Vocal Masterclass Discussion Thread For American Idol Season 8 Top 9 Performance Show: Top Digital Music From ITunes


Picture Courtesy Of AmericanIdol.Com

Picture Courtesy Of AmericanIdol.Com

Tuesday’s Top 9 show will highlight an array of top downloaded songs from ITunes. I strongly suspect that the hugely lauded IPhone will permeate all the ads in between segments of this televised performance show.  I mean – come on!   Or is the theme of this show enough of a sales boost for Apple?

Either way, I am sure it’s all good for the Apple franchise. It is also beneficial to our remaining 9 singers, as the theme is pretty generic in terms of song choice. So, hopefully, the singers will choose songs that fully channel and feed their artistic identity.

Beginning Wednesday, I will be out of town and away from my computer for the rest of the week, so I don’t think that a Top 9 Vocal Masterclass article is “in the cards” this week. I will try my best, but I can’t make any promises, so please be verbose with your comments in this blog topic.

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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

38 Responses to “Vocal Masterclass Discussion Thread For American Idol Season 8 Top 9 Performance Show: Top Digital Music From ITunes”

  1. I posted this on a previous blog of yours, but it kind of got lost I think.

    I am a total novice (read dummy) when it comes to all the stuff you guys are discussing, but I find it all very intriguing.

    I have a few questions which perhaps could be answered in laymen’s terms.

    1) Will Adam’s voice suffer from all those high/super loud notes? I understand from your posts that he is well trained, but is that enough in the long run?

    2) Could you give examples (in any of his AI performances) of what a ‘chest’, ‘head’ and ‘falsetto’ notes are?

    3) When you say that he has close to a 3 octaves range, again to a layman, it doesn’t sound like much. It seems to me that if I think of a piano, he sings a lot more than that. What am I not understanding?

    4) In the world of ‘really well-known artists’, how does Adam’s voice compare?

    Thank you in advance for taking the time to explain this on a “Music For Dummies” level.

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  2. Hi, madamimadam! I replied to this comment in the other thread. =)

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  3. I look SO forward to tomorrow night! This week’s theme thoroughly allows each contestant to select well-known, contemporary songs from a vast selection that will allow each and every one of them to play to his or her strengths. My advice for the contestants this week is to just be themselves and pick the kind of songs that they are comfortable singing. I don’t think this is the right week to really change things up for any of them. If a singer’s good at singing an uptempo song, then that singer needs to sing an uptempo song. If they’re good at ballads, do a ballad. You know what I mean? This is the week each one of them needs to give America a sampling of what we can expect from each of them should they become the next Idol. Does anyone know if a mentor is involved this week? I would guess not, but I’m not positive.

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  4. I just read over at MJ’s that Danny Gokey’s grandfather passed away and that he went back to Milwaukee for the funeral and returned on Monday. So sorry to hear this, hope he’s OK and that he’ll have enough time to prepare. Condolences to Danny and his family.

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  5. Rosanne – I found this recently (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DJYyqzUr6jU). It’s a recording of Adam singing a song from the wonderful musical ‘Brigadoon’ (amazing isn’t it – the plethora of Adam’s work literally coming out of the woodwork). I particularly wanted you to listen to this. It is, in my opinion, the best I’ve ever heard Adam sing, period. He makes liberal use of his entire, god-given range. It literally brought me to tears towards the end. According to the available info – this was a live recording of an outdoor performance back when Adam was 22. Pay particular attention to his breath control at 3:22 – and how his voice hovers delicately beginning at 3:34. Amazing! I’ve worked with pros, Rosanne – performer’s known for beautiful voices – but this boy…..he takes the cake! God, how I wish he’d sing something like this on the show. Not likely, given Simon’s antipathy towards musical comedy in general – but he’d bring the house down – I know it. What do you think? And what’s your guestimate as to his range? I know there have been a few guesses; but I think they fall short.

    By the way – finding your blog has been a treasure for me. I’ve been out of the business now for some years (several very bad accidents make movement almost impossible now) – but I made my living performing, directing and teaching theatre. I began doing musicals – and that love is still in my blood. There’s precious few of my old gang left these days – so finding someone with which to discuss the technical aspects has been a true joy.

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  6. The above link doesn’t seem to want to work. Here it is again:

    And an alternate:

    Sorry about the mess. I hope they work. If not – just look up ‘Brigadoon’ under Adam over at YouTube.

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  7. I did see this Brigadoon clip before and commented on it. How I wish Adam would perform a song similar to this where he could fully demonstrate the true power and range of his voice. His breath control in this song is impeccable and part of me wonders if he still has this level of control. He was 22-years-old when he performed this number and had obviously benefited from superb training by vocal teachers and coaches. Is it still there? Only time will tell.

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  8. question…would Adam still be able to sing Brigadoon? It seems like he lost some of his stamina?

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  9. Maybe if they decide to have a Broadway theme night or another generic theme night. Something tells me this will happen, as the judges are very pro-Adam.

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  10. AuntieAudie, thank you for that information regarding Danny. I feel so sorry for him. Having just lost his wife, he now loses his grandfather as well. As much as that poor guy has went through this last year, he deserves to win American Idol. I just hope and pray that he had enough time to practice his song this week. However, I know he walks with God and that is what will get him through with flying colors.

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  11. Galen . . . There are actually people on some blogs complaining about Danny “using” his wife’s death for sympathy and now they are saying that he will be doing the same thing if he mentions his grandfather’s death. Unbelievable.

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  12. sorry but no one deserves to “WIN” because they lost someone. The contestent has to win teh contest on his ability alone and not sympathy.

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  13. Well, they said the same thing about David Cook last year when his brother, Adam, was struggling – and still is – with cancer.

    I guess these singers are not “allowed” to have personal lives and feelings. Ridiculous!

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  14. MCL What I meant was: Does Adam still hav the vocal ability to sing that song because I believe he has lost some of the finesse of hitting and substaining those beautiful high notes. As a singer, isn’t the voice a trained instrument and continously keep on working on the chords?

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  15. I think he still has it. Remember Satisfaction?

    I think some of it could be nerves sometimes.

    🙂

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  16. Well, of course no one deserves to “WIN” because they lost someone, however, if a contestant has lost a family member is he or she not supposed to mention it because people will think they’re trying to get sympathy votes. That is absurd!

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  17. I have no problem with contestents commenting about such hardships. I beleive most people have a heart but someone commented that he deserves to win due to the loss and that’s what I was referring to.

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  18. It always amazes me what some bashers will stoop to to twist the sympathy angle, quite pathetic. I think the mods on the Idol boards are being pretty sensitive to it because they are removing threads with any mention of it. I just hope Danny will be ok.
    I read somewhere that David Cook has canceled some of his tour dates due to a family emergency, one can only assume that perhaps it is due to Adam.

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  19. My first post didn’t show up at first so I reposted thinking that my sort of semi-bad word was perhaps filtered…..

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  20. My fave of the night:

    Adam is just all sorts of brilliance. This kid was born to stand out. He owns the stage. I believe he will win American Idol 8 and there really is nothing the judges can do to stop it. He creates his own buzz with or without them. Go Adam!

    NEXT:
    Kris was solid as usual. So happy the judges finally gave him props. I also liked Matt this week: Not sure which zone the judges were in.

    Allison slipped for me this week, but she’ll bounce back.

    Danny was good, but boring.

    Scott had his best to-date.

    Lil needs to start picking better songs, but she has a good voice.

    Anoop just came across as not being genuine.

    Then there’s Megan. I love her vibe, but she needs some vocal training and mentoring.

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  21. Kris was amazing tonight!! Loved, loved, loved his performance. I’m continuously astounded at the leaps and bounds he makes each week; this week was really incredible.
    I do have to admit (not an Adam fan) that Adam’s performance was quite good tonight. 🙂
    And I felt every bit of Danny’s song, “What Hurts The Most”; he delivered it in a truly heartfelt way, and his vocals were back to the “Hero” and “Grapevine” standards.

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  22. I thought Kris, Adam, and Danny were all excellent tonight. I’m a huge Adam fan, but this wasn’t my favorite performance of his, although it was still good. Kris blew me away tonight, and I thought Danny gave a very heart-felt performance.

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  23. I am disappointed in Anoop’s song choice, and some think he was being arrogant. Last week, Simon told him he was too nice. Now, as a fan I didn’t think he was being arrogant. However, I don’t think he gathered any new fans. I had forgotten about Chekezie’s performance of this song on the tour. This means more to me than Usher’s version. I wish he had chosen a song another Idol hadn’t done already. *sigh*

    Well, I just hope he doesn’t leave tomorrow. If Anoop goes, I will be done voting for the season.

    Adam is still another favorite, though. He may not win, but there’s always Las Vegas because he is an entertainer.

    Kris did such a sweet preseantation. Good for him! Megan should go home, but VFTW may push her through again. Matt may be in the bottom three again along with Anoop. The rest did a pretty good job.

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  24. Adam was EPIC tonight. I know that not everyone is gonna get it. That’s partially my meter for knowing that he delivered another genius performance. LOL.

    I thought it was absolutely amazing. Just complete brilliance.

    Honourable mentions: Kris & Matt

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  25. I was an avid fan of Anthony and Jason, so it won’t hit me as bad if Anoop leaves. However, the kid can sing and I’d like to hear more from him. Song choice has been a real problem for him.

    IdolGirl, I do see Adam in the TOP 2 but not sure if he will win. He is something else. ;o) Kris is getting better each week. Allison still might surprise us. So, it is still wide open.

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  26. Lousie wrote earlier, “Galen . . . There are actually people on some blogs complaining about Danny “using” his wife’s death for sympathy and now they are saying that he will be doing the same thing if he mentions his grandfather’s death. Unbelievable.”

    Well, he didn’t mention his grandfather’s death on Tuesday, did he? I’ll tell you what, Lousie, what you said sounded very cold and unfeeling. What? You think the man is killing people close to him so he can get votes? I’m sure the first thought that went through his mind when he found out his grandpa died was, “Yay! Now I can use his death to garner more sympathy votes!” Give me a break! I don’t normally get extremely angry on here, but what you said is pathetic. Oh, and talking about sympathy votes, what about David Cook last season? What about his brother and the whole orange bracelet thing he wore for that little girl (God bless Adam and the girl both)? I doubt Cook enjoyed Adam and the girl giving him sympathy votes due to their horrid illness. The bottom line is this, Louise. American Idol is just a competition. It is not life. I genuinely feel sorry for what happened to Danny regardless of whether the situation garners him extra votes or less. I did not post my condolences to Danny to start a fight, but Louise, I am afraid you did start one. Don’t worry though. Danny doesn’t need sympathy votes to take down Adam in the finale. He has all he needs to do that.

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  27. Louise, I am going to apologize to you. Reading through your post the first time, it sounded like you were the one saying bad things about Danny and his grandpa’s death. It makes me so angry that some people would say things like that about him, and I believe my anger blinded me. I am truly sorry, Louise, because as I re-read your post, I realized that you were just commenting on how disgusting other people’s behavior was regarding Danny’s death. I made a huge mistake in misinterpreting what you said, and I hope you can forgive me. The Lord knows I am not perfect at all, and I completely screwed up in my last post. There’s no other way to say it. Oh, and I’m sorry about what I said about Danny beating Adam in the finale. That sounded childish and immature. Once again, I’m sorry. God bless you, Louise.

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  28. Louise, I am sending along extra hugs this afternoon as my Grandbabies are BOTH sleeping!

    Galen, I know you are such a huge fan of Danny’s. It is for this reason I try to hold back my comments about him so as not to offend you. I believe your apology will be accepted by Louise; but you were VERY harsh with her and that type of post normally doesn’t appear on MCL’s forum.

    We all say something we regret at times. Over here we don’t have the option to edit. I am happy to see you did come back to add another post.

    GROUP HUG ANYONE?

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  29. Oh, Galen, you COMPLETELY misunderstood what I wrote. I most definitely DO NOT believe that Danny is using his wife’s death to get votes, BUT I have read comments on other blogs where people are actually writing that so that is the reason I mentioned it. I just couldn’t believe that people could be feeling that way but I’ve read it from quite a few people. I like Danny very much and I’m completely sympathetic to what he is must be going through with the death of his wife and his grandfather. Never in a million years would I believe that Danny would use someone he loved that I hope I’ve cleared up this misunderstanding.

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  30. No need to apologize, Galen. We all make mistakes, and I am just relieved that you understand what I wrote.

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  31. Thank you, Kariann. Your comments were very kind and thoughtful and I really appreciate that very much. Let’s just move on . . .

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  32. Thank you very much for your understanding and forgiveness, Louise. I promise you that in the future I will do my best to not get angry at someone before I VERY carefully read and discern the meaning of his or her post. Boy, I sounded really out of my mind angry, didn’t I? I am very ashamed of that and (God help me because I mess up all the time) I will not let that happen again. God bless!

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  33. You’re welcome, Louise. This is really strange because the two posts appearing before my post weren’t there when I was at my daughter’s house. So, my comments to Galen does not apply. I don’t understand it, unless posts are held back.

    Galen, I do now see the second apologize and louise’s comments. Honest, they weren’t there when I did my post. I am sorry about the “harsh” comment.

    MCL, are posts held back? Also, I noticed a post written 24 hours earlier appear on here later. I would appreciate your answer when you are able to answer.

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  34. J, where are the answers?

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  35. Kariann,
    The posts you are referring to weren’t made by me until late on Wednesday evening (April 1, after 10 pm) so nothing was held back. I just used the Reply feature at the bottom of the post I was responding to so that is the reason that the posts are not in chronological order. My posts definitely were not there when you made your post in the afternoon. Also, notice that the “Reply” posts are indented from the others.

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  36. No need to apologize about the “harsh” comment, Kariann. I deserved that. Some of what I said was quite a bit harsh, and I will not let that happen again. Anyway, as you said Louise, we should just move on now!

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  37. 🙂

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  38. Kariann1 – The sheer number of threads is confusing, lol! You should be able to read my answers here:
    https://masterclasslady.com/2009/03/27/american-idol-season-8-top-10-vocal-masterclass-article-the-motown-era/comment-page-4/#comments

    (Hopefully, the pagination is the same for all browsers. I’m not sure how many comments are displayed per page.)

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