I’m giving out some free advice for parents or anyone that might have children in the future. I really hope that you heed my advice; I would hate to see your child be rejected and ridiculed on national television.
Last night I was forced to watch American Idol. Normally I don’t pay much attention, but because the auditions were so horrible it got me to thinking. I’m sure that some of the worse auditions were jokes, but that still leaves a percentage of people that honestly believe that they can sing, even though they have less than zero talent. I don’t blame the singers for this. I blame the parents of these young people for lying to their children for so long.
I believe that a lot of these horrible singers have been lied to most of their lives by their family and now truly believe that they are great singers. Case and point, the kid that sounded like his nuts hadn’t dropped yet. He was taken to the audition by his mother and grandmother, both of which gushed over how great a singer he was. Buzzer Wrong answer. The kid can’t sing and probably will never have the ability to hold a note. They have been lying to this kid for so long he believes he can sing now. I hope that the insults he took on the show, and the insults waiting for him at his school, wake him up to the fact he has no aptitude for singing.
This seems to be a common theme in America now. The whole “If you believe in it enough and work at it enough; you can do anything” shtick. This is a load of crap and shouldn’t be told to impressionable kids. It’s the responsibility of a parent to identify talent in their child and then steer them in that direction. There are some things that practice can’t overcome. Some things actually take natural ability. Singing is one of them. If your kid can’t sing but loves music, hand them an instrument where at least they can practice enough to be proficient. They might not ever sit in the first chair of an orchestra, but anyone can learn to play a song on an instrument with enough practice. Please for the sake of my ears, don’t tell your kid they can sing when they sound like whales mating. It’s just unfair to the kid to set them up for failure, like the parents obviously did for the people auditioning last night on American Idol. I’ll show you what a softy I really am. I honestly am embarrassed for some of these people. I feel so bad that they’ve been lied to and were told they could sing. You know that some one encouraged them to go there and audition. That person should be arrested for child abuse.
For instance: Whoever told this little fruit topping he could sing should be locked away.