Thursday, November 10, 2011

Express Yourself!

I wanted to be a rock star when I was young. I sang in plays, around the house, and in high school, I sang with a band, but my dream slowly faded. Smoking didn’t help my voice and I had too many lost years, so now my singing is limited to the shower and in the car. But I do have “recording a song in a recording studio” on my Bucket List.

Even though I don’t have a voice to be a rock star, I love music and appreciate great talent, which is why I’m a fan of “The Voice” and “X-Factor USA”. All of the contestants on X-Factor are great—really great. I’m not a big fan of rap or hip-hop, but that Astro is a talented little man. Both of the groups, Lakoda Rayne and The Stereo Hogzz bring their own style to the songs, and although very different, I enjoy their performances. Rachel Crow is adorable and can knock out a song like older contestants.

However, my two favorites have such control of their voices, and literally make my stomach flip and my eyes tear up when I hear them sing. One is beyond her years, and the other makes every existing song his very own.

Drew Ryniewicz, a 14-year old from Arizona, has control, honesty, creativity and a folksy, raspy voice that I love. She makes singing look so effortless. When I first heard her sing, I heard a mix of Alanis Morisette and Jewel.

Josh Krajcik, a 30-year old from Ohio, is a fusion between Andrew Strong and Bruce Springsteen. I love his strong voice, yet he can sing loud and high with smooth transitions.

What about you? Do you watch X-Factor? Who is your favorite and why?

Singing and dancing,


  1. All of my singing is considered comedy relief or banned by the Geneva Convention as a cruel form of torture. I am tone deaf to my own voice, so..... they want an octave change and I give em 3! See how nice I am! ;D

    I adore good music and hear everyone else just fine. I guess I was not meant to sing for a living. LOL!

  2. Never been big on the singing shows, myself. But that probably arises from the fact that me singing sounds like a bagful of kittens and dry ice.

  3. I don't watch it. I think I would LOVE it, but alas.

  4. WilyBCool, “…my singing is considered comedy relief…” LOL! Oh that’s good, Billy.

    A Beer for the Shower, I actually could hear a bagful of kittens and dry ice…or was that a bagful of kittens in dry ice. GAH!

    Peggy, Television time is sometimes the last thing we can fit in.

  5. I don't watch either, but I love the premise behind The Voice, as compared to American Idol. Especially as a writer, who's trying to find her "voice" in writing, I think it's so cool that singers would only be judged on the presentation of their voice, vs. all the other superficial things (IMO) judges look at on shows like American Idol.

    I just noticed your bucket list on the sidebar. How fun!

  6. Barb, I love your comparison to finding your ‘voice’ in writing. I never looked at it that way. Thanks. :)