Thursday, April 16, 2009

God bless you, Susan Boyle

...for making us amazed, one note at a time.

What a rare and wonderful gift. Let the disparaging girl at 1:23 eat crow for the rest of her life. And just look at the "My stars, I'm blown away!" expression on Simon Cowell's face throughout the entire performance!

I don't particularly care for most "Britain's Got Talent" performances I've seen on YouTube. They range from the mediocre (and I'm not kidding when I say most of the contestants) to the highly overrated Connie Talbot. BGT needs to stop accepting these young children with thin, undeveloped voices (apparently the judges and viewers overlook that because the children are "cute") and instead try to discover more unknowns like Susan Boyle.

Susan could teach a lot to the incredibly overrated Filipina "Charice," who evidently has yet to hire a good vocal coach. She may be only 16, but after all this time in the limelight, there's no excuse for her lack of control and poor tones, or for her limited repertoire of the same Celine and Whitney songs. I bring this up because tonight my wife found Charice's rendition of the "Star Spangled Banner" at Dodger's Stadium a few nights ago. For crying out loud, Americans are bad enough, but this was as atrocious as I've ever heard: off-key, slower than a dirge, and "ghettoed up" (meaning sustained notes are turned into the "ay-ay-ay" that so many black "singers" do).

Update, 4/20: here's a typical "rebuttal" to me over at charicediva.com:
ppl lyk that should be ignored...y should we argue w/ that guy or anyone who r not impressed w/ charice? taste can't be quantified...that's a thousand year old fact...
Good lord. Can I be expected to engage in any sort of intellectual reasoning with such illiterate nitwits?

8 Comments:

Blogger xbass02 said...

You sir, have no idea what constitutes a good singer. Susan Boyle is a good singer as far as it goes, but she is not exceptional. What has propelled her into notoriety is the element of surprise, pathos and the trueism "never judge a book by it's cover". She deserves her fame for taking a chance. But these things do not give you licence to deride a talented singer like Charice, who can easily outshine some of the mediocre, bimbos now enjoying hyped limelight in the media.

Saturday, April 18, 2009 2:07:00 AM  
Blogger Dennis said...

charice already have a vocal coach and its Eric Vetro, you can check eric's website for more details about him at www.ericvetro.com. He is even amazed by charice voice.

in regards to the anthem song, check this out http://www.pe.com/columns/patton/stories/PE_Sports_Local_S_patton_14.434a600.html

check the comments about charice ang youll be amazed, but then again, if you dont like her, then thats your choice.

Saturday, April 18, 2009 2:13:00 AM  
Blogger Perry Eidelbus said...

Before you deride others, xbass, you ought to know what you're talking about. As the next generation in a line of vocal purists, I do.

Because of her control, Susan Boyle as an unprofessional is far better than most of the "singers" out there who rasp their way through easy notes. I've heard friends marvel at pathetic acts like Justin Timberlake, who they think can really sing. You don't even have to listen carefully: that hard H at the start of a note means the singer is having trouble getting it out. In other words, the singer isn't as good as you think it is.

You need to learn that power does not mean good singing. Charice is unquestionably talented, but so unrefined in tonal quality, and she'll go only so far with her limited repertoire. Let's see her put out an album with original songs, rather than singing the same few songs over and over.

Dennis: it's more "surprise" that she has a big voice, but not to the level of "amazement." It would be amazing if she had better technique and didn't sound like another ghetto warbler. Maybe it works with your ear, but a good singer doesn't scream out notes to compensate for poor control.

If it's true Vetro is coaching her (Charice is not on his site's list of clients), that's very disappointing. She's picked up a lot of bad habits that someone like Vetro ought to have ridden her of by now. She'd hate me afterward, but I could do it in a week flat, if she were willing to work hard. She'd have to stop acting like a teenage diva and listen to someone who can refine her. But hell, what do I know: I was only taught vocal purity by a semi-professional opera singer, as opposed to a warbler who ends words with "ay-ay-ay" and makes no effort to control vibrato.

You two are too impressed by mediocrity. I gather you have no idea how the national anthem should be sung. Hint: not like you're at a funeral. I'd also hazard a guess that you both believe Whitney Houston was really singing live at that "great" rendition she gave some years back.

Saturday, April 18, 2009 2:38:00 AM  
Blogger hydrogen said...

Everybody is a salesman /woman. Susan Boyle is selling her vocal skills. You bought into it and now you are selling it, too. That's fine. Nothing wrong with that. However, when you started to deride a singer who recently performed challenging duets with the likes of ANDREA BOCELLI and CELIN DION it really turned me off. On her part,CHARICE is also selling her vocal prowess. OPRAH(yes, the OPRAH..) and DAVID FOSTER, 16 time GRAMMY WINNER, bought it. Now David is even actively promoting her and working on her first album. He even put his reputation at risk by stating publicly that CHARICE is undeniably a "FUTURE BIG STAR...GUARANTEDD 100%". As a consumer of good music I find it excruciatingly painful to even think that what you are saying is more credible than David's statements. I mean, show me more proof that your "semi-pro opera singer" training is superior to the combined musical/vocal judgement skills of FOSTER, BOCELLI AND DION in order for you to reach this absurd conclusion about the girl.

Saturday, April 18, 2009 6:37:00 AM  
Blogger Perry Eidelbus said...

hydrogen, what I said about the others goes for you too: don't be so impressed by mediocrity. My wife's wanted me to listen, and I frankly don't understand why the likes of Andrea Bocelli, who has incredibly pure technique, would waste his time with an up-and-coming diva who clowns around as if she were Streisand.

Contrary to your claim, I "bought" nothing from Susan Boyle. She's a new talent who never had a chance until now, and my regret is that she didn't have a chance 30 years ago. Charice has had too much time to have any excuses for not refining her technique, and it's you who bought into her. Let me guess: you also think Miley Cyrus is a great singer, and that the Jonass Brothers are the ones really playing guitar.

One thing you clearly believe is that Oprah is some sort of "authority." She's a race-baiting fool who's been duped more than once by fake writing. Or didn't you hear, because you also are so quick to believe her just because of her celebrity status?

David Foster's own awards have nothing to do with someone else's singing, nor is he putting anything at stake by "predicting" someone's future success. If you really think that, you have no idea at all how the music industry works.

Tell me, who was that singer back in the 1990s who Quincy Jones "discovered," saying he detected "the same tonal quality" in this singer as Michael Jackson?

Yeah, I can't remember either, yet nobody ever thought less of QJ because of that. So much for putting a reputation at stake, right?

"As a consumer of good music"

I don't know which applies more to you: laughable or pathetic?

Also, do intelligent people a favor by learning some damn reading comprehension before abusing your guest status on my intellectual property. I said it was a "semi-professional opera singer" who trained me, not that I'm semi-professional. Or do you have difficulty understanding once a sentence is more than a noun and verb?

See hydrogen. See hydrogen talk. See hydrogen make an idiot out of himself. See the the rest of us laugh.

You have been flamed. Run along, now: back to your sandbox!

Saturday, April 18, 2009 12:08:00 PM  
Blogger buwang said...

Are you for real????? Susan Boyle sang "a song", and you are ready to declare that she could teach charice a lot???? ... Charice sang with experts, held concerts, probably 1,000,000 people had given her standing ovations (if you add it all up, which I hope you know how to do) and music experts had predicted that she will have a bright future, and you still think that she is just mediocre? Should we believe you?--- hell no!!

Her version of Star Spangled Banner was praised by people who had heard so many singers sang that song..... you probably can't even sing the entire song yourself.....

By the way, your picture speaks a thousand words..... too bad you haven't left your wife yet for a man.... Oh, nevermind, I really doubt you have a wife.....

Saturday, April 18, 2009 5:13:00 PM  
Blogger Perry Eidelbus said...

Buwang, are you sure you don't have bawang for brains?

I never said Susan Boyle could teach Charice. I said I could teach her better than what she's been getting. One week, guaranteed. I'll rid her of the ridiculous bad habits that plague her singing.

Since I am an American, after all, I can in fact sing the entire "song." I also know enough to sing it in my key so that I don't screech at the high notes, and not to sing it like I'm from the ghetto. The song is routinely butchered at major sporting events, and the last thing I need is someone who isn't even from my country to come over here and disrespect me, my flag and my nation by mangling it.

Charice is praised by you and other ignoramuses who clearly don't know better. Evidently you're so pathetic that the only highlight of your life is taking "pride" in a kabayan who happens to be famous. Sucks to be you.

And on a final note, I happen to have married the most beautiful Filipina. How about you, are you still contenting yourself with the family goat?

Shoo, little children. Go back to bed.

Saturday, April 18, 2009 5:21:00 PM  
Blogger Perry Eidelbus said...

A note to the charicediva.com visitors:

Apparently my advanced vocabulary is too advanced for you low-lifes of limited intellect, which is too bad. Now, if any of you had come here to have a decent conversation, you'd have found me as amiable as anyone else. But if you're going to come to my forum and act like the idiots above, then don't be surprised when I impose comment moderation to shut the door in your face.

Say what you'd like behind my back; it won't change the fact that I'm right, I'm smarter, I'm wealthier, and that I have a superior ear. Go ahead, be impressed by artistic mediocrity. Your attitude will be precisely the reason my family's homeland will never prosper. And if you don't know what "vocal purity" means, you really, really don't know anything about singing. Hint: vocal purity is what Charice does not have.

Finally, FYI, my wife was a Charice fan before we ever met, ergo there's nothing for me to be "jealous" about. In fact, now that I'm showing her what real singing is, e.g. Sinatra and Tony Bennett to contemporary artists like Bocelli and Paul Byrom, she's mysteriously listening to a lot less Charice than she used to.

P.S. To the ignorant who rationalize "Charice isn't on Vetro's client list because she hasn't had an album yet," that's funny, she's had an album released already. But you don't seem to care about truth, do you.

Sunday, April 19, 2009 2:47:00 AM  

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