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"Beautiful Day" (CD single)
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The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
What's the story?
Lee DeWyze is currently reveling in his American Idol Season 9 win. "BEAUTIFUL DAY" marks his first release as the Idol champ. The song covers U2's 2000 hit off of their album All That You Can't Leave Behind. Avid viewers of AI should recognize the song from DeWyze's TV performances.
Is it any good?
It's tough to compete against a mega-star like U2's Bono, but DeWyze pulls off a smooth interpretation of the classic pop-rock hit. His innocuous vocals keep the song from becoming overly sentimental, and his harmonies and range seem perfectly suited to commercial success. With a dense backdrop of instrumentals and back-up vocals, fans of the original song will find a new, more lavish treatment that's sure to inspire a good mood.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the way that advertising is used on American Idol. What unique ways has the show worked ads into the broadcast? Do you think sneaking these ads into the program creates a more persuasive form of advertising than a traditional commercial?
What lessons can you learn from this year's Idol winner? Do you think DeWyze had to persevere and overcome personal obstacles to get to this point? Does his personal story and those of the other finalists inspire you?
Talk about how DeWyze's image differs from that of today's popular music stars. Do you think a singer can become successful if he doesn't have an incredibly flashy image and in-you-face sex appeal?