Contestant number one is the lovely Hannah Chapman holding the microphone for her staring role at her church's Spring Musical. She was perfect for her role of Camp Director (even though she has never been to camp) This child can corral a room full of kids and make them sit still for her Geometry lesson. Did I mention she is Mathematically Advanced as well as musically talented?
The second contestant to her right wearing the number 23 football jersey is the multi-talented Gates Chapman (age 3 and "starring" in his second musical). This church believes in getting their kids on stage as early as possible.
Hannah also starred in the Christmas production. She remembers words to every song she's every heard (she gets that one talent from me.....the math ability comes from her great grandmother president of Winthrop University Math Club in 1934,35,36,and 37.)
Last summer I had Tuesday's with Hannah. She spent the day with me. We often (like all afternoon )played Rummikub (so she could show her superior math ability and beat my socks off). While we played we listened to oldies from the 50's and 60's. She now knows the words to "Lipstick Traces", Louie, Louie, Mickey and Sylvia's How you call your lover boy....and other great musical compositions.
Fortunately, her grandfather, Jim Hardee, has broadened her musical education with Country Music. The man might be a minister but he loves him some old country music. When Hannah returned from a day trip with him last Sunday she said: "If I never hear another Dolly Parton Song it will be too soon!"
So we are expecting Hannah to be on American Idol any day now. Gates really prefers directing the choir but if a microphone is available (or a hairbrush or any other similarly shaped object) he is all over performing. I may be the first Grandmother to have two Grandchildren competing on American Idol....hopefully that will include free tickets to all performances.
You may have surmised correctly that I am an American Idol Fan. This year has been "the bomb,dog" but I didn't like the week they sang rock songs. My children will tell you NO ROCK MUSIC was allowed in our house. You know, Satanic lyrics, subliminal messages....not at this house. They LOVE to tell about me driving our 6,000 pound station wagon back and forth over their MICHAEL JACKSON record when I found it. I ask you folks, was I right or what??? Subversive.....perverse..... you start listening to that and next thing you know you'll we wearing one glove and having plastic surgery....it's a slippery slope!
BUT I HAVE FOUND THE PERFECT VENUE FOR ROCK MUSIC......BOOT CAMP!
It just is the perfect beat for pumping iron and doing push ups, etc.... I call out to the instructor during each song....."Who is screaming this song?"
AC/DC, Fergie, White Heart, KISS, oh my goodness..... I am on a Slippery Slope!
By the way for all you Idol fans......Adam Lambert Rocks! (I just wish he'd keep his tongue in his mouth and quit emulating Gene Simmons (is that the right one all you rockers out there?)