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That’s because every now and then, they need someone original.
They need someone like a 20-year-old oddball bearded geek, packing a double bass and singing scat (http://www NULL.thefreedictionary NULL.com/scat) to a gobsmacked TV audience.
Introducing Casey Abrams, the son of “proud older parents.”
They are the root cause of the kid’s fast-growing brand-name charm of weirdness—the reason you can’t quite tear your eyes away, even if you’re not sure why.
New York Times columnist, Jon Caramanica (http://artsbeat NULL.blogs NULL.nytimes NULL.com/2011/03/17/american-idol-the-top-12-2/), itemized “everything about Casey Abrams’ parents…Pam Pierce and Ira Abrams” as one of the top 3 moments with a contestant’s parents on the show.
A few weeks ago, I tuned in to American Idol (http://www NULL.americanidol NULL.com/)—a 3-ring pop circus I admit to rarely, if ever, selecting as my show du jour—in time to see Abrams voted off by a hardcore mainstream American public.
And it was no surprise. Casey Abrams looks like the sort of dorky misfit normally sneered at by the high school prom queen, while getting sand kicked in his face by the captain of the football team.
Idol viewers—used to being feted on the fatted calves of golden young sex pistols—were hardly going to put up with the seedy Will Ferrell of Bourbon Street (http://frenchquarter NULL.com/nightlife/) for long.
But voted off and condemned to sing his swan song, Abrams—and hardcore Idol fans—were in for a shock when the judges used their only “save” (http://www NULL.youtube NULL.com/watch?v=zTAK4a5K3dw&NR=1) of the season to pull the kid from the jaws of MTV death.
Abrams seemed to teeter on the verge of either fainting or internal combustion as the judges told him: “We know who you are!”
Yes, we know who he is too.
He’s the kid who describes himself as “exfoliating in music” and a “funky kind of a guy.”
He’s the kid who calls Freddie Mercury his idol with the “voice of an angel.” (Yes, the Freddie Mercury whom I listened to in the cloistered darkness of my 1970’s bedroom, long before Abrams had deigned to twinkle in Ira’s eye.)
He’s the kid who showed his gratitude by embracing the judges and then walking into the audience to fall into the arms of his aged parents.
“I love you so much,” his mother said, holding him tightly.
I thought of the critics of midlife mothers who rub their crystal balls and prognosticate that our children will be motherless in their youth as we die in the winter of our lives before their bloom is yet full.
Instead I see the Abrams’ joy at the coming of age of their original child—gifted, steeped in the music of an older generation, and on the cusp of greatness.
And I see all of this rising from the fount of their wisdom, dignity and love.
Casey Abrams’—and the children of older and wiser parents—time has come.
Notes for this blog:
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