Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Idol Thoughts

(Originally posted Thursday, February 8th, 2007)

Got snowed in south of Chicago the past couple days. People there still seem stung by the Bear's Super Bowl loss, but always end up saying things like, "It was time for Manning." or "That Tony Dungy, what a great guy." It's almost as if they can't bring themselves to be too upset with an Indy win. Speaking as a Detroit Tiger fan, that's just strange. I'm still seething that the Cardinals won, I don't care how nice the coach was. Dungy's post game stuff was great though, and his quote about being a Christian and winning being more important than being black and winning certainly raised some eyebrows. If you missed it, here it is in it's entirety:

"I'm proud to be representing African American coaches as the first African American coach to win this. It means an awful lot to our country. But again, more than anything, I said it before, Lovey Smith and I not only are the first two African Americans but Christian coaches showing that you can win doing it the Lord's way. We're more proud of that!"

God not only got some props on the Super Bowl but continues to show up in American Idol as well. In a recent interview, Hollywood attendee Sean Michel (he's the one that looked like Castro and sang the Johnny Cash tune) had this to say about the message in his music:

"The message I want to deliver is that all of us are in desperate need of something more out of life. And while we struggle after it in vain, God has appeared to us as a man to bring us to that very life we were always meant to live. I want to let people know there is another level to living that is only found when we lose ourselves to Jesus Christ."

Later he says this:

"First, I find a connection with my Creator as I am involved in the creative process of my art. And so my art, my songs, are meant to dig down deep in the soul of those who listen, so that it reflects that connection between me and God. It also means that there is a lot more that goes into a song than just hitting some notes. I want to craft every moment of singing a particular song so that I put my heart out there, not just my voice. And finally, I hope that anyone who sees or hears me sing will have no doubt that I have shared in the redemption of sins offered by Jesus Christ, because there is nothing else that I know to sing about that moves me so much as this."

Well, that about sums it up, doncha think?

Of course rumor has it that Sean doesn't make it through Hollywood because he won't shave his beard or cut his hair. If he goes I am so rooting for the chubby Chris kid, but until then Sean is the man.

You can check out the full interview here.

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