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    American Idol 2008

    I watched this show religiously this past season as I have for many seasons.  Towards the final elimination rounds my favorite, Australian singer Michael Johns, was eliminated in my opinion way too early.  I went with Herman onto the Google website and tried to do search for music by Michael Johns.

    His only CD out so far is with the group “Film,” with the main title of this short CD being “Chemical Wonder.” This was made before Johns was on American Idol, but gives some idea of his voice.

    Johns moved to Georgia in 1998 on a tennis scholarship, but music was in the forefront of his heart.

    “I left all of my friends and family behind in Australia,” he said to Pulse Magazine. “But I was chasing the dream.”

    According to People Magazine, once his touring commitment with American Idol 2008 is finished, he will release his solo CD.

    While I was pursuing my own singing career, there was no such platform as American Idol nor America’s Got Talent, a summer spin-off which I can’t say I care for.

    The only musical opportunities I had were in high school and college musical theater, but college mainly focused on opera training, which didn’t interest me.

    I wanted to sing the blues!

    My mom used to say I sounded like a sick cow when I sang the blues, but everyone has a right to their opinion. She preferred the popular musicals of the day I was in.

    If you get a chance and enjoyed Michael Johns on American Idol, go to Google or Amazon and get the Film CD. Actually, Herman went to Amazon for me and found the Film CD is no longer available. My favorite cut on the CD, called “Q” was sung by Johns as one of his song choices on Idol.

    I do recall (and I think this is where the original “sick cow” reference came from my mother) trying to sing at my sister Debbie’s wedding-I think the song was “Memories” of which I don’t have many as I was soused at the wedding.

    In comparison, there is a You Tube video of Johns who does an impromptu rendition of a new song to appear on his yet-to-be released CD and he is in fine form even with the commotion going on around him and doing it a cappella.

    I can’t honestly find a male vocalist to compare Johns to, so I am looking forward to the new CD. Herman just signed me up again to be notified when it comes available and then I’ll let you know.


    Kathryn Spira, a native of Cleveland who pursued an acting career in NYC and Los Angeles, now pursues free lance writing from Caroga Lake in Fulton County. Previous columns may be accessed at her web site www.kathrynskorner.com