I spoke with Casey during that transition phase from American Idol contestant to recording artist. It was a time for him to relax, refresh and reconnect with his "old life" before venturing out to begin his new one. I wanted to chronicle his hopes and expectations as he was heading off to the great unknown and so much of the interview focused on what he was hoping for in the coming year. The second part of the interview, then, involves a lot of his musings on his CD.
Here's a little extra for readers of this blog: Since I was the one giving the interview, I did take a little advantage to discuss with Casey my opinions about some of his AI performances. In fairness, he did ask,which impressed me -- he was interested in knowing how his performances were received and I think that's another sign of just how seriously he takes music. So I told him that I thought Power of Love was possibly the worst song ever written and a horrible choice for the show. He disagreed. “I like that song, i love that song. I did like the cadence of that song and the rhythm, I think it’s a powerful song, a lot of people hate it. There you go, you don’t like it."
I also told him I wasn't that into Don't Stop and he thought I was a bit rough on that song as well, but admitted "I was so sick that day…it’s possible that’s what you were seeing. I was literally deathly ill on that one. " As for Blue Skies, he offered that he never would have volunteered to sing without his guitar but mentioned, as he has elsewhere, that he was a huge fan of Harry Connick, Jr. and Frank Sinatra and was happy to sing in that genre. In fact, he was disappointed that American Idol didn't require the contestants to sing more songs of different genres.
I went on to list Mrs. Robinson, I Don't Want to Be, and You'll Think of Me as my picks for his best (and most underrated, by the judges, anyway) performances. He liked those as well, for the record.
One other extra, just for my loyal blog readers: when he mentioned that the air in LA had caused some of his illness, I disagreed and told him that the air in LA is just fine. His voice almost went into falsetto as he came back with, "Are you kidding me???!!!" But then he admitted that upon returning to my fair city, it felt like coming home.
Here's the link to the interview. Enjoy.
One of Casey's twitter fans made the following YouTube of the newly discovered pre-Idol song "She" which Casey and his mom Debra apparently performed on a local radio show. Here it is.