Thursday, February 4, 2010

Another Arkansas American Idol?



While watching American Idol last week, I was shocked and thrilled to see the water tower at Gassville, Arkansas in the background of video shot about the last contestant to audition for the show from Texas -- David Pittman, Mountain Home, Arkansas.

David Pittman's performance was acknowledged by the judges as being worthy of advancement to the next round in Hollywood. Pittman has Tourette's Syndrome, a condition that can cause facial tics and involuntary movements. It does not, however affect David when he sings.

Pittman is a great contestant and will certainly be one to watch as the next American Idol begins to emerge.

Our local paper, the Baxter Bulletin has written a couple stories about him. The latest, just today reveals how Pittman's 4-minute audition on Idol has shone a spotlight on Tourette's Syndrome, a condition that he lives with every day. What a great feel-good story he tells, accentuated by his positive attitude. I can't help but feel a sense of pride since Dave Pittman is from my town.

I was thrilled when Arkansan Kris Allen won the American Idol title. Not only does Arkansas wear well its moniker of the natural state, but it is also apparent that Arkansas is a place filled with music. From the old blokes who strummed their fiddles on the front porch years ago, to the high quality of our school's marching bands, and now our latest celebrity, Mountain Home, Arkansas is all about the music.

Congratulations Dave. May you go far.