If you love good music and weren’t a regular at graycharles.com, you really missed a wonderful experience. Gray had an encyclopedic memory for music, movies, pop culture, etc. – but even more importantly, people that had forgotten about music came to his website and were “Reborn”. When we are in our teens, twenties, and even our thirties, music is the background of our lives. But as we get older, we forget – forget how our emotions can be raised up or brought down by a great song.
As great as graycharles was (and is), the vehicle we all used to show us the way was American Idol Season 5 winner Taylor Hicks. Not the best singer to perform on American Idol, but certainly the most passionate singer and performer. He reminded us how music can transport us to another place, a beautiful place – where our passions overrule our logic and we just know that anything is possible. That no matter our age, a great song can make us 18 again – for just a few minutes – our body and mind have traveled through time – and we can relive that time.
But Gray’s is gone, and American Idol has produced only pretenders to the throne. The community at graycharles is no more – and never did find a new home. It just wasn’t the same. Many of us started blogs to fill the void we felt. I think the best is Music Maven who has done a really outstanding job with her blog. Morewines (gotta love anyone named more wines) recently posted a link to some of Taylor’s music. If you need a fix, take a listen.