May 19, 2010

Clay Aiken talks about new CD “Tried and True” (Decca promo vid)

Posted in Music, Tried-and-Liked tagged , , at 6:55 am by myrlinn

It’s a good morning when you wake up to another promo vid for Clay Aiken’s forthcoming CD, “Tried and True”, and a good one too!

We get video of the photo shoot for the album and more snippets from Clay’s PBS special.  Clay talks about the CD (musically, artistically, a “home” for him) and the taping of the PBS special.

Click below to watch:

February 2, 2010

Matthew and the Mandarins “Remembering Johnny Cash” Feb 1st 2010

Posted in Music tagged , , , , at 10:52 pm by myrlinn

It was heartening to see Matthew and the Mandarins back at the Esplanade Recital Studio again, this time with a one-hour set dedicated to Johnny Cash. And a packed set it was too, with the band singing over 17 songs in the hour:

1. Folsom Prison Blues
2. Guess Things Happen That Way
3. Long Black Veil
4. If I Were A Carpenter
5. I Still Miss Someone
6. Jackson
7. I Heard That Lonesome Whistle
8. I Walk the Line
9. A Thing Called Love
10. Give My Love to Rose
11. Tennessee Flat-top Box
12. Why Me Lord?
13. Sunday Morning Coming Down
14. Ghost Riders in the Sky
15. My Shoes Keep Walking Back to You
16. Ring of Fire
17. Me and Bobby McGee

Encore: Singapore Cowboy

Matthew was not at his vocal best. His singing was  not as effortless as the previous time I saw him at the Esplanade. Maybe Johnny Cash songs are just not his forte.

 I thought his best moments came with songs where he used the warm resonance of his lower range, like the mournful I Heard That Lonesome Whistle. Matthew also showed he can sing a story really well in Give My Love To Rose – his rendition moved me.

His best moment was definitely the encore, when urged on by the audience, he sang Singapore Cowboy.


Note: Matthew mentioned that they’re performing at the Serangoon Country Club on Fridays.

October 18, 2009

A friend discovers Clay Aiken’s Sacrificial Love

Posted in Music tagged , , at 6:46 am by myrlinn

So I was with my friend yesterday, and she was enthusiastically telling me about her latest craze, Dancing With The Stars, especially a certain Mark Ballas. 

Then she asked me if I knew that the contestants had danced to Clay’s “Sacrificial Love”– she saw it on youtube. And, of course, I was puzzled. I didn’t remember his song ever being featured on the show. And sure enough, when I got home, I looked it up, and it’s a montage of video clips from DWTS set to Clay’s song. The video so seamlessly matched that my friend didn’t realise that the song wasn’t used in the actual show. Also, the combination of waltz  to song was so effective that it made her love the song.

What a compliment to LoveClaysVoice, the creator of the clip. Check it out:

August 13, 2009

Clay Aiken to release new CD in 2010

Posted in Music tagged , at 4:23 pm by myrlinn

The actual focus of the news is Clay signing with a new record label (Source: August 10 2009 news), but for me, the exciting part is of course..


The first half of 2010 seems just a bit too far away, though. Why, that could be as long as year. I sure wish he would release a couple of singles in the interim, songs which needn’t necessarily make it onto the next album but which would be released to radio and promoted through TV appearances, and perhaps even a music video? I miss seeing him perform. But I don’t suppose that will be happening. It’s lucky that patience happens to be one of my few virtues.

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