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Terry Mullins, Sports Editor

Idol thoughts from an idle mind

Posted Tuesday, June 2, 2009, at 2:21 PM
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  • Massive fail. A five-minute google search would give you all the info needed to come up with an *informed* opinion regarding both Kris and Adam and the previous experience both have had with the recording industry.

    You seem to be of the opinion that both came out of the womb with the ability to sing as they did on the show without putting in the necessary blood, sweat, tears, etc. Frankly, the idea is laughable.

    -- Posted by holicanmc on Tue, Jun 2, 2009, at 7:47 PM
  • I want to be articulate here, so that you understand my point, without writing me off as just another fan. First off, I appreciate that you did comment that the 2 finalists this year really can sing. A lot of American Idol detractors seem to feel the need to back up their opinions with negative comments about the contestants, either about their musical abilities, or something more personal. I happen to have watched all of the seasons of American Idol, and I have enjoyed most seasons, more or less. I became a massive David Cook fan after watching last years show, and I admit that until he was on the show, I just watched it for the entertainment value it provided and never gave much thought to what kind of musicians these people were before they went on the show, what type of "dues" they had paid in the past. Perhaps if I'd given it any thought at all, I would have thought as you do, that they hadn't paid any prices, made any sacrifices to be there. But becoming a true fan of David's, with more than just a casual interest in him, I found out HIS story isn't unlike what you were saying you thought was the way to making it big in the music business. He started out playing in a band in his garage at 15. He played in dumps, dives and empty bars, driving 12 hours to play in another one. He played throughout high school and college, playing where ever he could get a gig. He moved after college to play in Tulsa with another group and his friends & family helped him scrape together the money to record a solo independent album that sold 1000 copies in a year. He was desperately determined to make a living making music, even if it meant bartending to scrape by at clubs so he could get up and play too. Does this not sound like the "traditional" route to make it big that you were speaking of? Do we now write him off as someone we shouldn't admire or enjoy his music less because he decided to try another, less common route to give his music more exposure and find a fan base? Perhaps it's time to realize that with the advent of YouTube, ITunes, MySpace and other "routes" that there is no longer one "real" way to make it in the music business anymore. Surely we can make room for anyone who has talent and can capture our attention, no matter what "route" they had to take to get there. Let's just admire their determination to make it and let their talent speak for itself.

    -- Posted by kentuckykat on Wed, Jun 3, 2009, at 4:04 PM
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