And that's it.
After three weeks of the goofy and the marginally talented, the "American Idol" audition rounds are over. Finally.
So as I roll my eyes at each delusional wannabe, as I criticize the pathetic and the Hollywood-bound alike, I start to wonder if there are any human voices that I would enjoy hearing. Three weeks worth of "Idol" auditions will do that to you.
I like voices that sound like they belong to actual human beings, rather than mannequins or state of the art technology. I like voices that serve a song, rather than run roughshod over it. I like voices that incorporate a little fun, a little joy in the presentation, rather than feeling like every note is a straining, reaching exertion. In other words, I like voices that would never go anywhere near an "American Idol" audition.
Here's a list. It is by no means comprehensive.
Early Rock Era:
All the Beatles (yes, even Ringo)
Bob Dylan (he's a FANTASTIC singer, no matter what some comedian thinks)
Deborah Harry (also the 70s, but she fits in better here)
Joey Ramone (ditto)
Billie Joe Armstrong
Brett Anderson (aka Donna A.)
Did I make any egregious omissions? Feel free to give me what for.