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MusicLover Marc's Random Ramblings

Notes on life, family, music, and whatever else might come to mind!

Updated: 2018-03-06T05:27:43.309-05:00


American Idol - the top 12


I wasn't gonna blog tonight due to time constraints, but I have been so blown away by some of the performances tonight that I just had to get my thoughts down in writing.Syesha Mercado - Yeah, she was pitchy to start but she was also the first performer on the new stage. I liked the arrangement too. I still think she's one of the best singers, but I'm really worried about her based on this

American Idol top 8 girls


It's Wednesday! Time for the final 8 girls to perform on Idol as we whittle them down to six tomorrow night. Let's hope they have better song choices than the guys did last night!Asia'h is up first tonight, singing "I Wanna Dance With Somebody". Didn't we hear her do this before? She sure does have a lot of spunk and energy. Good way to start off the show. She did it so well that it almost seemed

American Idol top 8 guys


It's Tuesday night -- that means it's time for another session of Idol liveblogging! Tonight's the last chance to make the top 12 and move on to the "big stage", as Ryan puts it. It's 80's night tonight, so it should be a good one!First up is Luke Perr.. er, Luke Menard. Everyone expected him to be gone last week, so it's no surprise that he starts off very shaky. Man I hope he goes home this

American Idol round 2 - top 10 girls


Time for another night of Idol liveblogging, although apparently Blogger has a scheduled outage at 9pm Eastern, so I'll take that time to give Little Miss a bath.Carly Smithson kicks off the show singing Heart's "Crazy On You". It's a great song choice for her, although she did have a few pitch problems. I can't believe how Simon gushes over her -- I think she's good, but not THAT good. But maybe

American Idol round 2 - top 10 guys


No time to do a full liveblog tonight, so I'll just give a quick recap of each performer.Michael Johns - I really haven't been all that impressed with Michael, ever. (Have I? Check my previous posts.) He's terribly inconsistent, and tonight was one of his worst. I'm not sure what people like so much about him. Is it the accent? Funny that Paula calls him "consistent". As usual, Simon's spot on

American Idol - girls top 12


Hello again Idol fanatics! I'm back for another night of Idol liveblogging (albiet 2 hours delayed), one eye on the TV, the other on, and the fingers furiously typing (and occasionally rewinding) away!Based on DialIdol's stat's today, no huge surprises -- my four favorites are listed in DialIdol's top 5, with Danny Noriega being the only surprise.So here we go... Kristy Lee Cook is

American Idol top 12 guys


So here it is, the first real week of Idol and the first time we get to see all of the guys perform. As usual, I'm more than 2 hours delayed, but I'll stick with the liveblogging format anyway.First up is David Hernandez, my Hollywood-round favorite, singing "Wait Till The Midnight Hour". He's good, but I'm not as impressed as past performances. It's fairly bland and he had one really flat note

The Idol top 24 selection show


Although I already know the top 24 list, I'm still wondering what happened to some of my early favorites and if maybe they made it into the top 50 without being shown during the Hollywood round.No real surprises during the first half of the show, other than how many people made it through that I don't remember EVER seeing. The biggest surprise to me was that Simon doesn't like David Hernandez.

American Idol hollywood round and Top 24


Well due to a family emergency and a rough week in general, I'm still playing catch-up with our tv watching this week. I half-watched the Hollywood Week episode while doing some work, but couldn't really pay attention, so tonight it's time to rewatch it. But looking at the top 24 list, I see I didn't do too well with my audition-round predictions. Here are the people I mentioned by name in

Why I'm voting for Barack Obama


I'm not really that politically active -- I don't read political blogs, I haven't watched a single debate this campaign, and I haven't even read the candidates' positions on the issues. And as little as three days ago, I was still undecided on who I would vote for next Tuesday. I mean to me, all of the candidates' positions are pretty close and none of them are going to match my views 100%. (In

American Idol auditions - Nebraska


There's not much to blog about in these first round auditions, since we see so few of the people who actually make it through, but one girl did blow me away tonight -- Angelica Puente. Obviously she was nervous, and the judges are right that she was a bit to "mimicy", but I think the judges were a bit harsh. The girl can blow! If she gets her confidence up, she could be a front-runner. She could

Idol San Diego auditions


I wasn't even going to bother blogging about these first Idol audition shows because they normally show so many awful singers, but one singer tonight really grabbed my attention -- Samantha Musa. I thought she was amazing. I did not expect that voice to come out of her at all! And she's cute to boot. My only concern is that she may be TOO good at this point, or maybe not unique enough. The ones

And this season's American Idol winner is...


Wow, it's been a while since I've blogged, huh? Well it's Idol season, so I'm planning to start liveblogging again, at least when we get to the REAL shows, not these crap audition shows.With that being said, we may have already seen this season's winner -- Angela Martin. She's not the greatest singer, but she has the story. You see Angela is a 26-year-old single mom whose daughter has Rett

My new money pit


I was warned. "Don't bother buying a pace car under $5000," an owner of more than a dozen low-mileage pace car replicas told me. "You'll end up spending at least $5000 to get it back to the condition you want.""Nah, not me," I said to myself. "I'm more careful than that. I do my research. And the car doesn't have to be perfect, it just has to be driveable."Well, I paid $3000 for an '84 Fiero pace

My new car


If you've been on my blog before, you may have noticed a link to, a website about the Indy 500 pace car program. I've run this site since 1999, yet I have never owned a pace car replica myself -- until now.No, it's not the 2007 Corvette pace car or one of the great Camaro or Olds pace cars from the 60's and 70's -- maybe some day. For now I'll settle for the 1984 Fiero pace car

A pretty good week so far


First, a welcome to anyone who might be reading this through Facebook's Blog Friends application. Be warned, I tend to babble about all sorts of random topics -- hence the name of the blog.I must admit that this has been a pretty good week so far.I won $56 in this week's football picks poolDemocrats won a majority in the Virginia state senate and picked up 3 additional seats in the house -- even

Music Monday - Lady Bell from Austin


Last week I was in Austin, TX for a training conference. Friday night one of my co-workers took us out to see a friend of hers (who recently moved to Austin from northern Virginia) perform at an open mic night. The coffee shop, The Green Muse, was one of the seediest dives I've been in (or maybe this suburbanite was just out of his element, but I generally prefer to hang out with people who bathe

Quote of the day


From Rolling Stone, in a rant about (among other things) politics and homeland security:"You can have my shoes when you pry them off my cold, dead feet, and those Red Lobster-hostess blazers look fucking stupid on your police-academy-dropout ass."RS 1037, "Hot Mood - Not Dealing With Reality"

Little Miss's Mess


Boy, it's been a while, hasn't it? Sucks when you have to go on vacation just to find time to blog! (And sad that I actually took time to blog from Hawaii, but that's another story!)Anyway, I just had to share this morning's conversation with Little Miss. Lauren's 2 1/2 now (actually, 2 years and 7 months today) and although she's been in a toddler bed for some time now, we just recently moved

Aloha from Hawaii!


Yeah, I know, I can't find time to blog when I'm at home, but while I'm 5000 miles away in paradise I have time to sit at the computer. What the hell's wrong with me??? Well, you know... we paid for the high-speed access, and I'm not going anywhere tonight but I'm not quite ready for bed (It's 9:30 Hawaii time), so I figured what the hell.So we are into our second week of our vacation. We spent

Ten years of wedded something-or-other


I know I haven't been blogging much lately (still terribly busy at work), but I had to pause for this momentous occasion. Today is our 10 year wedding anniversary!Ten years, huh? Wow, that's something. It certainly hasn't all been roses, but on the whole I guess I can't complain. I guess special occasions like this (or Valentine's Day, for example) always make me dwell on the problems, but

Happy Birthday Ranger Rick!


So why have I been so busy at work lately? One of the reasons was launching this great website and video for Ranger Rick!If you would like to embed this video on your own blog, please don't embed this version. We are putting the finishing touches on a version that will be served from our own site, so please check back here in a few days. For now I'm posting this version for testing purposes and

To blog or not to blog, that is the question


Yes, I admit it. I am a blog abandonner. I didn't think anyone would notice, but apparently my two loyal readers both did! (Thank you to Liz and Jamie for checking in! It's good to know people do actually stop by now and then!)So what happened? Well, lots of things...Reason #1: I was liveblogging American Idol fairly regularly, but thena) Idol went down the toilet with the whole Sanjaya thingb) I

American Idol top 10 recap


It's Tuesday -- time for another evening of Idol liveblogging! Tonight's guest is Gwen Stefani and apparently the contestants will be singing both No Doubt songs and songs from artists who inspired No Doubt.First up is LaKisha singing Donna Summer's "Last Dance". She's wearing a flowered mu-mu that makes her look far heavier than previously, but her voice is strong as always. It's nothing

In case you didn't know... the internet is for porn!


This is the funniest thing I've seen in a long time! (I need to watch viral videos more often!) So apparently the song is from a musical called Avenue Q, and yes, it's really sung that way! I just learned about this musical tonight and now I am dying to go see it! It's performed with Sesame Street style puppets, although the cool thing is that the actors/puppeteers are in plain view. There's a