Heather DeLuca - 95.1 WAYV

Friday, November 30, 2007

Knowels Knows Better

First came Bon Jovi, than Sheryl Crow, than Jessica Simpson. But SAY IT ISN'T SO!!!--Beyonce is venturing into the world of country music for her next disc???
Bon Jovi "crossed-over" into country thanks to a remix version of their song "Who Says You Can't Go Home" which featured an added vocal from Jennifer Nettles from music group Sugarland. While the version paled in comparison to the track featuring just Jon Bon Jovi (due to unmatched pitch by Nettles), the country music world ATE IT UP. The song charted well and opened up Bon Jovi's already huge fan base to a whole new audience. Enter lightbulb-moment for JBJ--record an ENTIRE country album. They did (pairing with Leann Rimes and hit songwriters Dan Huff and Big and Rich)--Lost Highway--and it worked. The album--which left the bands' fans to wonder if the supergroup had "jumped the shark" ala Fonzie--has actually been well received by critics and country music fans alike. Not SUCH a stretch to make the cross coming from rock roots.

Jessica Simpson has struggled to say the least to sell CD's in spite of her huge voice. After moving from the Christian to secular industry in the late 90's, Jess dabbled in country with her "These Boots Are Made for Walking" cover for the Dukes of Hazzard motion pic she starred in. While the song didn't get much radio airplay it became a minor hit. So whats a buxom blonde with Dallas roots and one of the greatest set of pipes in music to do? Put back on the cowboy boots and get into the studio. Jessica will also pair with Huff and Big and Rich (who've helped to pen megahits for Faith Hill, Tim McGraw and Carrie Underwood) for an album set to get underway in January. My guess is that since country is into etheral vocal goddesses (Faith, Carrie, Taylor Swift) Jessica will finally find the CD-selling niche her career has been missing.

Finally I get to my point (sorry). At the American Music Awards 2 weeks ago I almost lost my dinner listening to Sugarland BUTCHER (and thats putting it nicely) Beyonce's #1 smash "Irreplaceable". I couldn't text my friends to type "are you watching this nightmare?" fast enough. The southern twang RUINED the tough attitude needed to pull off the songs lyrics. But things went from bad to WORSE when Beyonce actually joined Sugar's lead singer (yet again Jennifer Nettles, get your own songs lady) on stage to sing the last half of the tune. Poor Nettles couldn't keep up with Beyonce's vocal runs and the result was WRETCHED. "Mismatched" doesn't begin to do the performance justice.
Now comes word from the industry that Beyonce (albeit raised in Texas as well) was really using that AMA duet as a springboard for a foray into country. Am I the only person who thinks this doesn't make sense? Its about commerciality right? Sheryl Crow, yeah (her next effort Detours is country-laced). Beyonce, uh uh. I can't see this working but don't take my word for it. I also said Kelly Clarkson's Breakaway disc would only be good for use as a coaster after "Since U Been Gone". So what do I know? This revelation just really leaves me scratching my head.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

What a Wine-O

Wine-O Amy Winehouse has cancelled all remaining 2007 tour dates--as well she should. She "can't bear being on the road" while her husband's holed-up in the big house for yet ANOTHER drug possession charge. Maybe its just that she doesn't have anyone to binge with? The girl's voice is the BEST I've heard in YEARS and I wanna hear her saaannggg, but until she gets herself together I don't wanna see her. Go get help girl!

Monday, November 26, 2007

Merry Christmas Charlie Brown!

Christmas 2007. Another year spent baking, shopping, frustratingly searching and shopping for the perfect gifts. The lines, the traffic, the stress and headaches that inevitably accompany the holiday season. So rare is it that among the endless Christmas card-writing and twinkle light-stringing do I find solace and serentiy. But for ONE half-hour I CAN escape thanks to the seasonal tradition I hold dearest. The splendor of A Charlie Brown Christmas!

Now while I DO take issue with the fact that its airing Tuesday night (November 27th, 8pm, ABC for you Tivo-ers and DVR-ers), way earlier than necessary, what I KNOW is that I'll drop everything else to watch it. All treadmilling, showering, laundry-ing, cooking and what-have-you will need to be accomplished or put on hold for 30 minutes. A Charlie Brown Christmas is for me the most endearing and classic of all the holiday movies, cartoons, and specials. Here are 3 reasons why (for me):

3. Lucy Van Pelt's PELTING of Charlie for a variety of reasons (skimpy Xmas tree, terrible Xmas play directing) is at its best. No one brings down Charlie quite like my girl Lucy.

2. Linus' futile attempt to deliver the "true meaning of Christmas" message. The kids just wanna dance and decorate, but for us viewers it makes ya listen intently.

1. An ALUMINUM CHRISTMAS TREE...bright, pink, shiny...cold, hard, aluminum steel. Now doesn't that sound easier than watering the real thing, lighting the thing up to high heaven, and running up your electric bill?

No need to make mention of The Snoop--he rocks 365 days a year. WATCH AND ENJOY! Show the little ones what they're missing if they've yet to see it! Take what may be the only 30 minutes of free time you'll have this shopping season! If we get lucky they may even air it TWICE since feeling the need to throw it on pre-Dec 1.

TTYL! Heather

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

HD Blog is Back!

Ok so the non-techno-geek that I am finally resolved my Blogger.com issues! Don't know what finally clicked but its working...I'll get ya some new and interesting commentary tomorrow, but since Thanksgiving is Thursday I gots to get thee booty to thee gym and make some room in the waistband for sweet potatoes and pie!