Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Just a Thought

I may regret writing this blog entry at a later point in time. For now though I just feel the need to post it. I was looking for information in books and online about domestic violence for a piece I am working on and I found something very familiar about the signs of domestic violence.

You are probably wondering why I am talking about domestic violence on a Taylor Hicks blog. Well some of the descriptions describe what American Idol has done to Taylor Hicks and/or his fans by the way they constantly say America got it wrong when Taylor won instead of their chosen golden boy. So many things they have said and done fit the domestic violence descriptions. Below are some of the descriptions I found that I think relate.

Dominance — Abusive individuals need to feel in charge of the relationship. They will make decisions for you and the family, (we are Taylor Hicks supporters and they think they can make our decisions on what we should or shouldn’t support) tell you what to do, and expect you to obey without question. (we know Taylor didn’t obey without question and AI does not like that) Your abuser may treat you like a servant, child, or even as his possession. (AI does seem to have a contract that treats the Idols as their possessions)

Humiliation — An abuser will do everything he can to make you feel bad about yourself, or defective in some way. (Saying America got it wrong with choosing Taylor Hicks is saying they do not think he was good enough which means defective and I am sure that can’t make Taylor feel good) Insults, name-calling, shaming, and public put-downs are all weapons of abuse designed to erode your self-esteem and make you feel powerless. (If they think they can make Taylor feel powerless maybe they think eh will go away. We all know Taylor will prove them wrong)

Intimidation — Your abuser may use a variety of intimation tactics designed to scare you into submission. Such tactics include making threatening looks or gestures, The clear message is that if you don't obey, there will be consequences. (The consequences in this case.. ruin career or decrease the momentum)

Denial and blame — Your abuser may minimize the abuse or deny that it occurred. He will commonly shift the responsibility onto you: Somehow, his abuse is your fault. ( They would like people to believe Taylor not selling millions and millions of CDS is because America got it wrong and Taylor isn’t good enough.)

I usually try and stay only posting the positive news and information about Taylor but I decided this time I would post a little of what I truly think and feel. I do not even watch AI anymore because I do not like the way they treated Taylor and his fans. I am one of those fans and I do not like someone telling me I got it wrong when I choose what I like.

Obviously millions like and admire Taylor Hicks and know he has the talent and determination to pull through no matter what AI might want people to believe. If America got it wrong then maybe AI should just cancel the show right now because America will probably get it wrong again. Why on earth would they want to take the chance for America to think they know what they like again just to discover we aren’t capable of knowing what we like?

Ok that’s my vent for the day.

Monday, April 14, 2008

New Florida & Country Music Stations on HD Radio

We all have am/fm radio. It is been around for many, many , many years. Some of us also have heard of and may even have satellite radio. Now there is another option to radio reception. Digital radio this is a ground antenna based radio it is a digital version of FM & AM.

There are several cool benefits. They also have new country music stations. They offer iTunes tagging which is great because if you hear a song on the radio you want to download you hit the tag button and the song is able to be downloaded via itunes. That would be great to get any Taylor Hicks songs we hear or any other artist we like. They also have Florida High Definition Radio stations or any area you want.

With digital radio you will have crystal clear sound and it is a free service. You get More free music, news, sports and weather, New genres, new music formats, Artist name and song title on your radio screen via text-on-the-screen and much more.

Sounds great to me and I can’t wait to get it. A better way to enjoy the music I like not just the music the radio stations want me to like.

Racing to Hear Taylor Sing

It is time race time in Talladega and Taylor Hicks will be singing the National Anthem. Sun, April 27, 2008 The race begins at 1:30 PM CST to be televised on Fox. The race is at Talladega Super speedway in Talladega, AL. Go to the website

Here is more info

Taylor Hicks Donates Autographed Harmonica for 23rd Annual Event
TALLADEGA, AL. – Alabama’s own soulful singer/songwriter and 2006 American Idol winner, Taylor Hicks, is supporting the Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind by donating an autographed harmonica for the upcoming live auction at this year’s Race Fever. Autographed during the 2008 Alabama Music Hall of Fame Induction Banquet and Award Show where Hicks received the 2008 America’s Music Award, this “Taylor-made” item is sure to “Make You Proud” when you “Take it to the Streets”. Woo!!!!!
If you have not bought your tickets for this great event which includes a down-home Southern barbecue dinner and live and silent auctions, you’d better hurry. This fundraiser for the Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind is set for Friday evening, April 25th at the International Motorsports Hall of Fame SPEED Channel Dome at the Talladega Superspeedway.

Tickets are only $60 per person or $450 for a table of 8, and include admission to the event, an all-you-can-eat barbecue feast, the chance to meet dozens of NASCAR drivers including one of our hosts, Darrell Waltrip, and an opportunity to bid on remarkable race memorabilia, vacation packages and other items donated by businesses and friends of AIDB. Event tickets and sponsorships are available online at

Race Fever is the largest source of unrestricted funds for the AIDB Foundation. Through the five campuses and nine regional centers throughout Alabama, AIDB serves thousands of children and adults who are deaf, blind and multi-disabled in all 67 counties of Alabama. To learn more about Race Fever Night to benefit AIDB Foundation, log onto, or call (256) 761-3317.

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Alabama Music Hall of Fame Awards

I never watch public television. However I sure wish I could get Alabama Public Television. I could get a Taylor fix because Alabama Public Television will be airing the Alabama Music Hall of Fame Awards show in the month of April. The dates this will are April 14th, 19th, 20th and 24th. With all the capabilities with electronics and such that we have I know the Soul Patrol will see that there are some videos of this posted for those of us who not able to watch it.

If You Ask They Will Come

We have all discussed being able to find Taylor Hicks CD in our local stores. I have two copies of my own that I bought for myself when it was first released and at that time I also bought one for a friend and my sister.

I saw it in Wal-Mart for a few months after but it was usually hard to find. For the past few months know matter how hard I looked for it I couldn’t find it. I was going to buy a copy for a friend of mine. I also have not been able to find his book Heart Full of Soul for awhile either.

Well yesterday we went to Wal-Mart to get some new patio furniture. My kids as always went off on their own to play games and such. A few minutes after they went off on their own my daughter came running in to the lawn and garden section. She had Taylor’s CD and book in her hands. “Look Mom I found them for you, they are here again.” She was so happy she found what she knew I had been complaining about not being in the store anymore.

Needless to say I bought the CD for my friend and the book also. She didn’t say she wanted it but I figured might as well give her something good to read. I went in look in the CD and book sections. There were only two books left. I didn’t see anyone around to ask when they got them. However when I went back to electronics there were about a dozen CDS and I asked the clerk when they got them in. He said they had just got a small shipment in the other day because a few people had called in requesting them.

So if there is an interest being shown then the stores are getting more in. It made my day to know some had requested the CDs. I will go back and check in a few days and see how many is left.