When you look at today’s world what do you see? War, starvation, strife among the classes, governments doing their best to totally control those they govern, hackers doing their best to make your life miserable, people wanting something for nothing, and the list goes on and on. If you follow the news you never know if what you are reading is really true or not. Politicians who will lie, cheat and steal to remain in power. It is all rather numbing. You start asking yourself ‘Is there anything good in the world’? One thing that comes to my mind is music.
To me, music makes the world go round. It comes in many forms. Music is not just words spoken, the strum of a guitar, the banging of drums, the sound heard when your fingers touch the ivory keys of an organ or piano. It can be the sound of the wind as it blows though the trees, the sound of raindrops as they fall upon a window, the sound of four paws belonging to your four legged BFF as he or she runs across the wooden floor, the sound of the buoy bell anchored a short distance from shore, the sound of the creek as it flows to a destination, the sound of the wind chimes as they give in to the breeze, the sound of a six month old baby laughing or giggling, the sound of the motorcycle pipes as the driver cranks the gas. Music is different strokes for different people.
The music most that relates to people is the words sung, the guitars strummed, the drums banged, the ivories pressed on the well tuned piano. We have been blessed with people who excel in this form of music. Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Tina Turner, Bono, the Eagles, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, the Rolling Stones, Aerosmith, Elvis, Diana Ross, Santana, Carly Simon, James Taylor, Hank Williams, Al Green, the Temptations, Eric Clapton, Queen, Pink Floyd, Elton John, Simon and Garfunkel, the Beatles, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Roy Orbison, Michael Jackson, Neil Young, Smokey Robinson, Johnny Cash, Luciano Pavarotti, Dean Martin, Jerry Lee Lewis, Otis Redding, Bo Diddley, Marvin Gaye, Led Zeppelin, Buddy Holly, the Beach Boys, Bob Marley, Ray Charles, Little Richard, James Brown, Chuck Berry, Bob Dylan, Whitney Houston, Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert, Adam Levine of Maroon 5, Patsy Cline, Buddy Holly, Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson, Conway Twitty, Loretta Lynn, Buck Owens, Charlie Pride, George Strait, Garth Brooks, Oak Ridge Boys, Kenny Rogers, Shania Twain, Vince Gill, John Denver, Keith Urban. There are so many more music greats who have brought joy to millions of people. Some continue to bring that joy. Some like Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Kurt Cobain and many others have brought sadness to millions when their lives were cut short.
Music tastes are sometimes broad and sometimes quite minuscule. You have passionate artists who stay with and promote one genre their whole career. You have artists that jump from one genre to another when their star fades. You have the one hit wonders that possess the passion but only had their one day in the sun. There are those that never get their day in the sun even though they possessed the passion and had the talent. The important stars of music are those with passion for their trade. Those that take pride in the fact that what they do brings joy to millions. The important stars are the ones so good at what they do that they draw you in to a world you wish you could spend an eternity in. Those, that when you hear them, raises the hair on your arms and brings tears to your eyes. Those are sometimes so far and few between.
In order for music to survive, there has to be those to take the place of the stars that begin to fade. Sometimes when those stars fade, there is nobody waiting in the wings to step up and take their place. Sometimes music has to wait for that new star to step out of the shadows. Hows does that new star find their way out of the shadows? It all started with American Idol in June of 2002. AI produced stars such asCarrie Underwood, Kelly Clarkson, Scotty McCreery, Phillip Phillips, and Kellie Pickler, to name a few. Would-be hopefuls auditioned before judges who were stars already successful in their careers that took time out from their busy schedules in the hope to find that one diamond in the rough. Then in April 2011 a new show was born. The Voice. This show was different. There were four judges as was on the Idol show. The difference was, during the audition, they were turned around so they could not see who was auditioning. Choosing who would stay and who would go was based solely on the singers voice. Approval was based on one of the chairs to turn around. Another difference was that on the Voice, those in the chairs were coaches while on Idol they were judges. There is a difference.
People that love music were excited. The make-up of the show had music stars Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, CeeLo Green and Christina Aguilera as the four coaches, all stars in their separate genres. The coaches chose those for their team who they thought had the passion and talent to be musics next great star. They brought in other music greats to help coach the chosen members of their team. The show is now coming to the end of it’s 7th season. Two coaches, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton, have been constants on the show since its inception. Other coaches have been Usher and Shakira with this season seeing Pharrell Williams and Gwen Stefani. These people are incredibly awesome with what they do for these hopefuls. They all have a passion for music and they want that passion to continue. The key word here is passion. These stars have no egos. They are there solely for the purpose of keeping music alive.
You would think with the coaching stardom that the show would have produced multiple super stars in its seven seasons. While the show has discovered many talented, passionate individuals, it has yet to produce a super star. Tonight, the winner of Season 7 will be announced. Tonight Matt McAndrew, Craig Wayne Boyd, Damien Lawson or Chris Jamison will be named the winner of season 7 of the Voice. All four are good within their own right. So, what makes a super star? A super star grabs your attention, draws you into their world where you get lost. A super star gets the hair to stand up on your arms and often brings tears to your eyes when they sing. They have your soul for a short few minutes that leaves you wanting more.
Tonight, at the end of season 7 of the Voice, a super star will step out of the shadows. I have not yet seen the show and am staying away from anything that might spoil what I believe the outcome will be. It is my thought that when the winner steps out of the shadows tonight, that winner and music’s first superstar in a long while will be Matt McAndrew. Music has waited patiently for someone with the talent of this young man. There are no words to describe what he did Monday night. Being of the male persuasion I seldom admit when music raises the hair on my arms or brings tears to my eyes. There is no explanation for it, it just happens. To experience the moment fully you cannot fight the feeling, you have to let it happen. That is a WOW experience. There are not many out there that are capable of giving you that WOW experience. The ones who have that capability, those are the super stars. Matt McAndrew is one of those super stars. He gives you the full experience. He fully draws you into his world, into his moment. You absolutely get lost. If you truly have a love for music, this young man and the talent the possesses, leaves you wanting more. He is the full package. Not only is he an incredible singer, he has a humbleness that should be mirrored by many of todays popular music talents.
Don’t get me wrong as I do not want to take anything away from the other 3 finalists as they are also awesome. I will follow and buy all of their music as well as some who did not make the final show such as John Taylor Williams. He, as well as many from this seasons show, will have their day in the sun. But Matt McAndrew, he stands out in the crowd. As I stated before, music has been patiently waiting for its next super star. While the wait has been long, the wait has been worth it. A super star has stepped out of the shadows. That super star is Matt McAndrew. I can’t be wrong…can I?
Music is all around us, you just have to listen. Peace.