I decided to add a pre-show blog topic about this week’s widely anticipated American Idol Top 5 show, featuring music from the legacy created by the artists from the Rat Pack Era.
The major singers from this signature musical time period were pre-dominantly male and enormously talented. The key male figures were Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Joey Bishop, Peter Lawford and, my absolute favorite, Sammy Davis Jr.
Later on, some illustrious female singers jumped on the Rat Pack bandwagon, including Shirley MacLaine, Lauren Bacall, Angie Dickinson, Marilyn Monroe, and Judy Garland.
The music, written and performed by the composers and artists respectively, is timeless and memorable. The lyrics are absolutely exquisite and the melodies are refreshing, entertaining, inspiring and truly exceptional.
Additionally, the melodic and lyrical structures are interwoven in a manner that encourages and motivates a singer to not only shine during his or her performance, but also establish a very strong emotional connection with his or her audience.
Therefore, I am anticipating the very, very best from all five singers on Tuesday. These songs present them with a perfect musical canvas on which they can color their voices with exquisite nuance and impeccable artistry.
However, once again, it will come down to song selection and, also, proper key selection and song arrangement.
Hopefully, we will see a uniformed Top 5 showcase, one that encourages all five of the remaining singers to solidly illustrate to the the viewing audience the depth and dimension of their musical skills and artistry.