My ten-year old daughter recently told me she was so glad we found The Voice as it has become our latest weekly "date" time. I agreed with her. It's special to find something my oldest daughter still loves to do with me. I'm lucky she's only ten and most of the time still prefers to be with mom and dad.
For those of you locked in a closet without access to media or technology, first, congrats on finding this blog. Second, The Voice is (as described by Wikipedia), a television show whereas "Contestants are aspiring singers drawn from public auditions. The show's format features three stages of competition. The first is the blind audition, in which four coaches listen to contenders without seeing them, and turn their chairs to signify that they are interested in working with that artist. If more than one coach turns the chair, the artist chooses the coach he or she would like to work with. The blind audition ends when each coach has a set number of artists to work with (such as ten in the U.K. version, sixteen in the U.S. version or sixteen in the Dutch version). Coaches will dedicate themselves to developing their singers, giving them advice, and sharing the secrets of their success."
Something I didn't say in response to her comment, that goes beyond the incredibly vocally talented singers on the show is that I genuinely appreciate the encouragement brought forth in it. I love hearing the positive, encouraging energy The Voice brings into our family room. Other talent shows seem to be about pointing out flaws, making a mockery of fame, or dishing the best negative comment.
The Voice begins with blind auditions where the judges can only hear the person trying out. From the start they level the playing field. Week by week, the judges (referred to as coaches) teach, uplift, correct, and encourage the inspiring performers. To borrow an overused slogan, they are helping them be all they can be. Best of all they seem to truly be interested the the well-being of the singers - and having a mighty good time while doing it.
For this season we'll keep watching and enjoying our Voice date nights and I'll keep soaking up the encouraging words.