I dunno, I’m not tired of it yet…

There’s this piece in The New York Times: How Pop Culture Wore Out Leonard Cohen’s ‘Hallelujah’.

“Hallelujah” survived the doctor dramas and the evening-soap finales, but it almost succumbed to reality TV, where unseasoned vocalists repeatedly tried to impress their judges by remaking it with big runs and rococo flourishes. Jason Castro delivered the most celebrated “Idol” performance

 
So here’s the thing, Mr. Murray–Jason’s performance is the most celebrated because he did the opposite of “remaking it with big runs and rococo flourishes”; he sang as stripped down a version as there can be, and he still does, which is what lets the emotion shine through. And it’s always beautiful.

That is all.

Set your recording devices!

Because you are going to watch The Wendy Williams Show‘s Thanksgiving episode, airing November 24!!

Be on the lookout for that thanksgiving @wendyshow show episode! #howyoudoin

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We just got done singing on The Wendy Williams Show! Watch us on the Thanksgiving episode 11/24 💛 @wendyshow

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Thanks for the heads up, Jasonized!

A “don’t miss” interview piece from Billboard

Jason on touring with his sibs:

[…] Jason says he couldn’t be happier.

“There’s no one else I’d rather travel with,” Castro tells Billboard. “Truth is, being on the road is a challenge for anybody with anybody and being with family kind of makes it a lot easier. It at least makes it feel a bit more like home, and I’m just excited to share this whole process with them.”

 
Check out the full article on Billboard.com. (It’s really good!)

Touring with Delta Rae

On the road again:

(It’s all about the coffee.)

one. more. week. #DiamondDreamsEP

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And there was a Copian in the house! (Well, on the street, anyway.) Don’t miss sierrach’s (thank you, sierrach!) recap in our forums, and this photo:

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Photo by Lee Christenson

 
Then onward to Cleveland:

Beachland Ballroom – Cleveland, OH

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Cleveland, OH ✨

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Doing my best @jackie_castro pose here in Cleveland! See you tonight @ Beachland Ballroom!

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"love is not a victory march, It's a cold and it's a broken Hallelujah" #CastroTheBand #Hallelujah #CLE

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And then Columbus:

(It’s clearly all about the coffee…)

Espresso flight. 👌

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Thanks again for the recap, sierrach–and thanks for the finds, ArtTeacher and Jasonized!

Songwriting in Vermont…

From Jackie:


Video by Jackie Castro

In which there is songwriting (we do not get to see the songwriting) (but we hear some of the song!) and scenery, there is giggling with Maddie and Hazel, there is more music, there is more songwriting (we do not get to see the songwriting), there is more Hazel and more Maddie, and there is a concert, bits of which we actually get to see–and there is a second concert (we only get to see a tiny it of the second concert).

 
Also there is songwriting in Vermont from Michael. Or at least there is a lot about the trip to Vermont–some of which involves songwriting!:


All four videos by Michael Castro

In which there is more RV life, much scenery, and much food. Also Kandee and, yes, music! And also farm things, like chickens and alpaca. (You heard me.) And a giant waterslide. And oh, yeah, food.

Moar vlogs!

One from Michael:


Video by Michael Castro

In which there is motorcycle RV maintenance, and there is food, and then there is more RV life (this time with added children!).

 
And one from Jackie:


Video by Jackie Castro

In which there is a little bit of a trip to New Hampshire, there is the arrival of merch, and there is the RV-tripping-sendoff. (Yes, yes, you have seen it before. There are three vloggers here, it happens!) Then there is RV cooking (it is hard to balance in a moving RV) and other meals; also there is other RV life. And then there is backstage at a show in Ann Arbor (we do not get to see any of the show) (but we get to see a little of Delta Rae’s show!).

More vlog from New York…

Hurrah!


Video by Michael Castro

In which there is backstage at the NYC venue, including a first look at the physical EPs; there is a view of the New York skyline; there are many buildings (well, it IS NYC); there is the City Winery recording (we do not see the recording); there is recording for iHeartRadio (we do not see the recording); there is more commuting (still not exciting); there is driving around in the RV (also still not exciting); and there is (family) food.

(And if you know where to look–which you do not–you can get a quick glimpse of me at the venue.) (Okay, of my back. Still me!)

Winter Park, CO

We don’t have bootleg, but we have pics, via Instagram and FB:

Dreamiest soundcheck in the Rocky Mountains today

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Cheers from Winter Park! My kind of venue! #tinymug

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Oh, look–more vlog…

Only this one is about New York, which is where I live, so it is most important of all of them.

*ahem*

I mean… Well, actually, that IS what I mean.


Video by Michael Castro

Although it does not start in NYC. First there is food, and some food, and some more food; then there is a long, long drive; and THEN there is New York! In which commuting to NYC is exciting (not actually exciting–it’s just New Jersey) (no offense, New Jersey), there is Penn Station (definitely not glamorous), there is a subway (not as exciting as you’d think) (you should not have to pay twice to turn around, definitely not), and there is giving up on the subway. (So much for exciting New York travel.) Then there is Rockefeller Center (I used to walk through there on the way to work), and more food, and more coffee, and interesting meetings, and Times Square (Times Square is exciting ALL the time), and Carnegie Hall (Carnegie Hall is not always exciting), and Central Park (Central Park is a BIG PARK, that is just a little corner of Central Park).

Perhaps there will be more New York City next vlog–something to look forward to!