If I’ve been silent lately, it’s because I literally have nothing to talk about. Ever since my mother-in-law left, it’s just my wife and me with an extremely adorable but lifeforce-devouring baby of less than six months. That affords little time at all for actually doing anything that demands my attention for more than five minutes at a time. So movies are out, as is most television drama. I suppose that’s why American Idol is pretty much the only show that we watch these days.

It’s funny–for many years in a row, I told myself that I wouldn’t watch the show next season. I’m not quite sure why, to be honest, though I suppose it has something to do with how you’ve got to watch it twice a week and historically, it has pulled me away from geeking out on other things.

But because my wife and my mother enjoy it so much, I’ve always watched it, as well. And ultimately, I can’t say that I haven’t enjoyed myself, if only because it’s something to talk about at the water cooler. Of course, there is no water cooler, and I don’t talk to anybody at work, but if there were and I did…!

It aids in my enjoyment that I’m a guy who loves to sing but never did anything with it (don’t get me wrong–I’m nowhere near good enough, anyway), so there’s definitely a vicarious element to the show for me.

I know some of my readers (all two or three of them) hate American Idol, and I suppose I can sort of understand why. But I’ll tell you what: I don’t regret at all watching the show this season. The talent pool has been so strong that I actually feel as though I should be paying to see all of these kids perform. They may not all knock it out of the park every single time, but on nights like tonight, when they’re provided a pretty narrow song catalog from which to pick (it’s difficult to go wrong with Elton John), they pretty much all shine.

In any event, I’m not going to go on and on about it. I’m just going to post a couple of videos.

The first is the reason I never post anymore, and it should be seen and appreciated by anybody who loves things that are awesome and adorable.

The second is an American Idol video from a few weeks back of this kid Robbie Rosen doing “Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word”. I’m posting it for two reasons. First, because it speaks to the talent of this year’s contestants that Rosen didn’t even make it into the top 12 (though he should have). Second, because another contestant did this same song tonight, and it was also very good, but not actually as good as this, which I found to be almost heart-breakingly soulful.