I watched the finale of American Idol this week - it was sixth one I have seen. On the show a young seventeen year old Country singer named Scotty McCreery took the top honors. Lauren Alaina, a sixteen year old Country singer, took second place. As streamers fell Scotty was embraced by those he beat out for the top spot. As he sang his last song he headed for his family. Starting with his dad he embraced each member of his family. It was such a touching moment. I ask you - what is not to love about that? It was such heartwarming family entertainment.
The American Idol season mirrored the finale. Each week we saw young people rooting for each other and crying tears of sadness when one of their friends were voted off. Each week talented singers sang all sorts of songs - I particularly liked Motown week. But mainly I liked the respect that was shown for contestants by other contestants and judges. Early in the season there was one particularly tender and inspiring moment when one of the judges gently kissed a gal in the wheelchair on the head.
I think that it is so easy for older folks like me to reject American Idol. Music was so important to me when I was young and all I can remember about adult reactions to "my music" was the way that they criticized it. It reminds me a bit of how easy it is to reject my responsibility to encourage and cheer on the younger generations. Even in church older folks are known for the lambasting of newer styles of music. I think that it is time we older ones stopped acting like children. We geezers should accept and encourage those younger than we are.