Thursday, March 21, 2013

Waiting for Spring...

Everyone told me that when you move to NYC you will get sick a total of 3 times within the first year. Really sick. Not just a cold or the regular flu. And a lot of things could factor in, I suppose. Change in weather (from California to NYC...huge difference whether I like snow or not....), more smog(? - come on LA is BAD!) and/or new flora & fauna. Whatever "IT" is, this is my third time! (Chris's too BTW.)

It's the sick were you can 'keep going' but eventually end up flat on your back. Being a woman, I push and push until I HAVE to stay in bed. The last time I remember LIKING to stay in bed all day was grade school!

I have found small beacons of hope sans antibiotics. It's Mushrooms! Shrooms Baby!! :P And Xylitol. Yes, the sweetener.

First Xylitol, which I have used for a long time, but only to help with dryness. I read a little article that suggested (dont-cha love that) that Xylitol does not allow "germies" (my term) to attach to mucus membranes. I DO like that no matter how gross it sounds. I DID notice that my "throat on fire" feeling stopped once I used my Xylitol spray. (**sigh**) At least I could sleep with out Benadryl!

Then, whilst looking for more Xylitol on drugstore.com, I found Mushroom Immune Defense. The reviews were good and hearing that shrooms were good for you anyway...I ordered. It's been interesting. I honestly felt very good after I took the Shroom pills. I even ventures out to get groceries the following day to have the experience knock the 'feel good' out and put me back in bed. (well crap!) BUT, the congestion started breaking up. Kinda like when you take an antibiotic and it starts killing the infection and you cough up your lungs. Yep, that's me! Sounds bad...makes me feel better. Being an asthmatic I thankfully have inhalers out the wazoo!

I 'think' I'm on the road to recovery....at least I still have my sense of humor! Ha! :)

Thursday, March 7, 2013

American Idol - SHAME ON YOU!


I quit watching American Idol when Grammy award winning and Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson was kicked off back in 2004-05. I should not EVER have to explain that statement. I’ve consequently NOT encouraged my students to try-out. It (American Idol) isn’t about talent. Honestly….it’s NOT! So, I’m sitting here watching the female finalist of American Idol this season on Hulu. (No, we don’t have cable.) Well, if you follow my Facebook Page or Twitter, you KNOW that I teach Rachel Hale, the young artist who was voted off idol last week.

Now, I do understand that there are some FABULOUS female vocalists, BUT 70% of America thought that she (Rachel) should have continued on the show. I have nothing against the little girl she was (apparently) up against. She (Janelle Arthur) just happened to have a bad night, but she IS talented! BUT…as I mentioned before, American Idol is ALL about a story. (NOT talent!)

So, let’s talk Zoanette. Now, personality and story she has! And her charisma is addictive!! BUT, her last performance was sad. I really WANTED her to be good….GREAT in fact…because she’s such a sweet, nice girl with a great story and she’s CRAZY zany! That, said, NONE of that will alter my ears enough to think that she sounded fantastic. Honestly, I wish I could give her voice lessons FOR FREE to help her harness what she DOES have.

Unfortunately, I’m afraid, this is going to be a total embarrassment for her and SHAME on American Idol producers for not directing her and getting her to a vocal teacher NOT a vocal coach! Contestants that are top ten worthy should have their technique BEFORE hand as well as consistent pitch! (Bad performances happen….but this is NOT that situation!) Come on American Idol! Don’t crush this girl’s spirit by putting her in a place she’s not ready and not giving her the tools to sound better.

Now, back to Rachel. Randy mentioned the other night that they will have to get a wild card because the talent is so good. Fine. WHY NOT RACHEL HALE? If you have a twitter…let’s do it!

This will be my post:
@americanidol @rachelhalemusic #idolwildcard #rachelhale - WE WANT A HALE STORM!

Side note: Since I’ve not worked with someone on X-factor or America’s Got Talent, I have no idea how to compare.