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Adele!

AdeleThe Grammy’s were awhile back (!), but on this blog, it is worth mentioning, or rather asking, did you see Adele on the Grammy’s? She opened the show with a powerful rendition of her famous song, “Hello.” I loved every minute and my Facebook stream was abuzz at how beautiful it was – both her singing and she looked stunning! (Isn’t it refreshing that she’s so “normal” and just sings her heart out?!!)

Then, later in the show, they introduced her to do the George Michael tribute. She started and then, all of the sudden, she stopped, swore and said, “I can’t mess this up for him.”

Oh my … I’ve seen this on American Idol but not on something that is as professional as the Grammy’s. I sat, transfixed on how she would handle herself. She looked mortified as she made her way through the second try … she sounded amazing! After she finished, she stood on the stage stunned and the audience was SO SUPPORTIVE. It was beautiful to watch … Adele is human; we are all human. Wow, what a moment!

And it reminded me what they told us in music school (college level). Musicians can be the most critical audience and they can also be the most forgiving. I witnessed this on February 12 at the 2017 Grammy Awards.

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From American Idol to The Voice

I have enjoyed watching American Idol for years! This year, I started watching and saw a pattern … they always left the best story for the last segment of the show!

One night in January, when they were still auditioning, the last singer of the evening was a music healer. In the preview, they showed this Jesus-like-looking man in an all-white outfit sitting cross-legged meditating on a rock. The voiceover, as they were introducing him, was quite sarcastic.

Then when he entered the stage with the three judges (Harry Connick, Jr., Jennifer Lopez and Keith Urban), they immediately started “ribbing” him about being a sound healer. What’s that? What gives you the right to call yourself a sound healer? Why does the world need sound healers? And on and on…

He handled it all in stride and briefly tried to explain his work/philosophy. He mentioned the word chakras [energy centers in the body] and Harry Connick, Jr. laid down on the floor mocking the contestant. Meanwhile, J-Lo and Keith are giggling and rolling their eyes.

I sat, watching all this in disbelief and disgust at these three completely insensitive judges. I honestly just couldn’t believe it!  They lost a fan that night!

The disappointment for me was 1) the possibility of “middle America” being exposed to the important genre of healing music, 2) “getting it,” and 3) endorsing it as important and worthwhile. What did they have to lose? It felt like a step backward, but certainly doesn’t deter those of us who are passionate and committed to this unique modality of sound healing and healing music.

No longer watching American Idol, I’ve happily switched to watching “The Voice” and enjoying every episode…

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