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Wednesday, August 11, 2010


Grandma woke me up in a hurry this morning. I thought it was because today is "excursion" day at summer camp. But no. Grandma was busting to show me a video from last night's "America's Got Talent". She said there was a 10-year-old singer on there that blew her away and I just had to see her. I asked her if she sings Lady Gaga songs 'cause I like singing Lady Gaga. She said "No, not Lady Gaga ... she sings opera!"

OPERA?! What the ... ?! You mean that boring stuff Poppy listens to on his old people's classic station? I can't stand that stuff!

Grandma said "Just sit here and watch, okay?"

So I did. OMG!  I couldn't believe my ears. They were listening and boy, were they  paying attention this time!

"What's her name Grandma?" I asked when she finished.

"Jackie Evancho. So what do you think?"

I almost didn't know what to say. Usually I say too much and no-one can shut me up. But this time, all I could say was "WOW!" I didn't even say what I usually do when I hear a good singer ... like ... "I can do that!" I just said "WOW!" So grandma played me one of her other video clips. It was done when Jackie was 8.

"That's a cool song Grandma.  What's it called?"

"Ave Maria" said Grandma.

"That should get played on the radio" I told Grandma.

She laughed. She said, "Before or after Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift, Keshia and the rest?"

"What do you mean Grandma?"

"I mean, you'll never hear that on popular radio today. That song is hundreds of years old. It's a classic!"

"Well I don't care!" I said to her. "It's a cool song ... and I hope Jackie wins America's Got Talent. She should go to Vegas!"

Grandma sighed. "Yes, she should win but in a way, I hope she doesn't. She's way too good for Vegas. She's destined for much bigger stages all over the world".

"I see" I said ... but I didn't really see. All I know is Jackie's amazing and I wish I could sing like that even if it is opera.

Grandma told me to hurry up and go brush my teeth. In the bathroom, with a mouthful of toothpaste, I tried to sing like Jackie. Toothpaste went everywhere. Grandma was laughing.

"You might try singing without a brush and toothpaste in your mouth Maddy! I guess you're really impressed with Jackie Evancho eh?"

"Yes I am and when I get home, I want to watch more videos of her singing. Can we put one up in my blog Grandma?"

"You bet!" she said. "It's so nice to see young kids like you enjoying good music and good singers! Heaven knows there's little enough of that on radio anymore!"

So here it is: Jackie's performance on AMERICA'S GOT TALENT last night. And I still think she should win! Go Jackie Go!

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