Friday, August 03, 2007

Ramblings (8-3-07)

Have you ever noticed that Chuck Taylor's have been the shoe of choice for the alternative crowd for forever. I mean, you never see preppy people wearing Chuck's. Why is that? Why has the cycle never come around to preppy kids wearing Chuck's?

Weird.

99 comments:

amandarhea86 said...

haha totally love this blog. Chucks are my shoe of choice. though i only have 4 pair. the normal low top black ones...2 others and my fave high top green. I have seen a few preppy kids wear them. i think mostly to fit in with the other kids. Because from what i see the alternative crowed is actually the in crowed, alot more kids are in it then in the preppy crowed. haha...yea i dont think any of that made sense but whatever.

Marleybone said...

Hey Chris - I think we all need to go to Milan!

Milan Menswear Show Spring 2006
Jasper Conran: Preppy Modern
Spring and summer trends for 2006

This collection is definitely young
Romantic looking models were wearing full suits teamed with classic Chuck Taylor Converse sneakers for a youthful edge that came off very Hampton with a British kick.

A little scary??

Carrie said...

There are a lot of shoes which can be considered more "alternative" other than Chucks, such as Vans which I actually have a pair of. They're more skater-type sort of shoes and no, I do not skate. At all. Not even on my socks across the kitchen.

But seriously.

Shoes? Is this what you all sit around and talk about on tour? lmao.

gdahimself said...

To Chris,
From GDA,

I guess it comes down to group identification and the attendant conformity of choice.

It would be of interest to know what caused this particular observation to float into your awareness?

Maybe we should all wonder how Hawai'i is part of the federal interstate highway system?
Imagine the engineering feat in creating and building a connecting bridge to California.

GDA

amandarhea86 said...

my little brother had some vans,when he was into bmx. I want some of those shoe's with wheels on them...

gdahimself said...
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gdahimself said...

To Carrie,
From GDA,

Maybe like me, their all getting a little punchy from not getting enough freakin’ sleep.

To Amanda,
Forget those shoes with wheels on them. The St. Jude’s staff won’t be able to catch up with you in hell on wheels mode.

GDA

amandarhea86 said...

GDA, maybe thats the point haha...Ill put them when they come at me with needles. I hate needles.

Carianne said...

Amanda ~ I have ALWAYS wanted to try those shoes with wheels in them! Those boys always look like they're having so much fun! LOL

ChrisSligh said...

No one is saying that Chuck's are the most alternative shoes in the world...but you don't see preppy kids (sure there are some exception) wearing Chuck's.

Just an observation. It's almost always the kids trying to be alternative or the punks.

Chris

Carrie said...
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amandarhea86 said...

I know i would probably go to roll on them and fall and break my butt. It would be worth it though. ok that is what im telling my dad i want for my 21 b-day. Shoes with wheels and Ford Focus car. I see the shoe's happening before the car though

Cathy Storms said...

These are the coolest shoes. I love these shoes!!! I wear them & people at work make fun of me but do I care? NOT!!! Did you know that you can go on their website & design your own? Maybe we could design some cool "Sligh Shoes"..

Cathy Storms said...

Why haven't the preppy kids started wearing these shoes? Hmmm...good question. Maybe it's because these shoes make a statement about the person who is wearing them. They kind of scream out rebel...They show that the person wearing these shoes is an individual & doesn't follow all the rules.

risalea said...

OK, I feel dumb. I had to google to see what you were talking about. Now, if you'd said hightops, I would have at least had a clue. : ) But here's something interesting...I polled my 25 year old daughter, my 16 yr. old son and an 18 yr. old friend of his (girl) and none of them had heard of Chuck Taylor shoes. I would say maybe they haven't made it to AR, but Amanda knows what they are and has some, so that blows that theory. Ethan is not preppy or alternative....more the "good old country boy who loves his boots." LOL Risa
p.s. Hey, Chris can be as random as we are at times!

gdahimself said...

To Chris,
From GDA,

“It's almost always the kids trying to be alternative or the punks“

Sounds like the proverbial/traditional adolescent rebellion against their parents and society’s rules and way of living. Trading a familiar conformity for a novel conformity that sets them apart from their parents. Frequently, the more it annoys their parents, or other grown ups, the greater the attraction.

Turn that revolt into style or fashion.

GDA


Risa - who is Ethan?

risalea said...

Oh, sorry, that's my son--the 16 yr. old.

Nique's Nana said...

"Sligh Shoes" now that would be way cool.

Nique's Nana said...

Oh, btw, that is me and my granddaughter Dominique.

ChrisSligh said...

I'm not saying the shoes are bad, though, I should make clear. I wear them almost constantly. But I have preppy shoes, too. My mind thinks about crazy stuff, sometimes, and it was just a musing.

Chris

Carrie said...
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gdahimself said...

To Chris,
From GDA,

A guitar that looks interesting to check out:
“The Steinberger Synapse ST-2FPA TranScale Custom Electric Guitar has a flamed maple top for killer looks. Play it open and it's a baritone, roll the built-in capo up a couple of frets and it's a normal 25-1/2" guitar. Add to this Steinberger's brilliant design features such as the tune-it-once direct-drive double-ball bridge, fold-down leg rest, and graphite-reinforced neck with ultrafast phenolic fingerboard and you've got a truly advanced and infinitely playable instrument.”

There is photo and the source of the above description at: http://www.videoranch.com/html/guitar_contest.html

The reason I know of this, I am on the Videoranch mailing list:
It is an incentive to join Videoranch 3d, a paid membership site that is part of Michael Nesmith’s Videoranch. On September 1st , as an active member you are entered into a drawing for the guitar.
I wouldn’t expect you would find it of interest to join as their forte is California country music.

If curious to check out the Videoranch: http://www.videoranch.com/html/frhomepage.html

GDA

Tawny said...

Yes, I've noticed that they've been around forever. I've never owned a pair so I'm not sure as to why they've stuck around for so long. Is it the look or are they really comfortable.. or both?

Just to let you all know, I arrived in Milwaukee safely :)

Christi (aka Maurrowe) said...

rofl! ahhh I've missed reading your blog SO MUCH this summer!! I have been too busy to keep up with anything until now... I look forward to seeing what you have to say again!

Chucks are definitely on of my favorite shoes... It seems every time I go shopping, I come home with another pair. I also own a pair of hot pink crocs...extremely preppy looking :D I suppose I just wear what I think looks good.

HstryQT said...

Risa- I fall into your theory. Where I come from we call them straight up Converse, not Chuck Taylors. I felt stupid looking it up,lol, but once I did I was like "Ohhhh. Converse!" And I totally would've known that!

It's definitely the alternative crowd that wears them in my area. But like Carrie was mentioning, many skaters/alt kids wear Vans. And Vans *have* bridged the "crowd" gap - a lot of preppy kids wear Vans.

I guess I'm uber-preppy because I wear American Eagle shoes.. or just whatever will go with my cute teacher outfits. Gosh, I'm such a conformist!

Cathy Storms said...

My favorite are pink hightops...

gdahimself said...

To Risalea,
Form GDA,

I reread your earlier post, you did mention that Ethan was your 16 year old son. Carelessness on my part.

Mea Culpa,

GDA

Keri said...

I was getting ready in my mind the post where I was going to ask 'what the heck are chuck taylors?' when I read that they were converse. I'm with Risa and HistoryQT - Converse I know, Chucks - I've never heard of. Oh well, I have never claimed to be hip, stylish, or otherwise trend savvy. My brother always wore converse and he is the most anti-social, death metal listening, and alternative person I know. Hmmm... I never realized there was a connection!

SIA!

rosalee said...

Risa, Lori, Keri -

Me too - I had to Google "Chuck Taylors" to find out what they were. Of course I recognized them when I saw them.

It seems that everybody had a party here last night while I was off at a Kevin Covais/Paris Bennett concert. I came back to 2 new Chris blogs!

Kevin opened for Paris and performed 8 songs - some uptempo and some ballads. He sang them karaoke style. Apparently there was "no money in the budget" for live musicians. He actually sounded better than on AI.

Paris gave a high energy performance with a four piece band (guitar, bass, drums, keyboards), one backup singer (her mom) and two dancers. Her mom's voice is actually richer than Paris's (Paris was a little shrieky). Paris worked the audience, meandering through the crowd, inviting the little girls up on the stage with her. She gave a really professional performance.
Kevin joined her at the end for some dancing.

I got their autographs, but the memory card on the camera became full before I could get photos with them. My husband said he will upgrade the memory card before the Idol concert on Aug. 24th. He also took some videos of the performances, but had to hold the camera on his lap too much of the time (capturing the audio, but not much of the video) because security caught him taking movies instead of stills. Hopefully at the Idol concert we'll have better luck.

GirlyGirl45 said...

Chris--keeping it entertaining, as usual. Who knew that shoes would generate so much discussion? Okay, so is Sanjaya wearing Chucks in Let's Get It Started? They're very cool, whatever they are. Are all of you wearing them? (I haven't zeroed in on the rest of you, because the photos have been on fanjaya sites, and they're--well--of Sanjaya)

Carrie, you've never skated in socks across your kitchen floor?? Life is short--I dare you to try it. Wheee! Even old GirlyGirl has a skate now and then.

I second Lori's assessment that it's the alternative crowd in our neck of the woods who wear them, and they're probably better known as Converse here. So, is there a correlation between where Rotel begins and ends and the dividing line between Chucks and Converse? hahaha!

Rosalee, I'm glad you enjoyed the Kevin/Paris concert. I like Paris a lot and hope to see her perform some day if she pursues the jazz side of things. I'm glad to hear that Kevin did well--my niece sees him at diabetes conferences and says he's a real sweetheart.

gdahimself said...

TO All,
From GDA,

A Chuck Taylor page that may be of interest: http://sneakers.pair.com/chucks.htm

GDA

amandarhea86 said...

Rosalee, that sounds like a great show. I loved Kevin when i met him. He came to the Richmond Idol concert and i met him at the meet and greet a sweet kid.

I would love to see Paris in concert, cause though vocally she did well on tour, she wasnt as upbeat to me as she was on the show. Is her cd good? what genre did she go with?

So i spent the day at a shoe store and found some awesome Chucks (but still broke cant buy them so sad lol)...green and pink plaid, being a blaker girl is killing me for some reason i believe everything i own should be plaid. haha. but they are my fave 2 colors.

Brenda said...

I'm from the Midwest, and I called them high-tops. But down South people call them Chucks or Chuck Taylors. Had me scratching my head for a bit there.

Ds would like to imagine that he's a rock star or a goth or something, so he loves his black Chucks and his red & blue Chucks.

Dd is just trendy. She wears a lot of different styles, but she does own a pair of multicolored block Chucks and a pair of plain black ones.

amandarhea86 said...

Hey i have multicolored block ones, they are pink, black, red, and white. so i have told you the other 3 i own might as well tell yall the 4th pair haha, there actually chuck taylors, but they are suede, and pink with rasberry color on them..really cute. I dno about yall but around here we all have low top black ones and let ppl sign them. so we have dif color sharpie marks all over them.

rosalee said...

Amanda -

Kevin lives just a few miles away from me. He is a very sweet kid and he's growing musically (he must be taking voice lessons). Now he just has to learn how to dance!

I haven't heard Paris's CD. I understand that Kevin has a part in it. From what I've read, the reviews of the CD have been mixed.

Here's a cute video of Kevin:

http://youtube.com/watch?v=B06QNpptlCg

Here's a cute video of Kevin and Lisa Tucker. Kevin was invited on stage by Lisa and Lisa sings to him:

http://youtube.com/watch?v=6xozqfHHshU

Here's a short clip of Kevin singing "Imagine":

http://youtube.com/watch?v=8VVxDTk7m60

OK - enough of Kevin. Now on to Paris:

http://youtube.com/watch?v=RuD3yXy3yOA

http://youtube.com/watch?v=275q65mbOSY

amandarhea86 said...

Chris and bloggers found 2 good videos of Chris.

http://youtube.com/watch?v=-mzg5nLdJLM
Chris sernading(sp) 2 girls...now why didnt i get that Chris gosh lol.

http://youtube.com/watch?v=_RZwKNi_tVM&mode=related&search=

Both Chris's shout outs to the Blaker girls...nice one Chris..

risalea said...

Where In the World Is Chris Sligh?
Today, Aug. 4, he's in St. Paul, MN, twin city to Minneapolis. (our thoughts and prayers to both communities as they deal with the aftermath of the tragic bridge collapse). St. Paul is Minnesota's capital city, and second in population. Back to 1820, it served as an extreme outpost to the Old West, a place where Native Americans, European explorers, and American soldiers (from nearby Fort Snelling) lived in close proximity. Today, St. Paul is known for its neighborhoods (referred to as 15 small towns with 1 mayor). Famous folks from St. Paul include the author F. Scott Fitzgerald and Peanuts cartoonist Charles M. Shulz. AI must be popular here, because the venue website said this is the 6th year in a row AI has appeared there.

Tomorrow, Aug. 5 (also birthday of my daughter, Linds, who will be 25!), Chris will be in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Milwaukee, originally settled by French missionaries and fur traders, is the largest city in the state, and the 25th largest in the US, with a population of close to 600,000. Milwaukee was once the brewing capital of the world, home to 4 different breweries (Schlitz, Blatz, Pabst, and Miller) and only Miller remains. It is a significant employer in the area, employing around 1700. Milwaukee has revived its downtown area, with a riverwalk, museums, and new condos and lofts as some of the additions.

That's it...Chris, enjoy your next two performances! Risa

bmorebamma said...

converse never wore em , anyone remember jack percells . the tennis that looked like they were smilin at ya, never got them either.:)

risalea said...

OK, totally random comment to go with random shoe blog. : ) You know the baby boomers are getting old when you open your AARP magazine (of course, we qualify because of hubby...not me, I've got 4 more days to go! LOL) and find that two of the headliners at an upcoming AARP event are Rod Stewart and Earth, Wind, and Fire!

Risa

bmorebamma said...

lol aarp, hey i wanna subscribe to that, how old ya gotta be to get em i just turned 45 last month, kinda courious bout who long i gotta wait . lol:)

DJ in AL said...

Chris and all-felt like a nerd not knowing what Chuck Taylors were. They come and go in popularity in AL. Right now they are wearing Wallabees, which I'm not crazy about, but I think we wore something very similar back in the day. I think I'd look pretty ridiculous wearing hightops but have contemplated getting some regular converse. My hubby has a pair, and he thinks he's hot when he wears them-the jury is still out on that. Hey you're young as ya feel right?

Chris, thinking about shoes? A man after my own heart. Who doesn't love shoes?

amandarhea86 said...

Ok young one here, but, i have seen it but what is aarp?

DJ in AL said...

Amanda,

Just sending you healthy, cancer fighting thoughts and prayers your way today. Hope this is a good day for you.

Stay strong little Fro-patroer!

Love from DJ in AL

gdahimself said...

To Amanda,
From GDA,

AARP, formerly the American Association of Retired Persons
See Wikipedia for description http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AARP

GDA

rosalee said...
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gdahimself said...

To Amanda & Bmorebamma,
From GDA,

AARP, to join you presently have to be at least fifty years of age but that may change. Over time the age requirement has come down from 65 years.

Amanda - My sister, the nurse, says hello. She knows the basic outline of your current health situation has already added you to her prayers.

Bmorebamma - the current annual dues are $12.50 for yourself or yourself and spouse or partner.
Liberace was around from the “Jitterbug” to “Disco” and a little beyond.

Chris - about a year ago the magazine had a cover story/profile on Paul McCartney because he then was just 64. Curio fact: there is only two days difference between Paul McCartney (June 18, 1942) and Brian Wilson June 20, 1942) in age.
Somehow, a year ago, I don't think you would have ever imagined that any of your audience discussing this particular subject in this blog. The difference American Idol has made.

Other.
I wore white saddle shoes with brown saddles to my First Holy Communion, the only non -white thing I wore that day.
I also worn “Desert Boots” and “Exersoles”, Thom McCann’s version of the “Earth Shoe”, for the next two week I felt that I was wearring Mickey Mouse’s shoes. I have a pair of Dingo boots but was never really comfortable wearring knee high boots. There is a pair of “Wing Tips” in the closet I haven’t worn for awhile
As far as sneakers, on the rare occasion I wore them, they were “Keds”. I and most of the people I knew always thought of “Converse” as the other guys.
Like so may others have posted, I didn’t know what “Chuck Taylors” were until I researched them because I always knew them as “Converse All Stars”. and at this moment I am wearring a pair of “Tommy Hilfiger” running shoes.

GDA

risalea said...
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risalea said...

My now 25 yr. old daughter is all excited...as a birthday gift, her two roommates are taking her to see Chris Daughtry tomorrow night in LR at Robinson. He played here a few months ago at a place called Juanita's that features a lot of up and coming bands. But Juanita's is a much smaller venue than Robinson, so he's obviously drawing bigger audiences these days. I hope next year for her birthday, I can treat her to a Chris Sligh concert!

rosalee said...

GDA -

I still have my Dingo boots too. Gray calf length ones. I wore saddle shoes as a kid. I think that saddle shoes were very popular in the 1950's, (the height of Liberace's career) although both Liberace and saddle shoes were both around for decades. Actually, saddle shoes still exist. I remember the Earth shoes and probably still have a pair in the back of my closet somewhere. We also called sneakers Keds. Maybe it's another north/south thing.

amandarhea86 said...

So, I havent had a really good day, mostly just laying down and hanging with my good friend oxycodone. But my daddy just called and made everything better. The army is going to let him come home from Iraq early. So he will get to spend time with me before i go into the hospital and he will be here for the transplant. We already have a little bit of a get away planned, we are going to head to St. Louis to watch our Cardinals play and go to the zoo. Its going to be great to have the family back together, My dad, my 2 little brothers and me. Im really excited. Anyways i just wanted to share my good news with you guys.

HstryQT said...

So I went to a family "Pile In" today in the mountains of Virginia(how hick am I? I know), and my cousin AND my crazy Uncle Greg were wearing Converse All Stars! (now known in my mind as "Chucks"). I just thought that was so random because I"ve never seen either of them wear them before - and we were having this discussion on Chris' blog. I tried to explain to them why I thought the fact that they were wearing Converse's was so funny - and they just didn't get it. Ah well.

I did get a history lesson out of it from my uncle. He said that he's known them as Converse's too - but that Chuck Taylor was the basketball player who wore the All Stars all the time and that's where they got the name. Back before the days of shoes sponsoring bball players. :) Also he joked about how when he was growing up you had to make sure you had the ALL STAR on the back or they weren't cool.

My other uncles said my Uncle Greg must've been in the midst of a mid life crisis - - he did look quite ridiculous in his beard, shorts, and high top Chucks.

Lori

PS: Amanda - glad to hear your Dad is coming home!! Did they give him a special trip home because of you? If so, that's really cool of the military - either way, God is good! I hope you have a "feel good" day tomorrow.

risalea said...

Amanda, that is SUPER that your dad is coming home. You'll get extra strength for your upcoming procedure just from him being here, no doubt. As Lori said, God is good!! Risa

Carmen said...

Amanda,
I am sorry that you are not feeling well today but I am so glad your Dad is coming home early.
Here is a link to a video featuring clips of the show Heroes along with the music Hero by Half Past Forever. I think Hero should be the theme song to the show. How about ya'll?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bu0_NdJK2mM

risalea said...

That was really cool, Carmen! And I'm with ya'!

Carmen said...

To my Fellow Members of the Fro Patro,

If you have not had a chance to get over to the fan website lately, you might want to head over there. There is a post that I am sure would interest many of you. Link is below. If that does not work, check out "I need your help" topic

http://chris-sligh.info/component/option,com_joomlaboard/Itemid,36/func,view/catid,3/id,800/#800

Tawny said...

I finally got a picture with Chris tonight! I look like a loser, oh well :P My friend Steph and I met 7 of them before the show. I won't be able to upload pictures until I get home on wednesday. I hope the rest of you who have shows left get to meet him.

Basically everyone has grown so much performance wise since opening night, especially our Chris. He was jumping all around everywhere & jumped off the stage twice. :) Anyways, enough for now!

Chris, thanks for everything!

DJ in AL said...

Carmen,

I totally agree with you on Hero, in fact thought the exact same thing I first heard it.

Went to the fansite and will be participating!

Cathy Storms said...

Amanda~I am so glad to hear that your dad gets to come home early. It sounds like you have a lot of fun stuff planned so enjoy it.
You are in my prayers always...

t to the j said...

Who needs shoes~ i paint my feet daily to look like low top chucks! I am running out of black, it is the only color that doesn't show dirt.
tj

rosalee said...

To anyone who doesn't know where the fansite is please check it out:

http://chris-sligh.info/

Chris-Sligh.Info

ChrisSligh said...

Hey guys,

I did an interiew in Omaha with the local fox station and had a great time...I taught the reporter how to dance...it was hilarious. I've heard they have the interview up, but I can't get it b/c I don't have Window's Media Player. Can someone go over and watch it and let me know what they showed of me?

http://www.kptm.com/video/2098442.html?id=3286

thanks,
Chris

amandarhea86 said...

Hey Chris they have you talking about everyone being friends. And then they have you talking about how next years idol wont be as good because your not on it. Then it went back to the reporter who was laughing at what you said. They did show you preforming to.

Oh everyone thanks for your prayers cause today im feeling great, i was able to eat today, something i wasnt able to do yesterday. Anyways love yall.

risalea said...

Now how could they cut the dance instruction part? That's just wrong! : ) Risa

Cathy Storms said...

Could you be any cuter? Darn, they cut out the dance part, but did show you dancing on stage. Alot of talk about how close you all are. They showed the part about you saying next years AI won't be as good because you won't be on it. So true......

Marleybone said...

WellI can't get it either - that's the one problem with Macs - you try to download windows media player - and it just doesn't work.

ChrisSligh said...

Hmmm...that's what they showed. I saw some uproar over what I'd said, so I wondered what had been edited in. Haha...I remember that comment. I think it's hilarious that people take me so seriously...I mean, when I do interviews, I try to make it as fun as possible and simply say as many outrageous things as possible. Yesterday in press I said I wanted to beat Phil's bald head (joking that Phil was a family man, but such a jerk - right after I had talked about how close Phil and I were)...the reported almost choked on her mint...it was hilarious.

The Omaha interviews were a ton of fun...I was cracking the reporters up with just stupid little cracks about the show, etc. I'm surprised they didn't show me giving her a dancing lesson. I told the reporter that I'd like to give her a class in Chris Sligh's American Idol group number dance technique. Basically, you make a dead pan face, allow your arms to hang freely and step-touch left, step-touch right. The camera man was cracking up. Yeah, it was stupid, but really funny at the time.

I figure this: hey, there are 9 people who came in before me...if I'm gonna get media time, I just have to have fun with it and give them good tv that they can use. If they don't use it, oh well. I had fun doing it.

Anyway, thanks for looking that up for me.

Chris

Cathy Storms said...

I love your comments. You have the same sense of humor my son does. (the one who looks like you). Here where I work are now trying the Chris Sligh American Idol group dance. I think we are going to put in as part of our stretching that we have to do every morning...LOL.....
If more people had your sense of humor, the world would be such a much better place....

risalea said...

Well, when dealing with the press, as you know, you don't have any control over what gets in or left out. That was a fun one...love when you get a chance to let your humor come through.

Do you ever go to the fansite and check out the postings of all your interviews, etc.? There are some diligent folks out there finding all things "sligh."

Are you able to see youtube stuff? If so, I hope you checked out Carmen's creation (8:18 pm, about 15 posts up)

Take care, Risa

Carrie said...

I wish that video worked for me. I was fighting with it last night and gave up because the site doesn't seem to like powerbooks so someone will have to figure out how to youtube it. If my desktop pc was working I'd have done it, but I'm stuck with my laptop these days.

Anyway, I hope everyone is having a better day than I am!

DJ in AL said...

Chris,

Don't sweat it. There will always be folks looking for drama where there isn't any, let's face it, that's what sells. Hey, I'm with you, you get air time, you work it man, work it!

Marleybone said...

Amanda - hope you had a good day.

Tawny - can't wait to see the pics of you and Chris.

Carmen - I told ya last night the Heroes video posted on the fansite is amazing - I got to thinking - you say you are Carmen - but how do we know you aren't really Stephen Spielberg - lol.

DJ in AL said...

Carmen,

I couldn't pull up the video until tonight, it is awesome and absolutely perfect for the show!

I wish Chris would view and comment.

xangelglitterx said...

WELL CHRIS,
YOU NEVER CEASE TO AMAZE US HERE..I AM SO GLAD WE HAVE BECOME GOOD FRIENDS HERE... YOUR COMMENTS ARE A BLAST...NOT EVERYONE GETS THEM AND THAT IS WHAT MAKES THIS SOOOO MUCH FUN....AS FOR THE CHUCKS I LOVE THEM THEY ARE CLASSIC AND COOL...NOT TO BE CONFUSED WITH CHUCKING TENNIES OUT ANY WINDOWS MIND YA...I JUST LOVE THE COMFORT OF THESE...I DON'T NEED TO KEEP PENNIES IN MY LOAFIES,,,GOT POCKETS FOR THAT!!!! YOU KNOW GIVE A PENNY TAKE A PENNY....OR THE INFAMOUS TIP CUP..WHEN YOUR SHORT ON CASH....NOT SURE PREPPIES GET SHORT ON CASH>>> DOES ANYONE KNOW THE ANSWER TO THAT ONE? ANYWAY CHRIS EVEN IF YOU COULDN'T SING I'D STILL BLOG HERE.I THINK THE OTHERS WOULD TOO...SO HUGS ALL AROUND ALL....
TO AMANDA:
AM GLAD TO HEAR YOU ARE DOING BETTER...KEEP UP THE GOOD THOUGHTS...ALWAYS ON MY MIND EVEN IF ONLY IN MY PRAYER FOR YOUR HEALTH...WE CAN BEAT THIS THING FOR SURE. WE ALL STAND IN AGREEMENT ON THIS.....TELL YOUR DAD MY FAMILY SAYS THANK YOU FOR HIS DEDICATION AND OUR FREEDOM WHEN HE GETS IN TOWN...I SUPPORT THE MILITARY HERE.
OK ALL HOPE YOU ARE WELL....
PEACE & LOVE.....
ONE LOVE..................

GirlyGirl45 said...

Darn, Chris--I would've loved to see your step-touch instruction! Good interview--I love your crack that next season can't possibly be as good because you're not in it. I just heard your Milwaukee interview with Tim Cuprisin--terrific stuff. He's got an easygoing interview style that seems to bring out the best in everyone.

Cathy Storms said...

Carmen, that video is awesome!!!
Chris's song Hero, fits perfect...

GirlyGirl45 said...

Ha! Rickey just put the Cuprisin interview up--just your part and Sanjaya's, bless him. Here's the link if others are interested. Chris is first. http://www.rickey.org/?p=4775

Tawny said...

I can't believe anyone would make a big deal out of what you said. I thought it was funny.. and although you were messing around, it's true! There has never been anyone like you and you made this season much more fun then it would have been. I wish they would've shown you teaching the reporter how to dance, that was probably pretty funny.

Here's a picture of the front of the shirt I wore last night http://a371.ac-images.myspacecdn.com/images01/87/l_5547fa1b8df159952b17ab240b25fe8a.png

GirlyGirl45 said...

Carmen, super Hero video! (and I love the credit at the end to the Core Fan, heehee)

Tawny--that shirt is the cutest! nice job. Very cool that you got to meet Chris, and I'm glad you enjoyed the show and noted everyone's growth since the show.

Carmen said...

Tawny,
Love the pic of you wearing the shirt. Now we just need a pic of Chris wearing his! LOL

Keri said...

Chris - what do you think of Carmens idea to try and get Hero as the theme song for the show Heroes? It would be great exposure!
And it fits amazingly well.

Later
Keri
SIA!

Nique's Nana said...

Chris, in your interview from Girlygirl45's link to ricky.org, you mention that before AI you had done 5 albums. Well, we all know that TACOSB is one of them, what are the other 4, and how would the Fro Patro go about buying them?

LLL said...

for those of you who couldn't watch the omaha interview on that website, i put it up on youtube. :-)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jc8aMx2sfeQ

enjoy.
-LLL

ChrisSligh said...

Hey guys,

I released my first album in 2001. I released it under the pseudonym Berg. The name of the album was Vessel. It was a very acoustic album recorded for free with a friend. The album sounds like crap. It was recorded on a 16-track digital recorder and I used digital drums. It was not a great record. I sold about 3,000 copies of that one. I currently have about 10 copies left. I may at some point re-record some of those songs for special downloads for the fans...but I really think this album should be buried...it is very early Chris Sligh and very, very church-oriented.

I released my 2nd album in 2002. It was under Chris Sligh at this point. The name of the album is Someone Just Like You. This one was aimed at the church, but I moved from straight acoustic music to a little more rocking, though I must admit in listening back, it was still very acoustic driven. It doesn't sound quite as bad as the first record, but it sounds pretty darn bad. I recorded it for way too much money at a local studio in Greenville and got ripped off big time. The producer/engineer oversold his talent. The album has a couple of good ones, but is ultimately pretty crappy. We sold about 2,000 copies.

I've thought about taking the best of the first 2 records and recording them on my own and releasing them for cheap downloads on my website. Let me know what you guys think of that.

Half Past Forever, Part One, recorded an album in Nashville with the producer who I will work on part of my solo album with - a guy named Stephen Leiweke...he went to college with Jars of Clay and produced their indie album. For those who don't know, the original formation of HPF was 2 lead singers - I was the guitar player and 2nd lead guy...the other singer was the frontman. We both wrote (him from piano, me from guitar), and it was a good team. He left the band soon after the album released in 2005. We continued without him. We sold about 5,000 copies of this record. It was self-titled.

Also in 2005, the band recorded B-sides from our Nashville sessions, as well as some new tracks, which we titled (cleverly) Besides... We basically made the album available as a bonus to the actual album for $5 more. We sold about 1,500 of those.

Both of these albums were very church-oriented, but you can find a taste of my current songwriting in the songs on these records. I actually have 2 copies left of Besides... and like 30 copies of the original HPF album.

And of course you know Take a Chance on Something Beautiful. At this point, we've sold about 25,000 copies.

Hope that helps.
Chris

ChrisSligh said...

LLL,

Thanks for putting up that video.

That totally wasn't the guy I taught how to dance...it was a girl!!!

And that was supposed to be a pickup for next season's American Idol! Basically, what stations do is they tell you to read from a script to do pickups for the station. You know..."Hi, I'm Chris Sligh and you're watching Fox 42 the home of American Idol"...usually, interviewers know I'm a dork, so they have me do a regular one and then they tell me to ad lib. This was my ad lib.

I'm such a dork. I thought they'd wait till next season to show it.

It must have been ABC that I taught how to dance.

Chris

LLL said...

It must have been ABC that I taught how to dance.

*sigh* so many networks, so little time. ;-)

thanks for the career recap - interesting stuff.

risalea said...

The download idea sounds like a good one....low cost on both sides, for you and the fan. I, for one, would love to hear some worship music from you. I know that you aren't wanting to be known for that at this point, but your Communion song is so precious to me. I've taken to listening to it early on Sunday mornings to get my mind ready for worship. (we partake in communion each week) Other songs in that genre available for download would be appreciated. Have a great day! Risa

HstryQT said...

That would be really cool to make some of the older songs available for download. It'd be fun to hear more of your musical journey. I agree with Risa that hearing some worship music (via download or whatever other means) would be awesome. Then we could at least pretend that we were lucky enough to be part of your home church congregation. :)

But first things first - I can't wait for the upcoming album!

Lori

Cathy Storms said...

Downloads of some of your earlier music would be really cool. How about something from the exciting Mr.Brown? I think the title is leave the light on????I heard it on myspace & fell in love with that song.

DJ in AL said...

Chris,

Loved the interview up on Rickey.org, it was true blue Sligh and they really gave you some decent time to talk for a change. Great stuff!

Hey, you ever feel like selling any of the earlier albums, I'd love to get them! Course I'm sure I'd have to fight my fellow fro-patroers for them, so maybe that wouldn't work out.

Hope you are having a great week!

Cathy Storms said...

Ill~the youtube video is not working this morning...Could you put it back on? I would love to see it. Thanks

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Tawny said...

It'd be a great idea to make some of your first recordings available. I'm sure most, if not all of your frequent posters would want them. Do any of those 5 albums include the recordings you did with the exciting mr. brown? I wondered if you recorded more than those 4 songs on the myspace. Leave the light on has this kind of country vibe to it (to me) and I really like it. I didn't expect to hear more of a country rock song from you but it's awesome.

Tomorrow I go back home, yuck. I'd rather stay up here in Milwaukee. I'll upload my pictures late tomorrow night when I'm home and post a link for you guys. I'm glad you all like the shirt :) All 6 of the other idols I met (Besides Chris of course) were saying how awesome it was and asked if he had seen it yet.

risalea said...

Today is Aug. 7th and Where in the World is Chris Sligh? Rosemont, IL, a village of over 4000, between Chicago's O'hare Airport and downtown Chicago. Its daytime population and employment base exceeds the actual number of residents, due to the large number of hotels and office buildings in the area.

Tomorrow, Aug. 8th (also my birthday...big #50!) Chris will be in Moline, IL, home of.....drumroll please.....Deere and Company, otherwise known as John Deere! (maybe they can give you the hook-up on some t-shirts, Chris!) Moline's population is over 40,000, but it is one of the Quad Cities, along with Rock Island, and the Iowa cities of Davenport and Bettendorf.

That's it! Risa

gdahimself said...

To Chris,
From GDA,

I guess I need a better working definition of “dork”.
My image of you is something decidedly grander, most interviews have revealed you to be rather thoughtful, when you aren’t having fun and, on occasion, a risk taker going for the laugh.
You sound like you enjoy interviews and the attendant repartee, and are hardly self-conscious.


Do the early albums fully deserve the rather harsh evaluation you give them?
1) They did sell a couple of thousand which are regional sales, if not local, which is something.
2) Given your then skill level were they the best you could do at the time without interference or compromises made or enforced by the producer?

Two artist who were at the mercy of their producer early in their careers commented.
Michael Nesmith on his very early pre-Monkee recordings describes them as “Baby pictures with weird makeup“. Captain Beefheart describes his album “Strictly Personnel” as being “Diamonds in the mud”.

I referred a co-worker to the posted “Communion Song” and he was quite appreciative, for him the church aspect was a plus.

If you do record new versions of past songs for release, it would being interesting if you included the original recording to get a feel of the person you were then and how much growth has occurred since.


Fraudulent interviews:
In addition other interviewees complaining that on air personality wasn’t the person who actually did the interview, I have seen interview discs which give the DJ the option of playing the complete recorded interview and the option of reading the questions from a script and playing the recorded answers.


GDA

PS: do you like your wireless carrier and if so you are they?


To Amanda,

A few music clips to past the time.

Sparks - Music You Can Dance To: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xZbuRY9To1I

Roy Wood - Dear Elaine:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b56WO5ctL8E

Mari Wilson - Cry Me A River: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ghfxKyDznQU

Mari Wilson - Just What I Always Wanted: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hWFPqGLbVa0

Mike Nesmith - Eldorado to the Moon
:http://youtube.com/watch?v=KpOQKUAYZ0w

Sparks - When I’m with You: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZhY0Qiem4XI&mode=related&search
Sparks with Jane Wiedlin: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IZF-ym7tHX8

Roy Wood was the founder of the Move and the Electric Light Orchestra. This song was recorded while the Move was recording their last album “Message from the Country and was becoming ELO, which their first album was recorded during the same sessions. I would of liked to included the song “Forever” but I couldn’t find one with loud enough audio. It got good notices when new. Also the original single has the label check “thanks to Neil Sedaka and Brian Wilson for their influence.

Jane Wiedlin was/is a member of the Go-Go’s, who did “Our Lips are Sealed”

Enjoy, I hope

GDA

GirlyGirl45 said...

Chris, some downloads would be very cool. How churchy is churchy? maybe you could put a little crucifix icon next to the super-churchy ones for us heathens. We would be warned, and I'd probably check 'em out anyway to learn about the Evolution of Sligh.

LLL said...

cathy - the video is working for me at the moment... can you still not get it to play? if you can't, leave me a message over at youtube with your email addy, and i'll send it to you. (it's a small file.)

-LLL

Cathy Storms said...

LLL~thanks & no I can't get any of the ones posted on here to work. Can't get the Gina proprosal either. I'll go over to youtube & leave you a message when I get back from vacation. Taking a small long weekend trip so it will have to wait till I get back.
Thanks so much..

Nique's Nana said...

"I've thought about taking the best of the first 2 records and recording them on my own and releasing them for cheap downloads on my website. Let me know what you guys think of that."

Chris, I'll be first in cyber-line waiting to download!

25,000 copies sold of TACOSB - how cool is that (sayeth the Taco Bell dog - lol)

So happy to read that you and Sarah got some time together, and that you have agreed not to go any longer than 2 weeks without seeing one another. You are the cutest couple.