Thursday, April 18, 2013

P is for Pascal, Adam

I had all sorts of ideas for my P blog, including Personality, Pretending, Perfectionism, and Pictures, but then this morning I ended up in the horrible web of YouTube. Specifically, I was Adam Pascal hopping.
Damn, that boy can sing.

It really is tough to beat his voice. He makes most of the American Idol folks look like beginners, and he has extreme range and voice control. I guess he isn’t for everyone, but I can’t imagine why not.

I first learned of him last year, when E was working on RENT with the Crafton Hills College theater department. We had seen the movie first, and Adam Pascal plays the lead guy in that musical. The whole time I was watching it, I just couldn’t wait for him to sing again when it wasn’t his turn. He has a voice that speaks to me, and I figured he was probably the front man of some kick ass band somewhere, but he isn’t.

It’s just him.

So, why isn’t he more mainstream? I figure it’s probably because he actually has a truckload of talent. He doesn’t do much pop or mainstream style music, but I’m blown away that someone hasn’t made him more famous yet. I mean, the man can freaking sing. No joke style.

Here’s an example, if you don’t believe me:

WOW, right? I’m not at all lying or kidding around when I say I do believe I’d give anything I have to sing like that. Or everything I have. With a voice like his, I could replace it all fairly quickly, I’m thinking. Even if I couldn’t, it would be SO worth it to grab a guitar and bust out with that song out of the blue around a campfire or something.

I’ve always wished I could sing well.

I’ve heard all his songs dozens of times. No, they aren’t all great or all hits, but a few of them really speak to me, like this performance:

SHEESH! Did you see how effortlessly he belts out notes that most can’t find in the sunshine with a flashlight? His singing voice is so far superior, in my opinion, that it isn’t even funny.

Yet I’ve never, ever found someone who has heard of him (other than the fine folks who performed in RENT).

I share his songs now and again on Facebook, but I never get a response, which I assume means folks aren’t liking him (or, probably closer to the truth, aren’t clicking on the link). I could listen to this guy all day and night, and in fact, I have. I’d pay big money to go to a performance. There are a lot of cell phone recordings of him at small venues on YouTube - oh, to catch one of those!

Here is one of his more popular songs, Heal Me I’m Heartsick:

Welp, I won’t go on and on about it, but let it be known that I think Adam Pascal’s voice is one of the best on the planet.

That is all. 

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