Ben Caroccio's Response to Barbara

by Ben Caroccio
(Seabrook, TX)

Ben Caroccio, Vocalist

Ben Caroccio, Vocalist

Thank you for your posting of me on your wonderful site. I appreciate your personal insights shared with me. It made me ponder why am I pursuing the X-Factor auditions. Being #1 is not my goal because it really is not logical at all. The judging is very subjective for both judges and audience - most of the voting public are not trained as judges and may not even know "of" music - and what constitutes an excellent, good, or fair performance.

Yes, in the 70s and 80s I wanted stardom but had no connections or the best business skills. I just wanted to be found and make a living at what I love to do best.

So my point here is that I should have sought more auditions back then, in addition to the club work that put food on the table.
I am thinking there is a chance that getting TV exposure would lead to recording contracts, performances, etc. I am putting my ego at age 62 on the line by going to Dallas auditions. But I figure it is now or never.

BTW - I was to hear from Fox - the local Houston audition on or about the 13th of this month. I was not a chosen one I guess.



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May 27, 2011
The Joys and Sorrows of Singing
by: Barbara Lewis

Hi Ben,

Thank you for your very interesting comments. Sounds like you have made a decision for now to wait and watch.

These contests are so arbitrary. But other opportunities may come your way, as well. Now that you are in the flow of singing, again.

I'm always amazed at how new possibilities come into our lives from the places we least expect, once we have made a commitment.

Here's that famous quote: "Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Only engage, and then the mind grows heated. Begin it, and the work will be completed."

It doesn't mention how long it can take for the "work" to be completed. And so we learn over time that we need to enjoy the whole process - not just look to the end result for our joy.

Thanks again, Ben.

May 26, 2011
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by: Ben Caroccio

I realized, last week, that after watching the FOX TV channel - Houston, TX results for the pre-Dallas audition that no one was older than 26 yrs of age. Moreover, of the 8 finalists, most were in their early teens - like 13yrs and 4 were in there mid teens. Where was a sampling of "older singers" as Simon indicated it would be open to any age.

I agree with Barbara - I never really thought of being the #1 singer in America. It is not logical to even think there is one singer who is better than anyone else - for each has their own style and presentation format. FOX has not told the public how the winners will be chosen - Panel + voting + audience? Too many unknowns. Also, you may not even get a chance, after prescreening with producers, to get a chance before Simon and the others - after standing out in the dallas heat for 8 + hours for a wristband and the next day for auditioning.

I wanted the exposure that the show would give me. Thus, I have decided not to participate there are more personal/job related reasons for my decission not to participate. Saving grace here -I will see what the X-Factor is all about this year and reconsider next summer. I have had wonderful moments in music before many audiences with lots of local publicity - maybe you have too.

Here's to uniqueness and self expression to all... Ben

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