October 2, 2012

"The Voice"

Okay ... I'm not one to watch "Dancing With the Stars" or "The Biggest Loser." I'll admit to occasionally turning in to "Extreme Makeover" (true confession: by the time the bus rolls up to unveil the house, I'm a complete wreck.)

But when my good friend announced that her son, Collin McLoughlin (and my son's first grade pal)

My son's first grade birthday party. Collin (third from left); my son (fourth from left).

was appearing as a contestant on the wildly popular NBC show, "The Voice," my husband and I were all ears. Longtime fans of Collin's amazing voice, we were tee-vee-side every evening at 8 p.m., dialed in to Channel 4, waiting for this young talent to blast the sound- and airwaves.

And there was Collin giving a blind audition on "The Voice." Singing Cat Steven's "Wild World" to a national audience with clarity, passion and soul, a pure tone and laser-sharp pitch.  My husband and I cheered like teenyboppers when three of the most famous names in music -- "The Voice" coaches Adam Levine of Maroon 5 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uUBPUi-gsnE&playnext=1&list=PLE60491425323F0E0&feature=results_main), 
Cee Lo Green (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q-ujqp2qWxo) and Blake Shelton (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kkoT1nZOexY) slammed their red buttons and begged, "Be on MY team!"

Here's the clip of Collin wooing the judges:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mL4LrGZ18QQ

And if you're fettered by all the hooplah on "The Voice," here's another clip that shows Collin's talent with just him and his gee-tar: "Payphone": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bpoMJhL3JJc&feature=fvwrel

Or try this: "Save the World Tonight:"  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qp4qoEfJHTM&feature=related 

Vote for Collin. Vote for artistry and following your dreams. Let McLoughin's inspiration burnish your soul to always reach for the stars.

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