February 13th, 2008

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Chapter 15: Cosmonaut

They were walking again. The air today was pleasant, at least. A nice, cool breeze blew around Pepper's shoulders, and made him momentarily forget that he was unsure about his surroundings. He could close his eyes, let the wind flow across his face, and imagine himself back at home, in his backyard, foraging for berries or digging in the dirt for buried treasure. Then he would open his eyes and see the endless field of empty grass on all sides, and remember that he was not at home, far from it in fact, with no clue when he would be back home again.

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So I went out and bought an antenna for my TV yesterday and it made American Idol come through BEAUTIFULLY, with all the clarity that a local channel filtered through no cable box on a TV purchased from Montgomery Ward in the 80's can provide! IT WAS SO, SO, SO SO SO SO BEAUTIFUL.

Seriously? I LOVE the way they did Hollywood week this year. HOORAY FOR NO GROUP DAY. SERIOUSLY. SERIOUSLY. I always feel so bad for the contestants on group day, I hate it because it's pointless because they are NEVER judged on their merits for singing in a group again, and it causes all that stupid reality TV drama that AI is pretty good at lacking for the most part, save the auditions. SO I AM ALL FOR NO GROUP DAY.

I am also all for the whole getting to use instruments if you want! That was a pretty sweet deal! That first girl that sang with the piano, Brooke White? HOLY SHIT. They should let her do every song with a piano if she makes it.

CONTESTANTS I AM ALL FOR MAKING THE TOP 24:

David Archuleta: For some reason this kid reminds me of Zac Hanson. I SEE A CREEPY, PEDOPHILIC, WILL MAKAR-ESQUE CRUSH FORMING.

Kyle Ensley: He is the next Sanjaya. YOU JUST WATCH. (Except I think I like him a lot better.)

Kayla Hatfield: I didn't see her during Hollywood Week, but I hearted her audition. I hope she made it!

Josiah Leming: ALSKDJLSKFSLDAJFDS I HEART THIS GUY SO MUCH. I mean, he lives out of his car and he's ADORABLE. What is not to love? True, he made sort of a crummy mistake dismissing the band and singing like shit on Thursday, but he's got something to him. I'm afraid if he makes top 24 he'll be out quickly because his voice isn't that strong, BUT I WILL VOTE FOR HIM. I LOVE YOU JOSIAH. YOU ARE MY FAVORITE.

Cardin McKinney: Another audition I loved that I don't remember seeing last night. DO GOOD, CARDIN. (Her name is Cardin. Come on.)

Danny Noriega: OH MAN I DON'T KNOW WHAT IS UP WITH THIS KID, BUT I LOVE HIM SO MUCH. He freaked me the hell out at his audition until he started singing and then I was all SEND THAT GUY TO HOLLYWOOD. But I could not get behind your Sanjaya-esque hair last night, seriously, Danny, work on that.

Amanda Overmeyer: I don't know how I feel about this girl's voice, I agree with Simon on the whole "I know exactly what every song will sound like" thing, but she's SO FRIGGIN' LIKEABLE. So I'm rooting for her.

Jonathan Drew Poppelreiter: Audition I hearted...

Carly Smithson: Could this girl be ANY MORE SWEET AND ADORABLE?? Irish accent = FTW. I really hope she's as nice in real life as she seems on the show. Plus? Plus? WHAT A KICK-ASS SONG CHOICE.

Christopher Watson: Another another another audition I hearted.

Brooke White: See above, RE: Piano. Glue a piano to this girl's hands. PLZKTHX.

PREDICTION: Michael Johns, whom I'm not at all enthused by but the judges seem to love because of his Australian accent, will make the top 24 and I will end up hating him as much as Ace Young.

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ALSO: Since I've already completely lost any cool points I've ever earned in my lifetime by all the American Idol posts I make in this journal, and since everyone already knows I have creepy crushes on men too young to legally lust after, I'd like to state that I have been working VERY HARD to avoid developing one on teen heartthrob Zac Efron, despite my bizarre fascination with his stardom even though I've only actually seen him in Hairspray.

Unfortunately, I've failed.

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Lester Update

Attention: tomnoir, syntheticjesso, opaleyes, unavoidedcrisis, auracel, gutterballjen, zauzau, jix1125, aloria, sheena_bandy, temporaryfix, mrgazpacho, nijikitten:

We are at the halfway mark! Your mixes should be ready one week from now, on February 20th. If you've already forgotten what's going on, here's the post with a breakdown of the rules for your mix, and here's the post where I describe what the heck's going on.

If you finish your mix and make your post ahead of the deadline, you're welcome to let me know! nijikitten has already posted hers, I'll link to it at the end of this post if you want to get a heads-up on listening.

ON UPLOADING: Make sure you compress your mix in a .zip file before uploading it to sendspace, so that everyone will have an easier time downloading it. If you don't know how to do that, let me know and I'll walk you through it!

So I'm going to remind everyone that once your mixes are made, there is still a second part to this project, and that's discovering a bunch of new music and picking your favorite. In my opinion, picking only ten songs to go on a "me" mix has been really tough. I've almost entirely changed the track list at least twice already and I'm still not 100% sure I'm happy with it. But listening to nijikitten's mix has been a lot of fun! And much less stressful. :)

Once everyone's mixes are up, the next step is to pick your favorite song from each mix and create a NEW mix of freshly discovered awesomeness. The "rules" for this are: Limit yourself to one song per mix, and make a public post of your new track list, listing who's mix each song is from. Since I know they'll exist, you're also welcome to list "runner-up" songs that you also enjoyed.

I'll repost these "rules" (it's in quotes because it seems harsh to give something so random and fun Rules with a capital "R") once everyone's got their mixes up.

nijikitten's mix: Here!