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Major talent on American Idol

There is no doubt that the long-running series American Idol has launched the careers of many aspiring musical artists.

Here are a few of my favorites from this year’s competition.

Nick Fradiani 

Joey Cook

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A quick glance at the American Idol Top 24

For a complete look at this season’t Top 24 contestants, check out this Hollywood Reporter Article. But for this post, I just wanted to go over the ones I consider a few of my favorites.

Top Girls:

Jax

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Alexis Gomez

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Joey Cook

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Tyanna Jones

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Top Guys:

Adam Ezegelian

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Nick Fradiani

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Qaasim Middleton

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Trevor Douglas

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Cool mobile apps for practical use

As a creative individual, I am often impressed with the ingenuity involved in the creation of mobile applications. this is especially true of those that are also very practical in nature.

This being the case, I’ve decided to start of this new year with a list of a few high quality applications that you might find useful.

Brightest Flashlight

– Uses your phone’s flash as a flashlight for time when you need a little extra light.

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Positive Affirmations

– If you’re a little down or stressed, this app provides simple words of encouragement with stunning photos.

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SoundHound

– Want to know what that song is you hear playing on the radio, in the store or pretty much anywhere? This app will help you find out the artist, song title and even album it comes from.

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MP3 Ringtone Maker

– Customize your own ring tones from ANY song and any part of it.

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Mobile Scanner

– Uses your camera as a quick and easy portable scanner to send documents and store them for your records.

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The semi-unknown talent Esmee Denters

I recently got this young lay’s debut album (a protege of the multi-talented Justin Timberlake) and while it was OK, I can assure you this girl has pipes. Just to show you, I thought I’d include a few of her Youtube videos. After all, that was the way she was discovered if you will.

 

 

 

Taylor Swift 1989 Review

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Album cover courtesy of Wikipedia

 

 

Taylor Swift has always been a mature young woman. But, with the release of her latest album “1989” it is clear that the young lady is growing up into a full fledged woman. This is reflected in her artistic interest in venturing into other music genres, namely pop.

While most of her albums have had some crossover appeal, she acknowledged that she was intentionally trying to branch out with this one. Mission accomplished.

It is likely that some of her fans may have some trouble digesting this experimental sound. But at the same time, it is likely that she will gain some new fans as well.

Personally, my favorite songs on the album are probably “I Wish You Would,” “Blank Space,” “Wildest Dreams” and “This Love.”

The least impressive tracks are probably the first single “Shake It Off” and “Welcome to New York” and “I Know Places.”

The remaining songs are in the average to slightly above category.

Overall I’d give it a 3.5.

If you are a true Taylor fan, I’d certainly recommend this album.

What’s your musical guilty pleasure?

From bands, to solo act to songs…

I’m willing to bet that each and every one of us has a bit of a guilty pleasure. For example, maybe it’s the boy band that a 4o year old guy who likes to rock out to One Direction behind the comfort of his headphones while working out at the gym. Or, maybe it’s the teenage girl who wasn’t even a thought in her parent’s yet when the song came out belting out the lyrics of the 1971 hit “Brand New Key” in the shower.

I’m doing to dare to share a few of mine with the Creative Dreamers readers. If you’re so inclined, I’d love to hear a few of yours.

From the love song category:

Eternal Flame by the Bengals

Heaven Is a Place on Earth by Belinda Carlisle

From the rap/hip-hop category: 

I Like Big Butts by Sir Mix-A-Lot

From the boy band category:

You Don’t Know You’re Beautiful by One Direction

From the teenie-bopper pop category:

Call Me Maybe by Carly Rae Jepsen

From the general pop category:

Come and Get It by Selena Gomez

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Review of Taylor Swift 1989 Album

Taylor Swift has always been a mature young woman. But, with the release of her latest album “1989” it is clear that the young lady is growing up into a full fledged woman. This is reflected in her artistic interest in venturing into other music genres, namely pop.

While most of her albums have had some crossover appeal, she acknowledged that she was intentionally trying to branch out with this one. Mission accomplished.

It is likely that some of her fans may have some trouble digesting this experimental sound. But at the same time, it is likely that she will gain some new fans as well.

Personally, my favorite songs on the album are probably “I Wish You Would,” “Blank Space,” “Wildest Dreams” and “This Love.”

The least impressive tracks are probably the first single “Shake It Off” and “Welcome to New York” and “I Know Places.”

The remaining songs are in the average to slightly above category.

The best comes out when Taylor seems to show her more natural side with poignant lyrics, a little bit of fun and an emphasis on the vocals rather than anything else. The less flattering parts occur when it seems like she’s trying a bit too hard for the current and somewhat unoriginal pop vibe.

All in all, it’s a pretty good effort to venture into the pop scene and I suspect she’ll have her share of success with it.

If you are a true Taylor fan, I’d certainly recommend this album.

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