I’ve already expressed my undying love for the grey-haired fox with the soulful sound. And I know most of the world could not care less about Taylor winning the title of “American Idol” on a TV show.
But it does matter.
Popular music has been in a rut. If you look at the Billboard Hot 100, you see a lot of hip-hop, a lot of rap, a lot of vapid pop music. Some of it is good, no doubt. Most of it is forgettable. The worst part? Most of the music doesn’t have life, energy or…soul.
Enter Taylor. Soul Patrol.
You want to know why he won? Yes, he embraced his fans, shouting out the ‘Soul Patrol!’ at every opportunity. Yes, he refused to compromise who he was. And yes, he was an underdog, who everyone loves.
Mostly he won, because his music moves. It’s also the reason why Elliot Yamin gained in the last few weeks, getting better and better with every performance. If you’d given Elliot two more weeks, he might have won. Taylor has the kind of voice that pierces something deep in our bones, our need to feel. All last week I was playing James Brown’s Love, Power, Peace in my car, needing more soul in my life. James Brown, just like Ray Charles, Joe Cocker and several others just make you feel good about yourself and life in general. People need that right now.
And the void in my heart and in my soul is now refilled. Thanks, Taylor. I needed that.
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This post was written by Shawna on May 30, 2006