 the band released " The Best of Chicago 40th Anniversary Edition". This album was a compilation of  forty years of music. Then in 2009 Chicago reunited with Earth, Wind and Fire for a tour. In 2010 Chicago toured with the Doobie Brothers. Also in 2010 Chicago appeared on American Idol for the season finale show.

Here is the list of the band member to this day- Robert Lamm 1967- Now  Keyboard, Synthesizer, guitar and Vocals. James Pankow 1967 - Now Trombone, Percussion, Keyboard and Vocals. Lee Loughnane 1967 - Now Trumpet, Guitar, Keyboards, Percussion and Vocals. Walter Parazaider 1967 - Now Woodwinds and Backing Vocals. Jason Scheff 1985 - Now Bass, Keyboards and Vocals. Tris Inboden 1990 -Now Drums, Percussion and Harmonica. Keith Howland 1995 - Now Guitar and Vocals. Drew Hester 2009 - Now Keyboard, Percussion and Record Producer. Lou Pardini 2009 - Now Keyboard, Songwriter and Vocals.

The band has sold over 38 million records. They have 23 Gold Albums, 18 Platinum Albums and 8 Multi- Platinum Albums. The have over 21 songs that have gone on the top ten list.

Even though they have gone through band member changes this band  is still going strong. They have a lot of great music still. This is one band I would love to go and see in concert. When the band was about to break up I was really upset then I heard that they had another album and I was ecstatic. I use to have all of there albums but thanks to my ex I don't anymore.

I hope everyone likes this revue I have done and please leave your comments about it!♥

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

What Happened to Laura Ingalls Wilder and her family?

This morning I was thinking about what to write about. Yes I was having one of those days again. Then I was thinking what about writing about what happened to Laura and her family after the books. Some of this is about the books and some if this will not be about the books. I hope you enjoy this. The picture to the right is Laura Ingalls Wilder.

Laura Elizabeth Ingalls Wilder was born in the big woods of Wisconsin February 7,1867. She passed away February 10,1957 she was 90 years old. She is buried with her husband and her daughter.

She started to write the Little house books when she was sixty years old. She remembered so many wonderful memories of living on the pioneer frontier. Laura didn't keep any kind of a diary. What she did was write herself little notes from her traveling, family, friends, people she had met and places she has been. The way Laura became so descriptive in her writing is she had to tell her sister Mary everything she would see. Mary became blind at the age of 14.

Laura's daughter Rose encouraged her to write her books. The first book was published in 1932 it is called "Little house in the Big Woods". She got such a great response with this book she went on to write the "Farmer Boy" that was published in 1933. Then she had got some letters from girls and boys asking what happened to the girl in the big woods. So Laura continued to write the series of books. The last book she published was 1943. She was writing when Almanzo passed away and her heart was not into it anymore. The "First Four Years" was published in 1971 this was many years after her death. Also her diary of her trip from South Dakota to Missouri was published in 1962 it was called "West to home". This was from the letters that Laura had sent to Almanzo. So she use the letters to write this book.

Almanzo James Wilder was born on February 13,1857 passed away on October 23,1949 he was 92. He was born in Malone N.Y.. His family moved to Spring Valley Minnesota in 1875. Almanzo and his brother Royal decided to get a homestead to try farming in the Dakota Territory. This is when he met Laura and they were married on August 25,1885. They moved to Mansfield Missouri in 1894. This would be the last home that Almanzo would ever live in. When Almanzo was a young boy he had gotten real sick with diphtheria. Later in life Almanzo was having heart problems and he passed away. The way Laura and Almanzo met was at church and socials. Pa knew Almanzo and Royal from the feed store. Laura had a teaching job and on the first friday Almanzo would go and pick her up after school and on Sunday afternoon he would take Laura back. This was his was of courting her and a way for them to get to know one another.

Christmas of 1887 Ma and Pa moved to De Smet and this would be permanently. This was shortly after Laura had married. Pa built the house for Ma, Pa and the girls. This house was close to the school for the two younger girls. Pa was busy as the Town Justice of the Peace, Deputy Sheriff, Town Clerk, and Street Commissioner. Pa was also a carpenter in town. Pa Died in 1902  of hear failure. Ma stayed in the house with Mary after Pa passed away. In 1918 Ma became ill and Grace and her husband Nathan Dow came to live with Ma and Mary. Ma died in 1924.

Mary did go to a blind school in Iowa. Then after she graduated she moved back home with Ma and Pa. After Ma and Pa passed away Mary went to live with Carrie in Keystone South Dakota. Mary never got married and never had children of her own.  While she was there she became very ill and died of a stroke in 1928 Mary was 63.

Carrie graduated high school and she worked for the local news paper. She learned how to do the printing and publishing trades. This eventually extended in many papers in Western South Dakota. This is were she met and married David Swanzey in 1912. David was a widower and he had two small children that Carrie helped him raise. They never had any children of there own. Carrie died 1946 at 76.

Grace became a teacher like Laura. She taught near De Smet. That is were Grace met and married Nathan Dow. Nathan was a farmer. Grace and Nathan took care of Ma and Pa when they became ill. They had there own place in Manchester which was seven miles away from Ma and Pa's place. After Ma and Pa passed away Grace and Nathan went back to there home. They never had any children. Grace died 1941 at 64.

Rose was the surviving child of Laura and Almanzo. She was born December 5,1886. Laura named her after the wild prairie rose. Rose learned how to knit, sew, bake but what fascinated her to most was books.  She was and excellent student. Rose began to write for various publications. This opened up a whole new world to people. She met and married Gillette Lane 1909. In 1918 the marriage ended. Rose continued to write books and publish them. She also wrote articles for National Magizines. Rose traveled the world then when she came home she urged Laura to write her books. Rose was the only grandchild to Charles and Caroline Ingalls. Rose died October 30,1968.

Eliza Jane is Almanzo's sister. She married and moved to Louisiana and he had a son.
Charles Fredrick Ingalls only lived for nine months. They never found out what caused his death.

Nellie Oleson first met Laura in Walnut Grove. Nellie's parents owned the general store in town. They didn't stay there for very long and they kept moving around. Then they did settle in Tillamook Oregon. This is were Nellie met and married Henry Frank Kirry. They had three children. Nellie died 1949.

The Ingalls never adopted and children. In the t.v. show were they adopted Albert, James and Cassandra is just for the show.

I just thought if there are people that like Little House on the Prairie like I do would really like to know what happened to Laura and her family. When I started to read this I was so fascinated by it. So I thought that I would share it everyone. The pictures on here I found along with what I was reading. This is how Laura and Almanzo did look back then.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Serving Alcohol Drinks to Toddlers!

Last night on the news I heard of two places that served alcohol drinks to toddlers. This really got to me and I just had to write about it. Yes my kids are a lot older but I do have a two year old great niece. This is why it scares me so much.

The first toddler is only fifteen months old lives in Michigan. The family went to Applebee's for dinner and the toddler was given a alcohol drink in a plastic glass. The waiter didn't ask which drink it was and gave the cup to the child.

The second toddler is two years old and lives in Lakeland, Florida. This family went to Olive Garden for dinner. They ordered a orange juice for the boy and got a tropical sangria instead. The boy drank most of the drink and the waiter came and said that was the wrong drink and left the table very fast. When he came back with the orange juice the mom asked what was in the glass and the waiter told her. The mom was very upset and the manager came to the table to apologize. The drink had orange juice, pineapple juice and wine in it. By the end of dinner the boy was very loud, misbehaving and his eyes were dilated and red.

Then his mom took him to the emergency room. The doctor had to give the boy an IV and checked him out. But at that time with test really couldn't tell how much alcohol was in his system. The boy went home two hours later.

The boy is doing real good and nothing seems to be wrong with him. The mom did contact an attorney about this. I don't blame her for that.

This really got to me when I seen it on the news. How can people do this to a toddler and the manager not do something about this. If this was a stronger drink they could have killed the boy. I worry about this because of my little great niece and my boyfriends granddaughter. I don't want to see this happen to any child that young out there. This is really wrong and I hope something happens with this.

Amerian Idol!

This week on American Idol was really good. The theme for this week was Movie Theme Week.

Paul sang Old Time Rock and Roll by Bob Seger. He did sing it pretty good. But the only problem I had with it was he sang the refrain to much.

Lauren sang The Climb by Miley Cyrus. This wasn't one of her better performances. I think she could have picked a better song.

Stefano sang End of the Road by Boyz 2 Men. This was one of his better performances. He did a really good job on this song and he really surprised me.

Scotty sang I Cross My Heart by George Strait. He did an awesome job with this song. I think this was his best performance yet. I love this song and the movie.

Casey sang Nature Boy by Nat King Cole. Another great performance by Casey. He had his upright bass and did an awesome job this week.

Haley sang Call Me by Blondie. This was one of her better performances shows how strong her voice is. I think she has gotten a lot better since she has been here.

Jacob sang Bridge Over Troubled Water by Simon and Garfunkel. This week he did a lot better with his performance. He sounded like himself this week.

James sang Heavy Metal by Sammy Hagar. This was an awesome performance and he had Zakk Wylde on the guitar. Zakk is from Black Label Society and Ozzy Ozbourne. James I think will be in the top three this season. He is really good and surprises me every week with a great performance.

This week there was over 53 million people that voted. This is the most this whole season so far.

The special guests were Rihanna and she sang California King Bed. Jason Aldean and Kelly Clarkson they sang Don't You Wanna Stay.

The contestants sang-
Scott and Lauren- American Honey by Lady Antebellum
Casey and Haley- Mony by Billy Idol
James, Paul, Stefano and Jacob- Sound of Silence by Simon and Garfunkel and Mrs. Robinson by Simon and Garfunkel.

The bottom three are-
Haley, Stefano and Paul.

The one eliminated this week was Paul.

I know last week I was really upset with Pia being eliminated but I had come to find out she got a record deal during the week. I was really happy to find that out. Good luck Pia with your record deal.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

My Revue on Johnny Cash!

I decided this morning to write about Johnny Cash. I really like a lot of his music. I also grew up listening to his music with my parents. I know it is his deep voice that gets to me and the southern drawl.

Johnny was born on February 26th, 1932 in Kingsland, Arkansas. He passed away on September 12th, 2003 at the age of 71. He was the third child of seven children.

The style of music for Johnny Cash is Country, Rock, Rockabilly, Folk and Blues. He does vocals and plays the guitar and harmonica.

Johnny always looked up to his older brother Jack growing up. At the age of 5 Johnny was working in the cotton field with his family. Johnny's brother Jack worked at a saw mill in town. One day when Jack was 15 he was at work at the saw mill he was almost cut in half. He was pulled in a whirling head saw. This day Jack and Johnny were suppose to go fishing. But Jack wanted to go to work to make money for the family.

Johnny was inspired by Gospel music at a very early age. As a young boy he began to play the guitar and writing music. In high school he sang on a local radio station and later he released an album called My Mother's Hymn Book.

Johnny enlisted in the United States Air Force. His basic training was in San Antonio, Texas. Then he was transferred to Germany. He was honorably discharged from the service in 1954.

He was arrested seven times but never had to spend time in prison. He did have to spend a night in jail a couple of times. This was when his career was taking off and he was drinking heavily and started to take amphetamines and barbiturates. His friends would joke around and say he is really nervous. But this was how bad he was on the drugs. He would have to take uppers to stay awake during a show. He has tried every drug there was to try.

Johnny was married to Vivian and they had four girls. Then they divorced and he married June Carter and they had a boy. Johnny and Vivian moved to Memphis and he was selling appliances before his career took off. One day he went to audition for Sam Phillips and he sang gospel. Sam told him that gospel wasn't selling at the time. So Johnny played one of his country songs and Sam signed him on.

Folsom Prison Blues was on the top five list the next one was Walk The Line that went to number one on the country charts. This was just the start of the many hit songs that Johnny would have in his career.

Then he had his own t.v. show called The Johnny Cash Show this was in 1969-1971. He had special guests like Carl Perkins, The Carter Family, Neil Young, Eric Clapton, Ray Charles, Bob Dylan and Kenny Rogers are some of the people he had on the show. He also had Kris Kristofferson on the show and help him get his singing and song writing career going.

in the early 70's he started to perform in black. The reason for him wearing the black was for the poor, hungry the people in prison and the Vietnam war. That is how he had gotten the name The Man In Black.

In 1980 Johnny was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. By my surprise to find out he was the youngest person to be inducted. In the mid 80's he recorded and tour with the Highwaymen. It was Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Kris Kristofferson and Willie Nelson. In 1988 Johnny had a double by pass surgery.

In 1993 Johnny sang with U2's album Zooropa the song The Wanderer. Johnny also teamed up with Brooks & Dunn to sing Folsom Prison Blues on the Red Hot & Country for Aids Benefit. He also sang the Bob Dylan favorite Forever Young. Johnny and June had many special guest apperances on Dr. Quinn show. Johnny also enlisted the accompaniment of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Unchained. Then won Best Country Album at the Grammy.

In 1997 he was diagnosed with neurodegenitive disease, sky-drager syndrome a form of Parkinson's disease. Later Altered to autonomic neuropathy associated with diabetes. The albums American III Solitary Man & American IV The Man Comes Around is the way he is responding to his illness in the form of songs. The video Hurt fits the veiw of his past feelings of regret.

Right before June passed away she told him to keep working. Then two months after she passed away Johnny went to the Carter Family Fold in Virginia. Then right before he sang The Ring of Fire he read a statement that he had just written. " The spirit of June Carter shadows over me tonight with the love she had for me and the love I have for her. We connect somewhere between here and heaven. She came down for a short visit  I guess, From heaven to visit me tonight to give me courage and inspiration like she always has.

He is in the Songwriters Hall of Fame, Rockabilly Hall of Fame, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He also has numerous awards. He has had a awesome career and some of his kids are following in his and June's footsteps with the music. He does have a lot of great music out there and I know I really didn't mention a lot of that. I am really sorry about that.

I just hope you do like this revue about Johnny Cash and I look forward to you comments.

Monday, April 11, 2011

My Revue on ZZ Top

This morning I was trying to figure out who to write about today. Then it came to me ZZ Top. I love there music ever since I heard it the first time. For some reason this band is one of my favorites. Just listening to there music calms me down.

The band was formed in 1969 in Houston, Texas. They were referred to as " That Little Ol' Band From Texas". The original members of the band are-
BillyGibbons- guitar and vocals Dan Mitchell-Drummer, Lainer Greig-Bass. Billy and Dan were in a band called The Moving Sidewalk. A couple of the other band member were drafted in the US Army. Later that year Billy Gibbons met Dusty Hill and he replaced Dan Mitchell and Lainer Greg with Dusty Hill and Frank Beard. Dusty Hill- bass, keyboards and vocals, Frank Beard- drums. Once they had there line up they hired Bill Ham as there manager. Dusty and Frank are from a band called American Blues.

There style of music is Blues based Boogie Rock, Southern Rock and Hard Rock.

In 1971 was there debut album but that did not go good for the band at all. Then in 1972 the album Rio Grande Mud was not on the top 100 either. But this one was good for the concerts. In 1973 Tres Hombres charted number eight on the top 200.

Labor Day 1974 at Austins Texas Memorial Stadium had an audience over 100,000 people for a concert. The concert named " ZZ Top's First Annual Size Rompin' Stompin' Barn Dance and Bar BQ." With special guests Santana, Joe Cocker and Bad Company.

In 1977 the band was only going to take a two week break from  the media. But the two week break turned into a two year break. Billy went to Europe, Frank went to Jamaica and Dusty went to Mexico. While they were gone Billy and Dusty grew there beards down to there chest.

In 1979 the band reunited and they release the album Deguello. This album went to platinum.

In 1981 the Eliminator album was released and this album sold over ten million albums. This album also has received many awards for the music and the videos. The videos made for this album are on DVD and this has also went to platinum.

In 2003 they released the album Mescalero this album has a hidden track called " As Time Goes By" on it. This is in the mode of Carlo Santana's Supernatural. They also released a four-cd collection called Chrome, Smoke and BBQ. This box set has several rare B side tracks, radio promotion from 1979, a live track, extended dance mix versions, three tracks from Billy Gibbons pre-ZZ days, and the Moving Sidewalks are included. This was the bands last album.

2004 ZZ Top was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Keith Richards from the Rolling Stones gave the speech. ZZ Top also did a brief performance with LaGrange and Tush.

On September 10th 2008 the band released Eliminator Collector's Edition CD/DVD in celebrating there 25th Anniversary. this went to the Diamond Album.

From the RIAA  ZZ Top has achieved Four Gold, Three Platinum, Two Multi Platinum album certifications. They also have One Diamond Album.

With there career I think ZZ Top has done an awesome job with there music. Yes I said it earlier I love this band. They also got the name from zig zag and the top rolling papers. With everything they have achieved the band is still doing concerts. They did a World Tour last year. I can tell you one thing I am a dedicated fan of there's. I really love there music. I never did get to see them in concert I hope to do that before they do retire.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

My Youngest is Graduating High School!

I decided to write about my youngest daughter graduating high school. I can remember the day she was born. That was a real happy day for me when I seen her. I also have two older kids and it  hasn't been easy for me the last nine years raising three kids by myself.

My oldest is my son and he never graduated high school. He is having a real hard time getting his GED. He has always been in the slow learning classes since he was in sixth grade. It was a real struggle with him in school. He did get into his own fair share of trouble growing up. My son is going to get his GED.

Then there is my older daughter she did graduate high school and she is in college. With my older daughter she decided she didn't  want to go her homework in the first two years of high school and her senior year she had to hurry up and make up all the credits. She was a handful in high school. But in the end of it all  she did manage to graduate.

My youngest daughter she is graduating in May from high school. She also decided she didn't want to do her homework the first two years of high school. Now she is having a hard time getting her credits to graduate. But some how she is doing it and I am very proud of her. She needed more one on one help with the teachers to get her grades up. The main thing is she is graduating.

I am very proud of all of my kids because we have had it real hard for all of us. There dad walked out on us and it was hard for me to sit there and help all my kids with there homework. I tried my hardest with them and I think my kids did the best that each one of them could do. I always told my kids to try there hardest and to graduate. I know my son didn't graduate but he is trying to get his GED. If he gets that I will be very happy for him.

My youngest daughter just went and took her ACT's today. I pray she did very good on them so she can get into the college she wants to go to. She studied for two weeks straight plus doing her homework. I can't wait for her graduation and to find out about her test she took today. I am a very proud mom right now.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Amerian Idol!

This week on American Idol was a real shock to me. I really didn't like the out come of it. This week the theme was Rock N Roll Hall of Fame music.

There are nine contestants this week and they are
Jacob sang Man in the Mirror by Micheal Jackson. His performance was really good and he made the song more of a gospel version.
Haley sang Piece of my Heart by Janis Joplin. This was a perfect song for her and she had an awesome performance.
Casey sang Have you ever seen the Rain by Credence Clear Revival. He had an awesome performance with the up right bass. He nailed the song great.
Lauren sang Natural Woman by Aretha Franklin. Her performance wasn't one of her better ones. I have seen her sing better. This song wasn't for her.
James sang While my Guitar Gently Weeps by The Beatles. I was a ballad song for him but he did an awesome job with it. This was a great performance.
Scotty sang That's Alright Mama by Elvis. This was one of his best performances I really liked it. He really nailed this song with is voice and performance.
Pia sang River Deep Mountain High by Tina Turner. This was the perfect song for her. She had an awesome performance with this song. I think this was one of her better performances and she nailed it with her voice and performance.
Stephano sang When a Man Love a Woman by Percy Sledge. His performance was alright but not one of his better ones. To me this one was really boring to me.
Paul sang Folsom Prison Blues by Johnny Cash. He made the song his own and it was alright. Wasn't one of his better performances.

The celebrities this week where Constantine and Iggy Pop.

The group sang I Love Rock N Roll and Sweet Home Alabama.

  The bottom three this week are- Stephano, Pia and Jacob.

The one eliminated is Pia.

This was just wrong. She has a stronger voice then the other two. I really think that Stephano should have gone this week. This isn't the first time he was in the bottom three. Pia should have made it into the top five this is how good she is. If people would listen to the way people sing and not the way they look she would have made it. Her is Pia singing this week and everyone let me know what they think of her performance and the way she sings.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

My Revue on Rush!

Today I decided to write about Rush. I was able to see them last year at Summerfest. This is another awesome band.  They have a lot of great music and when I seen them they really have an awesome concert.

The band was formed in Canada. They formed this band August 1968 in Willowdale this is a town near Toronto. The style of music for Rush is blues-inspired, heavy metal, hard rock, progressive rock and a period of using synthesizers. 

The band members are- bass, keyboards and lead vocals Geddy Lee, guitar Alex Lifeson and drums and lyricist Neal Peart. There was another drummer before Neal his name is John Rustsey. He had to quit because he had medical problems. He had found out that he has diabetes. He found this out two weeks before there tour in the United States. There was also one other replacement in the band. Jeff Jones was in the band when they first got together he was bass and lead vocals. Then two weeks after they formed the band he was replaced by Geddy Lee. Geddy and Alex were friends from school.

In 1974 The band was known for there musicianship, complex compositions and electric lyrical motifs drawing heavily on the science fiction, fantasy, philosophy of the music. They are also known for addressing humanitarian, social, emotional and environmental concerns. There main influences were The Who and Led Zeppelin.

In 1974 there first album was released that was the Rush album. Then in 1976 the album 2112 was released it was the first platinum album in Canada. The title track is twenty minutes long and the record company wanted them to divide it into seven parts. This was the band's first commercial album and it was the best one at the time. They went on tour with this album they had  three nights in Toronto. While on this tour they recorded a live album. All the World's a Stage was the name of the album and this was there first live album.

In 1977 while they were in the United Kingdom the band recorded A Farewell to Kings and in 1978 they recorded Hemispheres at the rock studio in Wales. At this point the band was looking for some kind of a trademark and a personality  of there own. There was two bands that inspired them to do this it was Yes and King Crimson. So they found there way of doing it and this is how using synthesizer, extended length, highly dynamic playing features and Rush's composition. This is when Alex started to experiment with the twelve string guitar, Geddy added a bass-pedal synthesizer and Neal added cow bells, triangles, wood blocks, glockenspiel, timpani, gong and chimes. 

In 1980 they released Permanent Waves and this was Rush's first top 5 album. This one has Freewill and The Spirit of the Radio on it. On this album the songs are shorter. In 1981 was the release of Moving Pictures. This album was were Permanent Waves left off.. Tom Sawyer is the lead track off this album and best known song. Limelight was also released off this album and had a great response from the radio stations and the fans. The longest song on the album is The Camera Eye this song is eleven minutes long. Moving Pictures album reached the number three spot on the Billboard 200 chart and has been certified quadruple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America.

As of 2004 Rush sold over 40 million albums Worldwide. On June 25th, 2010 The band received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

The bands saying is you love them or you hate them. I really agree with this because they are an awesome band. They have a great style of music and they tell you a story with each album. I love how they tell you a story with music. The three band members have been together since 1974 and they have a great friendship. This is the only band I know that has been together this long. There music just keeps getting better and better every time a new album comes out.

I told you earlier in here I seen them at Summerfest and that was an awesome concert. They did the whole album from Moving Pictures. I would rather see them in concert because you get to see and hear the real band than the studio versions. I think Rush will be around for a very long time still. They have an awesome career and they have the fans that love them.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Weekend with a Seven Year Old!

A couple of weeks ago my youngest daughter was able to get a hold of her younger sister. This would be my ex-husband's daughter with one of his girl friends. My ex has four kids that he does not talk to. When my daughter was talking to her sister's mom she asked if we could get her sister for a weekend. I told her we would have to talk to my boyfriend about it.

So last Friday we went and picked up her sister for the weekend. Then my older daughter came to see her too. My older daughter spent Friday night here because she was going to her aunt and uncle's house on Saturday. My poor boyfriend was in a house with all females. Friday night we went out for dinner at McDonald's because my boyfriend said it was getting late and we had to meet my older daughter. She does not know the way to our place from the highway she lives in Appleton. When we finally got home the little one was still full of energy. She finally laid down  and went to sleep. Then my older daughter came and asked me if we could go to her aunt and uncle's on Saturday so they could see her little sister. Because no one has seen the little one in about three years. I told her to ask my boyfriend because it was his weekend too. She went and asked him and he said yes.

So Saturday morning I got up and made everyone breakfast and everyone took showers. Then we all were on our way to my ex- brother in-law's house. They live about forty miles away from us. It was nice on the way there because all the girls were in my older daughters car and my boyfriend and I were in our car. When we got there everyone was so happy to see all three girls. They still consider me family to them. I have known them for twenty seven years. Ever since my divorce they always considered my kids and I family. It was so nice to see them and they were able to meet my boyfriend. They really like my boyfriend and they are so happy that I am happy now. We stayed there for a couple of hours then we came back home. I was able to get some pictures of the girls with them also. The only thing about leaving there is the little one was upset that my older daughter stayed there. When we got back into town we had some shopping to do and then we went home for dinner.

Then on Sunday I woke up and made breakfast for everyone and we just spent the day at the house. I put in the Lion King for the little one and I don't know who enjoyed it more her or my boyfriend. The two of them were singing the songs right along with the movie. It was funny to watch the two of them. But then it was time to take her home and she didn't want to go home. She was having a real good time with us and in the car she looked so sad. Before we left town to take her home we took her by Lake Michigan and she goes that is so big. Her eyes were so big when she said that. When we got to her house I showed her mom and step dad the pictures from the weekend and told them what we did with her. They were just glad that she had a real good time with us. We were a little late getting her home and I apologized for that. Her mom said she was not worried because she knew that her daughter was in good hands with us. I also told the little one that I would call her mom and come get her again so she can spend time with her sister. She was so happy when I told her that.

That little one has just as much energy at that age as all three of mine when they were that young. Don't ask me how I made it raising my kids when they were like that. But you can see that the little  one is my kids sister. They all look alike in one way or another. My son was upset because he could not come down to see his little sister but he was able to talk to her on the phone. The little one just loved our dog she kept going by the dog and petting her.

This was are weekend with a seven year old with so much energy that she made my younger daughter crazy. But we all enjoyed the weekend with her. I know for sure I am getting her again in May for my younger daughters graduation party.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

My Revue on Yes!

Today I decided to write about the band Yes. I had seen them in July of 2010 at summerfest with my boyfriend. It took me back to when I was growing up and just loved to listen to there music.

The type of music that they play is Progressive Rock, Symphonic Rock, Pop Rock, Art Rock and Psychedelic Rock. 

To me I would rather listen to the older music from them. The music from the 70's. Songs like Roundabout, And You And I, Apocalypse, Then, Time and a Work and Every Little Thing. These are just some of the songs.

The band formed in London in 1968 with band members Jon Anderson lead vocals, Peter Banks guitar, Tony Kaye keyboards, Chris Squire bass and Bill Bruford drums. The band was formed by Jon Anderson and Chris Squire. Jon was a brief member of The Gun band and Chris was a member of The Syn band. Chris was influenced from bass player John Entwistle of The Who.

The first album Yes was released July 25th 1969. This album had The Byrd and Every Little Thing on it. This album was really good. I really like this album because it just had a really different sound to it and has a totally different musical power to the album. When I first heard this band I knew they would be around for a long time.

Just like any other band they had there ups and downs with band members coming and going. The band also split up a couple of times.

In late March 1981 was when the band first split up and they also fired long time manager Brian Lane. Also in 1981 Chris Squire and Alan White had been doing some recording for a band that was getting together called the XYZ. This was with Jimmy Page and Robert Plant from Led Zepplin. But Robert couldn't do it anymore because he was still mourning the loss of his best friend John " Bonzo" Bonham. So this never happened for them.

Then in 1983 Chris Squire had seen Jon Anderson at a party in Los Angeles. Chris asked Jon if he would like to do some vocals for a band he was getting together called this Cinema. Jon told Chris yes so they had a new band together again. The did some recordings and the record company told them they would sell more albums if they went back to using the band Yes. The new writer and processor was Trever Rabin.

Then in 1996 the band let Trevor Rabin and Tony Kaye go. This was the start for the band to go back the the classic styles from 1970's music. The band performed three night in San Luis Obispo California. This was Jon's home town. The band sold out all three nights for the shows. They also recorded the live performances for the album Keys to Ascension.

Then in 2008 Steve Howe, Chris Squire, and Alan White reunited the band the second time with Benoit David on vocals and Oliver Wakeman on keyboards.

If you are able to see them in concert I would say do it. They put on an awesome concert. I really enjoyed it and this was the very first time I was to one of there concert. I hope you enjoy this revue about the band. 

These are the band members that the group had gone through in the years.
Year Lead vocals Guitar Keyboards Bass Drums
1968–1970 Jon Anderson Peter Banks Tony Kaye Chris Squire Bill Bruford
1970–1971 Steve Howe
1971–1972 Rick Wakeman
1972–1974 Alan White
1974–1976 Patrick Moraz
1976–1980 Rick Wakeman
1980–1981 Trevor Horn Geoff Downes
1981–1983 Group disbanded
1983–1989 Jon Anderson Trevor Rabin Tony Kaye
Trevor Rabin (studio only)
Chris Squire Alan White
1990–1992 Trevor Rabin
Steve Howe
Tony Kaye
Rick Wakeman
Alan White
Bill Bruford
1993–1994 Trevor Rabin Tony Kaye
Trevor Rabin
Alan White
1995–1997 Steve Howe Rick Wakeman
1997 Steve Howe
Billy Sherwood
Billy Sherwood (studio only)
1997–2000 Igor Khoroshev
2000 Steve Howe
2001–2002 Tom Brislin (touring only)
2002–2004 Rick Wakeman
2004–2008 Group on hiatus
2008–2011 Benoît David Steve Howe Oliver Wakeman Chris Squire Alan White
2011-present Benoît David Steve Howe Geoff Downes Chris Squire Alan White

Monday, April 4, 2011

LIttle house on the Prairie!

This is the first book in the series. I just have gotten done reading it. I have always loved the t.v. show and I have read some of the books before. I am reading them again so I can write about them.

This book is basically the beginning when Laura Ingalls Wilder was about six years old. Her Ma, Pa, her sister Mary, Laura and her sister baby Carrie lived in Pepin County, Wisconsin in the big woods. Her Grandma and Grandpa, Aunts and Uncles all lived in the big woods too.

Just before winter would set in Pa would go hunting for meat for the winter. He would smoke some of the meat and store it in the shed or up in the loft. Ma and the girls would get all of the vegetables pulled out of the garden and get the spices out too. The spices would hang up in the loft and the vegetables would be put up on the loft or in the pantry. Ma always said that Pa always like to have fresh meat in the winter.

In the winter time since the girls couldn't go out and play when Pa came back from hunting Pa would play his fiddle or he would tell the girls a story. When Pa would play his fiddle he would also sing sometimes. 

At Christmas Laura's Aunt and Uncle would come and spend the night with there kids. The kids would have to stay in the house because it was to cold outside to play. So the kids would either play up in the loft or in the big bedroom. On Christmas morning they would have a big breakfast then open there presents. The kids would play some more then have an early dinner and the family would go home.

Right before spring Pa would call the last snow fall a sugar snow. That meant that it was time to tap the maple trees. Her Pa would have to go and help her Grandpa tap all his maple trees for the maple syrup. After they had gotten this all done her Pa would come home. Then he told them at the end of the week there was going to be the big dance at Grandma and Grandpa's. This was when the whole family would get together and get all dressed up to have a nice dinner and play music to dance to.

When spring came Pa would be out in the field getting it ready to plant. He would be gone all day long. There was one time he said the whole family was going to town. The girls never seen a town. The houses were so close together and the kids were outside playing. They went into the store and the girls seen all the things in the store. The store owner knew Ma and Pa. Then when they were done in the store they would have lunch down by the lake.

Then in the fall Pa was out in the field harvesting the wheat crop. This big machine came to separate the oats from the wheat. It took eight horses to run the machine. Mary and Laura stood there in amazement holding hands. The machine was really loud with the clinking. But then they went back to the house to help Ma with lunch for the workers.

If you like Little House on the Prairie like I do you would really like the book. There are a total of nine books in the series. I do plan on getting them all. Right now I only have the first three of them. This book is really amazed me because it is a true story about her life. I have started the next book when I am done with it I will write about it.

I hope you enjoy my revue about the book and I would like to hear what you have to say about this!

Friday, April 1, 2011

Amerian Idol!

Well another week of American Idol has gone by. This week it was a double elimination. Because last week the judges used the one and only save on Casey. So this week meant that it was even harder on the contestants.

They had to sing songs written by Elton John this week. This is how I felt about each singer this week- Scotty did a really great job on his performance with his song. With his deep voice he blew me away and I really like when he acknowledged his grandma in the performance. James- This was an awesome performance for him. He blew me away with going out into the audience and the when the piano went on fire I loved it. Naima- I think she did a great performance this week. I really like how she makes a song for her style of music to sing. Paul- This wasn't one of his better performances this week. I think he could have picked a better song for himself. Jacob- This wasn't a song for him this week. I think it was one of his worse performances this week. Lauren- This was not one of her better performances this week. She could have picked a better song for herself. Haley- This was an awesome performance from her this week. I think it was one of her better performances. Tia- This was one of her better performances this week. The way she sang this week was great she said she was singing to her brother. Casey- This week it was him singing and he did a great job. I think  this was a better performance than last week and was a great save that the judges used. Stephano- This was one of his better performances this week. He did a great job with his song this week. Pia- The song she sang this week she did an awesome job. She blew me away with her voice once again.

The judges liked all of the performances and never had a bad thing to say about any of them. They were all ballads except two performances. I am sorry but that is to many ballads in one show. But with all the ballads there was some really good performances this week.

The celebrity performances this week was Fantasia and Jamie Fox with Will.I.Am.

The bottom three this week were- Naima, Tia and Paul.

The two that were eliminated are Naima and Tia.

I hope everyone enjoys this weeks American Idol overview. I really hope to hear your thoughts about this. I hope everyone has a great weekend!