No, I am not dead and yes, I am a horrific monster for being so neglectful to this blog. I feel so bad for posting nothing new since middle February. I’ve been pretty busy and overwhelmed with work, dealing with student loan crap, I took a birthday trip, and I procrastinated too too long. I don’t have much time to make posts these days, but I figured tonight was feeling good and I wanted to voice my opinion on some new things. First off, the ACMs that took place on Sunday night – what a travesty to watch! These things get worse every year, seriously. Even as an optimistic person, I don’t see a lot of real hope for the future of (mainstream) country music…
(I know, symbolism can only go so far, but I edited the above pic this way because, once again, the awards were all about the money – thus the ugly green color lol. I also used the “shoplifter” font because every time I watch these things, I feel like something big has been stolen from me, and from country music. The exclamation point kinda symbolizes how the intended audience for this show has young people written all over it!)
To begin, I did watch most the show on Sunday night (I switched back n forth between the awards, and one of my new favorite TV shows, Celebrity Apprentice – which I gotta say, as much as I love Clint Black and his music, I really didn’t like him that much in this last episode, and I am shocked that he wasn’t fired, as he should have been…but I still enjoy his music hehe). I didn’t watch all of the Awards (thank God), but will comment on what I remember…even almost a week later. Here are reaction blogs from CU, 9513, and CC.
So, anyway, Brooks & Dunn semi-opened the show with their hit, and one of my favorites, “Play Something Country” (which caught me by surprise because that was their single like two years ago?), which was soon interrupted by Taylor Swift, Sugarland, AND Rascal Flatts (and Carrie Underwood joined too) who all sang small segments of their hit songs, which cut back n forth between the artists, and ended with a sing-a-long to B&D’s song. Now, cutting forward to Taylor later in the show: she gave an over-the-top/I’m trying-too-hard performance of one of her new songs with a piano and David Copperfield, which began with “magic” and ended with an exaggerated head-into-arms gesture, which was supposed to be acting I’m guessing? Wow, tragic. There’s about a million more sells from teenage girls who were touched by how emotional it was (and btw, “Album of the Year”? WTF?). Sugarland sang some song, and like I’ve said many times before, I’m not a fan of their’s, so I skipped forward…just don’t like that accent. I didn’t even listen to the Rascals. Yuck. No more screeching, please. Carrie performed “I Told You So” in a huge staged-sized red dress and did one of the best vocal performances of the night. I may not care for the song, but she did really good. She seems to perform live best with the slower tunes. (oh, and congrats to her Entertainer win, though I do wish Strait won it, for selfish reasons :p).
Reba McEntire is hosting again and that’s great. I love her and there’s a sense of comfort with her. She did well with hosting duties, like always, and she became one of my favorite performers of the evening with her new single, “Strange”. That song reminds me somewhat of “I’m Gonna Take That Mountain” , just with some rock sounds. Can’t wait to hear the studio version.
Kenny Chesney and “Out Last Night”. Hmm…decent, but still boring. Would have been cool to see him with Mac McAnally, instead. One thing I gotta say: I’m glad he didn’t win anything! (I’m a meanie, I know, that’s for sure, but I mean it.)