Right now I am going to do something very uncharacteristic of me, and that is to go all 15-year-old fan-girl. Normally, as much as I might privately love a limited number of songs; I very rarely like to show any kind of support or approval of the musician or group. This is primarily due to the fact that I only like one or two songs of any particular artist’s work. So, I can’t bring myself to come out and say that I like said artist, because I really don’t like most of their songs.
Although this continues to be true, I have decided to make an exception regarding two singers that I have been listening to in the last few years. While I don’t listen to music while I write, I do like to listen to music while I do other things on my computer, like graphics. These two artists have been the ones to make me feel happy, even when doing extremely boring things like accounting.
Jason Castro was born to Colombian parents living in Texas. He speaks Spanish fluently and makes irregular visits to Colombia to visit his extended family and give impromptu concerts. Although lately he has had quite a full schedule. He is an outspoken Christian as well. As I open up my “JC Favorites” folder on my computer, I count 15 songs in there, which totally surprises me that I like that many of his songs. However, his most famous songs are not in my favorites’ folder. If I have to pick my favorite of his songs, it would have to be If I Were You. My next favorite would be Let’s Just Fall In Love Again, followed by Love Uncompromised. Another favorite of his is I’m Not Who I was, but that one is not available for purchase because he didn’t write it. Like I said before, I don’t like every song, even from an artist that I consider to be one of my favorites; but I do like most of Jason’s songs, even the ones (or maybe, especially the ones) he supposedly “messed-up” when he was on American Idol in 2007.
Alexander Rybak is the second musician I will mention. I have to admit that the first thing that attracted me to him is the fact that he is Norwegian. Well, actually he was born in Minsk, Belarus, but his family moved to Norway when he was three years old. The second thing is that he plays the violin. His critics say that he has a Disney vibe, which is only because Disney made that type of music famous, but in reality it is not so much Disney as an old-fashioned and traditional folk music sound to his music. Actually, I would say it is more like The Sound of Music, than Disney; and he did play the fiddler in The Fiddler on the Roof. He got his degree from Oslo’s Barratt Due Institute of Music as a classical violinist, so that makes sense. Ever since I downloaded his songs, I found that I liked listening to them almost as much or more when not watching him sing, which surprised me because of how charismatic he is as a performer. Of course, he speaks Norwegian and Russian fluently, but his English is also very good. My favorite song of his is Europe Skies, but I like some of his other songs as well. I downloaded seven of them that I enjoy.
Now that I think about it, the two of them are very similar to each other. Here are the attributes that I like about both of the above artists. They both write their own songs, lyrics and music. They both give off a happy-go-lucky vibe, as if they just fell into singing as a career by accident, which of course they didn’t. They both have a joyful innocence about their music that is almost simplistic and yet so endearing. In other words, they don’t give off that hardened modern professional vibe that I dislike so much. They both have amazing smiles, and the fact that they are both handsome should not be held against them. They both appear to be a little goofy and can laugh at themselves. They both became famous due to Idol, even if on opposite sides of the world. They both look incredibly young, and yet they are not; there is more depth there than is readily apparent; and still we watch as they mature as artists and as individuals.
So I guess, what I like about the one is also what I like about the other. They kind of feel like family to me. Although, all three of my sons are very different from each other; Jason reminds me of my second son and Alexander reminds me of my third son.
Here is Alexander Rybak as a cute anime, singing his award winning song.