Mandisa is one more person that proves that being eliminated on American Idol is not the end of your career. While she did have kind of a bone to pick with Simon Cowell, a long list indeed of people, she did handle it in a very classy and peaceful way. In fact her response to the notoriously harsh judge was handled so well that he actually apologized to her on the spot and things were settled. Despite being eliminated she wasn’t about to let her chance slip away from her and she began to perform wherever she was accepted, which included daytime TV and a few other spots. This kind of determination is inspiring since it shows that the desire to find one’s purpose in life does not strengthen when one blames another, but instead grows stronger when a person gets up and does the work and puts in the effort.
Here are some of her best songs.
5. Good Morning
Paula Abdul was heard to say that Mandisa’s voice has kind of a throaty growl to it, though upon listening to her there’s a lot of strength there but it doesn’t seem to offer any kind of growl to it. Perhaps Paula, whose opinion is valued among many, was able to hear something that I can’t. Ah well. Mandisa’s voice is rather nice to listen to but also seems to bounce in a way that’s kind of, well, mainstream perhaps. It’s definitely something you get to hear on a regular basis, that upbeat sound that some people just seem to display naturally no matter that it’s said to be different between each individual.
The theme of a lot of her songs seem to be that she’s got a definite purpose in life and she’s going to tell a tale throughout her songs that is meant to be shared in increments to be as inspirational as possible. You might not think that musicians can tell a series-long tale as well as a writer, but you’d be wrong. Many musicians have done this over the course of history and have done it in a way that has allowed them to keep their fans on the hook and wanting to hear more. Whether that’s what Mandisa is doing or not that seems to be the effect that might be happening all the same. It’s a wise move, as well as one that offers a great chance for inspiration to keep striking.
A lot of her songs are about overcoming something, anything in life that is meant to keep us down in one way or another. As we all have seen more than once, perhaps more than twice, is that the moment we set our feet on the path that we desire to tread it takes a lot of effort to continue that path. It takes even more to make it mean something and lead to a goal that we’re ready to accept at any given time. The reason we keep going obviously is that we’re wanting something better than what we have, and we’re willing to go through a whole lot of hurt and tribulation to reach what it is that we want.
2. Bleed the Same
She has a lot of unity in her songs, a feeling that people are fundamentally the same no matter who we are or where we come from. In this country at this time there’s so much going on that continues to divide us as Americans that it’s hard to see anything that’s going to bind us together in a universal manner that can’t be ignored. No one wants to be divided at the most fundamental level, as even those that exist with hate in their hearts want something to believe in that they can truly stand behind. But it takes understanding just what it is that makes us similar and not different to convince people that we’re all in this together.
Overall it seems like Mandisa is a very positive-minded person and tends to want to believe the best in people. This kind of idealism is something that the younger generations are able to see a lot of times since it does make a lot of sense that life shouldn’t be quite so hard. But as we grow up we come to realize that no matter how much we want it to be, life won’t ever be the thing of ease that we want it to be. It takes a lot of effort, a lot of work, and a lot of hope and faith to get to where we want to be. The only difference between those that don’t and those that do is the spirit it takes to actually get in there and overcome the desire to just quit.
We move forward because we don’t quit.