Atchafalaya by Spoonful James

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Every once in a while, Quinn Borland throws me a bone, so to speak, sending me video and links of Spoonful James’ new work. Yesterday, I got an email from Quinn with the link to this video. As the first notes drifted out of the speakers, I immediately fell in love with this song.



On a summer’s night, when we first met
In a little town near Lafayette
Your black eyes I can’t forget
Lookin’ straight through me I was soakin’ wet

You asked my name could you get my number
About that time I heard him thunder
Your father spoke as if to threat
He said keep away from that Juliet

Chorus:
I used to meet you down in Atchafalaya
Down on the levee overlookin’ the bayou
There’s Spanish moss in a cypress tree
I felt close to God when it was you and me (2x)

We’d steal away dance all night
To Evangeline in three quarters moonlight
Only mine I wanted you to be
But your daddy wouldn’t stand for a poor boy like me

But you came to me through the fog of the water
You knew much more than just a poor man’s daughter
We took our chances on rendezvous
You came to me I came to you

(repeat chorus)

On a rainy night cold winter’s weather
You just gave up on us ever bein’ together
You took your life like lovers do
Think I’ll do the same so I can be with you

And I can meet you down in Atchafalaya
Down on the levee overlookin’ the bayou
There’s Spanish moss in a cypress tree
We’ll be close to God you and me (3x)

This song is haunting, and the lyrics, written by Tony Brook, are captivating. A song about lovers unable to be together in life, they decide that death is the only answer.

Quinn said, “We’ve never done a song like this and when we started rehearsing it we all knew it was definitely the right song for us to do.” I have to completely agree. Even though this is just a video of the band rehearsing the song, there is something about it that makes me want to watch and listen to it over and over. Taylor Hicks, take note. This is good music.

Also, check out Tony Brook. Spoonful James are big fans of his, so he’s got to be good.

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125 Responses to “Atchafalaya by Spoonful James”

  1. Thanks for this Grey! The music/lyrics is haunting and Quinn tells the story very well. This is exactly the kind of music that I like and yes-Taylor Hicks should indeed take notice because THIS IS GOOD MUSIC! 😉

  2. Well aren’t we full of ourselves?
    I love Spoonful, like the song. But I am quite sure Taylor Hicks already knows what good music is.

  3. mamaforpeace Says:

    Is there an ignore button???

  4. mamaforpeace Says:

    Damn! I pushed the other one!

  5. Yes MAMA….it’s a big one. Taylor uses it himself by not responding to idiots long ago. 😉

  6. hicksaholic Says:

    I love the lyrics but vimeo won’t open for me so I can’t hear it. Crap!

  7. jerseyirish Says:

    Enjoyed listening to the song, he performs it very well.

    JI

  8. What I want to know is….if Spoonful James wrote 7 Mile Breakdown, why does Taylor say he wrote it? I’ve heard him say that more than once in interviews. And I read an interview with Wynn Christian where they asked him if Tay helped him write it. Wynn answered with a non answer that I took to mean he alone wrote it. ????????

  9. I don’t know the answer to that, Sierra, but I think writing credits are easy to come by. Maybe he switched up a lyric, or changed an arrangement. I don’t know.

  10. henry8 Says:
    …I am quite sure Taylor Hicks already knows what good music is.

    Then why doesn’t he record some??!? 😆

    bah dah bump!!

    hee hee hee hee

  11. Taylor changed 2 words in the song so he could take a writing credit on it. The song was off Spoonful’s album Seven Mile Breakdown put out in 2001 or 2002. Its pretty darn good, imo. I think Taylor would do well to cover more of Wynn Christian’s songs. There’s an album the Wynn Christian Band put out a few years ago, Healed Tonight that is just begging for Taylor to make his own. It’d give the music a common thread anyway. Either that, or do another album of just his stuff.

  12. Thanks for those videos, Tony Brook reminds me of a cross between Kris Kristoferson and John Prine.
    The Spoonful James tune deserves radio play, although the DJ’s would have a hard time pronouncing the song title! LOL
    Great music, like always, keeps us coming back over & over!

  13. We’ve talked about indie artists and new takes on music, sharing and such, and on that note, Justin Hines has released a new video from his CD, “Chasing Silver” entitled “COURAGE” (one of my favourites from his CD)………….this is a novel concept in that one can participate by uploading their own images of those persons considered courageous in their own right……….wonderful idea!!
    enjoy Justin’s video!!
    http://www.courageportraits.com/

  14. BoB Coon thanks for your answer and I agree with you.

  15. I really don’t know what can be said to anyone who thinks Taylor has never recorded any good music. Its just very sad and I wonder why they even hang around but I don’t spend more than a second wondering about it. Not that important.
    And you are right CF, Taylor does ignore the idiots , in fact I hear he has kicked a number of them to the curb.
    Have a good day.

  16. I’m so tired of all of the fan factions and I at least expected his new site to be free of it. There are a lot of males on the new site and hope they aren’t driven away by the the nonsense of a few women. Taylor has been hearing what he should record from Arista to Simon and Randy telling him he should do songs like SMB. Some fans want him to do a cover CD of blues or soul music. Some fans like the melodramatic story songs and others the catchy more rocking numbers. Taylor shinee live or on film no matter what he sings but on a recording so much is lost. He would have been better off winning Americas Got Talent and the million dollars and 1 yr Vegas contract. Few could equal his live performances where he goes by his natural instincts and all he has learned from studying others. He could sing versus from the bible or Yellow Page adds and do his moves and looks, grunts and thrusts and smiles and entertain the casino crowds. In Vegas he could put on quite a show with a full chorus, great musicians and the works. I think all Tay fans are just frustrated that he hasn’t achieved the success they expected and end up feeling a need to bitch at someone.

  17. Taylor shines, not shinee ^

  18. By the way I really like that Spoonful James song- very good!

  19. And you are right CF, Taylor does ignore the idiots , in fact I hear he has kicked a number of them to the curb.
    Have a good day.
    ===========================================
    What you hear and what is fact are usually two different things dear. Why don’t you just ask him?

  20. rosie Says:

    October 15, 2009 at 10:11 am
    I’m so tired of all of the fan factions and I at least expected his new site to be free of it.
    ============================================
    Couldn’t agree more about the factions Rosie. But it’s not surprising that his new site has them because that’s the new nesting ground. Reminds of elementry school days when the bullies flocked to one corner of the school yard, the nerds on the other end while the what evers stayed in the middle. It takes a lot of courage to walk thru the bully group but once you’ve done it, the rest is a cake walk. 😉

  21. blueberry Says:

    Enjoyed the Spoonful James song a lot and it made me look up Atchafalaya as well. Just beautiful. And I understand now why some people get very excited about seeing Spoonful James.

  22. Thanks to Bob Coon for answering that question about writing credits. Interesting that one can change a couple of words and can then say that they “wrote” it.

    Bob Coon is also the one who filmed SJ singing this song. Great job!!

    As for the fan factions…that isn’t going to change. Y’all can just hang around here. We can talk about Taylor and even *gasp* other musicians.

  23. You mean there are “other” musicians out there? 😮 *faints dead away*

  24. casualfan Says:

    That sounds like a plan IAG 😉

  25. All I know is after hearing this song, I’m pretty damn excited about SJ’s new album. 🙂

  26. I agree there will always be fan factions. I’ve noticed that a few people just love to talk negatively about other fans and other blogs , that is when they are not going on and on about their own life and accomplishments and looks down to almost every last boring detail. Some of those who profess Taylor can do wrong are usualy lost as to where or what he is doing now. Some are too busy still putting down Daughtry, Clive Davis, Simon and are living in the past. Then too some are just bitches who can only get along with a select few.

  27. hicksaholic Says:

    I really like that song.

    Yeah, Wynn wrote Seven Mile Breakdown. I am sure there was an agreement between Taylor and Wynn that allowed Taylor to take co-writing credits(I believe that is fairly common). But that song is Wynn’s song.

    It would be great if Taylor could record and have success with a song written by one of his old friends. Unfortunately at this point it doesn’t appear to be SMB.

  28. casualfan Says:

    My opinion is that when someone genuinely loves their craft and is dedicated their heart and soul to what they are doing, it shows-as the case with SJ. I love SMB because I can hear the passion in the words and I hear it loud and clear when Taylor sings it. Why it’s not hitting the charts, I don’t know but it is a great song and IMO the best that Taylor has recorded since his Idol win.

    Having that said-Taylor going back to his roots and corroborating with his friends who are professionals and posses that passion is the road to take. Truth is that if Taylor got back to his roots with his OWN writing it would make a difference.

  29. casualfan Says:

    Some are too busy still putting down Daughtry, Clive Davis, Simon and are living in the past. Then too some are just bitches who can only get along with a select few.
    ===========================================
    I heart you Rosie. 😉

  30. Having that said-Taylor going back to his roots and corroborating with his friends who are professionals and posses that passion is the road to take. Truth is that if Taylor got back to his roots with his OWN writing it would make a difference.

    Truer words were never spoken…or written. Whatever. 😉

  31. Oh for craps sake. No song is going to get you on the radio. No getting back to your roots is going to get you on the radio. No great voice, no amount of talent will get you on the radio. Not the way things are right now. Maybe it will change someday but right now its all money and power. Unless some big label snaps up Spoonful, he won’t be on either.
    If I’m wrong , I will be extremely happy to be wrong but I bet I’m not.

  32. I agree there will always be fan factions. I’ve noticed that a few people just love to talk negatively about other fans and other blogs , that is when they are not going on and on about their own life and accomplishments and looks down to almost every last boring detail. Some of those who profess Taylor can do wrong are usualy lost as to where or what he is doing now. Some are too busy still putting down Daughtry, Clive Davis, Simon and are living in the past. Then too some are just bitches who can only get along with a select few.

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    Rosie…I just don’t see where the posters here are any different then what you describe . As soon as henry8 commented her opinion she was jumped on. I have read plenty of derogatory remarks about the BB and their posters here..so the holier than thou references are a bit weak.

  33. I have never seen such a bunch of whiney babies as what is in the SP,
    Gaaaaahhhh, get a life already!

  34. henry8 I heart You. LOL.

    At the Rick & Bubba show Taylor performed a totally different arrangement of SMB and I liked it even better than the CD or Country version. Don’t know if Taylor or someone else arranged it but it was great. I’ve only listened to a couple songs by Spoonful but those were too twangy country for me.

  35. Anne, as soon as I posted that I realized I was doing just what I was complaining about others doing. I was in a pissy mood from having read negative things about some of the posters here the last two days. In the past few months, I posted some things here that would be better left unsaid. It does seem this blog does get picked on a tad more than others and there are a heck of a lot of lurkers who visit here but never post. Perhaps they should join in and post their thoughts in a nice way.

  36. hicksaholic Says:

    Where does this blog get picked on? Is it just the few times somebody like henry8 comes on and doesn’t like some of the things being posted or is it on a different blog that this blog is being put down?
    I think this blog is great most of the time. I love the different opinions from posters like CF, henry8, even snowstorm. I don’t have to agree with all of them but it’s good to hear different opinions.
    I would like more people to post too especially if they are reading any way.

  37. Did anybody actually watch Justin Hines new video?
    Why is everybody so fricken bitchy?

    http://www.courageportraits.com/

  38. mamaforpeace Says:

    Barb, thanks for reposting again! That was amazing! Made me cry! As the grandmother of a toddler with cerebral palsy, it’s especially meaningful to me. You all should watch this vid, really!

  39. Hi Barb, I’m not bitchy. I’m quite happy these days. 😉 Regarding radio, and what constitutes “real” music, that’s a silly thing for any of us to be debating. Real music is a relative concept; depends on personal preference. Radio play isn’t determined by any of the theories of thought of what constitutes good or real; radio play is pretty much what Henry8 outlined.

    Clear Channel pretty much has ruined any chance of any independent stations making it for long in the marketplace. Overall if you listen to radio much you will see most of the music offered is crap anyway, the same 40 songs in a rotation depending on the channel’s genre.

    Where is that beating a dead horse image when I want it?

  40. Yeah, I would love the convo to go back to Spoonful James, since that’s what this post is about.

    For whoever said they hadn’t heard them much, here ya go:

    These guys really don’t get the credit they deserve. I mean, I think by many fans they are just “friends of Taylor’s” when in reality, they can rock it with the best of them. 🙂

  41. Am I wrong Sunny in thinking that Clear Channel has pretty much put the end to any independent labels getting on radio also. Or is it something else? A few years ago I was encouraged as it seemed some independent labels were making some inroads but that now seems to be gone.
    I haven’t the time to do indepth research but I haven’t spotted an independent label song in the top 20 for a long time. People are still saying its better to own your own stuff but it seems they will have to find other routes to sell their music other than depending on radio in any way.

  42. Wow Barb!! That Justin Hines video and song was pretty powerful. Very cool.

  43. I have some questions about SJ. Did they ever open for Tay on his 07 tour? Have they needed to have day jobs the past 10 yrs? Do they play mostly in the south and were they more or less successful than the TH band prior to AI? Did all of you discover them due to their past with Taylor?

  44. PurpleButterflies Says:

    “Truer words were never spoken…or written. Whatever. ”

    I don’t think that Taylor going back to his roots would do any good. It didn’t work the first time around, and it didn’t work the second time around when Early Works was released. To be brutally honest, and say something that I was always hesitant to say, I did not care for UTR, IYT, or The Distance. There are some songs I like on The Distance, but not many. I loved the Taylor Hicks CD. Absolutely loved it. I also loved DIMYP and TITTS. The minority of fans like Taylor ala UTR and IYT. The majority of fans don’t. I’m not talking about message board and blog fans. I’m referring to the general public. The general public liked how Taylor sang on AI. That’s why he won. That’s why the single and the TH CD did well. The songs on The Distance are not in the same genre as what Taylor sang on AI, nor is this CD the same genre as the TH CD. I know a lot of people who want to see the “AI Taylor” come back. I’m also in that group. It wasn’t broken. It shouldn’t have been fixed. It would be like me designing jewelry that I like. What I like is in the minority. I like fancy chokers with lots of gemstones. The majority like the regular old chain with “I heart nurses”. LOL So I suck it up and make what the majority likes. And that’s how I stay competitive and afloat.

  45. PurpleButterflies, The TH CD was my favorite also, and there wasn’t a bad song on it. I also agree about DIMYP and TITTS. The people who voted for him on AI however were not only liking the songs he sang but the visual performance Taylor. Poor Taylor is damed if he do or don’t by some of his fans and for most of the AI 5 watchers he is indeed Under The Radar.

  46. I have some questions about SJ. Did they ever open for Tay on his 07 tour? Have they needed to have day jobs the past 10 yrs? Do they play mostly in the south and were they more or less successful than the TH band prior to AI? Did all of you discover them due to their past with Taylor?

    Rosie, SJ does play mostly in the south. I discovered them because of their past with Taylor…and I’m thankful for that. I love most of their music. I don’t know if they all have day jobs, but I think so. I think the band is a “part time” thing for them. What I mean by that is that they don’t have gigs every weekend or anything.

    As for opening for Taylor…they might have.

    But here they are with Taylor in 2003

    Here they are playing with Taylor in 2007

    Here’s Wynn playing with Taylor for an encore in Dothan in 2007.

  47. casualfan Says:

    Purple-For me at least, the comment of him going back to his roots doesn’t necessarily mean the same music as UTR or IYT. Taylor is obviously more comfortable with older music infused with blues, soul and yes-southern rock. He doesn’t have a pop music voice or a country style voice and shouldn’t be doing that type of music. (Just because he has a southern accent doesn’t mean he can sing country. Having a southern accent does NOT mean you are country.) If I had to classify his music, I would place him in the Americana Roots category. He shines in blues/soul and in southern rock. That infusion IS AR type music. The genre itself is small but it’s growing and tends to have more Indie Artist’s with smaller labels. But they have comfortable careers and very dedicated fan-bases.

    The problem with the TH cd is that it was way over produced and sounds like a karaoke style cd. Taylor doesn’t need all the bells and whistles that was attached to most of the songs. Look at “The Right Place”…it’s a simple song without all the instrumentation and the strongest tune on the cd. “Wherever I lay My Hat” was mostly carried by keyboards, bass and had a soulful sound to it-great song btw!

    I think Taylor has been pulled in so many different directions by so many people since his AI win that he’s lost and not sure where to go anymore. Hopefully he will find his way back to HIS ROOTS and do what he does best. 😉

  48. I thought I remembered reading something about SJ breaking up for a while. I found this article that talks about that. I seem to remember that they started back up when Taylor started making it on AI. I could be wrong.

    http://tiny.cc/TFakQ

  49. Thanks Grey. I hadn’t seen the last two but I also watched the mop head one once again. It was fun that day when you posted those 2003 performances and we all tried to equate Tay then with now.

  50. hicksfan7 Says:

    I LOVE SJ – and I also heard of them because of Taylor. Didn’t Taylor and Wynn actually play together in a band when they were at Auburn? I may have that wrong.

    Great to see the new Rehearsal vid – Atchafalaya – thanks IAG!

  51. hicksfan7 Says:

    Had never heard of Tony Brook before – enjoyed that too!

  52. I was gonna mention, I shot another one of these one-off performances for another song on the upcoming album, Broken Alabama that I’ll be putting out next month, as well as a studio video for another tune, Why Don’t We, that will probably come out with the album. Thanks for your interest in the band. They are a good group of guys I’ve known for many years and am very pleased they’ve taken the time to start playing again, and record another album.

    Cheers,

    BC

  53. mamaforpeace Says:

    Purple, see it’s all subjective.! I hated TH, the cd, except for TRP and WILMH (a bit). I agree with CF, way over produced. Didn’t care much for UTR, more for IYT. I have to say my favorite is the latest, the Distance. There are some songs I really like on it, and I think it was very well put together. i have to say, though, that some songs I didn’t care for on a cd, like The Maze, have a totally different appeal when he performs them live.

  54. I think he bought a new shirt!!!!!!

  55. hicksfan7 Says:

    watching those pre-idol vids of Tay with Wynn and SJ is such a strange experience – with a dance floor that is maybe half full, people actually dancing, nobody lined up in front of the stage, just seems weird now. LOL

    and fun to watch Taylor and see what ‘moves’ he still has now (actually quite a lot is the same as back then) – the man cannot stand still when there is live music going on…love it.

  56. hicksfan7 Says:

    it’s cool that he doesn’t have to keep his harmonicas on the floor under the piano anymore….ha

  57. We went to the State Fair yesterday; one of the draws for us, a Celtic rock band The Killdares. Another example similar to SJ in which they are really incredible musicians but sans big record label backing. They tour nationally, perform often, had a 2001 CD nominated for grammies in 5 categories yet remain self-publishing, producing CDs on an independent label.

  58. Wow! Young adult crowds, dancing and drinking, having fun. The grannies would have been pushing his bangs out of his face.

  59. I wonder what he thinks of all of us ‘older’ fans talking about how hot and wonderful his is. Also SJ, and BW and Clay and all his past and present band members now have their share of Taylor groupies who are older than them. A young DJ asked Tay the other day about the obsessive SP and Tay did a hop, skip and jump over. Funny comment Fairhope.

  60. haha, not (his is) but (he is) Freudian slip!

  61. hicksfan7 My last post above has a link with history of SJ that also talks about playing with Taylor.

    Rosie, I’m sure especially in the beginning that older female fans were a little weird and I’m sure was the subject of lots of inside jokes between Tay and his best buds. LOL. I think he’s gotten more used to it now. There was a review the other day in the paper about a Daughtry concert and the writer was snarking on Daughtry’s old lady fans. LOL. I’ve also heard it about David Cook too. So, I guess Taylor is not the only one but he sure seemed to bear the brunt of the jokes about it. At least a lot of that has died down and is not mentioned as often.

  62. hicksfan7 Says:

    Thanks Dee – I have read that now – so fun to get info on how it all came together…bunch of good musicians, and good friends. Very cool.

    Rosie – I think (at least I hope) Taylor realizes his ‘older fans’ really LIKE his music and style of performing it…the older ones ‘get it’ more, and it takes us back to ‘the day’ when we had less responsibility and a lot more FUN. LOL

  63. What the hell happened to Idletard???????

  64. Fair, I just came home and saw your post and went and checked. That is a surprise. Maybe the Lee Anne women sued the whole bunch and got a Big Belly laugh. I think Smartie watched Taylor vids and had a secret crush on him. She mocked him way less than all the rest. She and Fender could be on a bender.

  65. jerseyirish Says:

    Is Idletard shut down? Could never get in there, they were just plain cruel over there.

    JI

  66. All I know is that was the first site I went to every night. Funny stuff. And yes I saw myself in a lot of women they were making fun of. It’s good to laugh at yourself every once in a while!

  67. Smartie lifted two comments I made on articles when I was new during the summer of 08. I was one of the nuts who back then thought I should jump in and defend Tay from random critics. I posted on Idletard and her witty but nasty comment back at me made me laugh my ass off. I was blocked for awhile. She was sharp and witty, but way too mean at times. She mocked many of Tay’s fans but didn’t mock him nearly as much as the rest of the idols. I also read many of her posts and saw myself in some of the women. But, but, but, isn’t Taylor special and better than the rest? Heavens to betsy and back again, I can now talk about his balls to infinity……

  68. This is just my opinion of course, but I would use caution in discussing the “demise” of Idletard. I’m sure most of us still remember how many times MFOYA left the building only to pop back out when they were bored and had a point to make and then slink back into the fandom again.

    Again, only my opinion….

  69. hicksaholic Says:

    CF
    Why did that mj link take me to Idletard? Was it in a post under one of her topics?
    I agree I think Taylor is more comfortable with his older fans these days compared to right after AI. Hell, he has a lot less of them to worry about. But I would bet there have been some funny discussions between him and his friends regarding the older fans. I would love to hear them.

  70. hicksaholic, that link did not go to Idletard it went to the faux mjbigblog. THAT’s not The MJ of A.I. coverage; you must have just glanced and not looked at the material. It’s a cover story apparently on Smartie and all the sites she has created/posts on besides her own as a way to knock her down for all her snark at Idol fans.

    Regarding the comment above concerning Hicks’ music and “the older ones ‘get it’ more, and it takes us back to ‘the day’ when we had less responsibility and a lot more FUN.”

    Older ones? Makes it sound like Hicks’ is ready for the Oldies bin at Wal-Mart, something I don’t thing a cool hang on the man’s music. You do realize it’s not just older folks who dig his music, and attend shows? That said, some of the reason his CDs don’t translate into a more modern younger sound is the manner in which the songs are translated onto plastic form. (CD) How many times have I read how much better this song or that song is live?

    The recordings sound rather stilted and stiff in comparison to concert delivery which translates into a more current sound. A sound that might, and I stress might appeal more to those ‘younger ones’ left out from ‘getting it’.

  71. Sunny – regarding your comment on my comment – yes of course I realize Taylor has fans of ALL ages – that is why I specified the ‘older ones’ meaning people like myself, in my 50’s.

    I also referred to his ‘style of performing’ – meaning his live performance of his songs, as well as covers. Reminiscent of my own younger days when I heard a lot of live bands in bars, and enjoyed it so much.

    I truly believe Taylor appreciates fans of all ages, and really does not wish to ‘dis’ any of them.

  72. mamaforpeace Says:

    Hey, what happened to the alphabet???

  73. He appreciates your money… end of story. If he should glance at a fan’s face, regardless of their age, he sees dollar bills.

    His older fans have been away from music so long, they forgot what it’s all about. A struggling musician is trying to make a living off of you… PERIOD! Don’t be so freaking naive.

  74. I would not be surprised if he looked at MY face and saw dollar bills, I do sort of resemble one – all wrinkly and greenish – hahhahahhaha

    But, I have not ‘been away from the music’ at all, have enjoyed music all my life, and am a fan of many many musicians, singers, etc. I think ALL of them SHOULD making a living off of us – we are the fans, they perform the service we pay for – I think it’s a good deal for all concerned.

  75. ‘dis’ his fans? That’s just not a salient point since that would be like shooting the nose off his own face. Now having the occasional chuckle over a Grandmotherly fan twirling about in a bedazzled glitter shirt after she’s had one-goblet-of-wine-too-many in front of the stage isn’t the same thing as ‘dissing’; it’s simply acknowledging the humorous moments life sometimes presents us with. It is what it is. We all act ridiculous sometimes, it happens.

    What I’ve learned over the past several years is that so many avid Hicks’ fans did not continuously follow bands, music. They did perhaps in their teen years for a while, then got involved in other pursuits for a few decades. It’s an ongoing topic, how Mr. Hicks has brought this person or that person ‘back to music’ which I’ve read extensively on the Hicks’ boards. If that the case then he did has somewhat succeeded to accomplish what he has sought to do as a performer.

    What one thing that caught my imagination and attention when I first saw Mr. Hicks on Idol in that audition in 2006; his coming from a place like SJ, like The Killdares, then deciding even with his gray hair and unIdol appearance (back in 2006) to go for it; to sing a bloody Sam Cooke song in audition on that reality show. Then, how he got up on that stage, in front of millions of viewers and proceeded to hand the show its ass week after week.

  76. Oh and Snow – you aren’t naive enough to think I meant that Tay appreciates his fans in a PERSONAL way did you? No – he appreciates fans of all ages BECAUSE that is how he makes a living. (and he sort of seems to enjoy it while he’s at it!)

  77. Sunny – thanks for clarifying that for me. I guess I used the short cut word ‘dis’ to cover all that, but must have chosen the wrong word.

  78. hicksfan, stop backtracking! The older fans want to think that there is some kind of personal connection, that Taylor is different than other performers… maybe if they go to enough concerts, that makes them feel entitled & special.. they are just fooling themselves. The reality is there is only a business connection between a performer and his fans.

    You pay his bills and that’s the only connection you have.

  79. The ones who are dissing Idletard… it’s because you saw yourselves as the butt of the joke. An older woman acting all fangirly… who’s not going to laugh at that? That’s fucking hilarious!! But, in the end, you set yourselves up to be mocked and laughed at.

  80. Snow – not sure how I am ‘backtracking’ but okay, if you say so.

    and I have NEVER claimed to have any connection to or with Taylor other than being a fan. I don’t mind ‘chippin in’ on his bills – as I said I pay for services rendered, and that service is his entertainment of the fans. Do you think he should give away his CD’s and perform for free?

  81. if you say so Says:

    Yep, all the people dissing Idletard are old and feel like the butt of the joke. It has nothing to do with the mean-spirited attitude portrayed there at all. No siree.

    Generalize much?

  82. if you say so, you need a sense of humor, dearie. Idletard is a parody. Get it, sweetie? C’mon, now… old women making total fools of themselves over Idols young enough to be their sons or grandsons… that is fucking hilarious and if you never thought the Idols themselves, including Taylor, never read there and laughed their asses off. well, you are delusional.

  83. I just have to say this too.. I heard about fan fiction and slash, but never read it or was involved in it. Idletard was the first time I had ever read it. I was completely horrified and fans of Idol contestants are even more worse than I had originally thought.

    You don’t whether to feel sorry for these women, who apparantly have no life to speak of or laugh at them. Either way… sad!

  84. I vote for Snow to be the new Smartie. Oh, I forgot she already is the smartest ass.

  85. Snowstorm Says:

    I’m honored Rosie, but nobody can replace Smartie. She and her VFTW pals are the kings and queens of snark and often speak the truth.

    I look at those sites as comic relief. It’s no different than SNL, Don Rickles, David Letterman, Conan, Leno, etc.

  86. casualfan Says:

    Since the topic of this blog has apparently gotten lost, I have to make this comment-Grey I seriously LOVE that picture of the swamp in the Atchafalaya basin above. I have always had a “romance” so to speak with that place. The history and folk lore attached with that part of Louisiana is perhaps the most alluring part of a state that IMO is the richest and most unique in the entire USA. Any song, story or downright lie that comes from the Atchafalaya has my vote.

  87. jerseyirish Says:

    cf, Had no idea what Atchafalaya meaning was. Caryl tweeted that she was at the bridge of Atchafalaya the other day. So I googled it interesting history.

    JI

  88. The photo is breathtaking, but like Tay I want to live on a lake. The great thing about Taylor fans is online age doesn’t matter since we all have being Taylor fans in common. Last night I was out celebrating one of my friends birthday. One gal in our group is 17 yrs younger than me and most of the rest. She said we don’t look or act our age which made me think how easy it is for different ages to get along online discussing Hicks. Btw, I think Sunny’s 10:45 am post is beautiful.

  89. if you say so Says:

    I actually have a great sense of humor. I just have enough humanity in me to know when things go over the line.

    http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/parody

    A parody is actually an imitation of something. Smartie did a pretty good job of acting as obsessed over the “tards” as the “tards” were about their objects of affection, so I’ll give you that.

    Next time, look up the big words before you use them, dearie.

  90. Snowstorm Says:

    if you say so, hey there darling… don’t take things so seriously…

    But, you are correct, so my bad. A thousand lashes with a wet noodle for me!

  91. Snowstorm Says:

    I course I generalize. You fans have given me no proof to think otherwise.

  92. Snowstorm Says:

    whoosie, poopsie…

    that should be Of course, instead of I course…

  93. mamaforpeace Says:

    Next time I am in that part of the country, I’ll have to check out the Atchafalaya. Is it anything like the Okefenokee Swamps in Georgia? See, the power of a song and a picture!

  94. casualfan Says:

    The Atchafalaya has some of the best fishing in the south-lands. When I was a kid my dad and our next door neighbor would go into the Atchafalaya Basin around Bayou Teche and fish for crappie,bass and of course crawfishing….good stuff!

    Never been to the Okefenokee Swamps but they also have that mysterious allure that attracts folk lores and some great songs.

  95. Love the swamp pictue.

    Found the song boring.

    Extremely bored with all the personal stabs at each oher.

    I am sitting here on a computer in what they call the “Pay it forwad house” The beautifu people, in this small town outside of Chicago, allow me to stay here so tht I can be closre to my momma who is fighing for her lfe in the hospital across the street.

    When I hear the comdemnation coming against older women for just having fun. I think of momma and wish she could go with me again to see her sweetheart Taylor.

    Mayb we will. I pray that we do

    For those who think Taylor has never made a good song… Today I was walking around the hospital just trying to find myself. The piped in music played “What’s right is right” Taylor never souned more beautiul anywhere then he did in those long sad halls.

    It’s a damn good song.

  96. casualfan Says:

    if you say so Says:

    October 18, 2009 at 3:02 pm
    I actually have a great sense of humor. I just have enough humanity in me to know when things go over the line.
    ===============================================
    Well said! I admit to reading and on few occasions enjoying IT, but many times the lines got crossed between what is considered banter, humor and downright disrespect.

    And Snow, your reference of SNL and the other Entertainers were and still are professionals. Their skits were created out of humor and entertainment and not out of maliciousness and obsession. There’s a difference.

    No doubt someone will soon pick up where Smartie left off and continue on with the silly games.

  97. mamaforpeace Says:

    Sweetay, my thoughts go to your and your mom. I do hope she gets to go see Taylor with you again!

  98. Snowstorm Says:

    cf, have you seen Letterman lately? He’s obsessed with Sarah Palin. He takes stabs at her every single night. Some call it comedy and some call it hate. It all comes down to how you look at it and if you like or dislike her. Don Rickles has made a career out of making fun of people and it’s no different than what Idletard or VFTW is doing.

  99. jerseyirish Says:

    Sweetay, My houghts and prayers are with you and your Mom that she makes it through this tough time.

    JI

  100. David Letterman is obsessed with Sarah Palin fo sho. Take a deep breath Letterman and let it go!

  101. casualfan Says:

    Ok Snow-You bring up valid points and I have to agree up to a point. I don’t watch Letterman, have never cared for his twisted sense of humor or his insults. Shows like that only pave the way for blogs like IT to continue on….you prove this point by comparing her blog to Letterman and Rickles.

    We all have our likes and dislikes and if that’s the way you want to entertain yourself, then happy trails. 😉

  102. Sweetay…. my thoughts go out to you and your mom.. It is at those times that the sweet memories..like enjoying a Taylor concert with your mom are so special. I hope they play WRIR often in those sad halls ..his voice is soothing. I lost my mom in August and in the bad times Taylor.s voice among the other joys in my life… helped me get through. God Bless

  103. The Balloon Boy incident was a hoax and the parents are charged with three felony counts.

  104. Sweetay… Hope your Mom gets better soon. So glad you have a place to stay. We have Ronald McDonald houses here that do the same thing. I lost my Mom two yrs ago and still miss her terribly. When things like this happen it makes some discussions on fans boards seem silly in comparison. Sometimes we just need to take a deep breath and remind ourselves what is really important in life. Enjoying Taylor and his music or the music of others can bring so much pleasure. I guess there’s also pleasure for some in the complaining and nit picking but let’s just not take things too seriously. LOL.

  105. littlewing Says:

    IAG, thanks for the SJ and the beautiful picture. I’d love to go to LA one day. I never got to see SJ but saw the Greyhounds with Taylor in Nashville. My husband really dug them and had a couple of smoke breaks with them. Said they were cool:)

    Sweetay, I know this time must be so hard…lost my mom in 95 and think about her all the time.

    I know a lot of people who want to see the “AI Taylor” come back. I’m also in that group. It wasn’t broken. It shouldn’t have been fixed.

    I’m in that group too, and I know 3 people in their 20’s who loved Taylor on the show and were like me and many others disappointed with the CD. Regarding Taylor’s early music, I’m the biggest fan of his live sets, but not so much IYT and UTR. But then I’ve never been a fan of folksy type music.

    I used to love Letterman til he started getting too political with GWB. It’s OK to poke fun, but he crossed the line. And now ripping on Palin. I saw him on a cover pic on a mag of him recently. dressed in a shirt with no pants. Gawd, does the man have no shame? This legal thing is not even funny…he’s milkin’ it.

  106. Sweetay the last place I really come to when having problems is fan sites, boards to find comfort. It’s what it is. I hope your Momma is better. Bless her and bless you for what you must be feeling and going through. Don’t hit the sites where mundane things are discussed in times like this; focus on your issues and talk to those who love you. Largely the banter back & forth out of boredom nothing serious. Glad you found solace hearing Taylor’s song. see another example of what he, as a muscian striving for with his art.

    Thank you Dee and Rose for all your words of wisdom delivered the way only you two can do.

    Snow, you may not always emit tact but you do hit the spot so many times.

  107. littlewing Says:

    Sunny @10:45 a.m. – great post.

    Esp this part:

    then deciding even with his gray hair and unIdol appearance (back in 2006) to go for it; to sing a bloody Sam Cooke song in audition on that reality show. Then, how he got up on that stage, in front of millions of viewers and proceeded to hand the show its ass week after week.

    Bravo! Hear, hear.

  108. Hi Littlewing, missed you a moment ago; I agree with your take on Letterman. Geez.

  109. Snowstorm Says:

    “Sometimes we just need to take a deep breath and remind ourselves what is really important in life.”

    No truer words were ever spoken. Know what’s important in life. It’s not fanboards, faceless cyber people, or Taylor Hicks.. it’s your family and friends. However, I believe in the power of something that helps you thru the night (or day). A song to comfort you or a blog that makes you laugh so hard, you have tears in your eyes. Remember laughter is the best medicine. 🙂

  110. Snowstorm Says:

    “Snow, you may not always emit tact but you do hit the spot so many times.”

    Thank you Sunny. I’ll return the compliment.. you also hit the spot many times. Your blog is a breath of fresh air.

  111. Taylor hosting SNL???? WTF?

  112. Nevermind……..

  113. hicksfan7 Says:

    It is so nice to hear (read) people being nice and saying good things to each other. I know it probably won’t happen but it would be cool for us all to make the same effort. Just like ‘Thumper’ used to say in Bambi – “if you can’t say somethin’ nice, then don’t say anything at all’…oh and I think Snow and Sunny have started a mutual admiraton society~

  114. Fair, The article says Taylor Hicks will be hosting and performing on SNL on Nov. 7th. Did they mean to say Swift? It makes me feel sick, sick I tell ya. Tay would be great on SNL and what a career boost. He could even parody himself from AI and wear his sequined Grease suit and I’d be happy. Guess he is no longer a big enough celeb, damn it to hell and back!

  115. jerseyirish Says:

    fairhope, I saw that too, wasn’t sure if it was for real about SNL and Taylor.

    JI

  116. snl.com says Nov. 7…Taylor SWIFT

  117. Sunny @10:45 a.m. – great post.

    Esp this part:

    then deciding even with his gray hair and unIdol appearance (back in 2006) to go for it; to sing a bloody Sam Cooke song in audition on that reality show. Then, how he got up on that stage, in front of millions of viewers and proceeded to hand the show its ass week after week.

    I really liked this too. This was the “same” Taylor who put out the Taylor Hicks CD without his hit song Do I Make You Proud on it !! LOL. Personally, I liked the song but Obviously Taylor didn’t. LOL. Agree or disagree with his decisions he does it his way. LOL.

  118. I like the DIMYP song. I could have done without the cheesy background singers but I thought Taylor’s delivery on the lyrics was great. Kelly Clarkson’s “A moment like this” was by far the best coronation song but DIMYP comes in second for me.

  119. Google alerts the past several days comparing Britney’s new tune, “3” immediately hitting number one to Taylor’s DIMYP in 2006 not a bad thing, really.

  120. PurpleButterflies Says:

    “I’m honored Rosie, but nobody can replace Smartie. She and her VFTW pals are the kings and queens of snark and often speak the truth.”

    And often didn’t speak the truth too. They had me doing a drive for the troops with Clay Aiken CD’s before Taylor. That was news to me. LOL Someone had sent me a link and asked me when I did that. LOL God only knows what else they had me doing.

  121. PurpleButterflies Says:

    “The ones who are dissing Idletard… it’s because you saw yourselves as the butt of the joke. An older woman acting all fangirly… who’s not going to laugh at that? That’s fucking hilarious!! But, in the end, you set yourselves up to be mocked and laughed at.”

    A couple of months ago I took my son to work. He works at a nursing home. I pulled in and there was a van parked in the parking lot, alongside the walkway. The back of the van was open. At the edge of the walkway was a woman in a wheelchair. I drop my son off at the walkway so I was right in the back of the van. A man was sleeping inside the back of the van. He had a pillow and a blanket. The woman in the wheelchair was sleeping. They were holding hands. I sat there frozen. I didn’t mean to stare, but I was frozen. My heart just sunk. It was so sad. The sound of my car running must have awakened the man. He looked at me and all I could muster was “Hi.” He said “I guess you’re wondering what’s going on.” I didn’t respond. He continued and said that ever since his wife went into the nursing home, he couldn’t sleep at night. She was always in the bed next to him and that’s how he fell asleep for many years. So he came to the nursing home and the aide would put his wife with him so they could sleep. He said it was their version of camping because they both always loved the outdoors and so enjoyed camping. The picture of them holding hands and sleeping like that was something that will stay etched in my mind forever. It was heartwrenching. I told him that I would pray that she would be healed and I pulled out. At the end of the parking lot, I cried my eyes out. There are many sad, sad things that older people go through. Some are alone, some suffer ill health, some are ignored by their children. If an older person finds joy in music, and if the artist makes them feel alive and vibrant, then it’s to be celebrated, not mocked. Instead of making fun, thank God that they have found something that makes them happy. What’s it to you that they act fangirly? It bothers you, why? Instead of making fun, thank God that they aren’t suffering.

  122. blueberry Says:

    Bravo PB! I’d love to think that your sweet story would put an end to the silly, silly conversation about who should enjoy what at what age, but it probably won’t. I wish for all the naysayers the love and commitment evidenced in what you witnessed and shared with us.

  123. hicksfan7 Says:

    PB – that says it all! And thanks for sharing it.

  124. My heart goes out to Sweetay and her mother, I’m praying for a happy ending for them. My father is in the hospital with complications from bladder cancer surgery, and I agree, his spirits always go up when music is involved.
    My Dad’s favourite song: A Daisy A Day:

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