After being in the bottom 2 for the past couple weeks, most of us thought it was the end of the line for this Blues rocker. Out of nowhere, Mike & Aaron were announced as the bottom 2. I believe I could hear an echo of screams coming from the West. Even my wife (who's not much of an Idol watcher..but votes) screamed out loud when Casey was sent to safety. After this weeks overly harsh reviews & personal attacks, it was a big surprise to see him advance & we're sure glad he did. Wonder if Kara had lamb for dinner?
Party planning is already in the works this week & I can imagine they will be even bigger than last week. I will be posting photos so check back.
Casey mentioned his prom this week on the show....After I graduated college in '97 we started our business. My alma mater MHS gave us the opportunity to photograph the Jr. Sr. proms. I remember the 2000 prom took place in the historic Baker Hotel in Mineral Wells. Really the only usable part of the hotel was in the lobby so that was the set-up that year. I remember thinking it was strange that instead of having the usual DJ play various music they had a band playing. Who was in the band? Yes.... even then Casey's fellow classmates saw the potential he had & asked him & the band (including B.C. James) to do their thing. Did I even think to take candid shot's of the (unknown) band? Nope, do I wish I did.... Yep.
Thanks to MHS for allowing us to provide them with our services. Y'all are great
In the days prior to performance night, Casey's brother (BC) & all of "Team Casey" were hard at work creating buzz on the internet. There are so many forums & fan pages out there dedicated to Idol & Casey. Facebook has become one of the best ways of getting info out there to everyone you know. We had a blog last week of the PK watch party that BC attended & I was able to get some different angles from the event. He was posting some of my latest blog links to all the Casey FB pages to help get votes. Just to let you know about the massive following that this guy has..... in just one day of the postings I got hits from Argentina, UK, Philippines, Israel, Malaysia, Russia, Ireland, Japan, etc. How & why are these people watching American Idol. I wouldn't know how to find Israel Idol. Pretty cool!
For the locals:
Here's a video of the historic Baker Hotel in Mineral Wells, Texas. My grandmother said big stars like Marilyn Monroe once stayed in the hotel back in the day.
On a personal note:
Mom told me a story about Mamaw. In the 30's she worked a block over at the Crazy Water Hotel as a soda jerk. She was just barely a teenager then & remembered that Andy Griffith paid a visit to the famous health resort. People came from all over to drink the "crazy water" as they thought it cured illnesses. One day a police officer came into the diner & took a liking to Mamaw & another friend. To impress the girls he wrote them out driver's licenses. Wow how times have changed. No written or driving test, just "you're a pretty lady, here is a drivers license". Just thought I would share.