Friday, February 18, 2011


I am late, as usual, to the party that is American Idol this season. I just saw my first episode, the group week in Hollywood. And with the hysterics and bad drama and bad behaviour, there was my favourite moment of the entire episode.

Steven Tyler. Love him. What I love most, is that, he has this shaggy rock star hair, a seemingly genuine love for being a rock star and the adulation that comes with it, his hippy shirts that fit his personality perfectly and then, after a group would perform, and the judges had to look at pictures to decide who stayed and who left, he'd pull his reading glasses from his pocket and push them on the end of his nose to be able to see the pictures on the table in front of him and suddenly went from Rock Star God to endearing grandmother and I loved him more.

Such a great detail, provided to us by reality Tv. Aging rock star and his silver framed reading glasses.

Those are the details that some writers just produce as if by magic. Molly is one of those writers.

I, sadly, am not. I'm so busy worrying about plot turns and reversing expectations and how to ramp up the tension that I overlook the details that can reverse our expectation about a character and sum up in a sentence, a perfect character trait.

That Steven Tyler keeps his glasses hidden in his pocket until he absolutely needs them, and probably reluctantly, puts them on to see, is a brilliant detail, one I wish I'd come up with.

And now I'm hooked into American Idol, if just to watch Steven Tyler.


Maureen McGowan said...

I'm loving Stephen Tyler, too. and his glasses. :) He was already a rock star when I was 12 and I wear reading glasses, so he'd damn well better need them. LOL. And it is such a great detail.

And one of the cool things for me is all the evidence of what a truly good musician and singer he is. I know that sounds strange, but sometimes with these big rock bands, you wonder how much is talent and how much was timing and drive and the fame monster.

I keep flashing to a seventies joke song... Think it was Cheech and Chong, "'Cause I'm a big rock star and I make a lotta money, money, money... (then screaming) And I only know, three chords!"

Even Lopez has sung along a few times, in tune. :)

Molly O'Keefe said...

I totally agree - Tyler is the best part of this season. I haven't been watching consistently, but everytime I do love him. He seems like the nurturing guy, the sweet one, but then the contestent who came in to auditions saying he was the rock voice idol needed or something - and he wasn't great. Tyler landed on him with both feet.

the glasses are sweet. so sweet.

Eileen said...

Ooh. The telling detail. Love those, but they're so so so hard to see sometimes!

I'm not watching Idol. I just can't. I get too upset for the people who didn't know they were bad and have to be told. It breaks my heart. I do love Tyler, though. There's an embarrassing amount of Aerosmith on my iPod. "Oh, Mr. Tyler, going doowwwnnnnn?" gives me a dirty giggle every blessed time.

Sinead M said...

Eileen, you should watch, if just to enjoy how unwittingly charming he is.

The rest, definitely can be painful.

But I'm in.. they got me again.

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