I was reading some old article from an old Life magazine (1967) interviewing the great Ray Charles and I stumbled across this quote from him that explains Taylor Hicks to a "T" :
After reading this quote, I couldn't help but think about this overwhelming response to Taylor Hicks ( I mean, he's only been on TV for about 15 minutes and his only CD is already sold out and copies are being sold on eBay for $60 !! ). Suddenly, the above quote gave me a "THAT'S IT" epiphany.
"Soul is when you take a song and make it part of you -- a part that's so true, so real... it's like electricity; we don't really know what it is, do we? But it's a force that can light a room..."
Ray Charles EXPLAINED TAYLOR HICKS AND HIS MUSIC !!! The man FEELS his songs and when he sings them, they practically become a part of him.
This is what separates him from the more technically well performing singers -- GENUINE EMOTION -- HEART AND SOUL. People respond to that,
This is of course not easy to find nowadays. When you see it, you get either an overwhelmingly POSITIVE or NEGATIVE response ( depending on how you handle it ). It is either a positive freak out ( WE LOVE HIM ), or a negative freak out ( WE HATE THIS GUY ). That is why on a lot of message boards, you see Taylor with the MOST number of posts ( both positive and negative ). He is a polarizing figure, no doubt.
I for one DO NOT BELIEVE HE IS FAKING IT or IMMITATING Ray Charles. People who know him and have seen him perform in his "soul fires" circuits down south know the man well enough to tell us that he is a genuine fellow without pretensions.
Personally he evokes feelings of joy in me when he sings ( and I have his 7 song CD plus his incredible version of Georgia on My Mind <-- which I believe he will no doubt perform ).
Everybody loves Taylor & so do I.... This season is the toughest of all imo...
Too much talent to choose from, but this dude will be there in the end!!!
Good luck to Taylor... I love my NC guys (Chris & Bucky), but props to Taylor for he so belongs in this competition!!! He's got what it takes!!!
As I have stated numerous times, this season is the most predictable ever because it's a no-brainer that Taylor Hicks will win. Why? Because he is unlike anything we have ever seen before. Honestly, I think he will fizzle just like the other flops (ie Ruben & Fantasia), but hey, the show has to end at some point right?
Perhaps in the future I will feel differently, but for now this is how I feel.
Pharoah, I agree with you to a point- Taylor is one of my favorites as far as talent and individuality- but I have to say that I see more talent in two other contenders.
Can I just say that I am a huge van morrison/ boz scaggs fan , and he reminds me of both, so I like his style.
I don't think they have been. Their albums did pretty well and I think they get played on urban stations too. I think some people compare their albums to Breakaway but that's not fair. It was not Kelly's first CD.