Tuesday, March 11, 2008
Taylor Hicks version of Elvis Presley's "In The Ghetto"
was a vivid inspired performance.
Taylor owned it, clutching the song tight as if to shield it from the cold.
This perhaps was the the defining song of the whole 2006 American Idol season.
Even if you don't remember where that quote was taken from, you'll remember the chills that ran up and down your spine when Taylor blew us away with his heartfelt performance of "In The Ghetto".
He left us yearning for more, and I'm still hoping that someday we will get to hear him sing the entire song.
How about these quotes, do you remember them?
His sterling voice, an alluring, evocative rasp that can be fierce or tender, and sometimes both at once.
Even Simon Cowell seemed to agree with Randy Jackson that Taylor found his groove – his heart – with a quiet "In the Ghetto."
Taylor is actually the one whose singing has a grain that could be developed into something original – some sort of country-blues.
Hmmm ... I'll respond to part of the last quote and leave the rest for food for thought.
I believe that Taylor is an original.
He has a voice that caresses our souls, while his old soul eyes peer right into our hearts.
He makes us feel the music that before we only listened to.
That's a mighty feat for one man to accomplish and he does it each and everytime he takes to the stage!
I hope you will continue your walk down memory lane today with a visit to Taylor's Scrapbook and the special page with photos and stories surrounding Taylor's visit to Graceland in May of 2006.
A visit to Graceland wouldn't be complete without a video from Elvis Presley ... here is The King singing "In The Ghetto".
While I have always loved and appreciated Elvis,
this "In The Ghetto" performance does not
touch the center of my being the way that Taylor's did.
Do you agree?
"Everybody comes from the same source.
If you hate another human being,
you're hating part of yourself."