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What’s up?!? Hope everyone has had a good week! It’s Friday, so that means it’s time for another “My Friday Five.” Enjoy!
Enter the 2015 CMA Awards. Now, I’ll preface this by saying that I did not watch for numerous reasons, including those stated above. However, I was stoked to learn that Chris Stapleton took home three awards Wednesday night. Stapleton is one of a handful of country artists I actually listen to. He’s a talented songwriter that has written numerous hits, but is also involved with producing his own material. Stapleton’s latest album Traveller is the best you’ll hear in 2015. No doubt. Each and every song tells a story, just like the good ‘ol days of country music – and not about having a house party and getting drunk with your girl or guy sitting shotgun in your pickup truck.
I’m not an old fogie. I don’t mind a bit of a new sound for country music. What I do mind, however, is the content of the song itself. Mainstream country is just not doing it for me. If there is hope for a lost genre, it’s Stapleton. Social media was filled with pissed off fans when Stapleton won New Artist of the Year over apparent favorite, Sam Hunt, and others but I’m so freaking happy he did – along with his other two awards of course. To top it off, Stapleton performed with the incomparable Justin Timberlake and brought the dang house down.
2) Battle for the Bell
Needless to say I’m not happy with the decision to end the show and, in my opinion, The Voice should be next. I know Idol has gone downhill over the years but The Voice hasn’t produced a bonafide star in its nine seasons on air. I mean, can you name any of the people who won the show? Meanwhile, Idol produced two in its first four seasons – Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood – as well as several other successful artists. I don’t care what you say, but The Voice has always been a competition between the “coaches” as opposed to the contestants. I haven’t watched a single episode of The Voice but all I hear is “which coach will win” and the like. The contestants win on Idol and not the judges which has always been a sticking point with me. I’ll more than likely never watch an episode of The Voice for the reasons above and the fact that I can’t stand the host, Carson Daly, nor the “coaches” – except for Pharrell.
It’s just ridiculous to me that Idol is being let go instead of other “reality” shows – Dancing with the Stars and The Bachelor/Bachelorette to name a few. I’ve already decided that I will no longer watch FOX programming once Idol is over. The network has cancelled so many shows I’ve liked over the years and Idol is the last straw for me. Oh well, at least I still have America’s Got Talent.
I love this new show called Adam Ruins Everything. If you haven’t seen it, you should. The show, hosted by Adam Conover, provides viewers several, factual tidbits about the week’s given them. One of the latest episodes I watched was about giving. One segment of the show called out TOMS Shoes and its “buy one, give one” model. I would try to explain it in words but the video is just too good not to share.
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