First, the New Josh Groban DVD, Awake Live. He does not disappoint. :) I've watched the whole thing three times, and listened to the accompanying CD on the way to work over the weekend. I especially loved his duet with Angelique Kidjo, "Pearls". One word that kept coming to me as I listened to it was was powerful. They both have such strong voices, and the lyrics were so emotional. And I loved his performance of "Un Giorno Per Noi", my favorite non-English song on the album. And I have to say, "Awake"--why is it only a b-side? Please, please put it on the next album! Better yet, make it the fist single on the next album! As beautiful as it was live, I can't wait to hear a studio version. Or, maybe he could release an lp. I know it's not really done in the genre, but I know I also loved "Mi Morena" on his last live DVD, and I was half expecting to see it on Awake but it didn't make the final cut. (edit--I found the studio version of "Awake" on the lovely interweb this morning. I iz a happy fan :))
I love how he's evolved as an artist. I remember his first album was almost strictly classical, and he didn't have any original songs. And that first DVD, he wore a suit, was clean shaven, walked sedately across the stage as he sang. He had to be induced by his producer, who accompanied on piano with a few songs, to play for just a few minutes. Now that he's proven he's star material, he's able to cut loose, put more of his personality in his music. There's a reason I didn't really become as big a fan as I am now until the second album, Closer, when he was able to put two of his own songs on. And on the last two DVDs, he plays piano (and has a drum solo! exciting) for a fair bit, besides just singing. Not to mention, that if you saw a picture of him, you wouldn't put the picture with a classical artist (although he's as much pop artist as classical, now). He's got that indie rocker, scruffy look going on.
Okay, second; AI, when the hell are you going to make me stop jumping through hoops just to be able to go to your school? I have to go back there again at the end of the month. And I have to stay the whole weekend! Some kind of orientation. The letter said it was for enrolled students, which threw me; How can I be an enrolled student if I haven't even been told if accepted yet? The next line reads that this weekend is supposed to complete the admissions process, and let me meet some of my future class mates.
Oh, and it gets better. They also sent me an agenda, and it reads, Friday, May 30, 6 pm, check-in; 6:30 Welcome Dinner; 7:30 Music, Games, Open-Mic and Karaoke.
Open-Mic and Karaoke???