Friday, July 27, 2007

A question makes me think

In the thread below, a commenter (-Di) asked me a question quoted here:

"I have a question. It is in reference to your comment about making great music to sell records. How do you define success in the area of selling records?

The reason why I ask is because there are artist I like who have a modest core group of fans but their singles are rarely top 40 material. (e.g. Michael Penn, as far as I know he's a one hit wonder.)

If you put out an album that you feel is the best music since Mozart and for some reason it does not sell, in your opinion would that mean the song were not as good as you thought?"

And it got me thinking...in a very good way.

As a side note, just a little about me: sometimes I get a question from someone here or in real life and it gets me thinking. I can be overanalytical at times, honestly. But it some ways that can be a good thing. I want to be able to explain why I do what I do, and how I do it. So, the questions got me thinking about one thing, which lead to another and suddenly I have a medium sized blog post. Anyway, my mind works strangely, but maybe this will give you a glimpse into how I work.

Some of my favorite records of all time: Sufjan Steven's "Illinoise" (which I'm listening to as I write), Sigur Ros "Takk", even Mute Math's debut....they are not commercial successes (in that they haven't sold buttloads of records) but there is no question in my mind that these are albums that live up to every measure of artistry and songwriting that I hope to someday reach. Most people don't even know that names of these groups, yet they made albums that I would be proud to call my own.

However, if I do make an album that is commercially successful, it does not mean necessarily that the songs were good (do I need to actually point out crappy records that sold a ton of records? I think you get the point), and I would hope that with the next album I would challenge myself to write better songs than ever before.

On the other hand, perhaps I will make an album that is not all that great and it translates into a small amount of sales.

The final thing that could happen is that I make a great album and it happens to translate into commercial success. This is what I hold to...I have to believe that if I make a great record it will sell well because it gives me hope. However, the realistic side of me knows that great records do not necessarily sell. And there are so few spectacular albums anymore (in my opinion), that how realistic is it to think that I can make one of them?

And to be honest, over the last few weeks, I have been torn a tad. I feel like I have a niche that I feel comfortable in...I feel very comfortable writing songs I think that an audience can sing along with and have familiarity with early on in their listening experience. However, lately, I find myself messing around with ideas of songs that are completey non-commercial, experimental and raw. Songs that feel the best underproduced and emotional. So which side of me do I feed? Maybe both...I can always have songs in the bank for later use, or for side projects. But ultimately it comes down to the creative process for me.

So, my creative process, though cloudy of late, comes down to this:

1) Emotional connections are what tie and artist to a consumer for life. When and if I can connect on an emotional level with a listener then chances are that listener will buy my next album and maybe my next. How does one connect on an emotional level? I don't think it happens any other way than simply being honest and raw and dare I say emotional from both a lyrical and musical perspective. So, as I write, I attempt to force myself to expose myself in ways I haven't been able to before. So I hope to connect with you in a way that you can understand and feel as if you've experienced the same things perhaps in different ways.

2) Music, ultimately, is what will sell a song as a great song. You can have the greatest lyrics in the world but if the melody doesn't make sense and doesn't tell a story, then the point is lost. So, as I write, I attempt to tie the lyrics as best as possible with the melodies. Songs are stories...maybe not a linear story that tells of this person and this person and how they fall in love or how they make it (a la one of my favorite songs "Living On A Prayer"), but a story. Ultimately drama in the music is what forces the story forward. For some songs, the drama is a loud and soft dynamic change (think "Smells Like Teen Spirit"), some songs the drama is in a slow build to a climax (think Coldplay's "Fix You"), while others the drama is a small change between the verses and choruses. But ultimately the music will sell the song.

3) Production can make or break a song. I have heard songs of mine that I thought were okay songs turn to great songs because of the way the song is produced. Production is like onions...they both have layers (sorry, Shrek) My favorite productions are ones that have layer after layer of things that you find the more you listen to it. This doesn't mean necessarily that the songs must be over-produced...listen to a White Stripes or Racanteur record and you'll find how underproduction can still provide layers that suprise you in multiple listens. The way a song is arranged is important. Sometimes having an interlude between chorus 1 and verse 2 can hurt a song, while with other songs, the interlude is necessary to promote the mood needed in the songs. With the songs, this is one of the most important things. Instrumentation is also part of this: believe me, instrumentation can break a song...think if the Beatles "Blackbird" had been done with full band...the moment would not have been the same (same thing with "Yesterday"), whereas a song like "Mama" by My Chemical Romance could have been done with just a mandolin and been awesome, but there is drama when the full band comes in.

4) I just try to write what comes natural, then re-write, re-write, re-write to make it better. This is the tough part. Most songwriters will tell you that re-writing is the toughest part because it's easy to become married to certain sections of a song, even when those very parts are what is making the song not work. So, I try to force myself to rework and re-write and never become married to something even after it has been recorded (i.e., there are some songs from the HPF I will be re-recording and I am actually rewriting some lyrics and reworking some parts of songs). I actually think that these things kind of build off each other. None is more important than the other, but I usually start with #1 and move through #4. Hopefully, at the end I don't realize I've wasted my time on a crap song (that's happened more than a few times).

So, as I write, I try to make sure that all these pieces fit together to make a great record. What may come is a very uncommercial record that I love, a commercial record that I hate, or, hopefully the happy medium, of a record I love and the consumer loves.

Anyway, I understand that maybe this is a little more in depth into my head than what was asked, but a question was asked that made me think, so I thought I'd post a few thoughts. So, hope you like it. Sorry if you don't.

113 comments:

idol said...
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Carrie said...

Can I just say !!!!! about "(a la one of my favorite songs "Living On A Prayer""

That is my phone ringer and the one song I always HAVE to play when a group of us are all in the car going somewhere.

I promise I will have something more insightful later.

IknowIam said...

As long as you find exactly what it is that you're looking for musically, nothing else matters I'd say..
But listen to me (lol). No experience at all in the music business!! Crazy stuff....I have NO idea what I'm talking about.

All I can say is keep up what you're doing. It seems to be paying off!
Feel accomplished. If you haven't already, then do so. We're rooting for you, Chris!!

-Norman

xangelglitterx said...

ONE COMMENT ON THIS ONE CHRIS,
I SAW THIS POST AND THOUGHT YOU MIGHT PICK UP ON IT. MY OPINION IS THAT YOU SEE THIS PROCESS LIKE EVOLUTION. YOU TAKE A GREAT WORK REWORK IT THEN SET IT IN PLACE. MY EXPERIENCE HAS TAUGHT ME ABOUT TARGET GROUPS THROUGH THIS.. I MEAN AGE FACTORS OF LISTENERS. LIKE ALOT OF POSTERS HERE HAVE COMMENTED THAT THEY ARE OLDER THAN OTHERS AND THAT THEIR TYPE OF MUSIC IS BEING EXPANDED LISTENING TO YOUR MUSIC AND BLOGS. FOR EXAMPLE: CRAZY THEY THOUGHT WAS AN OLDER TUNE NOT THE GNARLS BARKLEY VERSION OF TODAY.THAT ONE WAS FROM PATSY CLINE.SHOWS THE AGE FACTOR HERE.NOW IF YOU WILL BE TARGETING YOUNGER GROUPS THE PROCESS BEGINS AGAIN.THUS YOU HAVE THE PROCESS HERE OF EVOLUTION.THEREFORE THE YOUNGER FACTOR MAY OR MAY NOT HAVE THE MONEY TO SPEND ON SUCH ALBUMS WHERE DOWNLOADING THEM IS INFLUENCED. IF THE OLDER GENERATION LIKES IT IT MIGHT BE PURCHASED OUTRIGHT. MAKING IT LOOK MORE SUCCESSFUL IN THE LONG RUN.SO WILL YOU BE CONSIDERING AGE FACTOR TO THE MIX? JUST A THOUGHT.
WISHING YOU WELL...
PEACE & LOVE...
ONE LOVE.............

DJ in AL said...

Chris,

Not being particularly knowledgeable about music or the business I can't speak to alot of what you wrote, but one sentence rang loud and true for me and that was, "Emotional connections are what tie an artist to a consumer for life." I couldn't agree more. While I liked you and pulled for you on AI, I didn't fall in love with you (purely platonic mind you) and your music until A) I found your blog and got to know you (albeit through cyperspace), and B) I bought TACOSB. I've been hooked ever since. I've asked myself and have been asked by my friends and family, what is this crazy addiction I have to your music? I'm not sure I can explain it. While I realize there is a tremendous amount of technical ability involved in what you do, and its obvious you know what you are doing on that level, for me, I think at the end of the day everyone wants to feel a connection to someone, or something. You seem to get that and it translates to your music and in your writing here. You also do something that is hardly ever done, you put yourself out there for everyone to see, warts and all. You don't pretend to be something you aren't. That's almost unheard of in your business and considered risky by some, but you don't seem to care. That just makes me like you more.

What can I say? I am by definition a true Chris Sligh fan.

fan
–noun, an enthusiastic devotee, follower, or admirer of a sport, pastime, celebrity, etc.

Yep, that's me!

cdld1234 said...

Hey Friend....the only thing I can tell you is whether writing, singing, or composing, be yourself....everything else will fall into place. Your heart will let you know when it is a good, great, spectacular song. Anyway, I have listened to your CD quite frequently and it amazes me that I hear new meanings everytime I listen to it. This is what I call a successful artist.

Your kindred spirit

Badpacifist said...

We want you to make one you love.....
and one you want to play on tour because you just want to share it with the world. Otherwise what is the point? You know yourself and you will keep the new songs you write ever changing because it will be inevitable as your experience grows.
Let your joy, hope, and humor shine and you will soar!

risalea said...

What DJ said!!

Risa

Cathy Storms said...

What DJ said...an emotional attachment. I love your music, your lyrics reach out and grab me. I am an old YES fan...their music isn't main stream to say the least, but I still listen to them pretty often because of an emotional attachment & because they could always pull it off live.
Thanks for the insight in what you're thinking.
I can't wait for your new CD & really can't wait for your tour. Not the AI tour,been there & it rocked, but a Chris Sligh tour.
Your honesty is such a breath of fresh air.
Oh yeah, on a side note, my 4 year old grandaughter Deliah still can't stop talking about you. She now wants to invite you, "her new best friend", to her birthday party. She has told everyone you are her favorite singer ever....Now thats honesty.

ChrisSligh said...

I think you guys are right...an emotional connection can't be manufactured. It has to be real. But I think that learning how to tap into one's emotion is something that can help. I am not an overly emotional kind of guy. Due to some things that happened earlier in life, I have my guard up a good bit of the time, afraid of being hurt in whatever facet. As a songwriter, I sometimes have to force myself to be honest and raw and allow my emotion to shine through. It does not however mean that everyone will get the emotion...but in being honest and being myself, some will get it hopefully.

As far as what Norman said: yes. I ultimately will make an album I love and will love for years to come. It's really the only way I work. however, the creative process that I spoke about can help me learn new facets of making music that I love.

Chris

DJ in AL said...

Chris,

I think you may be more emotional than you realize, at least as far as your music, and even in your blog posts. I don't think I could have related to you otherwise.

Just sayin....

Keri said...

WOW - I have learned so much from your blog. I didn't grow up in a musical household and I never had much of an emotional connection to an artist before. Needless to say I am completely overwhelmed by the depth of conversation on your blog. I don't really have anything useful to add but I wanted to share how much I appreciate the education in music and the music industry I have gained here.

Later,
Radkca
SIA!

Jon said...

beautiful

xangelglitterx said...

HI CHRIS,
WANTED TO SAY GOOD LUCK TONIGHT... ROCK ON PAL....SEE YA SOON...AUG. IS COMING SOON.
ONE LOVE...........

Cathy Storms said...

On making your next CD, do you have creative control or does your record label? I think that might be the reason some records aren't that good. Record labels want to make money & sometimes will release alot of crap music just to accomplish that.
If you have creative control, I don't think you need to worry. From what you told us about your new CD being upbeat & catchy (everyone loves to rock out sometimes) I would say you have it pretty much under control.
Hearing you live, just seeing how much you really love what you do you my friend have nothing to worry about....

sandmoran said...

if you write a song
that will make some people cry,
it will make you smile.

that is not to say
that you enjoy making us cry;
but that you reached us.

if you feel something,
something deep and serious
that overwhelms you

put it in a song
and if we can feel it too,
you have succeeded.

Cathy Storms said...

Ok you did it again...I went to I-tunes & listened to Sufan Stevens..Love it...
thanks..you always seem to turn me on to more great music.

HstryQT said...

Chris, if you ever find yourself frustrated while writing/producing a song, just re-read this post. It'll serve as a confidence boost for you and remind you that you know what you're talking about! :)

It's fascinating reading about your mental musical process.

Lori

Marleybone said...

Art can be a slippery slope. As a painter, I want to paint what I feel. Art that speaks to me. But if that isn’t paying the bills, you get stuck in the situation where someone is saying to you – my living room is pink and blue. Can you paint a pink and blue painting for over my sofa? Painful.

Where I have come out, is that you have to create what you love, and not compromise. That’s not to say that you can’t do what you love and rely on a little strategy.

I am now a big fan of Grace Potter and the Nocturnals. Fortunately for them, less than three months before the band’s big-label debut came out, their song “Falling or Flying” was featured in the season finale of “Greys’ Anatomy". Millions heard the song.

Fortunately for you, you gained visability on American Idol. I don’t know if anyone ever told you how many votes you got each week, but I am thinking millions. That doesn’t necessarily mean a million
people (as I voted for you at least 70 times a night) but still you
CONNECTED will millions of people.
A million people thought enough of your talent to dial that ridiculous number....to hear "thank you for voting for contestant 8", etc. How many people can say they connected with that many people? It’s pretty outrageous.

So I would say dig deep and follow your heart.

From a technical standpoint, I came across this site, which I posted on the fansite, and think might give you some food for thought.

http://www.fiftyfiftymusic.com/davidseitz/DSPh.html

Nique's Nana said...

Chris, when I listend to TACOSB for the first time, I didn't connect with it at all. I thought each song sounded the same and it really wasn't my genre. However, I listened a second time and by the third time, to my surprise I was hooked. I've read the lyrics and listened closely to the lyrics and they have caputured my heart, and the songs don't all sound the same. What was I thinking?

You're right Chris, when you stated "Emotional connections are what tie and artist to a consumer for life. When and if I can connect on an emotional level with a listener then chances are that listener will buy my next album and maybe my next." I've connected with you emotionally and that will keep me buying any and all your albums.

BTW, the songs on TACOSB have so much meaning to them as I listen to the cd over and over I don't get tired of listening to it. Some songs more than others just reach into me. The one line from "In A Moment" that always brings a gasp to me is when you say, "I feel you in my heart, I feel you in my soul", that short statement is so awesome.

Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us Chris.

Nique's Nana said...

A statement Chris made while being interviewd by Billboard before the Anaheim show:

"And you know, I have about 100 to 150 fans who are on it almost every day leaving comments and discussing stuff and those are the people that I really care about."

Chris, you like us, you really like us! LOL

Nique's Nana said...

BTW Chris, I'm an avid reader and "Lock, Stock and Sylvia Romero" sounds like a really good (future) book - I can't wait to read it.

You're so much like our oldest son. He's into music and writing too, however, his first love is writing. He has written many novels and currently has a film in production and another undergoing contract negotiations.

Now I've got 2 things to look forward to. Your new album and book - wow.

BullysE said...

It's always been touted that creating Art and Music should be done for the thrill and joy of the expression alone. (Art is it's own reward, yadda yadda.)I think however, how well one is able to embrace that really depends on what they are doing, and expressing, and where they are in life.

If a person yells off the top of their roof, and nobody hears it, does it count? If you are expressing a feeling or thought, and nobody responds, doesn't it make you feel un-heard? Invisible?

I know I'm supposed to simply enjoy the process of creating for the experience of it all, and I do thank God for the gift, honestly. Lots of people *wish* they could write or create some kind of art, and yet cannot, right? The process is a reward, and makes one feel fruitful, and like we are turning dividends to our own existence. Our mind and soul are reaching out, extending to meet our grasp, and in this? We are made more.
It's Beautiful.

There's no shame in wanting people to listen to, and love, your music.There is no shame, in creating and wanting to be Heard. We create to share, even if is it done alone, in the darkest of shadows.When are offerings are received by people? We feel blest.

I love it when you talk and share--thanks for that.

rosalee said...

Chris -

Nicely said.

Perhaps initially you will use one or two "experimental" songs on your album. However, you will probably have to, as you say, "bank" the majority of them until you have really grabbed the audience and won them over with songs that you are proud of and
that also have mass appeal.

Once you have broadened your fanbase and have your name established on a wider basis, you will have a better chance of having your "experimental" side accepted. Just my opinion.

Kevin said...

Chris - I couldn't agree more. If you don't connect to a song, then there's no way the fans will. Think if, say, Bono just sat in front of a mike and sang "Beautiful Day". It probably wouldn't have been a hit then. Some people can churn out great songs in a few minutes. (The Beatles, for some reason, come to mind) Whatever's natural for people is what they'll write. Personally, if someone was singing about fake relationships on the radio, I wouldn't like it, but if it had emotion not just in the words, but in the music, then I'd enjoy it. Of course, some people are good at faking those kinds of things. All in all, it's much easier to write from the heart than from the head.

gdahimself said...

To Chris,
From GDA,

1) Do you think that progressively more people buying music through services such as iTunes, where they pick the recordings they want, instead of making a commitment to an album by buying the CD has negatively impacted the desire of many artists/musicians to create an uniformly consistent album?

2) It would have been interesting to hear where you get your inspirations for the songs you write comes from.

3) I don’t know if you are typical in your work methods but you make the whole process sound extremely labor intensive. Obviously you get satisfaction from the end product but is there any enjoyment or fun in the doing?
Sounds rather like Beethoven, who with every piece music seemed to be inventing a new form every time.

4) An unhappy reality is making a great album isn’t enough. It has to have a certain degree of commercial success to justify it’s existence. It has to cover the cost of recording, manufacture and distribution, the record company needs to make some profit, and as part of your livelihood, income, if you are to get the opportunity to make further recordings with any artistic control.

5) I agree that production do much for a recording. There were a lot of Disco songs that are mostly rhythm beds with basically chant on top, such a Chic’s “Dance, Dance, Dance”.
I still think any worthy song is one where someone singing accompanied by a single instrument stands up, after that everything else is enhancement.

6) Like the late Pete Ham of Badfinger, but for different reasons, do we learn more about your authentic emotions and feels in your songs than we would in conversation with you?
Regarding being on guard: been there, been called on doing that, no stoic.

7) Looking forward to hear the resulting album and it’s successor.

GDA

Tawny said...

I'm with you Cathy in wondering how much creative control Chris will end up having. I don't think many signed artists have much control over their first album. That's the only thing that worries me a bit. I trust in Chris' writing and producing abilities because of TACOSB. I just hope that he'll be able to have some of his own songs on his first (signed) release.

Chris-In selecting which label you sign with, what are the most important factors you're looking for? I know the mangement team you sign with will probably be a big part of that decision but I was just wondering.

ChrisSligh said...

1) Creative control or creative decision making is very important in my decision making about a label. So far, most of the labels are okay with me having creative control.

2) I have much fun in the process of creating music and writing music. It is labor intensive but sometimes the emotional part of it is a little painful.

Peace,
Chris

Ash Greyson said...

I think THE most important thing for any artist is to make music that inspires THEM. I cant tell you how many artists I know that left GREAT songs off their record in order to show something more diverse, edgy, faster, etc. If you write 12 great ballads that you love, do it. I dont want to hear a b-rate rock song to show how you can rock. When I hear a CD I want to feel as if the artist wrote those songs for HIM/HER. When I go to a show, I want to feel that they are SO passionate about performing and the music, that I am an innocent bystander, not the target. This is how you build a loyal CAREER fan base. I think you know all this though =o)


ash =o)


PS I am listening to John Wayne Gacy off Illinoise right now...creepy but also touching and honest

gdahimself said...

To Chris,
From GDA,

I cannot claim discover of this, that belongs to Marleybone.

YOU REALLY SOULD TAKE A LOOK AT THIS.

David Seitz - Record Producer
David Seitz' Recording Philosophy

http://www.fiftyfiftymusic.com/davidseitz/DSPh.html

"There is no formula for making a great record. Yet, we recognize one when we hear it. A great record connects with the listener and draws him/her into a sacred and separate world. Like a great movie."

I hope that is an inducement to check it out.

GDA

LLL said...

chris - it was great to meet you tonight. we're actually heading for portland in the morning, so maybe we'll get to chat a little more tomorrow. the show was fabulous - i don't think i actually remembered to tell you that! :-)
-LLL
p.s. don't let melinda hold your troll hostage for too long. ;-)

amandarhea86 said...

Hey everyone just wanted to update yall. im feeling a bit better, after i got the new meds out of my system, the doc didnt bother to check if they had side effects with my chemo...they did. But they are all almost out of my system now and im only on oxycodone now. Anyways i really need prayers for God to help lead me to the right decision of whether i should get a transplant or not. Thanks alot guys.

Love Amanda

PS. Chris, please make sure you get creative control. I think not getting it has messed up a few artist. I really cant wait for your album.

susan4455 said...

Chris, I enjoy your writing almost as much as your music. I find it thoughtful and thought provoking, and sometimes funny. You hit it on the head when you said listeners need an emotional connection, and great music....not just lyrics.When I hear a great song it sticks in my head; I find myself humming it all day and cranking up the radio when it comes on. I'd love to hear you do some remakes of some of my old favorites and of course some of your original own work too. LOl, guess that makes me a true fan! Be patient and the answer will come to you. Keep up the good work; prayers and love to Amanda; keep fighting the good fight!

Cathy Storms said...

Somehow I knew you would take into consideration about having creative control when you picked a label. Thats one of the good things about not winning AI. You can chose your label. I've never been a writer of any kind so I have no idea how hard it must be. My son writes some music & I see him struggle with it sometimes.
When you are deciding which songs you want to put on a CD do you have an age demographic in mind? Or does that really matter?

risalea said...

Where In the World is Chris Sligh? Portland, Oregon! Here's a quote from a Portland info site:

Big city excitement and small town charm make Portland, Oregon, known as "the City of Roses", one of the favorite destinations in the West. Portland is situated approximately 70 miles from the Pacific in a magnificent setting between the sparkling waters of the Columbia and Willamette Rivers. Portland's historic old town, galleries and museums, Saturday Market, and theatre companies will keep visitors busy for weeks! Its lush green parks are perfect for a picnic or an afternoon stroll. Also, Portland is just a short distance from Willamette valley wineries, skiing at Timberline Lodge and all of the excitement and beauty of Oregon's spectacular ocean beaches.

And don't forget...home of the Portland Trail Blazers!

Risa

risalea said...

Chris, I was intrigued by your comment that you're not an overtly emotional person. (which doesn't make you different from a lot of guys...my husband included.) I think what sets you apart is your ability to express your emotions in a different way, through your music and lyrics. And your fans definitely get it....otherwise you wouldn't have otherwise sane middle-age women hanging out by buses waiting for a chance to say hi. LOL (and I can joke about it, cause I was right there!)

Enjoy Oregon....I bet it's beautiful up there. And cooler. Summer has arrived in the South! : )
Risa

Keri said...

Creative control is, of course, very important - but isn't it also important to have a great production team who knows what they're doing? A label who lets an artist do anything they want creatively is great but what if they don't have competent sound engineers, producers, promoters, etc... to go with it. The freedom is wonderful but without the support staff to back it up, an otherwise great album could fall down to mediocre pretty quick.
I know Chris would never take the 'little people' for granted - he is just not that kind of guy, but I hope some of the other younger idols don't forget that 'the shoulders you step on today may be connected to the hands that catch you tomorrow'.

Radkca
SIA!

BullysE said...

heh! Risalea I hear you about the "otherwise sane middle aged women" wanting to say Hi! :-)

Thank goodness I don't think there is ever a cut-off date on being inspired and excited by music! My advice is that we go with it, and enjoy.

Thanks for making me laugh.

ChrisSligh said...

Ash,

I think the point I was trying to make is that there's a fine line between making completely self-aggrandizing and self-absorbed music and making music that you love. I think that as an artist you have to make something that you will love for the next 2 years while you promote that album (and if you have a big hit, some songs will be there for the rest of your career). For instance, I personally love TACOSB...I love the music and I love how I was able to express myself lyrically on that record. I fully planned on being with that record for a long time (thankfully, I'll be able to use some of those songs on my solo record). I also feel that TACOSB is a very commercially viable record. I don't know that it's a Daughtry record or a Kelly Clarkson record in that regard, but I feel there are songs that can be used commercially...yet I am proud of that record. Very proud of that record.

However, with this record, I want to do something a bit different. I want to maybe dig a little deeper emotionally. I want to maybe make some stuff a little more danceable. Or at least, as I'm writing, that's what's coming out.

Also, I should note, that the process that I wrote here is a generalization of MY process...perhaps other writers work very different. Also, the process I wrote here is a very generalized...it's basically my first attempt to put into words what is a very psychological process for me. So, perhaps my words here didn't do a great job of putting it across.

GDA,

I think I said in a prior post, but I'll re-iterate. And emotional connections can not be manufactured. It happens because I, as the writer, am honest with my emotions, and somehow someone else feels that same emotion when they hear my song. I really don't think that that connection can be manufactured.

However, I have heard other writers talk about that they write things that have never happened to them and have had hit songs with it. I think that this kind of emotional connection happens in the same way a novelist connects with his audience...some songwriters write fiction and are able to connect in some way with the emotion the character they have written feels. I personally do not write like that...or haven't yet. Maybe I'll attempt to write something in that vein and see how it feels. But till now, I try to write from experience instead of imagination.

Peace,
Chris

Cathy Storms said...

Risalea~You made me laugh..Yeah, I was there also. And loved every minute of it & would do it again in a heartbeat...
Chris~can you tell us which songs you might rewrite off of TACOSB?
I love all those songs so much I can't imagine them being better.
You mentioned Kelly Clarkson, yes her new CD "My December" is commercial but you hear how she was feeling at the time she wrote the songs in each track.
I feel the same about TACOSB, I really feel your emotions in each song. I love that CD.
Be happy your in Oregon...San Diego is cooking right now. We're having this tropical thing go through & it is HOT..I feel for the people who are trying out for Idol in San Diego this weekend. I love this weather, thats why I live here....

Cathy Storms said...

Lock, Stock & Sylvia Romero, hmmmm...can't wait for it to come out. Just read an interview where you mentioned this book. I love to read & this one sounds right up my alley...If you want someone to do some pre-reading let me know. hahahha.
Oh and when you do your first video from your new CD, if you need 2 little girls, I happen to know a couple that would jump at that chance....Especially a certain 4 year old that still can't stop talking about her new best friend..Chris Sligh...lol...

Loraena said...

Hi Chris - I really enjoyed this post.

I've never attempted putting an album together (so far =D), but I think about these types of things a lot.

Anyway, I wanted to say hi - I just realized this afternoon that you are in Portland tonight and now I'm regretting that we never got tickets to come see you! We have friends who will be there tonight though. Hope you're enjoying tour and that you have a great show tonight!

Ash Greyson said...

Thanks Chris, my point was not that you cant morph and be diverse. Just make sure you are doing what is inspiring YOU. Look at DCtalk, they have been everywhere musically but it almost always works because they genuinely expressed what inspired them at the time. Jesus Freak was not a "let's show them we can rock" song. It accomplished that but it came from an organic place. That is my only point. IMHO, Daughtry was a little too open with his record creatively, did he really need a Max Martin song on the record?

TACOSB (please tell me that having TACO in the abbreviation is on purpose!), is a commercially viable record, "Know" is a cross platform hit song. Maybe your new stuff will be, maybe it wont but when it comes time to pick those 12 songs to represent you in an album, pick the ones that YOU want on repeat. If you do this, I think you will go Gold... at least.


ash =o)

HstryQT said...

Cathy - In a previous post from back in the Spring, Chris brought up what songs he'd bring to the new album off of TACOSB. I feel bad that I dont remember them all. And I might be wrong if I try to list them.

I THINK the list included about five or six of them... Know, Cry Tonight, In a Moment are three that I'm pretty sure are some of them. I know that Rise is *not* one of them (I was sad - that's my favorite). And then I might go out on a limb and say possibly Hero (?) or Tunnel Vision (?). I might be totally wrong on those though.

I knew I should've written it down when I read the post because now I'm thinking I left an awesome one out, like How Long. He also might've changed his mind since then, though.

:) That was completely unhelpful. lol. But I tried :).

Lori

GirlyGirl45 said...

Hi, Chris--Another super blog!! I'm so happy you're blogging again.
I haven't been over here as much as I'd like, but it's been a big weekend for the Fanjayas b/c the concerts were near Sanji's hometown. Rickey of rickey.org went to the Portland show and was very grateful for your help: "I also have to say a special thank you to Chris Sligh for hooking me up tonight with the tickets and the meet and greet. It was very generous of him and I hope that more people would check out his music. I know he has gotten himself in trouble with the Fanjayas in the past[,] but he was very nice to me and even sought me out in the meet and greet when he was about to leave." There is also a cute photo of the two of you. I don't know how to just snip that link out or how photobuckets work, so i'll just post the link to the blog:
http://www.rickey.org/?p=4684
Okay, I'll be back later... have fun in Idaho.

Cathy Storms said...

Hstryqt, Thanks for the insight. And you were helpful.
Girlygirl...Thanks for the update.

Cathy Storms said...

Chris, just read the article on rickey.org. You rock...You are such a nice guy.

carrie45 said...

Hi Chris, I just read Rickey's blog and thought it was cool what you did :) I hope you're having fun on the tour. Looking forward to seeing you at the Cleveland show in a few weeks.
~Carrie

risalea said...

Love the John Deere shirt, Chris!

Risa

Tawny said...

I was watching baseball tonight and they played "Typical" along with highlight clips from games today. :)

Have you gotten free John Deer shirts or do you just like them? lol I've seen you wear them a lot on this tour.

One week until my 2nd show.

risalea said...

Tomorrow is July 30, and Where In the World is Chris Sligh? Nampa, Idaho! Nampa is the second largest city in Idaho--only the capital city, Boise, is larger. Chris just missed the city's 10 day festival called "Snake River Dayz", which featured beauty pageants, summer concerts,a parade, and other events, leading up to the Snake River Stampede Rodeo. Various good causes benefitted, including the Idaho Food Bank and a program providing free mammograms to women.
This is fun, looking up tidbits on the venue cities. If anyone wants to join me, jump in! Risa

michaelwfan_2010 said...

Chris-- keep rockin the John Deere shirts! I LOVE THEM! I am a country girl! haha
Love ya!
Kerry

gdahimself said...

To Chris,
From GDA,

It may be of interest to listen to demo versions of songs by other people.
If your Beatle interest extended to Badfinger (originally the Iveys), the band regarded as their protégés continue with the following.

Pete Ham of Badfinger had his home demos released by Rykodisc in the late 90’s. Several of these songs later appeared on Badfinger albums. Although there are some overdubs they still reveal how they were before the contributions of the other members of the band, frequently Tom Evans.

The titles are the address were they were recorded. 7 Park Avenue, Golders Green which is a section of London.

7 Park Avenue
http://www.amazon.com/7-Park-Avenue-Pete-Ham/dp/B0000009QE/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1/103-7312441-8473461?ie=UTF8&s=music&qid=1185771518&sr=8-1
Golders Green
http://www.amazon.com/Golders-Green-Pete-Ham/dp/B00000JLJ6/ref=pd_bxgy_m_text_b/103-7312441-8473461?ie=UTF8&qid=1185771518&sr=8-1

T he songwriting on the following two albums I think you would like
Michael Nesmith: “And the Hits Just Keep on Comin'“/“Pretty Much Your Standard Ranch Stash” http://www.amazon.com/Comin-Pretty-Standard-Ranch-Stash/dp/B00004VXGD/ref=pd_bbs_3/103-7312441-8473461?ie=UTF8&s=music&qid=1185777579&sr=1-3
This is a two album reissue. The first is the one is Nez, Vocals & Guitar and Red Rhodes on Pedal Steel Guitar and the focus is one the songs. Among the songs is “Different Drum” which was a hit in 1967 for the Stone Poneys (featuring Linda Ronstadt).
I think you will like the songwriting and what most of them say.

Gene Clark with the Gosdin Brothers: http://www.amazon.com/Gene-Clark-Gosdin-Brothers/dp/B000MEYJ6U/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1/103-7312441-8473461?ie=UTF8&s=music&qid=1185779179&sr=1-1
Gene Clark’s first post Byrd’s album is folk rock starting to transform to country but shows him and band in great form with great production. This was his first recording of his songs since the Byrds recorded “Eight Miles High”. None of these songs have that menace but are from the same time era.
Sundazed Music Inc. remastered this Columbia/Sony recording so it is probably has a much better sonic quality than the two versions I presently own, if they are true to usually form.


GDA

gdahimself said...

Chris,

Did you ever see Robert Freeman's montage of photos created for the sleeve of the Beatle album "Revolver" but not used?

GDA

rosalee said...

For those of you who don't scan prior blog posts, this is an alert to see my entry under "Some New Songs Are Coming" (post #30 - Risen Magazine current issue). It may be of interest to some of you.

rosalee said...

Chris -

You may want to have your new management team get you an interview and/or CD review in Risen magazine. I don't know what the circulation is, but if it's good enough for our icons, it's good enough.

Carrie said...

Ahh, I am so aggravated with myself right now. I've been trying to come up with the perfect comment for this blog but have been busy (Went to see The Goo Goo Dolls -- it was their Hometown show, awesome. And Lifehouse was with them.).

And now I'm sick with vertigo.

Ew. I guess I didn't know how sick because I commented the wrong blog entry at first, too qjwekfds.

But hey, let me be sick now as long as I'm fine for August 23rd.

MBFDFyre said...

I definately know that commercial sales don't need to be there to put out one of the best albums ever. I don't know what your sales were(nor do I need to know) for "TACOSB" but that was by far the bestest album I have ever bought. Its something that I listen to constantly and never seem to tire of. Its rare to find an album where you like 99%(sorry theres one song I don't like too much hahaha) of the songs and I found that with this album. I know you said that there are few spectacular albums made these days but that one is definately one of them, in my opinion.

amandarhea86 said...

Hey everyone, i just have a small comment. My cancer is back, we got the results and there was evidence of it there. So my decision was made for me, we have to go through with transplant. They are getting things together, contacting my donor and i have to go up there once a week at the least. Yes a 8 hour drive there and back. I will however get to enjoy my last few days of freedom I will get to go to my Sept 13 idol show in Memphis and get to celebrate my birthday on Sept 16. Things will be fine though, God is great and he will carry me through this. Thanks for all of your continuing prayers. I love you all.

risalea said...

First of all, Chris, I see you have a couple of days off after tomorrow. I don't know if 2 days gives you time to go home, or for Sarah to come see you, but I'm saying a little prayer for you that it happens.

So, Where In The World is Chris Sligh on July 31? Salt Lake City, Utah! Salt Lake is the capital of Utah, and its most populated city.
Founded in 1837 by Mormon pioneers led by Brigham Young, the city became known as the "Crossroads of the West" due to economic growth precipitated by the mining boom and the first transcontinental railroad. Salt Lake, home of the 2002 Winter Olympics, boasts a strong outdoor recreation industry.
End of today's lesson! : ) Risa

risalea said...

Amanda, I just saw your post. You know you are in our prayers. In the meantime, please take care of yourself. I know you don't want to miss the Memphis AI show, but listen to your body, and don't push it if you're not feeling well. However, I know you are determined, so get plenty of rest before the date!

Again, prayers going up, Amanda, for you to stay strong and for a successful transplant. Risa

risalea said...

OK, I didn't mean to post 3 times in a row, but Amanda's b'day comment reminded me to share this. I've got a big one coming up on Aug. 8th...the big 5-0. It hurts a little to put it in print. LOL But we're having a big luau party on the 11th to celebrate, and that should be fun. The thing that would make it perfect would be a personal appearance by Chris, singing "In A Moment" just for me. When my husband asked what I wanted for my birthday, that's what I told him. Yes, major eye rolling! He told me he'd put on a fro wig, play the CD and do his best lip-synching. Guess that will have to do! LOL Risa

amandarhea86 said...

Thanks risa...oh i have to tell you somethign Chris...my fave person at St. Jude loves you...she saw the pic of me and you and goes HE SHOULD OF WON...seriously the best one there. I love him...and i told her about your blog and stuff and told her the stories...she goes...ok girl you get him here...tell him to come visit you and then bring him to me lol...you know my hospital is only 2 hours away from Nashville hint hint haha just joking...hope all is well Chris.

Keri said...

Amanda - I am so sorry to hear of your results. But it was good to read you already have a donor and don't have to wait to find one. You are an inspiration to us Fro' Patro'ers. I now feel the need to go call my mother.
Good luck and God bless!
Keri
AKA Radkca
SIA!

Keri said...

Chris -
I was reading an interview of yours that said you were in Germany near the military bases. Were you ever near Kaiserslautern or Frankfurt? My Dad was in the Air Force and we were stationed there for 4 years and I have lot of nice memories of it. I wish I had been older like you before we left. I was there from ages 4-8. Did you like it there? Do you ever miss it?
Later,
Keri

Carmen said...

Rosalee,
I checked the Risen magazine post you mentioned. Do you know they have a my space? Also they are featuring a contest this month to win a chance to have your band interviewed by their magazine. The band can be signed or unsigned. Info is on their myspace account.

Amanda,
I am so sorry to hear that your cancer is back but I am glad that you already have a donor. Is their anything I can do to help you besides prayer? Please know that my heart goes out to you and that you are included in my daily prayers.

Risalea,
Just to add to "Where in the World is Chris?" Salt Lake City is home to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir which was founded in 1847. Their program, Music and the Spoken Word, is the longest-running continuous network broadcast in the world.
Located in Salt Lake, is the Family History Library, the largest genealogical library in the world and is free and open to the public. The Salt Lake Temple took 40 years to complete. Salt Lake City is the headquarters for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which has 13 million members is considered one of the fastests growing religions. Bountiful is a bedroom community of Salt Lake City and is home to former American idol finalist Carmen Rasmusen.

DJ in AL said...

Amanda,

I'm so sorry to hear that the Cancer is back. Stay stong and know that you have alot of people praying and pulling for you.

Marleybone said...

Rosalee- the website for Risen Magazine was one of the best I have ever seen. Thanks for the heads-up.

Dearest Amanda - all of my positive energy is being funnelled to you!! Are you feeling it yet??

AI tryouts for Season 7 have begun. I am curious to see if I will take to the new season, because Season 6 has been so memorable for me, mostly because SIA. Anyone else having similar feelings?

DJ in AL said...

Marleybone,

I wonder the same thing. In the Reubin and Hicks years I pulled strictly because they were from AL so was very engaged in those seasons. My addiction to all things Sligh kept me viewing last year, otherwise I wasn't much into it. I'm not feelin it yet for the new season, maybe that will change.

ChrisSligh said...

Amanda,

I am SO sorry to hear about your cancer. You are in my prayers here in Salt Lake City, and you know what? I would be honored to come see you in the hospital, if we can work out logistics and stuff after I get off tour. As I get to the end of tour, we'll keep in touch and work it out.

Peace and love,
Chris

DJ in AL said...

Chris,

You keep giving me reasons to adore you.

Have a good show in Salt Lake!

rosalee said...

To all:

*** There is a warning message appearing on the Risen Magazine site about a Security Certificate problem. If you get that message, don't attempt to download anything from the site and don't enter any personal information into that site.***

Carmen, that contest on Risen's Myspace site is one year old.

I bought the magazine and have skimmed it, but not really read it yet. However, it's concept seems to be right up Chris's alley.

Cathy Storms said...

Amanda~so sorry to hear about your cancer coming back. You are in my prayers & my families prayers.
Chris~you are the sweetist person I know. Bless you....

risalea said...

Chris, you're a gem. : )

Amanda, I don't want you to post your home address here for the world to see, but is there a patient address for St. Jude's where we could send cards, etc. for you since you'll be going up there on a regular basis?

Risa

rosalee said...

Amanda -

So sorry to hear that the cancer has returned. I'm glad you have a donor lined up. Stay strong.

To all -

Risen Magazine just emailed me that they are looking into their website problem. Hopefully it will be cleared up soon.

amandarhea86 said...

Chris, wow, if you could see the smile that is on my face right now. Im truely honored that you would want to visit me there. Thanks for that...you seriously made my day.

Risa i dont knwo that address for up there yet, but i will get it soon. Thanks for all your support. I love every single one of yall.

Chris Thanks again.

Love Yall Amanda

Carrie said...

I feel like a complete jerk complaining about not feeling well the other day when overall, I'm pretty healthy and there are people not so lucky.

Amanda, you have a lot of people pulling for you and I have faith that everything will be just fine. You're already in good spirits about the entire ordeal so keep it up.

gdahimself said...

Our Dear Miss Amanda Rhea,

I share in the communal wish that your treatment is swift, aggressive, & successful, and that this time next year you only have a clean checkup to report.
I also hope that our host and person of common interest is able make his proposed visit a reality and awesome.

Drew

On John Deere.
I guess living in that ever expanding suburb known as New Jersey, I never needed to know who or what John Deere was.
The first time I heard of John Deere was a comedian as part of his act included:
“Having spent so much time out on the road, my girlfriend got involved with a tractor salesman. I found out when she sent me a John Deere letter”.

Adieu

risalea said...

That gave me my chuckle for the day, GDA. (The parapro in my classroom the last two years owns a John Deere dealership with her husband).

I guess we all live in our own little section of the world and don't realize that some things we take as commonplace are unknown in other parts of the country. For instance, foods that you find in the grocery stores can be different. I was shocked to find out Rotel(canned tomatoes with peppers and onions) isn't sold in all parts of the country. Good grief, how do folks make cheese dip without it? If we get to have our Chris Sligh Fan Meeting in Nashville at some point, we may have to have a potluck dinner, and introduce each other to our home cuisine. Have you ever enjoyed a plate of purple hull peas, turnip greens, fried okra, fresh sliced garden tomatoes, and cornbread? (and not sweet cornbread). YUMMMMMY!

And that food talk makes me think of a question for Chris. Chris, growing up in Germany, do you have an appreciation for traditional Southern fare?

OK, now I'm starving! (how did I go from tractors to cornbread?LOL) Risa

amandarhea86 said...

Fried Okra, my fave...i love that stuff..my friend from Cali came in and had never even heard of fried okra...we cooked her some and gave her a big ole' glass of sweet tea...haha. John Deere, where i come from everyone had a sr. picture with a John Deere shirt on. haha...i live out in boondocks Arkansas.

-Di. said...

Amanda,

My thoughts and prayers are with you. I wish you a speedy recovery and clean bill of health.

Chris,

Thank-you for the response. I think that you have a great attitude.

My question was inspired by comments that Artist X sold ONLY Y million copies. I can barely conceive of a million of anything. I think it is a matter of perspective.

I hope everyone is doing well.

-Diane.

gdahimself said...

To Amanda & Rizalea
From GDA,

Amanda,
From your response I assume you got the humour, I always associated the Dear John letter first as a World War II era* thing and considered that it may have been a touch archaic for you.

Ladies,
I have never sampled purple hull peas, turnip greens or fried okra. New Jersey is rather famous for tomatoes but like any vegetable they probably taste somewhat different depending where their is grown.
The lady who used to live next door was the only person I knew who ever made cornbread with kernels of corn in it. I don’t know exactly what sweet tea is, much less sampled it. Only in the last two months have I heard of it and three or four times since. The first time I heard of it was on YouTube in billybigun64 video blog. (Checked that out because with sunglass he looked much like a guy I went to school with.)
My only association with the name Rotel was a friend mine had sign from a now defunct same named company who made audio equipment.

Major digression follows.
The first time I ever heard of okra was in an episode of “Honey West” which featured Anne Francis as detective, which for this time era that was quite novel. The show only lasted two seasons, 1965 - 1966.
Mrs. Emma Peel of “The Avengers” and Honey West were quite an inspiration for young women at a time when being nice, genteel, and in of protection was the stereotype.
Add to that group Honor Blackman as Mrs. Catherine Gale, who Diana Rigg as Mrs. Emma Peel replaced in “The Avengers”. Honor Blackman left “The Avengers” to play Pussy Galore in the James Bond movie “Goldfinger”.

For Amanda’s benefit: These were portrayals of women who while still being feminine were atypical strong, independent, intelligent, and physical able to protect themselves in most situations, usually with Karate and Jujitsu.

Incidental the name Emma Peel is a pun, in the sixties in England an attractive women was said to have male appeal then shortened to “m. appeal”.

Chris, I wonder how much of this he finds fascinating?

GDA

* This was my parents’ time era when they both were in the Army and on occasion spoke such things.

risalea said...

GDA said, "Chris, I wonder how much of this he finds fascinating?"

I'm sure he finds all of his fans' banter fascinating! We're fascinating people, after all! : )

Risa R.

Tawny said...

Carmen made me an awesome shirt for the Milwaukee show! I'll take a picture of it when I get back from vacation and post it here for you guys to see. Chris, she made one for you too & I think you'll really like it.

Amanda, through talking to you I can tell how strong of a person you are and you'll beat this again. You also have the right positive attitude which will help you along the way.

HstryQT said...

Amanda -
Now you won't have to enter the Pringles "When a day with an Idol" contest!! :) That'll be exciting. :) Chris is so great.

and PS: SWEET TEA!!! That's the biggest thing I'll miss for the next 8 months, being pregnant. Drink lots for me, ok?

Carrie- I feel the same way, complaining about morning sickness (well, on other forums, not here as much), when I'm completely healthy and so many people aren't. I guess that's why they call the 20's the "me" years for young women. I'm learning that the time I spend complaining needs to be used for prayers for others, instead!

HstryQT said...

Chris-

September 9th probably feels far away, to you. But that's my concert date, and it's getting closer and closer - yay!!!

Update - the concert is in DC, but we'll already be moved into our house in Indianapolis. My husband is driving me back for the show that weekend and Ill be going with my friend and my crazy mother in law. But here's the exciting part - CARMEN'S FLYING UP TO COME TO THE SHOW WITH ME!!! Yay!! It'll be a party Chris! You have to make sure you see us - I can't wait! :)

Lori

Cathy Storms said...

Hmm..Sweet Tea. Being born & raised in Southern California, we don't find sweet tea anywhere. So, I went on the Internet, found a really good recipe (that's not so fattening) & now I drink it all the time. So Amanda, when I come to see you I am expecting a very large glass of sweet tea. My parents were from Texas so I love fried Okra, beans & cornbread.
My husband & I are planning a trip across the United States in the next few years & the part I am looking most forward to is trying food from differnent regions.
I've learned how to cook really awesome Cajon food. So if any of you come to California, look me up & I'll cook you some cajon food.
Hystryqt..I wish I could come to DC & go to the concert with you & Carmen. It sounds like you guys are going to have so much fun.

bmorebamma said...
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bmorebamma said...

hey amanda iam sooooooooooo sorry to hear about the return of your cancer. i was hoping and prying for it to be in remission.hey hystryqt , while you a wait for your baby's arrival, there's this sick story commimn out of ocean city maryland , this chick had all these featouses buryed in her back yard , and they found a couple in her house they confermed that one was hers, this stuff really gets under my skin, becuse while children get misstreated. there are woman who will give their lives to have one child, and then stuff like this happens.

gdahimself said...

To Bmorebamma,
From GDA,

Some of these news items several members of present company could do without.
While we share your outrage and nausea, it's a safe bet that Amanda and HstryQT would rather focus their thoughts on something more inspiriting at this point.

GDA

Midge said...

[qoute]ChrisSligh said...
Amanda,

I am SO sorry to hear about your cancer. You are in my prayers here in Salt Lake City, and you know what? I would be honored to come see you in the hospital, if we can work out logistics and stuff after I get off tour. As I get to the end of tour, we'll keep in touch and work it out.

Peace and love,
Chris[/qoute]


Chris!

If you keep up this attitude, you're going to make me have favorites. That is the sweetest thing I've heard from any of you guys.

Midge

Marleybone said...

Ok - totally random - and follows last blog regarding the number ten, BUT I was reading scripture and came across this - Lev 27:32, And concerning the tithe of the herd, or of the flock, [even] of whatsoever passeth under the rod, the tenth shall be holy unto the LORD. Chris - that must be why you are so special:)
And don't go humble on us - you are.

sopranini said...

Sweet tea, cornbread, fried okra.
Yummy!
GDA - you need to try some sweet (iced) tea. Does your NJ grocery stock Louisianne (which I prefer) or Lipton's Iced Tea Brew (decaf if you prefer)? If not look for Orange Pekoe and Pekoe Black Tea mixes or order some online: (http://www.liptont.com/our_products/black_tea/blk_iced_tea.asp). Bring 1 quart water to a boil and pour over 2 bags (those are the 1 quart each bags - you'll have to read the box to see how many it says per cup). Steep for 5 minutes (I like it strong), remove tea bags and add 3/4 cup sugar (I like it SWEET). Mix till sugar dissolves and add 1 quart cold water. Serve over ice. I add peach nectar for peach tea. Yummo!

Surprisingly I heard recently that 80% of Americans drink tea.

ChrisSligh said...

Haha...MarleyBone, I'm not sure I'd go with Levitical law to make myself feel special (or holy for that matter) - Levitical law also says that a woman must leave the city while she is...well, once a month, if you know what I mean, and I personally don't like to send my wife out of the city once a month - that could get expensive and it sounds kinda silly...but, gosh, that was awesome!

Peace,
Chris

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amandarhea86 said...

Sopranini, i prefer Lipton to Louisianne, well thats all i have drank since i was a baby, yes i started drinking tea when i was on the bottle, thats how we do it down here lol. If yall like sweet tea you should def try sun tea, make it the same way well the water and the bags and just sit it in the sun..its really good.

Chris thanks again.

DJ in AL said...

Amanda,

How are you feeling today?

Tom in ATL said...

Amanda -

Been out a few days and so sorry to hear about your cancer. Like all the other regulars on here - I wish you the very best and speediest of recoveries.

I also want you to know your attitude is infectious, and inspiring.

Peace -

Tom in ATL

amandarhea86 said...

Thanks Tom.

Hey DJ, im feeling pretty good, my chemo has me tired all the time. Yet thats to be expected. Im enjoying my freedom for now, because i know it wont be fun being cooped up in a hospital for 3 mths. But, everything considered i feel great, Chris's message to me, has made my stickin year, just ask my mom im sure if tell her one more time what Chris said she is going to scream lol.

bmorebamma said...

hey gda thanks for always lookin at the bright side of life, i do really try too , but i happen to live in a city where 2 police officers where shot, the murder rate is quickly climbing, 182 and counting @ last count , and by the time the tour comes here next month it will be at 200 or better. bamma prays every day for the lord to just come and put and end to the human suffering mostly @ our own hand, thank you sir and god bless.

rosalee said...

You said it, Risa! We ARE fantastic!

Like GDA, I never heard of Rotel or sweet tea either. I have tried okra. Anyway, here's something I found just for you:

http://youtube.com/watch?v=uxiR6q0ZBqc

http://youtube.com/watch?v=-TwaoM8BK4E

Lori -
I'm glad that Carmen is joining you. I'm sure you'll have a blast. Don't forget the pink glowsticks!
Start practicing:

http://youtube.com/watch?v=MV_WncJ4Qqo

For GDA:

http://youtube.com/watch?v=H2vuqjoOarU

Also, those old tv shows you mentioned reminded me of this recently added site. These are 5 minute "mini-episodes" of old tv shows (but not as old as the ones you mentioned):

http://www.myspace.com/minisodenetwork

To Susan4455 ("crying all the way to the bank"), an encore performance:

http://youtube.com/watch?v=-WC1OsdX2LM

susan4455 said...

Amanda, Is it the St. Jude Hospital in Memphis? Besides sending you prayers and good wishes I would like to send them a donation for all their great work. They have a tribute page for people to donate in someones honor as a tribute. They need personal info tho, like the street and email address of the fund Honoree, or a designated Next of Kin contact, that can be notified when gifts are made to the fund.Plus you need to
Review and agree to a waiver that states you have the permission of the Honoree, or the Honoree’s family, to create the Fund Web Page. You could call it the Fro Patrol Fund ( if Chris doesn't object) or Sligh's sly foxes, or whatever. I don't mean to put you on the spot but I got excited when I looked at their web site. Again, prayers and good wishes to you.

http://www.stjudeheroes.org/site/TR?fr_id=1341&pg=tgreeting

Tom in ATL said...

Speaking of Music and old TV Shows - anyone ever get into the Evolution Revolution? Maybe Chris could cover this one on the new album...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VmTmvBzNFY4

Peace -

Tom in Atl

susan4455 said...

Rosalee, Thanks for the great link; it was a nice trip down memory lane. I saw him in concert in Las Vegas and actually enjoyed it. Being a 70's child he wasn't considered "cool" but my parents introduced us to a wide range of music growing up and I still have very eclectic tastes in music. My ipod has everything from il divo to Toby Keith to Ryianna and Eminem. And of course Chris Sligh!

amandarhea86 said...

Susan, yes its the one in memphis. that thing is really cool. I will check it out and let you know when its done, i have to talk to my mom about it and stuff. But i never knew about that thanks for brining it to my attention.

risalea said...
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risalea said...

Rosalee, I never dreamed of Rotel making youtube! LOL OK, pardon me Chris for hijacking your blog temporarily, but I have to share a couple of recipes for the Rotel deprived. They are distributed by Conagra foods, so maybe your grocer could order them for you if you can't find a substitute tomatoes and green chiles mixture, Rosalee and GDA.

First--basic cheese dip. Chop up a 1 lb. block of Velveeta and add a can of Rotel. Melt in a large saucepan, stirring often, or make it in your crockpot. I use the light Velveeta. I do variations, such as using a pound of browned ground beef mixed with taco seasoning, Rotel, Velveeta and some fresh salsa.

OK, this one is from the Junior League of NLR's cookbook (I'll give us a plug as sales from our book fund our community service projects--www.jlnlr.org). It is one of my faves and will be served at my b'day luau next week.

Hot and Spicy Corn Dip: In a microwave safe bowl mix together--1 (16 oz.) can yellow corn, drained; 1 (11 oz.) can white Shoe Peg corn, drained; 8 oz. cream cheese; 1 (10 oz.)Rotel or other type canned tomatoes with green chiles; 1 (4 oz.) can chopped green chiles; chopped jalapeno chiles to taste; garlic salt to taste; cumin to taste; Microwave for 5 min. or until cream cheese is melted, stirring occasionally. Serve warm with Fritos or I like it with Tostito scoops.

I definitely promise to bring the Rotel dips to our first Chris Sligh Fan Gathering! : ) Risa

p.s. Susan4455, love your idea of us supporting St. Jude's. It is amazing that such a great work came from one man's vision...Danny Thomas.

9:51 PM

GirlyGirl45 said...

Amanda, Okay, so you haven't totally kicked its butt, and there's more work to do on that score. Good for you for being able to squeeze a few more concerts under the wire; the joy you get from that and from seeing your favorite Idols will help you through your next step, along with all the people near and far who are pulling for you. A friend of my brother's had leukemia when he was just a few years older than you (25 I think). He had to go for the transplant, too. That was a long time ago--he is now thriving and has two lovely daughters. I wish you strength throughout. You are in the best of care and surrounded by love.

So, you're an okra girl, too? ALL RIGHT!!! Sweet tea, fried okra (mmm), and corn dip--Let's have a party!! thanks for the recipe, Risalea. I wonder where the dividing line of Rotel is--you've got your red states and blue states, your Rotel and non-Rotel states.

amandarhea86 said...

girlygirl, you just made my day he has kids, omg that is one thing they said i might never be able to do, i mean i always wanted to adopt but i always wanted to joy of being preganant, but i said if God wants me to have a child he will provide away, so i kinda got rid of that worry, but wow, thanks for saying that...turely made my dad.

gdahimself said...

To All,
From GDA,

Took time to look up “Honey West” the discovered description varies from my recollection but then I haven’t seen an episode in quite a long time.
http://www.thrillingdetective.com/honey.html

Apparently like “The Avengers” I originally took much of the show at face value and quite serious because I didn’t have the background on the things that were parodied or satirized.
Unlike “The Avengers”, which have been broadcasted on off since their first appearance and available on dvd and tape, “Honey West” I haven’t seen since the mid-seventies and haven’t seen on tape or dvd, if it is available.
One of the write ups states that Aaron Spelling having seen “The Avengers” while in England tried to get Honor Blackman to play Honey West. When she declined sought a look a like which is why Anne Francis got the role.

By the Way.
Does anyone remember that this all started with the mechanics of an artist songwriting, recording and making an emotional connection with his audience?
I ask that knowing full well my comment on John Deere inadvertently brought us to this point.

Sorry Chris,

GDA

debjager said...

Hi Chris,
First I want to say how proud I am of all that you are doing and what your thoughts are on writing songs.
I have not been able to read your writings on a daily basis, but I have read all of the current ones.
In reading about your new music that you are listening to, I wanted to ask if you have listened to Amos Lee. I know you appreciate the music of Ray Lamontagne because you sang the song "Trouble"
Amos Lee has some really powerful music and the lyrics are awesome. I can picture you singing many of these songs, and the lyrics truly touch my heart, and most likely many others that hear the songs.

I also read that you are listening to the new Paul McCartney CD. I really enjoy the Paul McCartney Unplugged CD and I was wonder if you have heard this one as well.

I am a true music lover, and I am one who appreciates the lyrics and the emotions that flows through when listening. I believe that you have a wonderful talent and will do very well in any path you chose. You have come to a crossroad in your life where you will make the choice in the direction that will make your spirit soar.
I hope you have the time to answer as I am really anxious to hear your opinion on the artist Amos Lee.
Again, Chris, you are a shining star and you will shine for many many years.
Thank you for sharing your talent and your heart with all of us.
Deb Jager

ChrisSligh said...

Guys,

This blog is for you...not me. You can talk about whatever you want to in the comments. Have fun. This is a gathering place of sorts...gather and have fun.

Deb, I have never listened to Amos Lee, though, it's funny you should ask because literally 3 people in the last week have told me about him...I really need to check him out. I'll check him out soon and let everyone know.

Peace and love,
Chris

rosalee said...

To Tom in Atl - Loved the chimps!

To All -

Risen Magazine's July/Aug issue will be a collector's item for the cover alone. It's $4.95 at Barnes and Noble. It just came out on July 23rd and it is already being exploited on Ebay:

http://cgi.ebay.com/NEW-2007-PETER-MAX-COVER-PAUL-McCARTNEY-RISEN-MAGAZINE_W0QQitemZ220136313232QQihZ012QQcategoryZ280QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem