With the American Idol finale tonight, it brings me thoughts of fate and how life is weaved together like an intricate piece of embroidery. Taylor took one of the last cabs out of New Orleans during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina to audtion for American Idol. He won American Idol, and has had a whirlwind year. Not only that, but other people's lives have also changed. Fans are helping others. Charities have been born in Taylor's name and people all over the world are benefitting in different ways. Lifelong friendships have been made. People who yearned for real music to be brought back are enjoying Taylor's music and performances.
I didn't follow American Idol before season 5. My daughter pestered me to watch it with her. She said it was a good show that the family could enjoy. The other two children wanted to make it family night with me. So I cooked and baked goodies every week, the children and I gathered around the tv for our family night, and I watched American Idol to pacify the kids. And then Taylor auditioned. I was no longer watching American Idol to pacify the kids. It wasn't long before my daughter saw another side of her mother. No one was allowed near the phone on voting night. The woman who didn't care for tv and didn't watch it much stopped everything on Tuesday and Wednesday nights, and was determined to do her part to vote like a mad woman to help Taylor win. He won. Not only did Taylor's life change, but so did a lot of other lives.
After Taylor's first CD came out, the Proud Of Our Troops drive was born. The drive celebrates it's one year anniversary on June 26. Thousands of our men and woman who are fighting for our country have been blessed by Taylor's music. The troop drive has been an exciting adventure, and one year later, I am more determined than ever to make the drive grow even bigger. Other projects and causes were started to help others. The less fortunate have been helped.
Fans joined message boards and got to know each other. They made plans to meet at Taylor's concerts. Friendships were born and some fans bonded to the point where they love each other like family. Lots of fans have their own story of how their lives changed when Taylor won American Idol.
Many lives were changed because a man got one of the last cabs out of New Orleans during a disaster that took lives and property. Some good came from devestation. God made lemonade out of lemons. Nothing is coincidence. Circumstances are weaved into each other until a purpose is achieved. The result is a greater good. It's all part of fate.
Written By Jean (PurpleButterflies)
Tags: Taylor Hicks, American Idol, Soul Patrol, Taylor's Angels