Archive for June, 2011

And the winner is…

America’s newest obsession is quite arguably reality shows.  While I’m not always a huge fan of the typical ones most of America loves, I do have a few I really enjoy.  My most recent following has been NBC’s The Voice.  It’s not my favorite, but it’s close and I’ve really enjoyed it.

Last night, it was down to the final four: Beverly McClellan, Vicci Martinez, Dia Frampton, and Javier Colon.  (See the link to The Voice for bios on them and performance videos.)  It was a night of some amazing performances from the finalists with some big-name artists from the music business.

Tuesday night was even more impressive than last night was for me.  The artists duets with their coaches (Christina Aguillera, CeeLo Green, Blake Shelton, and Adam Lavine respectively) were very well put together and quite entertaining.  Beverly’s original song was 100 percent rock star quality and totally worthy of a win.  Vicci really showed her personality and creativity, especially with her duet involving CeeLo.  Their creativity and performance was on the level of MTV videos in their heyday.  Dia has really come out of her shell under Shelton’s tutelage and was absolutely adorable during her duet with Blake.

But it was father of two, Javier Colon, who took home the prize!  Javier is well deserving of a break and the chance to pursue a dream career.  As the original “Voice”, Javier has now won $100,000 and a recording contract, both of which mean that he can support his family and get into the music industry.

If you missed it and want to check them out, the music is on both the NBC website and iTunes.  There are also full episodes and more video on the website as well.  Already a fan?  Dying to see them in person?  Check out the new tour schedule as well!

So keep your eye out this fall for my true fave, The Sing Off, to return, and in the mean time, let me know what you think of The Voice finalists!

Introducing… ME!!

So why did I start this blog?  Didn’t I already have one of those?  Who am I anyways?  You’re probably asking at least one of those questions right about now!  So here are a few answers for you…

The simple stuff first:  I was born and raised in Montgomery, Ala.  My parents have been married longer than I’ve been alive, and I’ve been married since January 2010.  I have a sister and a brother, both married with 1-year-old daughters.  My brother has a son due Nov. 5.

The artistic stuff next:  I’ve sung at church all my life, was in Girls Chorus for a year, and have had voice lessons off and on.  (No, I’m not very good at it, just “OK” usually.)  I took piano privately for four years and at school for one of those years.  I played clarinet in the band for two years in junior high, but that was when I developed a love of theatre.  My mom would take me with her many Friday nights to work in the kitchen of the Faulkner University Dinner Theatre.  We’d get to eat and see the show for free in return.  So after doing that all through junior high, in high school I studied Musical Theatre at the magnet school.  In college, one of my best friends talked me into auditioning and I got hooked on acting for real.  Since then, I’ve been involved with over 62 productions, either on stage or off, including directing three.

The customer service stuff finally:  I’ve worked for a professional theatre (Alabama Shakespeare Festival/ ASF), a movie theatre (Carmike Cinemas) and a retail jewelry store (Claire’s).  I’ve run the gamut when it comes to customers.  My first day on the phones at ASF I had Mr. Blount himself call!  (As in, Wynton and Carolyn Blount who donated the land it sits on.)  My manager and I actually caught a lady trying to shoplift at Claire’s one Friday night.  And of course, Carmike saw everything in between with all the different movies our eight screens showed.  One of the things I’ve learned is that the saying “the customer is not always right, but they are always the customer” is really important in dealing with customers and patrons.  (I’ll share some other gems from through the years as we go along.)

My life has also been about education all along, mixed in with a desire to help others.  I have a degree in Secondary Education with an emphasis in English/Language Arts and have worked in higher education for almost 10 years now.  I’d love to get a Masters in Professional Counseling and work with at-risk young women, but think I may pursue a Masters in Professional Writing for now.  I think most anything to do with helping people communicate and understand and learn really gets my interest and is something I have a heart for!

That’s just a bit about me, but feel free to ask questions…

Hello World!!

Just a quick note to get things started…

My intention is to start writing reviews.  So tell me, what do you want to hear a review of?  Movies, restaurants, theatre…