I have been watching some clips from Canadian Idol (posted at MJ’s). I’m enjoying it more than the last 2 seasons of AI. The show is about talent … and singing … and the contestants … not the judges or the host.
Three of the contestants are amazing. This post is about Mookie Morris and I will follow up with a post for each of the other 2 amazing singers.
Mookie just graduated from high school and is the youngest contestant at 18. On his Myspace page, he lists his musical influences as classic rock, John Lennon, J. Casablancas-Stokes, Late Beatles, Lou Reed, Beck, Damon Albarn, Rolling Stones (Brian Jones era), Mark Ronson, Chemical Brothers, Early Canadian Indie, Radiohead, Neil Young, Bob Dylan, John Fogerty, Iggy Pop, Jim Morrison, and on and on. The kid knows his music.
Audition – These Eyes (The Guess Who)
Top 24 – Twist & Shout (The Beatles)
Top 20 – Naive (The Kooks)
Top 16 – Valerie (The Zutons/Amy Winehouse)
Top 10 – The Man Who Sold The World (David Bowie)
Top 9 – I Got You (I Feel Good) – James Brown
Top 8 – Ophelia (The Band)
I think Mookie is channeling Buddy Holly. What goes on in the brains of some people that they hear things the rest of us never will? To be 18 and so talented. I hope we hear from him for a long time.
Favorite Mookie performance is Valerie.
Best singing performance is Ophelia. With his Dylan hat – Classic!
ETA: Top 7: Lola (The Kinks)
ETA: Group Audition 2 “Have You Ever Seen the Rain” (CCR)
Check out Mookie starting at 1.19
ETA: Top 6: Magic Carpet Ride (Steppenwolf)
ETA: Top 5: Come Together
Mookie Fails to Get Enough Votes – Leaves CI!
Mookie is playing at Toronto’s Buskerfest on Aug. 22 If someone posts his performance on YouTube, I will post a link.
Found these clips on Youtube from Buskerfest