I’m In A Taylor Hicks State Of Mind

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I found this Taylor Hicks video while exploring other video sites and thought that it did merit a blog topic. He performs an excellent version of Billy Joel’s “New York State Of Mind.”

Now, Taylor Hicks bluesy style may not appeal to all the listeners, but I loved it. However, what I loved even more so was his phenomenal vocal artistry. Additionally, his voice sounded extremely focused and resonant – check out the circular mouth and relaxed jaw and you will get what I mean.

He focuses and projects his voice so well, highlighting the progression of his technical skills. Hopefully, this will be an ongoing presence in his future performances, as it will certainly stimulate him to increase the dynamic possibilities of his vocal gifts.

I loved when he mentioned the “circular breathing” element in reference to his saxaphonist – looks like Taylor is becoming very astute in the benefits of diaphragmatic breathing.

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Rosanne (Giallonardo) Simunovic began her musical career in Timmins, Ontario. She studied piano with Anne Pizzale and later, at an advanced level, with Soeur Anita Vaugeois (Sister Cecile of Les Soeurs De L’Assomption in Timmins). Her vocal and accompaniment skills were nurtured by her aunt, the late Dorothea Mascioli. When Rosanne graduated from O’Gorman High School, she moved on to the University of Toronto where she continued her piano and vocal studies while attaining a Bachelor of Arts Degree. She was hired as a piano accompanist for several musical companies, most notably, the National Ballet Of Canada. She presently holds an A.R.C.T. Teacher’s Diploma in Voice from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. Rosanne has studied choral conducting with numerous well known Canadian Conductors, including Wayne Riddell of Montreal, Quebec and the internationally renowned Dr. Elmer Iseler. She has been a founding member of numerous community-based arts organizations: the Timmins Arts Council, later known as Arts & Culture Timmins, the Timmins Symphony Orchestra, and, the Timmins Youth Singers…as well as the TYS Alumnus choir, the Timmins Concert Singers. In 1987, she was also selected to be the conductor of the Timmins Board Of Education Choir, comprised of talented students from Grades 5 to 8. In 1988, she was elected to the Board Of Directors of the Ontario Choral Federation (now known as Choirs Ontario), where she served as Chair of the Festivals Committee for six consecutive seasons. In 1996, in honour of the Ontario Choral Federation’s 25th Anniversary, Rosanne was selected as one of 25 recipients of the OCF’s Distinguished Service Award for outstanding contribution to the choral art. The ceremony was presided by Lieutenant Governor, Hal Jackman. In November 1997, Rosanne Simunovic was selected by the Rotary Club Of Timmins to receive the prestigious Paul Harris Award for her years of dedication to the artistic development of young musical talent in Timmins. In August of 2002, Rosanne Simunovic was selected by the Board Of Directors of Choirs Ontario to serve as Conductor of both the Provincial Junior and Teen Choir Camps, now renamed in honour of the Camp Benefactors, Don and Lillian Wright. In November 2002, Rosanne was the one of the recipients of the Commemorative Medal for the Golden Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II, honouring her work in the development of the arts in Timmins. Under Rosanne Simunovic’s direction, the Timmins Youth Singers and the Timmins Concert Singers have been featured in numerous choral festivals and performing opportunities outside of Timmins. In 1985, they were selected to partici

7 Responses to “I’m In A Taylor Hicks State Of Mind”

  1. I see what you’re talking about, and of course, Billy Joel has said that he had Ray Charles in mind when he wrote it, so bluesy is quite appropriate. This is one of my all time favorite songs, and the style and tone are spot-on–but I don’t love the dragging out of the melody. But that’s just a matter of taste, and liking it the way I’m familiar with, I guess.


  2. I like Taylor and want him to do well but this genre of music doesn’t seem comfortable to him.


  3. The singing is lovely and the slowness of the music highlights Taylor’s fantastic voice … but … I just don’t buy this slowness on Taylor! He just doesn’t ‘do’ Taylor for me with being stuck on a chair and going so slow. It’s not that I only love his crazy dancing (I do!), but he just seems to be playing at being Taylor Hicks! LOL! Thanks for posting, MCL.

    I also wanted to comment on how much Taylor STILL appreciates his musicians … wasn’t he the first Idol to really make a point of highlighting the background singers and band with a thanks each time?



  4. Oh, I wanted to be blown away with his performance, but I really wasn’t. It is obvious Taylor is comfortable with this style music and may end up in an intimate setting, but I’d rather see him up there singing and doing some steps. At least he was nice to look at.

    I saw the performance at my daughter’s house, and my Grandson remembered Taylor. He won. It was soooo funny.


  5. I love to see Taylor move and dance but I like a performance like this even more, where he shows off his distinctive voice. I was quite blown away by this performance. I think he is a very talented musician and singer.


  6. Thanks for your comments everyone. Nice to see the Taylor love here, isn’t it? I miss the silver Fox but I know we will be seeing much more of him in the future -certainly on Broadway. A Tony award perhaps?


  7. I was privileged to attend this charity event and it was a magical night. The music created by Taylor Hicks, Brian Less on keyboard and Jeff Lopez on saxophone was very special. If you would like to see all the songs Taylor sang that night they can be seen at the Taylor Hicks Fan Video Site at http://s3.excoboard.com/exco/thread.php?forumid=53343&threadid=394101
    Thanks for continuing to blog about Taylor. He will be touring in the national tour of Grease as Teen Angel beginning Dec.2 and has a new album coming out February 10, 2009.


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