Re: [Harp-L] Shakira on American Idol th

I agree Richard.....although at first I thought....Shakira and Rascal Flatts
????   Did they pick names out of a hat ??? LOL...But I thought the
performance was pretty good.

On Sun, May 2, 2010 at 11:22 AM, Richard Hunter <turtlehill@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>wrote:

> Don't know if anyone here caught Shakira's performance of her song "Gypsy"
> with Rascal Flatts on American Idol last Wednesday night--at least I don't
> recall seeing any comments in these forums.  Shakira is an exceptional
> performer by any measure, and this was the first performance of hers that
> I've seen in which she played the harmonica--a diatonic in standard Richter
> tuning, from the sound of it.
> She played well: strong clear tone, chords and single notes both executed
> cleanly.  Nothing fancy, but she obviously respects the instrument enough to
> learn how to play it.  I was reminded of James Taylor, who's put in enough
> time on the instrument to do a respectable amped-up R&B solo on his recent
> cover of Junior Walker's "Road Runner."
> If this keeps up, peer pressure is going to force world-class singers and
> songwriters everywhere to play harmonica at least as well as they play
> guitar.  That'll be good!  And about f---in' time, as Stella McCartney's
> T-shirt said when her dad was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
> as a soloist.
> Regards, Richard Hunter
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