Well, apart from the little expletive at the beginning of this song, I have to say that I was thoroughly impressed with this performance by Top 3 American Idol Season 9 Finalist, Crystal Bowersox.
“Farmer’s Daughter” is an original composition penned from the musical heart and soul of one Crystal Bowersox. If this song is any indication of what she will be able to contribute to the music industry, then I feel that she will be extremely successful.
Marketing is key here! Initially, her distinct talent will work extremely well within a smaller, intimate environment. I can’t see her filling huge arenas as of yet, but time and planning will take care of this aspect of her career.
Listening to Crystal’s relaxed, liberated performance, I was reminded how confining these theme weeks can be for the Idol singers. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if all of them could sing with the style of music that suits them best?
Jason Castro is a prime example of this very fact! He has grown s0 much as a performer since his last appearance on American Idol two years ago. Time and nurturing makes a monumental difference in the comfort level of a performer – that and the opportunity to perform music that is meaningful to them as artists.
Perhaps the producers should consider an original song week. The singers could sing one of their own compositions or one written specifically for them by an another artist. If some of the singers are not true songwriters, then they should be encouraged to become involved at some level in the writing process. This would further showcase their creativity as an artist.
Further to this thought, how about taking a well-known cover song and ask each singer to arrange it to suit their singing style? They would have to start with a blank slate – making decisions about the flow of the melodic line, key change, instrumental accompaniment and background vocalists. That would certainly separate the artist from the artist-in-waiting, wouldn’t it?
Think about this as you listen to Crystal sing this song. It really is beautiful, the words and music flowing from the depth of her heart and soul.