“All My Children” Tribute Videos Make Me Dream Of A Lucrative Soap-Blogging Career

Dan Gibson | April 24, 2009 2:45 pm

My on-and-off tenure at Idolator began in February 2007 (whoa), and it’s resulted in me being addicted to sharing my opinions with people. So I’ve been trying to find another blogging outlet since the bad news rolled down the hill here. Unfortunately, the odds of finding a music blog that would actually pay me are somewhat slim, so here’s my open application to any site that will let me comment on my second love: the ABC soap All My Children. Still, this is a music blog, so I can’t just recap yesterday’s episode with my thoughts on Krystal’s secret might be, or what’s going to happen with Scott Chandler and the newly married former prostitute Randi, or why I love Zach Slater’s recent face turn. So I turn to the beloved form of the YouTube tribute video. The last year has been a little nutty, plot-wise, with crazy re-casts and characters flying in and out of the series on a regular basis. While Reese Williams is making a brief re-appearance on the show the next two weeks to resolve the story line with her jilted bride Bianca, there is apparently an Internet cabal wanting her to stay for the long term. I have no idea why they would choose Ray LaMontagne to soundtrack their tribute, but you have to applaud their dedication to a character who spent less than a year on the series. Ray LaMontagne, “You Are The Best Thing”:

Characters get re-cast all the time–Jamie Luner took over the part of Liza Colby this week, despite zero resemblance to the previous holder of the role–so having affection for a specific actor can only lead to heartbreak. In this case, someone made a tribute to the children who once played Spike, the oft-abused child of Zach and Kendall. Beach Boys, “When I Grow Up To Be A Man”:
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[/videoembed] This whole soap opera thing is my wife’s fault, and her favorite romance was between the supposedly deceased Greenlee (although I suspect Hayward has an amnesia-stricken Greenlee hidden somewhere in New York) and the long-departed Leo Du Pres. Nothing could be more romantic than Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, right? Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, “My Guardian Angel”:
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[/videoembed] Just so I can convince Maura to actually post this, here’s Ne-Yo singing “Closer” at Jesse and Angie’s wedding last year.
I’ve seen the All My Children blogs out there, people. I’d be a significant improvement. Until someone is willing to pay me, I’ll be kind enough to offer my opinions for free on my Tumblr, starting Monday. At the very least, I know I’ll have Lucas supporting me.