Tribute to the REAL Jon Lewis
I’ve never posted before and probably won’t again, but have to put in my two-cents worth now, as someone who’s had the pleasure of knowing Jon & spending time with him. JPL fans, and others, please read on.
I got to know Jon in Jr. High & through High School. . .sometimes I've been proud to call him a friend - - - sometimes I've been embarrassed, and sometimes I've hated his guts. But I'm sure he'd be disappointed to read all the garbage and name-calling that's going on - - - don’t rip on people because they don’t enjoy his music. . . just be glad that you have better ears than they do and let them wallow in their own hate and bashing. I know that Jon wouldn't want all kinds of contention and hate because of this latest vote.
Yes, I'm sad that he was voted off, and yes, I'm disgusted by all the horrible things that have been said about him, but I refuse to respond in kind.
Here's the TRUTH--the REAL Jon Lewis as I got to know him. He's a man willing to devote 2 years of his life to loving, serving, and teaching people in Barcelona, Spain. (That's why he's fluent in Spanish). He's incredibly funny, brutally honest, supremely confident, annoyingly perfectionist about his music, and sometimes just plain obnoxious. He's made mistakes and pulled pranks, (I won't even mention what it was that almost got him kicked out of playing the part of Uncle Max in our high school production of "The Sound of Music") but he's never, ever pretended to be anything other than what he is.
And what he is a PHENOMENAL singer (though honestly, not much of a dancer–unless we’re talking break-dancing). And even though he’s given some great performances so far, America still hasn’t seen what he is capable of. Maybe it’s been nerves, or maybe the crazy schedule, but his performances haven’t measured up to what I’ve seen and heard him do. When and if a JPL CD comes out, I’m confident that this amazing voice will speak for itself and silence much of the criticism that I’ve read tonight.
Thanks for your time.