Watching American Idol again brings me back to this idea of Taylor Hicks’ vision. Throughout the years, I’ve thought maybe Hicks’ vision was unfulfilled. I’ve started to think that I’ve been going about this all wrong…obviously it’s my vision of Hicks’ career that’s unfulfilled. I’m sure when Taylor was on top of the world, so to speak, in 2006, he probably wanted to over saturate the concert tour market, then do a cheesy part on Broadway, while releasing two mediocre CD’s and remaining the whipping boy of American Idol.
What I expected was this guy…so passionate about his music that he couldn’t control it.
That look at the end of Ain’t No Sunshine and Taking it to the Streets was hunger. It was hunger for respect, attention and validation. Was it really the look of Teen Angel or Beauty School Dropout?
I get that everybody makes mistakes. We all do it, however, part of growing as a person is recognizing your mistakes and not repeating them. What does Taylor Hicks need to do, you ask? I will give you my opinion.
1. Drop the Soul Patrol gimmick. He stopped for a while, then started back up again. It was cool at first, but then it took on a negative connation. Ugh.
2. Record a live album. This is where his strong suit lies. When Taylor is on stage, he is on. That cannot be translated in the studio. By live album, I don’t mean a two year old DVD of performances. I mean the tagging, the harmonica, even the guitar that he only plays part of the time, the messing up of the lyrics…all of it put together is an experience, and that’s what Taylor is good at selling. Invite some friends, Taylor.
3. Get back to singing the music that made a name for yourself on Idol. He needs to sing some more blues…he needs music that he can connect with, and that is what’s missing from the last two albums. Anybody can sing a song, but when an artist can make you feel a song, make your heart ache with the pain of a shared circumstance, that’s artistry. I’m not saying Taylor isn’t making my heart ache these days, but it’s for all the wrong reasons.
4. Start playing little clubs again. If your audience is in the Southeast, then play in the Southeast. Supply and demand, baby.
5. Be nice to your fans. Don’t charge for meet and greets, Taylor. Who does that? Yeah, I know…some people do. But seriously?
6. Keep your promises or shut your mouth until your plans are certain. Give the people what they paid for. Not just in concert, but on the fansites, too. The blogging? The vlogging? The audio blogs? No better way to not get respect than breaking promises.
You’re probably asking yourself, why does she continue to hang around? Not really sure at this point, except it’s kind of like gambling. You just know the next hand will pay big. I just think that one day that passion is going to return, and when it does, I want to be there to see it.
DISCLAIMER: All of the above is my opinion. The end.