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I admit it, I’m a fan of The Voice, the singing competition with judges Blake Shelton, Celo Green, Adam Levine, and Christina Aguilera.
I like music. And would rather listen to it on television than watch most shows. And the talent on this show always blows away anything else you might hear on American Idol or the X-Factor. I’m also a fan of the musical talents of all four judges (though not as much Adam Levine as the others). I also enjoy it because, for the most part, it’s almost completely apolitical; not getting blasted with a bunch of Left-wing sanctimony or Conservative bashing, which you get enough of by watching just about anything else on television.
Hell, thanks to Bob Costas, you can’t even watch sports anymore without a bunch of Liberals ruining the program.
When the The Voice started last night and I heard the opening chords of one of my favorite songs of all time, Hallelujah (written by Leonard Cohen, though my favorite versions are those by Jeff Buckley and Brandi Carlile), and Blake Shelton started singing,
“I’ve heard there was a secret chord
That David played, and it pleased the Lord
But you don’t really care for music, do you?”
…and saw the judges and contestants each holding a simple name card with the name and age of the victims of Sandy Hook Elementary, I was almost immediately moved to tears. Such is the power of music to evoke emotion. Here’s the video in case you missed it last night: