Wednesday, May 17, 2006

There Was A Man



The defining moment of my fandom came during Neil Sedaka Night on American Idol 2 when Clay sang "Solitaire".


There was a man, a lonely man
Who lost his love, through his indifference
A heart that cared that went unshared
Until it died within his silence

And solitaire’s the only game in town
And every road that takes him, takes him down

And by himself it’s easy to pretend
He’ll never love again

And keeping to himself he plays the game
Without her love it always ends the same
While life goes on around him everywhere
He’s playing solitaire

Another day, a lonely day
So much to say that goes unspoken
And through the night, his sleepless nights
His eyes are closed, his heart is broken

And solitaire’s the only game in town
And every road that takes him, takes him down
And by himself it’s easy to pretend
She’s coming back again

And keeping to himself he plays the game
Without her love it always ends the same

While life goes on around him everywhere
He’s playing solitaire



Watch Clay's AI performance:



There was a man....a man that sang his heart out week after week, but who we never knew if he would make it until the end. The judge's seemed to have other ideas as to who should win the competition. The defining moment came when I knew no matter what happened Clay would be okay, that he would have a career, and when I knew that I would hear him sing beyond American Idol. At the end of Neil Sedaka night, Neil said he "lost my song forever to you, it will always be a Clay Aiken song" and said he would kill to produce one of Clay's CD's. Clay had set himself apart from his competitors. His true talent shone like a beacon on a lighthouse,(well that might of been the Son of God lighting he had that night, but nonetheless his talent could not be denied. Yeah, the man with the vox of gold was not going anyplace. All would be well with the world.

"Solitaire" was a WOW moment in AI history. One of those performances that was head and shoulders above performances that came before or after it. Clay had many excellent performances and more than one WOW, but Solitaire was sung with a heartfelt passion that came from somewhere deep inside.

It wasn't until Learning to Sing, Clay's inspirational memoir was published that we learned that emotion came from memories of his birth father.


"My memories of Vernon are few and fragmented. The most
vivid image I have of my birth father is of him sitting in his easy chair in his living room. It was a long, narrow room, with couches on two sides and a television at the end. Every time I'd visit, I'd lie on one couch, while Grandma Grissom, his mom, would sit on the other couch an crochet and he would sit in that La-Z-Boy recliner and play solitaire on a big piece of plywood. He rarely said anything. He just sat in the chair and played solitaire.

I would be lying if I didn't admit that when I sing this
song, I think about him."


Another day
A lonely day
So much to say that goes unspoken.
And through the night
His sleepless nights
His eyes are closed
His heart is broken.

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6 Comments:

At 2:26 PM, Blogger myclaystation said...

Beautiful blog! Solitaire was definitely one of Clay's WOW moments!

 
At 3:14 PM, Blogger TheClayBlog said...

It's amazing that Clay has so many WOW moments on AI.

I remember at TWoP, when we heard the spoiler that he was singing Solitaire, people were in a panic. That was lesson one in trusting Clay's judgment.

Reading about how it related to his biological father was heartbreaking.

 
At 3:52 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Solitaire was such a special moment. He has given us so many special moments:)

Love your blog!! Great job!!!

Sam

 
At 4:24 PM, Anonymous IrishEyes said...

Vox, I got choked up reading this. The cute boy left alone to watch videos. The bio father who lost out on connecting with such a wonderful person. And then the adult singer mourning that loss.
You pointed out the performance that guaranteed Clay a career as a pop star. What a blessed relief for us fans!
I love your blog!

 
At 3:31 PM, Blogger feelingthejoy said...

When I read the segment on Vernon/Solitaire in Learning to Sing...it broke my heart. The way Clay described the scene made the scenario so vivid.

Until Clay, I never did care for Solitaire...but, like so many other songs, he made it his own.

 
At 8:02 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This blog spot is absolutely wonderful! I love coming here, reading and watching the vids. Can't wait till the new stuff that is to come will be added! Your do ing a great job...Thanks!

 

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