05-02-2013 01:49 AM
Amber, I think you did o.k. on the first song. However, your jazzy version of "Funny Valentine" was great-beautiful job. And, sweetheart, it doesn't matter if you didn't know what you were singing about or not-what matters is that you went out on stage, and sang it well-REALLY WELL!.
When I was a 12 year old girl, I use to sing lead in my church choir, and the choir director use to tell me all the time that I could sing good, but that I didn't know a **bleep** thing about what I was singing about. I learned much later that putting that kind of emotion into a song comes with experience-much of which is the heartache of love, relationships, and tragedies, etc. And, trust me, in your future music career, you are going to experience a lot of these things along with MANY, MANY GOOD THINGS TOO. So, you will always have a lot to write about. Listen to Nickie's song, "Dear Old Nickie", and you will come to know just what I'm talking about. Nickie sings that song with such emotion, heartache, and beauty, because she's been down that rocky road of relationships, and therefore can really "sang" what she knows about. Love can be beautiful-but it can really hurt a lot and do damage emotionally, too. But, again, you will learn with experience just what that song funny valentine really means-hopefully, not too soon. However, you did "sang" it like you knew what you were talking about, so the improvisation was very good.
DON'T LISTEN TO HARRY CONNICK JR'S PUT DOWNS, BECAUSE I'M PRETTY SURE WHEN HE STARTED OUT BLOWING ON THAT HORN, THAT HE KNEW ALMOST NOTHING ABOUT WHY OTHER OLDER MUSICIANS WERE PUTTING CERTAIN EMOTIONS INTO THEIR SOUNDS. And, you're still very young, and none of us expect you to know a lot about love at your age unless you were a loose woman. So, baby girl, just keep on singing as good as you are now or better, and trust me, in time you will learn exactly how to sing like you know what you are talking about, and you will come to know over time, that love relationships are not all a bed of roses.
And, baby girl, if you do get put off tomorrow night-please don't act a fool, but leave with poise and maturity. Try to see the bigger picture in all of this-which is a future music career making $100s of millions of dollars-instead of the measely few million dollars of prize money from American Idol. It would be insane to even think that winning American Idol is more important than your future music career. So, leave with grace, because all the music producers and the world will be watching, and how you handle yourself when/if you get put off of the show is what everyone in America is going to remember-not if you win American Idol or not. You have been gifted by God with a beautiful voice-so don't blow it by worrying about if you are going to be on the show next week or not. It's really not important, baby girl, because you've made it already! American Idol is just a stepping stone for all of you, and you and I both know that everyone can't win the prize money-but, hello!, you all are already winners-and don't forget that!.
Look at it this way, if you do get put off tomorrow night, I will be happy, because that means that you can get in the studio and make that first album, SO I CAN BUY IT FOR MY COLLECTION! Now, step back, take a few deep breaths, put everything in its proper perspective, and accept whatever happens, leave with poise and grace if it comes to that, and then get in the **bleep** studio and make an album. You're still my number one Idol-even if you don't win the title itself.
And, by the way, Youtube has been playing the first version that you "sang" of "Funny Valentine", and there has been over half a million downloads since the sudden death round. So, baby girl-"what are you cryin' about?" You're a super star already!
Good luck tomorrow night- regardless of what happens, smile, and keep on "sangin'."
05-02-2013 05:13 AM
That's a nice sentiment. I love Amber, it was very hard to see her so upset last night. I think part of it too, her poor daddy was a mess!! She couln't even look his direction, haha. I hope she makes it tonight, if not, I hope she can relax now and grow.
05-02-2013 08:31 AM - edited 05-02-2013 08:37 AM
I totally agree, CornBread. No matter what happens Amber, you will be fine so you shouldn't even worry yourself. And even if you do get eliminated tonight I believe you'll have a better career than the actual winner. Winning American Idol isn't everything. And like Cornbread said, you are already a WINNER. Just think, out of approximately 286 people that auditioned for Season 12, you managed to make the Top 4 that is left. That is a major accomplishment, and if it were me I know I wouldn't have made it that far. Just know that there are tons of people that love hearing you sing. You and the other girls have already gotten some exposure while being on the show and people know who you are. So ignore any negativity and please, BE ENCOURAGED.