Monday, May 09, 2005

Mariah Carey

It would never have occurred to me that Mariah Carey was a significant force in music today. To the younger generation she is clearly the guiding light. I can't help wondering if the old fogeys on Idol--Randy, Paula, Simon--have any idea that this is the case. It's possible that they're deliberately weeding out anyone who is doing this. My advice to people trying to get on idol: stifle your Mariah Carey tendencies, at least until you are on your own.

And now I'm going to try to stifle this topic.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

no chance of stiffling it just yet. The judges are total industry pro's. They almost certainly know the history down to the scintilla, right to how many copies of "Tapestry" sold in Iowa City in August of 1987. They know, they know. and now you can stifle this all you want; may St. Cecilia bless you for doing so.
peace, out

Dr.B said...

I was reacting to the fact that the percentage of auditioners who sing this way is much higher than the percent that get through. I am personally intrigued by a style that is so incredibly creative. It is hard to pull off, though.

bunny said...

Mariah doesn't do anything that hasn't been(and still is)done in just about every black church for at least the past 35 years at least(my lifetime). MC and Whitney simply brought it to main stream to an extent that Patti LaBelle could not. Industry, as usual, took a good thing and expoited to the worst extreme.

Dr.B said...

It both is and isn't the same. It's like the same thing with most of the juice squeezed out of it.

Anonymous said...

personal aside to Bunny: right on, well tol' brother (or sister). exactly. (And the "anonymous" at 7:53 PM was my own self, signed elsewhere in this as "bc"....

Dr.B said...

I suppose I shouldn't comment my own writing. I wasn't endorsing, just discovering and describing. Is this a good thing or a bad thing?