The annual MDA (Muscular Dystrophy Association) Show of Strength Telethon aired Sunday, September 2nd, 2012, and it was a good cause some of our favourite Divas- Brandy, Carol King, Carrie Underwood and Alanis Morissette- lent their support to by performing at the event!
Check out said performances, and my thoughts on them, below!
Alanis Morissette (like Brandy) went in for some self-promotion by performing new single, Guardian. Luckily for her she could get away with it as the song had a positive message behind it. With lyrics that mention being someone else's "Angel" and "Guardian" it was bound to resonate with those caring for sufferers of the the condition.
This performance was typical Alanis Morissette: polished, together and, on a totally shallow point, doesn't she look hotter than ever?
I really wonder what Brandy was thinking when she got her invitation to the telethon and decided it would be a good event to plug her new single Put It Down. How did she think a charitable event was going to be a good forum to showcase a song essentially about getting off with someone?! The mind boggles...
Performance itself: way too much background vocals going on and hardly any real, live vocals. Her dancing did look less awkward than the accompanying video for the song- so that's good- but it wasn't a great (or even good) performance all in all.
On the plus side, being one of only a few "urban" artists on the bill, Brandy would have attracted another demographic to the shows viewership, hopefully meaning more donations, or at the very least, more awareness of the disease.
Now to a great song choice from legend Carol King. The singer/songwriter sang her classic You've Got A Friend, and despite sounding a little horse on the top notes, it was a moving rendition.
Carrie Underwood sang Nobody Ever Told You from her latest album, Blown Away. Its message of inner beauty and self-acceptance was a smart choice from the American Idol winner. I felt the song itself was a little flat- sounding like a filler track- but like I said, the message was great and the vocals weren't half bad either!
More clips from the Telethon are available at the MDA Youtube channel here.