Sunday, February 11, 2007
Solely for my own amusement, but if any of this gives you a grin, cool!
The Police…Oh YES baby
Sounds just as good as in '83
What the hell was he singing in the breakdown?
hmmmm, Sting is now in the running for the Gingey Award for Best Hottie-Over 50 Category
Best Pop Colab...YEAH...Stevie & Tony...I love me some Tony Bennett now...PURE CLASS.
They both are making me tear up...my hormones are out of whack.
Chicks...ok, I get it...they spoke out for what they believed...but they aren't heroes, they are musicians. Enough with the overblown Joan Baez introduction. As they ask in this song: "Can't you just get over it?" Oh, and I had a prom dress that looks like Natalie's. The other two look hot.
Prince...what was that? Beyonce...great dress. Lose the flowers in your hair. I am amazed you didn't fall down those steps...good girl! Fantastic performance! WOW.
Carrie Underwood: you have looked bored in every shot so far...get excited!!! You were sitting at home eating a pint of ice cream and watching this show only 2 years ago!
I LOVE Fergie's hair, and her pewter baby doll dress...lovely.
Mary J. looks sincerely touched and a little taken aback. She even brought her purse up on the stage...lol... I'm happy for her.
Queen L...not crazy about your dress...but who am I? I'm sitting on my couch w/ my laptop and a cocktail...you are rich and on national tv. lol
Justin Timberlake...nice echo effect going on here...ouch, this is a song written about Brit-Brit, isn't it? ok, I am loving this performance... I always love black "ensemble" BGVs, too... NOOOOOO, don't ruin the performance with this cheezy holding the camera in your face gimick...GONG!!!!!!
Mary J, Mary J, Mary J....Blige. Preach it, girlfriend.
Corrine, John, & John...ahhhhhh, I lovvvve good music... sweet. This is the kind of music I like to turn all of the lights out, crank it up, and bask in every note...
John Mayer is now in the running for the Gingey Award for Best Hottie-Under 30 Category...for his musicianship alone...and the hair...great hair.
Next presenters: uh, who are you ladies? Holy crap...I can't believe Christina Ag didn't win Best Pop Vocal...oh well, John Mayer is a good second choice.
Commercial break: Holy shit, I am 0 for 0 in my predictions this year...I suck!
Shakira...DAMN! Look at her shakin' that thang! Very cool production number. I'm sure all of you ass men are having a coronary right about now! Wait. Did he just rap, "Obama"? I want an outfit like hers...however, I would end up looking like Buddah in it.
Ok, this is really sad...aging sucks. I hate seeing our legends looking sooooo elderly.
hmmmm...Chicks again...and Natalie was almost...almo...nope...she wasn't speechless...
Wow, I feel like I'm listening to Jackie Wil ...oh there was Algore... Wilson...who are all of these airline pilots? Did Delta go on strike again?
Best Rap category...dead to me. Time for a potty break.
Back just in time for Ludacris to give a shout-out to Bill O'Rilley...that was funny!
oooh, this guy is going to play Charlie Pride (one of my favorites)...Terrance Howard...(thx, Sista)...wow, a pretty intense intro for Mary J. She's good, but, "royalty"? Not yet...not for a few years/decades...she isn't quite Aretha yet...
Ok, I take it back...that was amazing.
Please, God...oh, this is farkin' ridiculous...somebody pleeeeze give Natalie a muzzle.
Carrie Underwood...ok, this is kind of cute, The Bob Wills thing. Rascal Flatts doing Eagles...eh...ok...wasn't crazy about Gary LeVox' lead. Not at all.
Carrie Underwood on Desparado...thumbs up.
Just not into Gary LeVox on any of this. NOOOOOO, please don't do the face to face hump dance ... whew! it's over...
Natalie Cole: "uh, this is great. Carrie Underwood." I don't think it was a "Great!", but a "Great."
Samuel L. & Christina Ricci: awkward.
Lionel...omg..."Hello"...I'm back in 1985 again...
next number: ummmmm....potty time again...
ah, here we go...Christina Aguilera...LOVE the performance, hate the hair...wow, that was some scream!
Ok, had to take a break to address a child issue.
I always get sad when they show who all has passed away in the last year. Ahmet Ertegun...what an amazing pioneer in the recording industry. Buck Owens, Denny Doherty, Freddy Fender...
David Spade...somebody remind me to blog about when I asked him for directions underneath 30 Rock in 1995...
Ludacris & Mary J. Blige...oooh, very cool vocal acrobatics from Mary J. ...Ok, at first I wasn't into this...but I kinda am now. Wow. Powerful.
James Blunt: I must be really, really hormonal...this song is really depressing me tonight...kinda makes me wanna go jump off the Batman Building...
...not really, but geez...
Jennifer Hudson...I would've picked a different dress...
ummm...this whole "contest" thing really cheapens the purpose of this event...but ok...
oooh, Justin...I love him...love this song...love it, love it, love it...ain't no sunshine, amen.
ok, bring up the beat...this girl looks pretty polished considering that she just got pulled from the audience to sing on freakin' national television and in front of all of most of her heroes...my vote: winner pre-determined and performance pre-rehearsed.
Quentin Tarrentino...wins the Gingey Award for Best Hyperactive Loud Presenter in Need of Sedative.
Dixie Chicks got Record of the Year...sweeping...
I'm getting very sleepy.
Red Hot Chili Peppers...I'm disappointed that they didn't wear their socks. ;)
It's the amazing Algore! Holy crap, they are only on Best Rock Album? I thought this show was almost over! The Chili Peppers won. "We need more ROCK BANDS!!"
Don Henley and Scarlett Johanson...AWKWARD!
Album of the Year and the last word...Dixie Chicks.
Good show. I'm spent.
Saturday, February 10, 2007
The only membership I kept after my departure from the corporate side of the music business was my membership to the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (NARAS), which is the voting entity for the Grammy Awards. It was the most special one because you have to earn your membership. You have to have at least 6 album credits to your name to become a member, so becoming a member is an accomplishment I am very proud of.
Hence, I get the privilege of voting for the Grammys every year, and so thought I'd share my votes for the categories I'm most interested in...we'll see if my picks are in line with the rest of the Academy and the critics!
Record of the Year:
"Be Without You,'' Mary J. Blige
"You're Beautiful,'' James Blunt
"Not Ready to Make Nice,'' Dixie Chicks
"Crazy,'' Gnarls Barkley
"Put Your Records On,'' Corinne Bailey Rae
My pick: "You're Beautiful,'' James Blunt
Because I am a mushy girl. Seriously, it's a beautiful song that will be remembered for years to come.
Winner: "Not Ready to Make Nice,'' Dixie Chicks
Well, I do believe these girls have gotten the last word, no?
Album of the Year:
"Taking the Long Way,'' Dixie Chicks
"St. Elsewhere,'' Gnarls Barkley
"Continuum,'' John Mayer
"Stadium Arcadium,'' Red Hot Chili Peppers
"FutureSex/LoveSounds,'' Justin Timberlake
My pick: "FutureSex/LoveSounds,'' Justin Timberlake
I can't help it...he sings in falsetto like Barry Gibb. Seriously, he gets a lot of flack, but the guy has real talent. I'm just not into the other albums in this category.
Winner: "Not Ready to Make Nice,'' Dixie Chicks
Thank God we can all move on now...
Song of the Year:
"Be Without You,'' Johnta Austin, Mary J. Blige, Bryan-Michael Cox and Jason Perry (Mary J. Blige)
"Jesus, Take the Wheel,'' Brett James, Hillary Lindsey and Gordie Sampson (Carrie Underwood)
"Not Ready to Make Nice,'' Martie Maguire, Natalie Maines, Emily Robison and Dan Wilson (Dixie Chicks)
"Put Your Records On,'' John Beck, Steve Chrisanthou and Corinne Bailey Rae (Corinne Bailey Rae)
"You're Beautiful,'' James Blunt, Amanda Ghost and Sacha Skarbek (James Blunt)
My pick: "You're Beautiful"
Same reasons as above. Sorry, I can't jump on the Chicks or Underwood bandwagon on this one.
Winner: "Not Ready to Make Nice,'' Martie Maguire, Natalie Maines, Emily Robison and Dan Wilson (Dixie Chicks)
um...ooook...this one's for Sharon and Angie... :)
Corinne Bailey Rae
My pick: Carrie Underwood
You can't argue that she has talent and lasting power.
Winner: CARRIE UNDERWOOD
Thank God...Carrie, you finally made me 1-14 on my picks!!! geez!
Pop Vocal Album:
"Back to Basics,'' Christina Aguilera
"Back to Bedlam,'' James Blunt
"The River in Reverse,'' Elvis Costello and Allen Toussaint
"Continuum,'' John Mayer
"FutureSex/LoveSounds,'' Justin Timberlake
My pick: "Back to Basics," Christina Aguilera
This category has the word "vocal" in it. This girl has pipes, and they are showcased on this album beautifully.
Winner: "Continuum,'' John Mayer
Well, it's definitely my second choice. Glad it won.
Best Country Album:
"Taking the Long Way,'' Dixie Chicks
"Like Red on a Rose,'' Alan Jackson
"The Road to Here,'' Little Big Town
"You Don't Know Me: The Songs of Cindy Walker,'' Willie Nelson
"Your Man,'' Josh Turner
My pick: "The Road to Here,'' Little Big Town
Hands down! If you haven't listened to this album, pick it up! The songs, the harmonies, the pickin'...everything about this album is perfect.
Winner: "Taking the Long Way,'' Dixie Chicks
Damn, people...share the love...unbelievable.
Best Female Country Vocal Performance
"Kerosene Miranda," Lambert
"I Still Miss Someone," Martina McBride
"Something's Gotta Give," LeAnn Rimes
"Jesus, Take The Wheel," Carrie Underwood
"I Don't Feel Like Loving You Today," Gretchen Wilson
My pick: "I Don't Feel Like Loving You Today," Gretchen Wilson
The song and the performance slay me.
Winner: "Jesus, Take The Wheel," Carrie Underwood
Woo hoo! I still like Gretchen's performance better.
Best Male Country Vocal Performance
"Every Mile A Memory," Dierks Bentley
"The Reason Why," Vince Gill
"The Seashores Of Old Mexico," George Strait
"Would You Go With Me," Josh Turner
"Once In A Lifetime," Keith Urban
My pick: "The Seashores Of Old Mexico," George Strait
Pure country song, pure country performance. Good stuff.
Winner: "The Reason Why," Vince Gill
Best Country Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal
"Not Ready To Make Nice," Dixie Chicks
"Heaven's My Home," The Duhks
"Boondocks," Little Big Town
"What Hurts The Most," Rascal Flatts
"Leave The Pieces," The Wreckers
My pick: "What Hurts The Most," Rascal Flatts
This was the hardest one to decide! All of the performances are excellent. I have to choose the Flatts guys because overall, it is a powerful performance in every way. Absolutely amazing. I crank it up everytime it comes on.
Winner: "Not Ready To Make Nice," Dixie Chicks
A political statement by a bunch of West Coast liberals. ;-)
Best Country Song
Every Mile A Memory
I Don't Feel Like Loving You Today
Jesus, Take The Wheel
Like Red On A Rose
What Hurts The Most
My pick: "What Hurts The Most," Rascal Flatts
Another difficult one to pick out of this lot. I would say that the structure, melody...eh, who am I kidding...I like it because it reminds me of something the Brothers Gibb would have written.
Winner: Jesus, Take The Wheel
Man, I am sucking in my picks this year...
Best Bluegrass Album
"Long List Of Heartaches," The Grascals
"Bluegrass," Jim Lauderdale
"Instrumentals," Ricky Skaggs And Kentucky Thunder
"Live At The Ryman," Marty Stuart And His Fabulous Superlatives
"All American Bluegrass Girl," Rhonda Vincent
My pick: "Long List of Heartaches" The Grascals
This has nothing to do with the fact that the bassist, Terry Smith, is the husband of one of my best blogger buddies, Sista. It is an excellent album, and another one to pick up as soon as possible.
Winner: "Instrumentals," Ricky Skaggs And Kentucky Thunder
Best Comedy Album
"Blue Collar Comedy Tour — One For The Road," Bill Engvall, Ron White, Jeff Foxworthy & Larry The Cable Guy
"The Carnegie Hall Performance," Lewis Black
"Life Is Worth Losing," George Carlin
"Straight Outta Lynwood", "Weird Al" Yankovic
"You Can't Fix Stupid," Ron White
My pick: "Blue Collar Comedy Tour -- One For The Road," Bill Engvall, Ron White, Jeff Foxworthy & Larry The Cable Guy
I don't care who you are...that ritechair is funny. Git-r-done!
Winner: "The Carnegie Hall Performance," Lewis Black
Who the f*ck is Lewis Black?
Best Song Written For Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media
Can't Take It In (From The Chronicles Of Narnia — The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe), Imogen Heap
I Need To Wake Up (From An Inconvenient Truth), Melissa Etheridge
Our Town (From Cars), James Taylor
There's Nothing Like A Show On Broadway (From The Producers), Nathan Lane & Matthew Broderick)
Travelin' Thru (From Transamerica) Dolly Parton
My pick: "Travelin' Thru," Dolly Parton
I truly believe this song deserved the Oscar...what a rip off! Therefore, I hope the Academy had enough sense to vote for it this time and give her what she deserves! I did...
Winner: Our Town (From Cars), James Taylor
Best Short Form Music Video
"8th Of November," Big & Rich - Deaton/Flanigen & Marc Oswald, directors
"When You Were Young," The Killers - Anthony Mandler, director
"Here It Goes Again," OK Go - a bunch of directors
"Dani California," Red Hot Chili Peppers - Tony Kaye, video director
"Writing On The Walls," Underoath - Anders Forsman, Ragnar Granstrand & Linus Johansson, directors
My pick: "8th Of November," Big & Rich - Deaton/Flanigen & Marc Oswald, directors
This is one of the most powerful videos I have ever seen, bar none. If you ever get the opportunity to see the extended documentary of the making of, you must. They show it on the video channels occasionally. If you don't tear up watching it, you ain't got a heart.
Oh, and George Flanigen is a hottie...old crushes die hard.
Winner: "Here It Goes Again," OK Go - a bunch of directors
This goes under my blog category: Bullshit.
Best Polka Album
Frampton comes alive again! He won for Best Pop Instrumental Album...YAY!
Final Thoughts: I suck! I got 1 of 14 picks... I guess I should have jumped on the Chicks wagon after all...
Thursday, February 08, 2007
Wednesday, February 07, 2007
Haggard's logic is that because he only had "sexual contact" with his
So now he's uprooting his family, moving to another town, and he is considering going for his Master's in Psychology. Hmmm, how would he analyze himself? Lying to thousands, using the tithes and offerings of his church members to buy illegal drugs, judging and condemning others for the very same thing he was secretly partaking in... Diagnosis: Psychopath.
Perhaps as he studies for his degree, he will learn that it is completely preposterous that only three weeks of any type of psychotherapy would be an adequate amount of time to draw a conclusion on any difficulty a person is dealing with. Especially when there is repeated behavior for which he put his wife's health, well-being, and security in danger. That's some pretty deep-seated issues there. Issues that a quick-fix, moving to another state, and changing professions cannot resolve. Been there, tried that, didn't happen.
Sorry, Ted, but you are still living in denial. Just because you don't "act" on your attraction to men doesn't make you straight. This is not going to go away for you.
Furthermore, another one of the problems with these "restoration" programs is that a person leaves it thinking it is their ticket back into their job (ministry), and they'll be back on the gravy train. How insulting to the congegration he devestated and the family whose heart he broke to think he can, after a few short months, brush this aside and move on as if there are no consequences for his actions. What brand of arrogant pride is that?
The best thing Ted Haggard could do right now for the sake of his family is keep his penis in his pants, keep his mouth shut, get some therapy that doesn't allow him to continue the ruse, and GET REAL.
Update: One of my very best friends know of this whole debate first hand, as a Christian who is also gay. Read on for his personal perspective...
Personally, I love your blog. Too right! You know, as real Christians, we should be able to discern a deception when we see, hear, or otherwise experience it. Ex-gay ministries are just that…a deception! They don’t ‘cure’ who a person is…and I seriously take offense at the term “cure”. God wants and loves us as we are already! God made each of each us the way we are and you know what?...He said that we are ‘fearfully and wonderfully’ made. How can anyone possibly be so arrogant as to believe that they could understand something so intimate to a person’s soul? Our soul is who we really are.
I learned a long time ago that Jesus never said one word about ‘homosexuality’. Even though the word itself didn’t exist in that time, there was certainly a way to describe it. But I find it very, very interesting that the Lord Himself, who never condemned anyone, but accepted everyone where they are as they are, did not see this as an important issue whatsoever. And no matter what Paul wrote or what is in the Old Testament in the book of Leviticus (don’t even get me started on that one…I mean, we don’t do animal sacrifices anymore either! Give me a break. We are under Grace through Jesus, not under Law. So there), I am so much more willing to believe in the Man who died for me than someone who made many, many mistakes (and admitted them)…meaning Paul. Not to say that Paul was not inspired. He was. But, don’t forget that he was flawed. He was not at all perfect. Jesus was the only perfect man…which is why He became the sacrifice for all of us.
Now, I could go on and on about my own personal research and about the meaning of ancient words and ancient contexts and I would prove my case. However, the simple truth is that our Lord did not consider it a sin to be who you are. So, of course, He never mentioned homosexuality. (Stepping down from the soap box…) ; )
Even if it doesn't change much in the daily practice of city government, in principle it sends a message loud and clear.
Yee haw...let me git back on my haybail...
Updated: Here's the whole Hee Haw gang!
First of all, tonight it is actually going up for vote to actually pass a bill making it illegal for city departments to use any other language but English in their signage, communications, or voicemail systems! (That means our Spanish-speaking friends couldn't even have the option to "Press 2 for Spanish".) Demoralizing, no? Can you even wrap your head around this actually being considered? No, but in Tennessee, it is still 1920 when it comes to this kind of thing... So much for opening our doors to the international community and all of the economical and cultural benefits they would bring to our city.
Secondly, and this has only been suggested, there is a councilman who has suggested upping the tax on coffee (!) as a sort-of "sin tax" along with cigarettes and alcohol...which would, of course, raise money for the education of our children. Nice guise, there, huh? What's next Councilman Isabel...taxing my tea, Diet Coke, and for the love of God, CHOCOLATE? Might as well...they all have the same drug, hence the same sin, right?
In the spirit of our forefathers at another tea party, I propose turning the Cumberland into a nice mocha latte to get the point of our dismay across...
So, there you have it, Mom...I know you want me to move back to Miami, but if I did I would miss so much comedy that this town renders!
Monday, February 05, 2007
But what the hay...
Go check it out and let me know what you think!
GingerSnaps at Wordpress...
--One of my favorite scenes from Moonstruck.
Got any good jokes to cheer me up?
Irreverent? eh, go for it...
Did you ever see that Mary Tyler Moore episode when Chuckles the Clown dies, and she can't keep from laughing hysterically at his funeral? That's how warped and irreverent I can be sometimes, especially to ease the reality of the moment...
Sunday, February 04, 2007
I dunno...I'm at a loss.
October 12, 1953 - February 2, 2007
One of the best harmonica & percussion players ever...
Rev. Eric Falk
Died February 2, 2007
Died February 2, 2007
Rev. Gene Jackson
Died February 4, 2007
Thanks to everybody to came by and blessed Mr. & Mrs. Sarcastro with everything from onesies to a Diaper Genie.
Here are the Sarcastros opening their baby booty.
Sista had a great idea to put together a collage of baby photos of some of your favorite bloggers, as seen here...
Here are a few other highlights of the shindig...more will be uploaded to Flickr as soon as they are up & running again...
Friday, February 02, 2007
Tomorrow (2/3/07) is the Bodacious Blogger Baby Blowout to shower Sarcastro and his lovely wife, Erica, with lots of gifts as they welcome their new baby boy into the world! The festivities will begin at 2pm at the Mothership.
So run to Target, grab a pack of diapers and something really cute for a baby boy, and join us as we celebrate another Sarcastro coming into the world!
*An Evite was sent out to try and get a head count, but please come even if you didn't get one...we didn't know everybody's e-mail addys...
Thursday, February 01, 2007
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Thursday, January 25, 2007
Today, I meditate on this:
"For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope." --Jeremiah 29:11
Wednesday, January 24, 2007
Monday, January 22, 2007
Here's the thing, '07, my buddy 'ol pal...I truly am not hard to please. Would it be possible to go easier on a girl just trying to do good for herself and her sweet child? Oh, and while you're at it throw in some good stuff for my buddies, too. Come on '07, help a sister out!
*Disclaimer: I know. It could always be worse. However, who said I had to accept that cop out?
Saturday, January 20, 2007
Our musical heroes are slowly dying off...and it breaks my heart.
By the way, how 'bout these bathtub dancers? Sweet!
Thursday, January 18, 2007
To the Hostess at Chili's: You suck for telling me that the place I parked was ok and my car wouldn't be towed.
To Sarah: You are an angel for coming to get me & my daughter at 9pm & taking us to the tow lot. Oh, and for berating the tow company guy for making this "poor, cold single mom with her small child" pay $80 bucks to get her car back. You can be my representative any time!
To the Towing Company: You suck!!!
Tuesday, January 16, 2007
Monday, January 15, 2007
To top it off, during my hyperventilation attack, he gave one of the funniest acceptance speeches I have ever heard in my life. "I'm speechless. No really, I don't have a speech prepared!" He really would have loved a pre-written speech in his gift basket rather than the Cartier watch and a gift certificate for high colonics for two.
It was also rather dreamy (yes, I used the dreamy word - this guy doesn't have the corner on that market!) to hear him speak in his native British accent rather than his fake American English. Sigh...
I know all of you 24 and Grey's Anatomy fans are probably disappointed, but don't fret...the best man won.
Sunday, January 14, 2007
All I can say is what an amazing woman. She has great faith. The kind of faith that I strive for. When Larry asked her how she was handling what happened, she told him that she believed in destiny, and that what happened to Steve was meant to be. "It must have been time for me to take the lead..." in raising their children. She said she knew that it was destiny that they met and married, and now accepts his fate. Such strength through acceptance.
Her honesty with her grieving process was moving. She said that in the beginning, she could just take it one minute at a time, then one hour, then days, and now she has made it 4 months. She can't imagine 2 years even, but she'll make it just fine.
These are the kind of people who bless our world with the enthusiasm and positive energy that I endeavor each day to become.
This may be much ado about nothing, but I was just thinking...wouldn't it be interesting to see what would happen if President Bush had a son in the military right now? I wonder if he'd be "allowed" to go?
And yes, I am avoiding elaborating on my fine at all costs!
Friday, January 12, 2007
Sista gave me the funniest birthday card, which was so thoughtful and it really made my day. We had a lot of good laughs along with a very educational technological seminar by Mr. Woo.I want to thank Dr. Funkenswine for treating me to the most wonderful early birthday lunch. I really was kidding when I said I wanted a free lunch, but he insisted. To quote him, "Any woman who will admit that she's turning 40 deserves a free lunch."
So here is my plug: If you are jonesing for some of the best barbecue you've ever put in your mouth, you must run, not walk, to Mothership Barbecue in Berry Hill. It's right off of Bransford & East Iris on Columbine Place. You will be glad you did!
Thursday, January 11, 2007
Your prayers and positive thoughts for a successful surgery, treatment, and outcome--and most of all for peace in her heart--are much appreciated.
I will have none of this! If anybody is looking for me on Saturday morning, you can find me at my hair stylist's place with lots of coloring in my hair!
Wednesday, January 10, 2007
Photo 2: ABC News
Monday, January 08, 2007
I have had some incredible moments in these 40 years. Pretty dramatic in the not-so-incredible way as well. Many times I have even begged God for some boredom to tone down the theatre that is my existence. I’ve been beat down, and then rose up again, and beat down, and rose up again, sometimes wondering if I was the Court Jester for the Powers That Be. Those moments of self-pity have always turned into the pissicivity (I love that word) I’ve needed to turn the situation around. Just another opportunity to prove everybody and myself wrong. Thank the Lord I have always rose up again from the ashes like the Phoenix. I thank God and I thank my own Spirit, because I am a strong woman more inside than out, but in my opinion, that’s where it truly counts to survive in this world.
So, I thought it would be cathartic and interesting (to myself at least) to list 40 (40 out of many-these are just what I can think of right now) defining moments of my first 40 years…
1. The birth of my precious little girl, who has made me more fulfilled than any other person, place, or thing ever could.
2. The serious complications that followed her birth, which became the crisis of faith I needed to re-evaluate my beliefs.
3. The day my mom & dad sent me to Dade Christian School to give me a better opportunity than what the Miami-Dade County public schools could at that time.
4. The very first solo I ever sang in public/church. I was 13, and the song was, “What A Difference You’ve Made In My Life”…from that moment, my love of singing for people was lit on fire.
5. The first time I laid eyes on the Bee Gees singing “How Deep Is Your Love” on a clip (before music videos) they did for Saturday Night Fever. I was smitten. Being able to escape to my room and listen to their music for hours. It has been a 30 year love affair. Their music taught me to harmonize and listen to each part around me. Musicality.
6. The day I met Barry, Robin, and Maurice…and got to tell them face to face the things I just said above.
7. Barry’s hug and how he called me “luv.” I can still feel that hug if I concentrate enough!
8. The night my daddy gave me my first car: a white 1976 Camaro…I think it’s interesting that at 40, I have only owned 3 cars in my entire life.
10. The day I cheated in Bible class (of all classes, I know!!!!), and the teacher (Mr. Humphreys) showed me the true meaning of mercy and grace, by not punishing, failing, or turning me in to the principal. It was the most valuable lesson I was ever taught in 10 years of intensive biblical studies.
11. The day I graduated high school.
12. The day I moved to Nashville. It has been home ever since.
13. My first real job in the music business. It was my senior year of college, and the job was a Receptionist for Ronnie Milsap’s management office and studio.
14. The day I graduated college.
15. The day I walked in to Christ Church. This was before they became a mega-church. They were still meeting in what is now their smaller chapel. I will never forget the sound of their choir and the sermon of Dan Scott. I knew I had landed home after searching for the right church for me.
16. The day I joined the “world renowned” Christ Church Choir. It began 15 years of some of the most joyous times of my life.
17. The first time I stood up and showed the soprano section their part by using my hands to guide whether they sang the notes up or down. It was something my high school choir director did, so I was just mimicking her, because it had worked for us back then. The directors still use that method of teaching parts to this day.
18. My first trip to Europe. My second trip to Europe. My 4 trips to Ukraine, Russia, and Finland—all to sing.
19. The day I went to the orphanage in Cherkasy, Ukraine and met a darling, precious little girl, Ilena, whose face I will never forget, and how we both cried when we had to part ways.
20. The day I met Dolly Parton (who I just basically wanted to be when I was a little girl). I knew I had picked a good woman to admire and want to be like. Again, more inside than out, although when I’m 60, I wouldn’t mind looking as great as she does. Gotta save up for some plastic surgery!
21. The night my dad was killed by a drunk driver. ‘Nuff said.
22. “Daddy’s Hands”
23. When a week after his funeral that I got the phone call to come back to Nashville and sing with Dolly on the CMA Awards. My “sign” that life will go on and I will rise above the devastating blow I had just taken.
24. Getting to wear my dad’s Army patches and pins on the Army “costume” I was (by chance) assigned to wear for that performance. Having Garth Brooks put a rose in his mouth and salute me (he thought I was really in the military and there because of the President) backstage right before he went out to sing “Shameless”. Looking out during that performance and seeing the President of the United States & Barbara Bush sitting in the audience watching.
Photo: Kats Barry / The Tennessean) 10/2/1991
That's me on the left in the Army get-up.
25. Doing session work, loving it, and being pretty good at it. Getting to record and sing live backgrounds for many of the artists I have admired through the years.
26. Working at Sony Music and getting to meet most every famous person I ever wanted to meet.
27. Getting to work on the “Honky Tonk Angels” video with Dolly, Tammy, and Loretta. That was very cool in my little world.
28. Counting #1, 4, 6, 7, 11, 14, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 23, 24, 25, 26 & 27 all a huge privilege. Knowing how lucky I’ve been to live out some of those dreams.
29. My wedding day. I may be divorced now, but it was still a fairy tale wedding dress and ceremony! I was a beautiful bride, if I say so myself…yeah, I do say so myself.
30. The day Elvis died. The day Princess Diana died. The day Maurice died. The day my marriage died.
31. Losing 40 lbs. Twice.
32. Getting to take part in MADD through meeting and talking with the leaders, police task force, offenders and victims. Getting to sing for the National Convention and Tennessee vigils.
33. The day I was hired at Baptist Hospital. Realizing how much of a blessing it was now that I look back on it.
34. Getting to meet patients, doctors, chaplains, nurses. Getting to minister kindness, healing words, healing songs, and help to those I have met there.
35. Being chosen and singing at the Ascension Health System National Convocation in Washington DC this year.
36. My hysterectomy—the pain, the recovery, the healing.
37. My dear friends who upon me finding out I had 3 days to prepare for a debilitating surgery & 6-week recovery, took my daughter as their own, taking her on their family vacation so neither of us would have to worry about each other.
38. Having my friends and family take care of me during that time, when I couldn’t function. Being humbled at how kind people were. Having my little 6-year-old daughter help me out of bed, make me snacks, and clean the house while her mommy could only lay in the bed.
39. Having some of the best, most faithful & long-suffering friends a girl could ever hope for.
40. Any time my daughter gives me hugs, wipes a tear from my eye, tells me I’m the best mommy in the world ever.
I know some of the items on this list would appear to be trivial to some and even raise a chuckle…but that’s ok…in my world, those things have meant the world for many reasons that I care not to go into here just yet.
Am I where I thought I would be at 40? Not by a long shot. The curves and detours of life have taken me to far different places than I thought I would have traveled on my journey. As I reflect on the past 40 years, I hope that in going forward I will have another 40 filled with
Sunday, January 07, 2007
Friday, January 05, 2007
Thursday, January 04, 2007
So now, Ellison has made an ingenious move: he will be sworn in using a copy of the Koran that was owned by one of our founding fathers, Thomas Jefferson. How can you argue with that?
Call me crazy, but why would any American want a guy to be sworn in with his hand on the Holy Bible if that book means nothing to him? He might as well have his fingers crossed behind his back. I am 100% Christian, and if I was asked to swear in on the book that means the most to me, it would be the Holy Bible. The book that means the most to Keith Ellison is the Koran.
Before you argue that the Koran endorses "smiting the infidels", be sure you read the Old Testament where there were many religious wars in the name of Jehovah God. Just as most Christians denounce the method of religious war to settle our differences, I venture to say that most Muslims denounce Jihad for forcing the message of their faith.
Bottom line, I want to know that the Oath of Office our Representatives take today is taken with the utmost reverence. It is a sacred promise. If using the Koran for his swearing in means Keith Ellison will do his job to the utmost of his ability, so let it be.
Wednesday, January 03, 2007
"Besides the physical skills, it's the will and the strength inside, the 'it' factor that a quarterback either has or doesn't have. Obviously, he has it. The quickness in which he won the team over and the quickness in which he became the leader, the guy everybody looked up to, that was special. Vince Young has this great ability to lift others around him. To see him do it so quickly, that wasn't a surprise..." --Norm Chow, Offensive Coordinator, Tennessee Titans
And the best part? This is just the beginning.
Tuesday, January 02, 2007
I have had a temperature since yesterday afternoon. It peaked last night at 101.4 and is currently hovering around 100. This all accompanied by the chills, aches, etc. I went to the doc today. I have strep and the flu. Just in time for the new year!
Monday, January 01, 2007
The Infamous Mr. Smiff!
This is when everything started getting blurry...I could've sworn I saw a beer bellied baby in a diaper and with a cigar in his mouth...
And finally, my dear friend Mersaidee Soules...we hooked up after midnight and hit Buffalo Billiards down on 2nd Avenue for one final "Last Dance"!
Happy 2007 everybody!!!