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Ralphie Aversa  —  09/13/2008 — Leave a comment

hiya,

just thought i'd check in from the m-i-a real right quick. spent today beachside and poolside, in the midst watching my orange get embaressed by penn state. i mean, it was expected, but that doesnt nulify the pain.

tonight i'm currently en route to the hard rock hotel and casino in ft lauderdale, about 40 minutes north of miami. i'll be finding the lowest minimum black jack table and parking there til i have a reason to leave. hopefully that reason will not coincide with any loss of funds.

have a great rest-of-the-weekend. sunday and monday afternoons will be spent on the beach here, and i return to avoca late monday night.

best,
ralphie.

weezy kills this…

please, make sure to take atleast a moment today to remember those who lost their lives on september 11, 2001. the innocent civilians – the first responders… we must always keep those who died on 9/11 in our thoughts and prayers.

everyone remembers where they were on september 11. you don’t remember what you ate for breakfast yesterday, but you can recollect your entire itinerary on that tuesday. for me – i was a junior in high school at niagara catholic in niagara falls, ny. i remember watching it all on television… those images will always remain engraved in my mind.
my senior year of high school – for the first anniversary – i edited together the following piece.


god bless.

top of the mornin’ to ya!

blogging live from gate 5 at the extravagent wilkes-barre scranton international airport. a.j. in the afternoon insisted i leave my wilkes-barre apartment by 6:20 for my 8a flight. however, judging by the traffic, check-in line, and security line – or the lackthereof for the aforementioned – i suppose i could’ve snagged a little extra sleep before my jaunt down the east coast.
i’m on my way to miami. my old college roommate from syracuse now attends grad school at the university of miami. i’ll be chillin’ beach side and finding ways to cause debauchery at night. after the past few weeks, i couldn’t have timed this vacation any better. 


c’mon, had to throw that one in there. and how coincidental that my next flight is from philly to the city where the heat is on… all night… til the break of dawn.

talk soon!

so after an early morning and a few struggles with the presidential candidate’s communications team (yes, they waitlist people), i landed a press credential and filmed the speech. no exclusive comments, but another interesting story indeed…

as quickly as possible, i’m going to run down my weekend for you…

– thursday: on-air in studio til 10, live from the woodlands til midnight, back to the station for web work, left at 2a, prepped for senator obama visit, fell asleep at 4a (friday).A

– friday: awoke at 8a, arrived at avoca airport, jill from wbre tells me the landing is closed to the press, drove to schott glass, weightlisted for credentials, finally allowed in (but without my engineer), filmed event, chased obama around nepa, grabbed food, met couple i would be dj-ing wedding for in dallas, stopped home, went to the station – on-air til 10, woodlands til midnight. headed home, took care of work, fell asleep at 4a (saturday).

– saturday: awoke at 9a, on-air 10-1p, came home and showered, dj-d wedding in dallas, came home, wrote a few pieces, went to bed at 5a (sunday).

– sunday: awoke at 9a, showered and drove into new york city, spent all day working on side projects, met up with a friend after, arrived home, took care of station work, fell asleep at 6a (monday).

– monday: awoke at 12p, showered and drove to wachovia arena, interviewed idol’s, broadcasted live til 7, on-air in studio til midnight, took care of the ralphie report, production, web work… fell asleep at 7.

– tuesday: rather mundane.
now it’s 4a on wednesday, i’m officially on vacation, and a little more than 24 hours from now, will be boarding a flight that will ultimately land me in miami 🙂

paramore – hayley packs a big voice in that emo-sized body.

t.i. f. rihanna – she sounded way better here than in her first performance. and sampling the numa numa song… genius.

love the ting tings…

lil wayne brings new life to “all summer long”…

kanye killed it.

the following will appear this wednesday in the weekender.

A unique and familiar laughter filled the backstage area of Wachovia Arena Monday afternoon. Down the corridor walked American Idol runner-up David Archuleta. The 17 year-old trudged through the hallway with two hands full of gifts in tow. Shopping bags filled with affection, food made with love – fans from all points in between New York, New Jersey, and Delaware showed up by the press gates as early as noon for the 7 p.m. start – just to snag a glimpse of their favorite Idol finalist.

The scene wasn’t unique to Wilkes-Barre. Every afternoon of every show brings a similar occurrence of Idol fanatics dropping off cameras, clothing, and birthday cakes to their favorite performers. Carly Smithson recalled an elaborate cake bearing her resemblance. Idol winner David Cook stood outside for close to an hour, returning gifts and well wishes with autographs and hugs.

Of course, Archuleta appreciated the bags and bags of goodies. However, the generosity does put the artist in a bit of a predicament when it’s time to pack-up and travel to the next city.

“Right now, without those gifts, I can barely fit in my bunk. I have to sleep sideways because there’s no room.” Archuleta said. “I always look through everything I can – it just depends on how busy the day is.”

There are three different fates for the items. Some are packed with Archuleta as he travels the country. Others are shipped back to the singer’s Utah home. And some will be donated to charity. Despite the tour wrapping up this weekend, it seemed that all the Idols I spoke with hadn’t grown weary or tired of the love from supporters.

Of course – for Archuleta – that love transcends gifts.

“It’s always cool to hear that people like it, because you’re always wondering if people are going to like it or not.”

“It” is the singer’s new song, “Crush.” The single made the highest Billboard Hot 100 debut in 18 months, losing out to only Rihanna’s “Disturbia” for the top spot. Archuleta’s forthcoming LP is tentatively self-titled and slated for a November release.

Could Archuleta be the next Clay Aiken – a runner-up, small in stature, large in vocals – outshining the season’s winner? He hasn’t reached out to Aiken for any advice – instead leaning on someone a little more relatable in current career path and age – last year’s winner and Jive label-mate Jordin Sparks.

But, don’t count out Cook yet. A source close to the singer revealed exclusively to me that three tracks were mixed down in studio for the rocker this week – all with the potential to be a radio single heard before the end of the month.

Meanwhile, the other Idols will finish up the remaining dates and disperse to what many hope will be profitable individual careers. Some, such as Australia’s Michael Johns, have already recorded tracks for new projects. Yet others, like Chekeze and Smithson, will be traveling back to the west coast to meet with record execs in search of offers and contracts. A few artists I spoke with will take a little bit of time off after the final show – while some are moving to new locations and working immediately after the last song. Kristy Lee Cook will head right to Nashville – but don’t worry – she’s already requested Thanksgiving off.

Despite the various paths – all of the American Idol contestants I spoke with could agree on one point – no one could’ve fathomed the joys and pains of Idol life and the concurrent career moves.

some of my picks…


09.09.08 : Usher f. will.i.am. – What’s Your Name?


09.08.08 : Gym Class Heroes f. The Dream – Cookie Jar


09.04.08 : Fall Out Boy – I Don’t Care


09.03.08 : Thriving Ivory – Angels On The Moon

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Clayton from Thriving Ivory talks with Ralphie!

American Idol runner-up David Archuleta, as well as Michael Johns and Kristy Lee Cook, sat down with Ralphie backstage at Wachovia Arena. David chats about his new song, David Cook, his father, and who he calls for advice. Meanwhile Michael & Kristy discuss their cell phones and touring with the Idols!

David Archuleta



Michael Johns



Kristy Lee Cook