Can you name all ten winners of American Idol? Can you name them in order? I can’t get past season seven, but that could be my own fault for not watching seasons eight and nine. Granted, I didn’t watch the first season and hardly any of the second. However, I still remember who won, from Kelly Clarkson to David Cook. But the winners aren’t the only ones who get record deals. Many top twelve finalists from American Idol have also released albums. Among them are:
Fall is my favorite time of year. I love the crisp air, the brilliant red and yellow maples, the amazingly clear blue skies and the anticipation of Thanksgiving. I look forward to the simplicity of this holiday—a chance to reflect and be thankful for all that we have including those we love. And of course, the food!
Confession: I started listening to my Holiday tuneage around October when everyone else was putting up fantastic blogs about Halloween parties and telling spooky stories. I know, you’re scandalized, right? Yes, I admit it; I secretly hummed carols under my breath, choking them into Top 40 hits when caught. What? No! That wasn’t The First Noel! You misheard!
It's Gonna Get Louder: a Brief Introduction To Dubstep
My boyfriend is a musician. This first part is crucial. He's well-versed in a variety of "genres", and very much in tune with new trends. If it hadn't been for him forcing me to listen to DJ Fresh's Louder, I'd probably still be in the dark about Dubstep. I listened to it for the first time only a few months ago.
I LOVE Christmas music. Over the years, I’ve become pretty familiar with most Christmas songs, both secular and religious. While I make myself wait until after Thanksgiving to start listening to it, I’m always sad when December 26th rolls around and I know I won’t be hearing holiday music on the radio again until the next year.
I have childhood memories, as I'm sure many of you do, of drums made from coffee cans, cardboard tube horns, and guitars made of rubber bands and a Kleenex box or a cigar box. Not only did these homemade creations roughly (emphasis on roughly) resemble the instruments they were modeled after, but we could occasionally make actual "music" with them.
Kearney Page Paul Pursell Rocks as Vocalist of Kaiju
Paul Pursell is a pretty quiet guy when he pages here at the Kearney Branch, but he shatters that mild-mannered library persona when he hits the stage as vocalist for the Kansas City-based tech metal band, Kaiju.
The band gets its name from the Japanese word for "giant monster," an homage to the members' love of Japanese monster flicks featuring the likes of Godzilla and Gamera.
As someone who has lived most of his life in the Raytown area, I have always been a booster of the Raytown community. While I like the Raytown community, I have to admit, when people in the metropolitan area think of entertainment, we’re not real high on the list. I’ve never really been able to promote one of Kansas City’s best entertainers at the Raytown Branch for an evening of entertainment. Well, now I can.