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Tuesday, 11 September 2007
It Was A Great Canadian Idol Finale Tonight
Mood:  a-ok

What a difference a day makes. What a difference Jon Bon Jovi and Eva Avila make. What a difference a loose Jaydee Bixby makes.

With material like "Johnny B. Goode" and "That's Alright Mama", Jaydee rocked the house and all of Canada. Unfortunately, the audience voted on his nervous performances from yesterday and he was designated as the worse of the two finalists. The other one, Brian Melo was voted Canadian Idol.

I'm not a big fan of Brian Melo. While he does have stage presence and great intensity (mostly sadness and pain), he has a tendency to sing all his ballads in the same way. Soft at the beginning and loud/raspy during the chorus. It's highly likely that audiences would tire of listening to him after awhile.

There's no penalty for finishing second in this competition. Look at the careers of Clay Aikin and Katherine McPhee.

I'm looking forward to hearing some good country songs from Jaydee.

Posted by qualteam at 10:11 PM EDT
Updated: Tuesday, 11 September 2007 10:54 PM EDT
Monday, 10 September 2007
The Canadian Idol Competition Comes Down To Two: Jaydee Bixby Vs Brian Melo
Mood:  down

This wasn't a competition of who did the best. It was a competition of who did the worse.

Personally, I've been in karaoke contests that were much better than this finale.

Jaydee did reasonable impressions of Bon Jovi, Tom Jones and Jaydee. However, he looked nervous in every song which detracted from his performances. The best that you can say about him is that he tried to be entertaining/energetic and sing songs of different genres.

Brian Melo, on the other hand, sang all of his three songs in exactly the same way and in the same style. If you heard one, you heard them all. On the high notes, he shouted and his voice became raspy. This would be ok if he was singing heavy rock songs, but the guy was doing ballads.

In the competition of who did the worse, Brian Melo wins hands down.

The most memorable comment was Zack saying that he'd manage "Jaydee any day in some sort of Branson show".

It should be noted that Jaydee was well down the list of the judges' favourite singers.


Posted by qualteam at 10:29 PM EDT
Updated: Tuesday, 11 September 2007 10:57 PM EDT
Sunday, 9 September 2007
I Remember Former Prime Minister, Brian Mulroney

Tonight, I saw Brian Mulroney's interview with Lloyd Robertson on CTV. The interview didn't make me think more of the man. He still thought that the constitutional accord, Meech Lake was scuttled by the efforts of former prime minister, Pierre Trudeau and Newfoundland premier, Clyde Wells. The Meech Lake Accord was designed to get Quebec fully on board as a member of the Canadian Federation. This fascinating subject was a source of much debate from 1987 to 1991. It lead to a second Quebec separation referendum in 1995 which was narrowly defeated.

Getting back to Meech Lake, it was Manitoba Legislative Representative, Elijah Harper, who stopped the Manitoba assembly from ratifying the accord. Mr. Harper, who's a Native-Canadian, claimed that Meech Lake was created without any imput from Canada's first nations. 

Mr. Mulroney never mentioned Mr. Harper's name or Indian issues in the TV interview. He focused on the betrayals from political enemy, Pierre Trudeau and his "friend" for thiry years, Lucien (the separatist) Bouchard. How could Mulroney not know about Bourchard when he fought for the separatist cause in the first Quebec referendum in 1980???

There were other issues which I have against Mulroney, but the biggest one was his decision to step down before the election in 1993. He was like a rat leaving a sinking ship. 

In 1984, the Conservatives won a record 211 seats, but in the 1993 election, they were almost wiped out with only 2 seats nation wide. Did Mulroney retire or did he cut and run? The decision is yours.





Posted by qualteam at 10:04 PM EDT
Updated: Sunday, 9 September 2007 10:57 PM EDT
Friday, 7 September 2007
My Top Ten Inspirational Songs Of All Time

The songs below can all be heard at . Irene means peace.

  1. Put A Little Love In Your Heart/Jackie DeShannon
  2. Keep On The Sunnyside/Alison Kraus
  3. Jesus Take The Wheel/Carrie Underwood
  4. Live Like You Were Dying/Tim McGraw
  5. Turn Your Radio On/Ray Stevens
  6. Bridge Over Troubled Waters/Simon And Garfunkle
  7. I Shall Be Released/Joan Baez
  8. The Dance/Garth Brooks
  9. Before The Next Teardrop Falls/Freddy Fender
  10. Wings Of A Nightingale/The Everly Brothers

Posted by qualteam at 10:22 PM EDT
Updated: Friday, 7 September 2007 10:28 PM EDT
Thursday, 6 September 2007
How Are You Doing On The Phys-Ed And Health Courses?

In the quest to do well academically, sometimes students ignore some important subjects like "Physical Education and Nutrition" for example.

The fact is humans have a high maintenance body that has to be treated properly to work at proper efficiency. Junk food, inactivity are not the "fuels" that make your body engine work well.

As a young person, I played at every sport imaginable, but I ignored my diet. Slowly my weight increased and I developed gall bladder, prostate and cholesterol problems. I was determined to handle these irritants before they handled me. 

I worked out everyday at work for 15 minutes. I increased my intake of fruits (e.g fruit/protein smoothies) and vegetables. I also took digestive enzymes, saw palmeto, garlic and other nutritional supplements for my condition. After many months, I lost 30 pounds and my other physical problems are near normal.

It isn't enough just to know that one should exercise and eat nutritious foods. One has to put it into practice to get results.

Be honest with yourself. Are you passing or failing physical exercise and nutrition?

Towards A Healthy Lifestyle

Reducing The Risk Of Disease




Posted by qualteam at 10:29 PM EDT
Updated: Thursday, 6 September 2007 10:36 PM EDT
Monday, 3 September 2007
Remember The Working Poor On Labor Day
Mood:  hungry

The working poor are those who pay half their pay checks for an apartment or room. Often, they have to work at two or more jobs in order to raise their families.

Sometimes, they don't qualify for benefits and/or employment insurance because they have no choice but to work on contract.

Often, they can't afford skill training so they're forced to work at minimum wage jobs.

These people aren't looking for a hand out, but a hand up.

Please check out the classic movie "Grapes Of Wrath" by John Ford. The message is a clear today as it was in 1940.

Whenever you hear about hedge fund managers  making over 270 million a year selling subprime junk mortgages, remember the haunting last words of Tom Joad in The Grapes of Wrath.

"I'll be all around in the dark - I'll be everywhere. Wherever you can look - wherever there's a fight, so hungry people can eat, I'll be there. Wherever there's a cop beatin' up a guy, I'll be there. I'll be in the way guys yell when they're mad. I'll be in the way kids laugh when they're hungry and they know supper's ready, and when the people are eatin' the stuff they raise and livin' in the houses they build - I'll be there, too".

Posted by qualteam at 5:12 PM EDT
Updated: Monday, 3 September 2007 8:13 PM EDT
Saturday, 1 September 2007
Personal Notes On The Barron Blog

Basically, this blog is about my life on earth in the 20th and 21st century. If I make it to the 22nd century in this life or an afterlife, perhaps, I might be able to plug my consciousness into the internet and continue this blog.

I hate barriers that would block communication between different kinds of life forms(i.e. humanoids, spirits, aliens, photonic beings, androids, intelligent animals, etc.). I'm not so egocentric or limited that I consider humans on earth as the best that life can evolve into.

I try to present the most interesting parts of my existence to my reading public.

I try to give insights to others from my diverse studies into human experience, and the paranormal.

Life is full of puzzles, challenges and extreme volatility. Just look at the stock markets of the world.

Life is also full of great music, literature, films and comedy. A great thinker once said "that dying is easy, comedy is difficult". The easy paths in life are not always the most rewarding.

I try to touch bases with you on the things that matter most and the things that we crusade against like poverty, ignorance and war, etc.

Maybe I succeed somewhat and maybe I fail somewhat. Whatever the case, this blog soldiers on and on and on. 

Posted by qualteam at 11:55 PM EDT
Updated: Monday, 3 September 2007 8:51 PM EDT
Friday, 31 August 2007
The Long Hard Road Of Steven Truscott

Apart from the fact, that it's good Canada abolished the death penalty in 1976. Please remember that Steven Truscott was sentenced to death in 1959 and it would have occured except for the intervention of the Government of the day.

He was then sentenced to life in prison and released on parole in 1969. He had to live under an assumed name for many years because of the stigma connected with his murder conviction. However, he never lost hope and he continued to fight to clear his name.

On August 28/2007, he was acquitted of the murder of 12-year old, Lynne Harper.

What Steven Truscott's life communicates to me is that there's no time limit on your goals and what you believe in.

Historical Quotes On Being True To Yourself


Posted by qualteam at 10:55 PM EDT
Updated: Friday, 31 August 2007 11:06 PM EDT
Wednesday, 29 August 2007
Top Ten Rare Elvis Songs
Keep rocking Elvis.

The Elvis songs below aren't heard much on the radio these days.

  1. King Of The Whole Wide World (from the movie "Kid Galahad")
  2. Kissin' Cousins (from the movie "Kissin' Cousins")
  3. Puppet On A String (from the movie "Easy Come Easy Go")
  4. Follow That Dream (from the movie "Follow That Dream")
  5. I Gotta Know (The "B Side" of "It's Now Or Never")
  6. Way Down (Album track, never released as a single)
  7. I Got Stung (Rare hit from the 1950s)
  8. Moody Blue (A song reflecting Elvis Presley's state of mind in the middle 1970s)
  9. Rock-A-Hula (from the movie "Blue Hawaii")
  10. Bossa Nova Baby(Small hit for Elvis in the early 1960s)

Lyrics For "Bossa Nova Baby"

Posted by qualteam at 10:31 PM EDT
Updated: Wednesday, 29 August 2007 10:46 PM EDT
Monday, 27 August 2007
Not Much Competition In This Year's Canadian Idol


With many of the good singers already gone on Canadian Idol, it looks like clear sailing to the #1 spot for Jaydee Bixby.

While Jaydee still sounds too much like Elvis on many of his performances, he does have a boyish charm and an ability to stay in tune that the remaining artists often lack. 

Other contestants like Matt Rapley, Martha Joy, Greg Neufeld and Tara Oram could have given Jaydee some competition, but the alternate pop/rock fans voted for Brian Melo, Carly Rae, and Dwight D'Eon.

Remember the American Idol finals between Jordon Sparks and "beat-boxer", Blake Lewis. Middle of the road America voted Sparks over the hip hop noises of Lewis. 

Hearing Brian, Carly Rae and Dwight sing classic standards was painful. However, Jaydee singing "When You're Smiling" made my night. I wish him good luck in his career.

Jaydee Does "It's Only Make Believe".


Posted by qualteam at 10:45 PM EDT
Updated: Monday, 27 August 2007 11:02 PM EDT

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