First off, let’s focus on the actual game. Congratulations to Andy Reid and the Kansas City Chiefs for being crowned Super Bowl Champions. They played a tough game but they made it count. It is difficult to take such a pounding for a full season and still have enough left to win it all. The 49ers did great just to make it there this year as well. They played an excellent season. I am usually tired on Sundays. I played 2 church services starting very early in the morning yesterday. I probably should have slept through the entire game but I did manage to make it to at least halftime. The Super Bowl halftime performance featured Shakira and Jennifer Lopez. Of course, there was a ‘lot’ of rump shaking going on in this one. I guess I am slowly becoming acclimated to these halftime show presentations. They appear to be more dance oriented than anything else. There were a ton of people onstage dancing for both artists. I’m sure that made it a great show for a lot of people. I am not a big fan of lip syncing. I am also not a big fan of artists singing along with the track (especially while the audience hears more of the previously recorded track than the actual vocals). I do realize it is very difficult to set up microphones and do sound checks for all the instrumentation that you hear during the game. Maybe it was me, but I didn’t see any band playing onstage. I did see horns and strings (even though I didn’t see any microphones to hear them with). I heard many different effects on the vocals. I heard vocals even when I didn’t see mouths move. Don’t get me wrong. There were some live vocals as well. The rapper guys appeared to have live microphones. For a dance show, I would give this performance an A- plus. For the actual live vocal presentation, I would give it far less. I guess I am an old head, but I still prefer live music and live performances. Realness matters to me. I have to get used to the fact that the new aged performances are not about the singing, but rather about the show. As long as most other people are cool with that, then I will try to accept that as well. I still like what I like, and I like it ‘live.’ Congratulations again to the Super Bowl Champion Kansas City Chiefs. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.
Singer Estelle in the background (“American Boy”) at sound check with Brett Jolly on bass