The Casey Abrams farewell press conference today was far more fascinating than your typical “Idol” exit press conference simply because he’s a truly interesting guy. He’s a music geek who doesn’t speak in cliches like Pia and her “It all happened for a reason” pablum. He just speaks from his heart. He’s sweet and guileless.
For the tabloids, he said he is not dating Haley Reinhart, nor has he ever, despite the rumors.
Here he is on various topics:
Instruments he plays: The guitar, the piano, the melodica, the bass, of course. He also plays the sit-tar, the drums, the accordion, the clarinet, the cello (his favorite!).
On his wacky post-elimination performance: “I was in completely random mode. I didn’t plan on ending up on Haley [at the end.] It just ended up that way. Nothing was planned. Like jazz, sometimes the best performances are improvised.
What would a Casey concert be like: “Pure craziness would be the title. There’d be everything. That last two performances, ‘Harder to Breathe’ and ‘Nature Boy’ sums me up. Let’s rock this hard and have some fun. And slow it down and do it smooth… I’d bring some trombones and dulcimers. Random-sounding instruments.”
His confidence: “I used to not like singing in public. Now I sing too much, in hallways, with random people I don’t know. I feel a lot more comfortable on stage. I can do anything on stage, get random people to feel my pain and happiness.”
His response to Jimmy Iovine’ s line last night that “the family dog does not vote on the show.” “Honestly, it’s hilarious. It’s good advice. I was growling a little bit too much. I wasn’t really paying attention. I was hvaing more fun than what was going on musically. I didn’t have that balance that time. Jimmy Iovine’s funny.”
His health since his last hospital visit: “I just keep getting injections of that good ol’ medicine. Just learned how to deal with the stress a little more than I have. The show has been helping me. I learned how to talk to people, to communicate. Talking to Jimmy Iovine and standing up for myself. I usually hold it in. I now tell people how I feel. It’s made me a different person. It will mean less ulcers.”
What would have have sung next week if he had stuck around (my question): “I was thinking from the 60s ‘Eleanor Rigby’ with acoustic guitar, just sitting on the stage. I’m not sure what now meant. I was going to try ‘Smooth’ by Santana or maybe Blink 182.”
What would his album be like: a mix of rock and jazz.
His anger and aggression on stage to contrast his good-natured persona: “I feel like I laugh at everything. I’m more a happy person than most people… I just keep it inside me. That’s a good question. It’s not aggression. I want to do something different on stage than be all chill.”
Did he expect to win? No. “This is exactly what I expected. I can’t be mad at that.”
He loved Crystal Bowersox because both are off the beaten path. She gave everyone special mikes after her performance, which he enjoyed.
His beard- shaving it off? “It wouldn’t work. The beard makes the face. If I shaved, I wouldn’t have a chin anymore.”
When he was standing there with Scotty: He knew he was a goner. “Just call my name already!” he thought.