Might not be so bad after all…

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According to the latest figures over at MJ’s, while The Distance might only be 58th on the Billboard 200, he’s 5th on the Top Independent Albums chart, and 16th on the Top Internet Albums chart. While it’s not the huge numbers that he experienced with his Taylor Hicks cd, it’s pretty damn good for a release on a private label. If I’m honest about it, I guess I don’t really expect huge numbers from Hicks, considering his music isn’t exactly mainstream. My guess is that he’s probably happy doing what he’s doing now. He’s way better off than he was when he was traveling around the country in a van with no air conditioning, which also doubled as a merchandise table, I’m sure. He has a place to sleep every night, he gets media (although most of it isn’t exactly good), and he’s able to do the shadow tour, even though it is only once every couple of weeks or so.

Let’s face it. This is a small fandom. He’s probably not going to reach the numbers of a Kelly Clarkson or Carrie Underwood, ever. But, as long as continues making music in a live venue, he’s going to make 95% of us happy. The reports of the shadow tours that I am hearing are good, and he seems to be getting better with each show. Just keep on keeping on, Taylor.

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190 Responses to “Might not be so bad after all…”

  1. I do believe you’ve got the right take on it, IAG. He’s enjoying and sustaining a measure of success that’s not inconsiderable. Personally, I find myself in indie camp most of the time, and never, ever understood the fixation with enormous sales numbers. They are not required for a productive and profitable music career.

    Like many, I wish he’d record performances like those he does live. I’ve got to post the tandjam link. Lisa’s done a fantastic job taping the Roxy show. The audio is stunning:

    http://tandjam.wordpress.com/2009/03/20/this-is-where-it-all-starts-right-here-at-the-roxy-theater-concert-recap-w-audio/

  2. I’m glad you posted that link. I did that last night on the other thread, but it got buried by drama.

  3. Snowstorm Says:

    Taylor is a niche market performer and that’s not so bad. I don’t think there will ever be another National tour, however. I think Taylor will only tour Regional and, perhaps, the NE. I hope he continues with his recording career…he might be a few cds away from a real masterpiece.

    Taylor’s real talent may be acting and I have a feeling he will continue to get acting gigs. I wish him the best of luck – whatever happens to him.

    His fans need to accept that he will never have super-star status like Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood or Chris Daughtry. That window of opportunity came and went a long time ago, although it’s always possible to make a comeback, I think it’s unlikely given his style of music.

  4. It seems to me that the typical fan does accept that. There are a few exceptions who continue to cling to the pop-stardom goal, but not many. For those who do, fine. Whatever blows your skirt up, you know?

  5. Snowstorm Says:

    This is not good, folks! Not good at all! Having a mostly older audience…just not considered cool in the music world.

    http://www.radaronline.com/exclusives/2009/03/american-idol-winners-concert-falls-flat

    American Idol Winner’s Concert Falls Flat

    Posted on Mar 19, 2009 @ 17:18

    American Idol winner Taylor Hicks didn’t exactly sell out his show at The Roxy in Hollywood, California on Wednesday night. Ticket retailer Goldstar.com was offering tickets for free on their Web site earlier that day, and judging by some reports, the few fans that showed up got what they paid for.

    “It was fifty percent full and the VIP section was only twenty five percent full,” one concertgoer tells RadarOnline.com. “People who had paid the full $36.50 were mad since many people were claiming free ones.” Who was in the crowd? “Mostly women in their late forties, early fifties.”

    Most reviews of Hicks’ performance on Goldstar.com complained about the terrible sound quality at the sparsely-attended concert. The music apparently sounded so bad that it even caused one obvious fan of Hicks to leave. “Taylor was full of charisma and charm. He knows how to connect with his audience. That was the good part…” wrote the anonymous commenter. “His voice was drowned out by the volume of his band, which was very loud and rather monotonous. I had enough after 20 minutes and left.”

    Other Goldstar.com users chimed in with similar complaints: “Sound person was asleep at the controls. The crowd was pretty tame.” One commenter added: “It was hard to “hear” Taylor sing compared to the other artists. His music “behind” him drowned out his voice. That was disappointing.”

    Another concertgoer was especially miffed that Hicks, who had two opening acts, was so late to perform. “The show was supposed to start at 8:00, but Taylor did not take the stage until 10:30. ANNOYING!”

    Sounds like a show that wasn’t worth the wait.

  6. jerseyirish Says:

    True, Agree with what you say. I think Taylor will have a good carreer, will not match the Kelly’s and Carrie’s but thats fine. If he can perform and still make money at it he is doing OK.

    JI

  7. jerseyirish Says:

    SS, Saw that think it is a bunch of bull, his shadow dates don’t’ ever start before 10:00 he is doing Grease, think who ever wrote was talking to themselves that they just made it up.

    JI

  8. Cigarette, Snow?

  9. Snowstorm Says:

    What? I don’t smoke, hon.

  10. Oy.

  11. spinshack Says:

    Mixed reviews on that Goldstar site. Well, some liked it. That’s all that matters.

  12. spinshack Says:

    Sunsetspotlight Story reads:
    Many folks in the world believe that once you win American Idol, that the road is paved with gold and roses for Katherine McPhee to gleefully dance along barefoot…even though she didn’t win. But the Ruben Studdards of the world will tell you that sometimes all that glitters may not be so golden as was the case with Taylor Hicks at the Roxy Theatre.

    Don’t get me wrong, Taylor Hicks definitely has an underrated show. His performance was very enjoyable, his musicianship and the musicianship of his band was nothing but professional. Unfortunately the half-filled room were the only ones to appreciate it.

    Hicks seemed to have a hard time drawing at the Roxy. Although, audience members, some of whom came as far away as South Carolina or Canada, were prepared, rationalizing that Hicks is not a mainstream pop candy and is an acquired taste. One woman went so far as to explicitly explain to me why he doesn’t photograph well.

    His performance was not bolstered by his opener, Candace Devine, whose voice kept giving out when she tried to belt the high notes, thereby coloring her singing as a gravely blues performance instead of an all-out singing sensation. Devine’s performance was good, but in a lounge act kind of quality, whereby opening for what could arguably be considered a national act may be still too far out of reach. As well, nobody but nobody seemed to know who she was, and it didn’t seem to lift the draw any.

    Hicks is currently starring in the local off-Broadway production of Grease at the Pantages Theatre, and this performance probably helped ticket sales there, as everyone was talking about Hicks in Grease. Nevertheless, the late 40s to early 50s crowd isn’t the type to pad a draw in the long run, so Hicks may have an uphill battle if he tries to play larger venues, or venues without a bar less than 100 feet from the stage. Most of the audience wasn’t from Los Angeles, and even the local radio station My 100 FM (I think), just gave out stickers to random people and then bailed 20 minutes before doors, showing their lackluster support for this American Idol winner.

    Taylor Hicks isn’t so much an acquired taste as he’s a much better sell in the south and midwest. We happen to appreciate his mix of country western and blues/southern rock and makes for a good sountrack to drinking and pool shooting. But to try to bottle the AI lightning and re-engineer history may be much more a task of Sisyphus than something based in reality.

    Taylor Hicks did have fans in the multitude of badly-behaving photographers who showed up to photograph Hicks. Their red carpet pap tactics of disrespectfully pushing through the crowds of paying and non-paying folks didn’t fly with the gauntlet of women at the front line, as many of them were barked back about 3 rows or physically threatened to move. Even at one point, a tall photographer pushed his way into the front row from the stage and decided to shoot while ducking after being subtly threatened by a male in the crowd.

    There were some people who were angry with the way the show was put on, as many who paid the $35 price tag met some who paid nothing as a pair of websites began giving away tickets (just pay that dandy service fee) late in the day. Ostensibly, this was a late-game attempt to make the room look full, but it just seemed to have failed.

    A bright spot of the night was the nonchalant opener Check In The Dark, whose bluesy, melodic soft-southern country-pop/rock was a welcome and surprising blend of notes in a Dave Matthews kind of way, which made for an actually pleasant and competent opening band (you know, because most openers usually are blatantly retarded). Bragging how they dropped an album in Japan and immediately sold 500 copies, they may be onto something in the short-term, as Check In The Dark snakecharmed the room just enough to dodge the usual scathing apathy that Los Angeles is so well known for.

  13. With regards to what Iag wrote it is fine with me that he is not a mega star in the music business. But dang, have any of you listened to some of the trite country music and cross over country on the radio? It isn’t just the lyrics that are bad but many of the voices kinda suck. Battlefield, 7 Mile, The Distance, Nineteen and Maybe You Should, not only showcase His voice but have good music and lyrics. Put a few of those songs on the radio and he will make money and be able to tour and put together a 3rd CD. I’m frustrated!

  14. Snowstorm Says:

    When people leave early, that is a horrible sign. I feel bad for him. I’ve been telling everybody this for a long time now – Taylor NEEDS YOUNGER LISTENERS! Taylor should do what David Cook is doing, start playing some college gigs.

  15. ifyousayso Says:

    Ah…Radar Online. Another example of quality journalism at its best.

  16. Well, there are barely any college kids coming to see David Cook either. His audience is still basically the old frau from the AI tour, only now they’ve taken to following him from show to show. Not exactly the audience that will get him taken seriously. (Unfortunate maybe, but true.)

  17. Snowstorm Says:

    David Cook is playing at a college near me and his tour schedule on his fansite says, “students only” for this particular concert, so I don’t think old ladies are getting in.

  18. blueberry Says:

    I’ve been following the conversations here for quite some time, and while I enjoy the blog, I’m perplexed by all the angst about what this guy should or should not do with his career. Forgive me, but it is actually comical that some people know better than he how to run his life.

    And the fiasco with TMZ….you definitely know all particulars about the what, the who and when he knew it? I’m not usually this rude, but give me a break. I understand critiques on the CD, who doesn’t have an opinion, but to glean that much information and pass judgement on someones’ character based on a few minutes on a video strikes me as pretty harsh.

    And there can be reasons why one has to leave an event early. Consider having to leave a Springsteen concert early, yes, infinitely crazy and heartbreaking, but sometimes life happens.

    And my own personal favorite – yes I’ve seen my big 4-0 – he needs younger listeners. Why? You’re telling me I can’t what? – see him or hear him as well as younger audiences? Thanks for your concern, but I can see and hear just fine! Oh, and my dollars seemed to be accepted just the same as my 20 year old neighbor’s. And I do hope and pray to be around and kicking for quite awhile, so that shouldn’t be too much of a concern.

    I enjoy a healthy debate as much as the next person, but suppositions weaken your argument.

    Instead of all the hand-wringing just enjoy his good music. Or simply, don’t.

  19. spinshack Says:

    Ha! One way to keep the Frauen away. Anyone hit any of Daughtry’s concerts? Just wondered what the general scene was like at those considering he’s from AI but seems to have set himself apart somehow.

  20. Snowstorm Says:

    I went to his concert a few years ago and it’s a very mixed crowd, but there’s def more younger looking people(under 40) than older. I didn’t see any blue-haired biddies, though, lol.

  21. If Taylor was telling the truth, he did say his goal was to be a working musician and that’s fine with me.

    How can I say this? (Oh boy, I have a feeling I’m going to get into trouble here…) It always kind of bugged me when a fan would say, “I just want Taylor to be happy.” Selfishly, I don’t really care if Taylor’s happy. I don’t know him. But I DO want ME to be happy, so I’d like to be able to go watch him perform when I can. So I just hope he can keep doing that. That’s all I want for me, I mean, him.

  22. jerseyirish Says:

    Caryl, I agree, him being able to keep doing his music even small scale would make me happy to be albe to see/hear him.

    JI

  23. I just finished an express tune up at the Dr. Fender clinic, and hopefully, if it works, there will be no more ranting and tarding like last night. Sorry folks!

  24. taylorfan06 Says:

    The Roxy
    Hollywood
    California
    March 18, 2009

    Set – List

    10:26 The Distance
    10:31 Give Me Tonight
    10:36 Heaven Knows
    Inner City Blues tag – The Maze – Warm Love tag
    10:49 Hide Nor Hair
    10:54 Nineteen
    10:58 Gonna Move – Old Weakness
    11:08 WGHI
    11:15 I live on a Battlefield
    11:22 The Deal
    11:26 Seven Mile Breakdown
    11:39 The Right Place
    11:45 Once upon a lover
    11:54 Whats right is right
    11:57 Soul Thing – Mama Said – Eastbound and Down
    12:10 My Sweet Lord

    Ended at 12:20 PST

    Great Songs! GREAT SHOW!!!! Taylor sang his heart out gave me an experience I’ll never forget! 12 minutes 0f SMR! OMG!! And MSL! I can only say that I hope someone got that video on tape. He was in his element. But I guess when isn’t he when he’s on stage. Oh, and OUAL! I was so hoping to hear it, AND I did!! That’s a really good song. A lotta latin. LOVED the performance. And I loved the ENTIRE 2 HR. PERFORMANCE!

    See Taylor LIVE. Those who left before the show ended – their loss!!!

  25. taylorfan06 Says:

    SMB! (Seven Mile Breakdown)

  26. casualfan Says:

    This “recap” is not accurate. First off, VIP was packed! They were moving people out of VIP from the handicapped section and down onto the main floor because of the VIP section becoming too full…I should know because I was in that VIP section.

    The accoustics in that venue was close to perfect. NOONE was asleep at any controls.

    If the writer of this rediculas article would have bothered to check the schedule at the front of the venue, it clearly states that Hicks wouldn’t start until 10:15 so he was right on schedule.

    Sounds likes this interviewer has a serious ax to grind.

    That show was top notch!

  27. casualfan Says:

    This song game me the chills (in a good way). Taylor nailed it and drove this bitch home to moma!

  28. casualfan Says:

    And the crowd at The Roxy was very much a mixed crowd.

  29. Redrosespeedway Says:

    That was great Blueberry!

  30. Seems to Me Taylor is an adult playing adult music. His audience skews older. I think he may have a very long career and doesn’t have to make all his money in about 5 to 10 years as some of the Pop artists do. How long can Brittany or others like her last? If they save some money they’ll be alright. If not they better hope to re-invent themselves to make a living. I don’t worry about Taylor. I’ll just let him do that.

  31. spinshack Says:

    hahaha, momo so you are a Dr. Fender patient too?

  32. Caryl, For some unexplainable reason I do want Taylor to be happy and successful. Perhaps it is because I followed him since his AI audition and know he is good and deserves more positive press, radio play and sales. I can read Idletard and recognize tards of others as fruitcakes, but then will explain my obsession with Taylor as he is talented, a great performer and convince myself I’m 100% sane.

  33. Radar online is the biggest rag. After reading the real reviews it seems like they just about lied about the Roxy show. The only negative I read with regards to Taylors performance was the band was too loud, and I read praise for his vocals energy and performance .

  34. Snowstorm Says:

    Because it’s a well known fact that your age group does not buy music, does not attend concerts. The music business does not cater to you. You can complain all you want, but that’s the way it is.

    Plus, you reach a certain age and you are made fun of. No, not nice, but that’s the way it is.

  35. Snowstorm Says:

    Let’s see, didn’t Madonna, who is pop, come on the music scene in the the early-80’s? And she’s still going strong. So, you are wrong!

  36. casualfan Says:

    Snow, Madonna carved out her career by showing her bra’s, granny boots and heavy make-up and bangle bracelets. She didn’t get famous with her voice…she doesn’t have one. Take away the glitter, the fancy dance moves and the sex…you have nothing. She built herself up as a culture icon on just that as most do which I find very pathetic and sad.

  37. Radaronline is a sleaze site/magazine run by Jessie Jackson’s son. The LA Times has a review which I would think would be more accurate:

    Taylor Hicks all night long

    “American Idol” Season 5 winner Taylor Hicks put on a show at the Roxy Theatre on Wednesday night, performing a long set with energetic charisma, reminiscent of Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine, who I saw play the same stage nearly seven years ago. With Candance Devine opening, the place was relatively full, despite the bumpy run-up the show had with free tickets being given away on goldstar.com. Hicks was scheduled to start at 10 p.m., and by 10:19 p.m. with no sight of him, fans began chanting “Taylor! Taylor! Taylor!” The curtain rose several minutes later.

    He opened with “The Distance,” the title track from his latest album, which was released March 10. Dressed in a black shirt, black blazer and jeans, Hicks looked slender and handsome onstage. With his “Soul Patrol” guitar strap, backing band of six and a fellow “Idol” alum, Season 7’s Michael Johns, in the crowd supporting him, Hicks was ready to party all night long.

    Full story is here:
    http:// latimesblogs.latimes.com/americanidoltracker/2009/03/taylor-hicks-al.html

  38. Snowstorm Says:

    You are wrong! She has the winning combination and she’s still has a fabulous career. Yes, she did reinvent herself because you have to in the music biz.

    Sex + Excellent Pop Songs = Success!

    You don’t need a voice. You need good songs!

  39. jerseyirish Says:

    Rosie, Radar and TMZ both rags, 99% of what they say is not correct. Never read either site, unless they come up in a google alert for Taylor and it is never good.

    JI

  40. Just want to remind anyone who did not see Taylor’s excellent heartfelt performance of Nineteen at the Roxy to check it out on Greys prior thread. Somehow it was overlooked in last nights deep discussion. Not very many singers can do such long concerts and have the songs sound better than the CD version. Tay can, despite drunks and loud women and Taylor shout outs. With both hands on his heart and all the right sincerety on his face, he did the song proud.

  41. Snow, Snow, Snow. One sign of maturity is to know what you’re talking about rather than childishly shooting off your mouth on a subject you haven’t bothered to study.

    Here’s an example of the kind of information that’s available to anyone interested in actually knowing something.

    While there are many root causes for lost sales, one important view is uncovered by looking deeper into the demographic segments of music buyers. NPD research shows steeper sales declines among consumers aged 36 and over [keep reading, little girl], than among younger demographic groups. Nearly half of these adult consumers report they are purchasing less music, because there’s less music they’re interested in buying. Plus, fewer than 10 percent of this age group report purchasing less music because of downloading.

    “It’s important to note that this group of mature consumers represents 45 percent of all CD sales,” Crupnick said, “and near-term population growth trends should stand as a warning to the industry to reach out to older buyers, because the core teen and college market population is not expected to grow over the next five years.”

    “Often the older consumer is looking for deep catalog titles by artists like Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen, Santana and the Rolling Stones,”

    In summary, Taylor’s attractiveness to MATURE fans who share a love for the music that HE loves makes him a very well positioned artist.

  42. Snowstorm Says:

    Well, explain this to me – your demographic is the biggest in the US. Why isn’t your age group buying Taylor’s cd? Jeesh, with the sheer number of you people, Taylor should be a megastar, but he clearly is not and barely hanging on. Go ahead – explain.

  43. casualfan Says:

    Ok Snow….you know best

  44. casualfan Says:

    I agree Rosie, Taylor did an excellant job with that song as he did with all others. I admit to not yet warming up completely to the CD, but he makes the songs come alive on stage.

  45. Snowstorm Says:

    He ONLY sold 9,000 cds – that is considered POOR. Of course, you people do not download music because you don’t have a clue how to. So, Taylor’s downloads is practically non-existent.

    I totalled blame Taylor – he pandered to his mature audience. He will not NOT be a success in the music business – sorry he won’t.

  46. mamaforpeace Says:

    Finally! Somebody mentioned the song!!!

  47. That’s not a serious question. No artist in the world sells to everyone in any demographic. The idea is absurd.

    Taylor’s selling to his fans. I’m sure it’s his plan to grow those numbers. We’ll see how that turns out. It would be nice for him if he can make a living at making music for a long time.

    The real question is this: why do you insist (relentlessly and without pause, droning monotonously on and on forever) that he target a market that’s not interested in the music he wants to make? Like – what’s YOUR malfunction?

  48. Snow: Of course, you people do not download music because you don’t have a clue how to.

    Good god. The hubris! It’s really breathtaking. I actually burst out laughing.

  49. taylorfan06 Says:

    Keep listening, cf. The CD really is great. But he really does up the ante live.
    I think that’s pretty rare with most artists. Taylor is and will always be a rare breed. The show was a WINNER!!!

  50. I must respectfully say that I did indeed mention the song that was in the previous post, and thanked IAG for posting it. I believe I mentioned how much I love that Taylor sings the hell out of everything he sings. And blue replied to me and then I replied to blue . . . that little snippet of conversation was just overlooked in the wave of angst over Taylor’s apparent fall from grace as a Southern White Knight in Shining Gentlemanly Armor or whatever it is some people need for him to be.

    In regards to THIS post, I have never had a requirement that Taylor become the latest, biggest thing . . . I have just hoped that he would make good music that I love. And that enough other people would love it too, so that he can continue to make music that I love.

    Oh, and I have this weird music thing on my desktop all of a sudden. I think there songs or something in it, because it has music notes on it. Well anyway, I’ve been trying to take it off my desktop to play it in my eight track player, but I can’t find a slot to eject it! What is this iTunes thingy? I need someone young to help me . . . πŸ˜›

  51. I’d help you Soulaz, but I seem to have fallen and I can’t get up!! You’ll have to find some young long haired whipper-snapper. Maybe one of your great grandchildren will help you, dearie.

    *creeps down the hallway in search of my walker*

  52. casualfan Says:

    LOL! I know what you mean. I have this strange contraption with a fruit logo on it but can’t figure out how to use it. Does it plug into the computer and work with something called ITunes? How do I turn on my computer?

  53. What’s a computer? Is that what they call this new-fangled moving picture thing I’m sitting in front of?

    The only fruit logo I am familiar with is on my underwear. Is there music coming out of your pants, CF?

  54. casualfan Says:

    At the ripe old age of 43 my Presbyopia has overtaken and I can’t read the directions on my IPOD. Tips anyone? (feels for bifocals)

  55. You need that fruit, CF, keeps you regular. I’d just eat it, if i were you. Don’t be messing around with those dang computers, either. Word is those contraptions give ya’ cancer!!

  56. casualfan Says:

    well it could be a veggi…not sure (squints closer for a looksie)

  57. Now I’ve gone and fallen down again, thanks to you Soulas!!
    CF, if there’s music comin’ from your pants, you’d best eat that fruit. You NEED to be regular, dearie!!

    Hahahahhahahahhahahahahhahahahhaha!!!!

  58. casualfan Says:

    I hear that about something called a C E L L phone. I just bought a new rotary dial phone with a straight cord that stretches a mile long for my home. Hearing is not so good either.

  59. Presbyopia??!? Is that a cult??!!? That’s ain’t one of those new groups of hippies smokin’ dandy-lions that they call a band these days now, is it??!?

  60. casualfan Says:

    LOL!

  61. As a 47 year old Presbyterian, I would say that the answer you need is in the Good Book. You know, “Modern Technology for Dummies and Ancient Taylor Hicks Fans.”

    It’s helped me out, tremendously. For instance, I no longer bring my reel-to-reel tape recorder to concerts.

  62. If a Baptist gets Presbyopia, are they drummed out of the corp?

  63. casualfan Says:

    What’s a tape recorder?

  64. ROTFLMAO!!!!!

  65. casualfan Says:

    Maybe we can get that nice old-school music gentelan Mr. Hicks to play for us on Bingo Night at the AARP club this Friday. He’s such a nice old man. (slowly rocks back and forth on porch knitting)

  66. casualfan Says:

    I’m so old I can’t spell….

  67. That’s okay, honey . . . my Presbyteriopia is so bad, I can’t read what the hell you just wrote. πŸ˜›

  68. casualfan Says:

    LOL! I’m knitting Mr. Hicks a nice satchel for his harmonica. I’ve missed a few stitches due to my dementia but that’s ok…he won’t mind.

  69. You’re the best fan, EVER . . . πŸ˜›

  70. casualfan Says:

    Thanks for the laugh SoulAZ. It’s time for this senior citizen to take a nap.

  71. That’s right, dad-gum, it’s Bingo night!!!!

    Time to make these chompers shine!!
    *pulls out teeth to whiten them up*

  72. casualfan Says:

    I’ve laughed so hard that now my Depends need changing….

  73. casualfan Says:

    done that already. After I finish knitting for the harmonica I’m going mend my petticoat and frilly it up with lace.

    I hear that nice man’s friend Bill Will will assist us with our walkers if needed

  74. It’s nice to know that Taylor has three stunning old biddies in his “Corral of Wrinkly Clueless Awesomeness.”

    I think if any of us had any eggs left, he would want us to have his babies.

    Speaking of eggs, I need to go take my poached eggs off the stove. I’m having them on toast, with prunes on the side, for breakfast. It’s the breakfast of toothless champions.

  75. I’m laughing so hard at you two this morning . . . hell of way to start the weekend. πŸ˜›

  76. casualfan Says:

    LOL! A beautiful ending to a beautiful “taylorized” night at The Roxy followed by the cd signing at WalMart.

    Bill was gracious enough to help this old lady off the stage and even pulled down some ensure from the top shelf…what a gentleman he is.

  77. casualfan Says:

    I prefer to read the “Idiots guide for the not so technologically inclined senior Taylor Hicks fans” Taylor recommended it. The graphics are larger and gives us old folks step by step instructions on the proper way to thud in orthopedic shoes and how to yelped out wooohooo without our false teeth falling out.

  78. *raises glass of prune juice*

    I’m cheersing, gals!!

    *smacks lips toothlessly*

  79. casualfan Says:

    *raises jar of apple sauce*

  80. I think if any of us had any eggs left, he would want us to have his babies.

    Hahahhahahahhaha!!! If I new anything about that dang eBuy, I’d buy me some eggs for that fine strappin’ young man!!

  81. jerseyirish Says:

    Funny, funny ladies!!! πŸ™‚

    JI

  82. Snowstorm Says:

    Of course, I do! πŸ™‚

  83. blueberry Says:

    I did a hit and run here with my post yesterday, but reading the comments this morning has made me smile. Especially the one that tells me I will be made fun of for reaching a “certain” age. Enlighten me on two points: what exactly is that age and who are those people who are/will be making fun of me? I haven’t met them yet!

    Silly me, when I heard Taylor sing and found I liked his style, I had absolutely no clue that my support would damn him to such a wretched existance.

  84. blueberry Says:

    I don’t understand….

  85. Yeah ha, ha. An occasional tune up here and there usually does the job!

  86. Snowstorm Says:

    Raked, you are totally ignorant about the music business! TOTALLY!

  87. Snowstorm guess you don’t have to be old to be made fun of most people on this blog are laughing at you right now.

    Then again I have my doubts as to how “young” you really since the amount of bitterness and bile you display takes a lifetime to cultivate.

  88. Virtual Speak Says:

    I understand there’s some American Idol trading cards coming out. I’ve got three Hicks for a case of Fix-o-dent and a safety shower seat.

    Ante up girls! We don’t have all night! It’s arts and crafts night in the recreation room!

  89. No, Snow. You’re a pop culture victim.

  90. Phone?

  91. Snow, will all of this make Jack Benny come back? This in me in a few months:

  92. I read: “Will all this make Jack Benny come?” Hey, it might have. lol.

  93. I love her gnarly little fingers pecking away at the computer. Is that what we’ll look like? lol

  94. Snowstorm Says:

    It’s how I make my living! πŸ˜‰

  95. Only when Taylor sings.

  96. jerseyirish Says:

    momo, That was pretty funny, it reminded me of my Mom about 20 years ago she was in her 60’s my hubby stopped to help her set up her new cable and what he described when he came home pretty much parrelled that video she cut, taped and made a huge mess of it!!! πŸ™‚

    JI

  97. mamaforpeace Says:

    Sorry, you’re right, I missed it in all that silliness! Oh, and that iTunes thingy, I can’t help you with. I’ve heard about something called an “ipod”. Do you know anything about it???

  98. Funny JI, she reminds me of my mom too. She must be Irish!

  99. Whoa…, after reading that a 2nd time I get it! You DIRTY, DIRTY thing you. ha,ha

  100. mamaforpeace Says:

    Oh, man! Snow, thanks for getting this thread going!

  101. Oh, you dirty, dirty thing you! I had to read that a second time! The thought of Jack Benny coming put me off my lunch. Thanks! lol

  102. Sorry for the double ,now triple, post

  103. Ahhh..I see. You have been assimilated. Makes perfect sense.

  104. Thanks guys, I needed some laughs.

  105. Sex + Excellent Pop Songs = Success! — Snowstorm

    That’s the perfect sig line for you, Snow. You should save it. I’ll bet you think it just rocks, right?

  106. Sorry I couldn’t get in on this sooner. I couldn’t figure out how to turn on this magic box that mysteriously brings all kinds of information to me. Finally, my son got home and did it for me (with a huff, I might add!).

    He left and then because of my cataracts, I coudn’t read anything on the magic screen. I had to get my young neighbor to come over and read it aloud to me. I’m telling her what to type on the magic typewriter.

    Damn, who knew being 40-something would be such a bitch? My voice is fading from all this yammering, so I’m gonna go have some hot tea. With God’s help, I may live long enough to come back later.

  107. I’ll trade ya! But could you throw in one a those donuts for my seat. My roids are ragin’! Need more fiber I tells ya!

  108. I like mine with lemon! It’s cooold in here. REALLY lauged my butt off from post 7:29 am and on. You people are too funny!!!!!
    I was laughing so hard, my boys came in the room and said, “are you ok mom?”. Time to go play outside! Thanks for the laughs everyone!

  109. Best live Everrrr!!!!Hahahaahahaahah

  110. I’ve got three Hicks for a case of Fix-o-dent and a safety shower seat.

    I’ve got your 3 Hicks and I’ll raise you a drawing of a cat by my great great grand-daughter!!!

  111. OMG!!!!!!!!! HAHAHHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!

    Dag-nabbit, I’ve fallen again!!! Soulaz!!!!!!!!!!!! Anybody!!!!!

  112. I think we can fit a prayer circle of Caryl right before dinner at 4pm.

    I’ll bring a jello mold. πŸ™‚

  113. Oooh, that’s a hard one to resist YKM. But I so love cats!!They’re my friends…….my only friends…I sometimes dress them up in people clothes. Is that weird????

  114. Jello? glory be! I do love food that I can eat without putting in my teeth.

  115. The early bird special??? I’m in!

  116. What?? What??? HoW does this thiNg Work?? Is it on??Jamie, get in here!! I neeeed help
    cksoifuon,f $(&shkbdpq;3456yhed

  117. Proof positive that not all of us over 40’s (just barely) are lame. I love, love, love KOL.

    Aren’t they awesome??? Kind of remind me of why I love Taylor so much and why can’t he be as popular as these dudes?

  118. Me likey, momo!!

  119. Thanks YKM! I wrote that song…

  120. Pfft! Nah, but isn’t it funny how people tend to take ownership of the music they like?

  121. Pfft! Nah, but isn’t it funny how people tend to take ownership of the music they like?

  122. jerseyirish Says:

    momo, They were good liked the video, you know these old hearts can’t take too much that!!! πŸ™‚

    JI

  123. casualfan Says:

    Isn’t cable a sweater? I will knit you one sweetie, don’t want you cold at night while rocking on the porch…LOL!

  124. Thanks JI. Hey, I’m from Jersey too! What exit? πŸ™‚

  125. Virtual Speak Says:

    I’ll raise all you old bags with this object d’art.. I’m thinking he’s trying to tell rosie something about his ballz.

    Now pass the damn jello..

  126. jerseyirish Says:

    momo, rte 78 exit 16, no direct exit from the parkway.

    JI

  127. jerseyirish Says:

    VS, You guys have been on a roll since last night, good one!!! πŸ™‚

    JI

  128. That’s a picture of Taylor, being the Southern Gentleman that he is, shaking up my special concoction for the jello shooters I’m passing out later. It’s my special blend of Orange Jello, Triple Sec and Metamucil.

    They are a citrus delight, and I tell you what, if you’re ready to party, those shooters will get you going, literally . . .

  129. What are we supposed to be talkin’ about anyhow? And who is this Taylor guy you all keep mentioning…I can’t keep up with all you young folks, its way past my bedtime and I need to change the batteries im my hearing aid. Now that Andy Rooney… thats a heck of a good looking young fella if I ever saw one.
    What was I talking about? I kind of confused…….

  130. casualfan Says:

    It’s the dementia thing msmxup….nasty, nasty stuff

  131. ms who? You seem to be a little confused…and who is this dementia and why do they post nasty stuff? Now my head hurts, I’d better go take a nap.

  132. Old people are funny!

  133. Oh yeah . . . that Taylor Hicks seems like a nice young man. Reminds me of my first husband, Charlie. I remember back when we were newlyweds and he would crank up the Victrola and we’d do a fox trot around the settee. Golly gee, but that big band music worked me up into a lather. Poor Charlie would have to help me out of my girdle, because I couldn’t get out of it fast enough by myself. All those hooks and eyes are a chore when you’ve got lovin’ on your mind.

    Well now I’ve gone and forgotten why Taylor reminds me of Charlie . . .

  134. Fairhope Says:

    This is borrrrrrring!

  135. casualfan Says:

    ROFLMAO!

  136. casualfan Says:

    Fair, Of course you are dear. We are all old Hicks fans who know nothing about music and spend all of our retirement checks on chasing down this silver fox called Mr. Hicks.

    *replaces batteries in hearing-aids*

  137. casualfan Says:

    I’m sorry dearie. My mind was wondering back to the roaring 20’s when we had those wonderful party mixers sipping high-balls and dancing the night away….what were we talking about?

  138. All these young’uns are just, what do you kids call it these days? Oh yes, “jealousy h-eight-ers”, because instead of just handing over the inheritance, we’re buying RV’s and whomping down the highway!!

    Whooooooo!!! *falls over backwards*

    MY HIP!!

  139. sorry, young ‘in! We old folks can’t help it.

  140. you funny!

  141. Fairhope Says:

    Snowbird go home!

  142. Virtual Speak Says:

    So sorry you’re bored Fairhope.. it’s a generational thing. πŸ˜‰

    I call shot gun in the RV! Can we make it a tard RV with pretty Taylor window clings, and paint it all sparkly to match his Nudie suit?

  143. casualfan Says:

    I’ll go only if I can sell my homemade quilts…I have to fund my Taylorized venture. My social security check only stretches so far these days

  144. jerseyirish Says:

    VS, Will it have wings!?

    JI

  145. Virtual Speak Says:

    JI- I haven’t had to use New Found Freedom’s with wings in years…

    Oh wait.. you mean the RV? Sorry.. I hate that my cognitive and intellectual skill are deteriorating.. what do you call that again?

    Shit.. it’s time to go string macaroni beads in the big room.

  146. casualfan Says:

    I like string macaroni beads. Helps keep these old, wrinkled hands nimble so I can grab that nice young man’s ass when I get my 100th meet&greet

  147. Am I having a hot flash or is it just that photo?

  148. Virtual Speak Says:

    From what I can remember it’s a flash caryl..

    Now CF- What about grabbing that young whippersnapper’s ass? Yeah.. I did that once. Didn’t let go for quite some time.. freaking arthritis and all.. my fingers locked.

  149. casualfan Says:

    And bedazzled harmonicas hanging from the muffler

  150. casualfan Says:

    We will have “Keeping It Real” blasting from that little box located in the console

  151. Virtual Speak Says:

    You mean the 8 track player?

  152. casualfan Says:

    yeah…thanks VS!

  153. Virtual Speak Says:

    No prob.. back to work now..

  154. casualfan Says:

    now how does Taylor fit onto that little thin tape that runs thru that box again? Modern Technology today is amazing!

  155. Virtual Speak Says:

    Taylor’s name and fitting into boxes in the same sentence can lead down a slippery slope..

  156. jerseyirish Says:

    VS, Too funny, my mother-in-law is in a Nursing Home I call her every night just to talk. Tonight while we were on the phone one of the other residence came in she’s 95 and said to her “get a party dress on and dancing shoes, we’re sneaking out tonight” Couldn’t stop laughing, hubby says that one is the rebel of the Nursing Home!! πŸ™‚

    JI

  157. casualfan Says:

    I’m so excited! My great-great grandson is taking me to see Mr. Hicks in a new musical called “Grease” and didn’t want to be embarrassed so he went out and bought me a brand new 8mm video recorder complete with 2 extra reels so I can film Mr. Hicks coming down from the cone.

    I can hide this in my big shiny silver bag my great niece gave me. It matches my orthodpedic shoes

  158. Looks like I missed the party at the home tonight!

  159. Shh Who’s that coming down the hall? Oh it sa Old Greyhead, the administrator. Quick girls! Hide them photos of that young singers balls, under your pillows.

  160. It’s me.

    Get back into bed, kiddies.

  161. jerseyirish Says:

    OK ladies, Couldn’t figure out how to put the page up but here is the list of activities at the home for today:

    9:45 Morning Brew
    10:30 Communion Service
    1:30 Sport Bean Bag Toss
    2:00 Pick me up Pets
    3:00 Lawrence Welk- Viva Italia
    3:30 Sentimental Sing Along- Cowboy and Campfire
    5:30 Movie

    JI

  162. casualfan Says:

    Thanks JI! I will put in fresh batteries for my ears and clean up the specs….

  163. When do we eat??!? I want my jello!!!

  164. jerseyirish Says:

    CF, Got to tell you a really funny hearing aid story. About two years ago my mother-in-laws cousin passed and she insisted on going to the funeral. It takes two people to take her out of the home not an easy task. My sister-in-law called and asked if I would go with her. We get her and went straight to the church. We get her seated and a bit later we start to hear static, we realize it is coming from her hearing aids. The static got louder and we could then hear muffled voices and realized she was picking up a phone conversation. Well it was an argument we started to get the giggles. Mother-in-law had no clue she couldn’t hear what we were hearing we told her she should take out her aids as she was picking something up, didn’t want to hear it. After the church filled it was real quiet and all of a suddent we hear as clear as could be “You mothering f’ing a-hole” , the aids came out after that and we had major giggles through the whole mass. Don’t know why her aids picked it up, has never happened since, but was pretty funny that day.

    JI

  165. Funny shit! Back to the show. The music was too loud, but Taylor performed beautifully. 19 and TRP were awesome. It was a shame the crowd thinned out so early, almost empty by the time the show ended. After all is said and done, he is well worth seeing live. I have nothing to compare it to, having never seen him before live, but as my daughter said, “great show, just not my kind of music” I fear that was a problem for many. There was a huge mix of people there. LA is a tough market and Taylor having been gone from the west coast for so long hurt him IMO. The Roxy is a small old dive and although it has housed icons for many years, it is not the best acoustically. BTW, whoever posted about the media leaving early and the photogs being a pain were correct. It was almost like the LA market wanted to do whatever they could to make tay a “failure” that night. Will he ever be pop stream successful, I doubt it, but he is Taylor and like it or not, he does have a strong fanbase and he does have many who do appreciate his unrecognized talent.

  166. OK, so…did we get it out of our systems? Can we go back to being fine, intelligent, fun wimmenz?

  167. Don’t forget this woman is 55:

    Christie Brinkley was just off the top of my head. There are better examples of women who are still viable in the world even though they’re over 40. No, really! There are! Let’s name some.

  168. jerseyirish Says:

    Caryl, She has always been a natural beauty and has aged beautifully. How about Meryl Streep I thin she looks good she almost 60 years old or she is already. My sister-in-law went to High School with her, she was a couple of years ahead of her, but they grew up in the same neighborhood, hubby was a little younger so was not in HS with them. Also think Jane Fonda looks great at her age, she always kept herself in shape.

    JI

  169. Have you seen Gloria Steinem lately? (I don’t mean to focus on looks, but…) The woman is 70 and still looks good. So, you can be smart and influential and beautiful.

  170. Fairhope Says:

    Thanks Morph for getting the bitties back on track. I was beginning to think this had turned into the Boogie Board.

  171. Fairhope Says:

    And also…get my comments out of moderation faster woman!!!

  172. spinshack Says:

    hahahaha! I couldn’t resist.

  173. casualfan Says:

    Fair, I think we all needed to get that out of our system and we had a good time doing it. Relax!

  174. casualfan Says:

    I watched an interesting biography today on Cher who is well into her 60’s by now if not older. She’s still kicking ass and has tons of class!

  175. jerseyirish Says:

    CF, Agree about Cher, always makes a nice appearance.

    Caryl, Gloria Steinem does look very good for age also, has always kept in shape.

    JI

  176. jerseyirish Says:

    Morph, Thanks for the recap, glad you enjoyed seeing him thats what counts most, the trip was worth it for you. When my daughter came with me basically said the same thing thought the show was great, but not her genre of music, but did say would go with me again when he comes to Philly.

    JI

  177. And of course, there’s us. We rock!

  178. jerseyirish Says:

    Caryl, Always!!!! πŸ™‚

    JI

  179. Morph, glad you had a good time. Can you or someone who was there tell me about how many people were left at the end and did Tay give any indication he was bothered that so many were leaving? The poor man. He is going to be doing Grease for almost 3 weeks in San Francisco and I hope the TMZ crap doesn’t hurt sales.

  180. SexySapphire Says:

    Morph……*purrs*

    And that was for Bluz too lol.

    *waves to FH*

  181. fairhope Says:

    Hey Sexy!!!!! Why can’t we all get together in chat?

  182. casualfan Says:

    Rosie, To be honest I don’t think he cared one way or the other about people leaving that late. There were some kids there and I’m sure he realized that people had to get up in the morning to work.

    I wouldn’t worry too much about TMZ. Taylor handled himself really well with them and he got attention…if anything, his little snarky comments worked in his favor πŸ˜‰

  183. I was at the Roxy. The place was packed (around 400+) and by the end- it was still pretty packed. It wasn’t close to empty at all. Taylor didn’t notice because there was nothing to notice. Some people left because the show went way too late for a weekday and many had children. It’s nuts how things are blown out of proportion–especially since I was there and saw exactly what was happening.

  184. VS… now that just cracked me up!!!

  185. Thanks, tom. It’s frustrating the crap that’s written about Taylor. It’s like people have a grudge against him, but I’ll never understand it.

  186. Thanks Tom and Casualfan for your information.

  187. casualfan Says:

    caryl, I have found that some of the grudge comes from anger over the fact these people can’t get their interviews granted for one reason or another, Taylor ignores them. I totally understand and get the fact that some just aren’t into him but some interviews/reviews are obviously fueled by anger over something he did or didn’t do.

  188. Redrosespeedway Says:

    Thanks for giving us the real story.

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