Thursday, March 11, 2010

Michael Lynche Made American Idol His Tonight (More Video)

I hesitate to update and add this second full video of Michael's performance of "This Woman's Work" by Maxwell on American Idol last night because I suspect it may be pulled from YouTube later due to copyright issues, but this video, unlike the one below it, has all the judges responses. Randy tells Michael that he's going to call Maxwell and say Michael's knocking on the door.

Please take a look at the other videos here as well, especially the dance routine from Season Five of So You Think You Can Dance. I suppose this post has become as much about Michael Lynche wowing the judges as it is about the beauty of the song.

Tonight on American Idol, Michael Lynche peformed the classic "This Woman's Work," the Maxwell version. I've posted Maxwell below as well as the performance by the song's original artist, Kate Bush.

With Lynche's performance tonight, for the first time one of the guys wowed me on this season of Idol. It's a beautiful and difficult song. And yes, Kara Dioguardi cried. Simon Cowell comforted her.

Somebody on Twitter, attempting to be snarky I think, asked "What the hell was that Michael Lynche sang?" She may have been taking her own Twitter life in her hands. Maxwell's fans are dedicated. I mean deh.dee.cate.ed.

There's just something about that song that gets to people, not just the words but also the musical notes. When Ade Obayomi and Melissa Sandvig danced to it on So You Think You Can Dance a few seasons back, people were crying. Of course, they cried also because Tyce D'Orio, the choreographer of the piece, set the story up for the dance as about a husband standing by his wife who had breast cancer.

D'Orio called the piece a tribute to breast cancer fighters, and Mia Michaels cried for very personal reasons. I think all the judges wept. Apparently the piece was also performed by two different dancers in the UK's version of SYTYCD. Coincidentally, Ellen DeGeneres is a guest judge on this particular episode of SYTYCD. She said it was the most beautiful thing she'd ever seen.

While the dance routine's storyline is breast cancer-related, the song is more often associated with women bearing children and wives dying.

Last night on American Idol when the women performed, Crystal Bowersox was the top performer for me. She's probably my favorite for this season. She sang Tracy Chapman's "Give Me One Reason."


William F. DeVault said...

Outstanding performance. And, amongst the men, Michael Lynche once again showed his power, passion, soul and talent. I have loved this song ever since I first heard during the birth scene from "She's Having a Baby" and felt his version was powerful.

Marvalus said...

I am not impressed...

Don't get me wrong, it was a good performance. But for all of the crying and stuff? Nah...

Of course, this has everything to do with what I am using to compare it to. Maxwell vs. Big Mike? I'll take Maxwell's version, even over Kate Bush's.

Vérité Parlant is Nordette Adams said...

Marvalus, people cry over this song no matter who sings it if the person sings it well. I like Maxwell, but I really think it's the song. Did you watch the SYTYCD routine. They used Maxwell's version.

I don't think anybody believes Michael Lynche's version is better than Maxwell's version. I think they were blown away that he actually could sing such difficult and moving song.

Kate Bush wrote it though. And I think she gets extra points for that.

But I know you're a stone cold Maxwell fan, which is why I told you about the post. As I said about that woman on Twitter asking "What the hell was that?" meaning she didn't know the song, much less Maxwell's version, she should know you don't mess with the Maxwell fans.

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery until it's theft. LOL.

Vérité Parlant is Nordette Adams said...

Oh, I forgot to add that Michael's performance style would greatly improve if he had the spirit of humility Maxwell has. That's something I love about Maxwell.

Marvalus said...

The song is gorgeous and lush and speaks directly to your heart. But Big Mike's performance of it, even with knowing how close he is to the situation described, did not do anything for me.

And you are correct...I am a diehard Maxie fan. This song is one of my favorites that he does...and anyone that comes after will always pale in comparison.

BTW, when it was performed by SYTYCD, I wept like a baby. Because it was beautiful. I can't say the same for Big Mike's performance...maybe it is because he's lacking that humility that you speak of.

Vérité Parlant is Nordette Adams said...

I still cry when I watch the SYTYCD performance and the judges weeping afterward only makes it me cry more. LOL.

I wanted to post the video of the two dancers talking about the power of the music/song, but I decided this post was already video heavy enough. :-)

Michael's performance style might improve if he was more humble, but I don't think he can beat Maxwell. Of course, like you, I am biased.

Anonymous said...

Wow. How is it that I have not been a Maxwell fan all of these years. I think I am now. Can I join the club? Because his version is one of the most beautiful things I have ever heard. Thank you for posting the video! Previously, I'd only heard Kate Bush's version.

I liked Mike's version, but it didn't move me to tears. Maybe because he was mugging a little too much.