Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Clay Aiken Previews T&T Album

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Decca, Fans Celebrate T&T CD

The Christmas-birthday celebratory mood continues for Clay Aiken fans with Decca's video of the singer discussing the making of the Tried & True CD, his obvious excitement about the participating musicians, love for the songs selected, and joy that his hometown of Raleigh, NC, was involved in the process.

The video can be viewed in the player below or on the opening page at Decca Records-US. For the largest play, expand the Decca page by 200 - 400% or link to Clay Aiken-The Ideal Idol. Thanks to claysidney, here is a Sendspace download of the video.

Note the clever pairing of the "Suspicious Minds" lyric "We're caught in a trap" with the photo shoot picture of Clay on a golf course.

Clay Aiken talks about the making of T&T.

Chicago To Preview Special in June

Monday Pink Armchair made the message board rounds with the announcement that viewers in the Chicago area will enjoy a preview showing of CLAY AIKEN - TRIED & TRUE: LIVE! on PBS station WTTW (Channel 11) at 7 p.m. CDT Saturday, June 12.

This is an exclusive pledge drive and premium telecast for Chicago. However, links will be provided for fans who wish to order the CD ($55) and DVD ($75) versions of the concert.

Below is the beginning of a press release in the pdf format for Chicago's T&T LIVE! preview:

WTTW11 to debut new music special

Clay Aiken: Tried & True – Live! to premiere June 12 at 7:00 pm CDT

Chicago – All it took was a few bars of an old Heatwave song, and Clay Aiken was on his way. American Idol viewers in January 2003 were taken by surprise when an unknown singer strode confidently into the audition room, announced to the judges that he was their choice, and backed up that claim with an electrifying rendition of "Always and Forever" that instantly caught the attention of millions watching at home.

Many of them -- like judge Randy Jackson -- must have wondered, "Where is that voice coming from?" Well, Clay knew…and he's never looked back.

Adding to the dilemma of those who want to see Clay's special NOW is the fact that it is vitally important to support one's local PBS station's August pledge drive when the show is telecast.

See Wikipedia for a listing of PBS member stations.

Awesome news for the lucky Chicago fans! The rest of us will have two extra months to practice the virtue of being patient.

Int'l Media Releases New Info

International Media has added more information to the Clay Aiken Tried & True Live! page. For example, here is the program description:

Tried and True, American Idol Super Star Alumni Clay Aiken’s first Public Television special, reaches back into the romantic past of the 50’s and 60’s, featuring many of the most iconic love songs ever written.

Shot at the Memorial Auditorium in Clay’s home town of Raleigh, North Carolina, Tried and True features a full orchestra and big band. Clay is joined on stage by special guest and American Idol colleague Ruben Studdard, along with special guest Linda Eder, who is widely recognized as one of the best female vocalists of our time.

German born Alex Christensen is handling production and arrangements, and brings the considerable skills he developed working with Paul Anka on his acclaimed ‘Rock Swings’ album and Michael Bolton on his major Sinatra tribute ‘Bolton Swings Sinatra’ to this concept, as well as the more contemporary sounds of his own project Alex Swings & Oscar Sings, featured recently on the Oprah Winfrey show.

This special concert is the world premiere live performance of Clay’s forthcoming album, Tried and True, being released on Decca this Spring.

T&T News of Note

CA fans are getting a thrill seeing Clay's Tried & Tried CD listed at the top of Metacritic's upcoming releases for June 1.

1 June Tuesday
Clay Aiken
Tried & True

Residents of the US can pre-order Tried & True at Live Nation and receive an instant MP3 download of the "Suspicious Minds" track. From all reports, the recording is amazing. Is patience really a virtue?

Clay's life and career will be featured on "TV Guide Close Up" (TVGN) at 3:30 p.m. EDT May 26. The singer will appear on ABC's "The View" on June 2.

Decca and International Media seem to enjoy unveiling a few gift-wrapped tidbits little by little. The atmosphere throughout Clay Cyberspace is charged with excitement as the counters tick ever closer to June 1. Look for daily additions to this segment during this blog entry's three-day run.

The double clickable retro graphics by Fountaindawg below include one with T&T tracks, one without, and a the third that appropriately highlights the theme "There's no place like home."

Students Prepare with Mock Recitals

The rite of passage known as the Spring Recital is just days away for my Greensboro and Wesleyan Christian Academy piano and violin students. Before they perform for Sunday's audience of family and friends at Jamestown United Methodist Church, they are supposedly presenting daily mock recitals, complete with a musician bow, to anyone who will listen.

The reason their teacher insists on attention to musicality and numerous trial runs dates back to my recital as a 10-year-old when I couldn't remember a Grieg solo and ran off the stage in tears. I decided long ago this would never happen to my students.

Sunday's audience will be entertained from start to finish, beginning with an Irish/American fiddle tune medley by four violinists -- Anna, Erica, Ora, and Nick. At one time or another, all are playing back-up with the piano. Just as entertaining as the music has been the evolution of the group's choreography.

The students have even worked out the exact note ("the high one") on which they will stand for the medley's various solo/duo/quartet combinations. The finale is a rip-roaring "Old Joe Clark/Bile 'Em Cabbage Down." As in years past, they will all say "hippopotamus" as they bow together.

During the 50-minute recital, the audience will be entertained by eight piano solos ranging from "Quiet River" by Jay, "Come to My House," by Chase, and "I've Been Wishing" by Brenda to Chopin's Waltz in B Minor, Op. 68, No. 2, performed by high school senior Emily.

The five violin solos encompass literature from the famous "Twinkle Variations" by first grader Tatum to Dvorak's "Humoresque" by Anna.

In between, there will be seven piano duos from Mitch and Miranda, students of one month, to "How Great Thou Art" and "Crown Him with Many Crowns" performed by cousins Jeremy and Jessicca. Two budding composers, Caleb and Joseph, will share their latest creations -- "Media Nox Marmor" (Midnight Sea) and "La Pienture de Dieu" (God's Painting), respectively.

The concert closer will be the Evanescence song "Good Enough" performed by Emily and friends Austin, vocalist, and Valerie, violinist. Y'all come!

Have an awesome week, all!



Anonymous said...

Hi Caro,

And The Excitment Begins!!!! The ClayNation is sure loving it! The video from Decca Records is AWESOME, and all the "gift-wrapped tidbits". just makes me more excited, if that is possible.

Your Spring Recital sounds wonderful, oh how I would love to attend. I just love listening to students that enjoy what I call "real music." Good Luck to all of them, and you must keep us posted.

Enjoy the rest of the week.....


Anonymous said...

Great news about the PBS special for folks in the Chicago area!! Wish I was one of them :)

SueReu said...

Hey Caro! sorry it took so long for me to get here, but I took TWO quizzes today (after getting up at 5:30 this morning, I need a nap)

Thank you so so SO MUCH for embedding the Decca video!! I could never get it to play through without weird buffering on the Decca site, now I got to watch it from start to finish with you hiccups!

Cannot CANNOT wait! for the CD and the PBS special and the TV appearances and everything else that comes with Clay Aiken releasing his newest CD :D

Do we get any video or at least a recording of our Spring Recital? I would sure love it!!!

Have a great day!

Anonymous said...

Love the blog and wish all the students a successful recital, Sun. They have had a good teacher so sure all will go great! Love that Clay's news is spreading and things are getting exciting. Wish the best for this , so we get more Clay songs! :) Take care, Donna in Wi.

ImGranny said...

That's great that the Chicago area will get to see a preview of Clay Aiken's PBS special. I can't wait till we can see it! These are exciting times for Clay and for us!

MissSally said...

There is so much to look forward to this summer, and Clay never disappoints.

I'm excited about this great abundance, but mostly I want to listen to the music. To finally hear Clay sing these timeless, beautiful classics is a dream come true.

Good luck with the recital, and as usual, I want clack!!!

katy said...

Good luck with the recital!!! Love the press release from WTTW11 in Chicago! Good things happening.

barb 55 said...

Caro, as always you have done it again with another awesome blog!

I couldn't help but smile and feel the excitement as I was reading it. I've watched Clay's interview several times and enjoy it just as much as the first time I saw it.

Chicago is sure lucky, since they will get to see the live show ahead of time. I bet they're so excited!

Best of luck with your recital. It sounds just wonderful!

Thanks again for all you do and for keeping us posted!

Love and hugs,

musicfan said...

Caro...your blog is always so full of interesting material. As a musician and a former music teacher, I love reading about your students and their accomplishments.

AND.....of course, I love reading all the Clay news.

I know that running and writing a blog takes a lot of time. You are amazing as you combine all your work with keeping this site up-to-date.

Thank you!!!

macmom said...

Love your blog -- thanks so much for posting and keeping everyone up to date regarding Clay and his career. Well done!

Cindy said...

I think the entire Clay Nation is holding its breath in anticipation. I know *I* am!

The recital sounds like quite an ambitious one and I know your students will rise to the occasion. Good luck to all!

Anonymous said...

Hi Caro

I took your advice and ordered DVD recorder(refurbished) just in case there is something I want to record in June

Excitment indeed, I'm sitting here waiting for 11:00 cst to get Windsor tickets.

We couldn't get close to any of the flooded area, but hotel is packed full of Red Cross workers.
I saw a couple of yellow tapped house probably to damage to inhabit

I would have liked to be a mouse in the corner of that recital, it sounds great. So nice for you to put all their names in your blog.

Would you email the link to my space/Clay Aiken. I can't get it work on my lap, I'm so missing those songs from TAT

Hugs Margaret

jbc4clay said...

This is an exciting month with more to come!