Not for the idiots who sit in front of their web cams begging for a few seconds of the Fifteen Minutes of Fame that Warhol promised them, but for the clips of outstanding performances by artists who show the world that AMERICAN IDOL and the majority of it's singers... well... suck.
I don't watch that show, don't care for that show and think that any person who tunes in to a program that lists Paula Abdul as a "Arbiter of Talent" is, like Paula herself, in need of some serious medication.
I understand that some incredible talent has come from that show (Kelly Clarkson for one is truly amazing), but if you want to listen to and experience real talent that's been skillfully harnessed and refined to pure grace and charm, you must watch this clip of Ms. Julie Wilson...
Ms. Wilson is one of the - - if not THE - - foremost cabaret singers in the world. I had the privilege of studying with her in 1999 at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center during their Cabaret Symposium. Or as we called it, "Cabaret Bootcamp."
Yes, it was as gay as it sounds.
But getting to sing for and take notes from dynamic and brilliant singers like Ms. Wilson changed me as a performer, as a singer and as a person.
I remember, when I had my one-on-one session with Julie, she started off by asking me about my life in Chicago and I told her where I worked and where I sang and I ended it by saying something flippant and self-deprecating (as I usually do) about how I wasn't rich. Julie looked me right in the eyes, took my right hand in her hands and said...
"I think you're very rich."
And as cliched and silly as that might sound to some, it unlocked something in me. It helped me let go of all the trappings that keeps performers from actually performing at their best.
You see, if I'm worried about making fortune and being a "star," then I'm not concentrating on making the best art that I can with my voice and my body. I'm not listening, I'm not "in the scene" - - I'm simply trying to get somewhere. And the funny part about that is that the wanting of the stardom is usually the thing that keeps you FROM the stardom.
So, I'm not rich. But I am rich.
This song says that much better than I could. I saw Julie perform this song at the Symposium and it was stellar.
I'd love to hear what that idiot Simon would have to say about THIS performance...