Monday, November 17, 2008

I'm back

So, I've been conspicuously away from the blog for 12 days.

Hey, no biggie...I'm back.

The Stripped Tour went well.  I'm hoping to make this a yearly thing.  It was a lot of fun - Jon Skaggs, Jason Walker and I bonded and became closer and truly had a great time.

All the shows were cool and I think the story-telling/stripped down arrangements work really well.  I still am in love with the rock show we normally do, but once a year I think it will be cool to do a stripped down thing.

This weekend, I do the gig in memory of Kelsey in Virginia.  She was the girl that passed away in a car accident on the way to our gig in Fredricksburg, VA a while back.  Obviously a sad situation.

I sent the family an mp3 of my song "Faith Begins" and told them the story of how that song came to be: I was in a band called the Chris Sligh band back in 2001-2003.  Joseph Bunn was my keyboard player for the whole time.  The band broke up when all of the guys went to college and at that point I started Half Past Forever with 2 new guys and 2 guys from CSB.  Like 3 months later, Joseph was on his way back up to school at North Greenville (where I finished up) and apparently fell asleep at the wheel.  His car went off the road, he was thrown from the vehicle and was killed.  It was the first person close to me that I dealt with the death of, and I just could not understand why this was happening.  For the first time, I was struggling with questions with God and as I worked through all that stuff, I wrote "Faith Begins" (which is on myspace.com/chrisslighproductions).  The family has asked that I sing the song this weekend, so the band is working it up.

Anyway, life is good.

110 comments:

here i go with all my thoughts said...

Chris-
I read a news article about the concert you put on for Kelsey and I thought it was amazing. After reading this blog I am even more amazed- that song is beautiful. Thanks for the update! <3

Jason said...

I remember driving up on that wreck when Joseph died...we were coming back to N Greenville from a South Carolina football game. What a sad time at North Greenville. I remember when they played that audio clip of his testamony from when he was baptized...powerful...

xangelglitterx said...

YOU KNOW CHRIS,
SO MUCH COULD BE SAID ON THIS... BUT I KNOW ONE THING... THAT GOD PUTS US IN PLACES... JUST AT THE RIGHT TIME...LEARNING TO TRUST IN HIS TIMING AND NOT IN OURS IS A BIG LESSON.I REMEMBERED KELSEY FROM THE BLOG AWHILE AGO. IT IS VERY HUMBLING TO SAY THE LEAST THAT THEY REQUEST YOUR PRESENCE TO PERFORM FOR THEM.
GOD BLESS AND DO IT WELL AS WE KNOW YOU WILL.
PEACE & LOVE.........
ONE LOVE............................

HstryQT said...

My friends from back home in VA have been asking me about this show (since Im obviously the Chris Sligh expert). I know it will mean so much to that community to have you come back for this; and sharing your heart like you have and will do will help heal them immensely, Im sure. It is always such a tragedy when someone so young passes away, especially so suddenly in a car accident. Be safe this weekend.

Danny Teddy and I will actually be driving back to VA the same day you'll be there. Its our first time back home since Teddy was born and our first 10 hour car trip with him. An adventure for sure.

We'll be thinking of you & kelsey's friends and family Saturday night,

Lori

DJ in AL said...

Chris, we missed you!

I love the idea of this concert, it's a lovely thing to do. Instead of melting their faces off I'm guessing you will melt their hearts.

Safe trip to you and the band!

Sending you love and support from DJ in AL!

Cathy Storms said...

Welcome back!! I'm so happy the tour went well.
What a wonderful thing your doing playing for a memorial for Kelsy. It's going to be a very sad thing.
Faith Begins as you know is one of my favorite songs and has so many meanings to me. There won't be a dry eye in the house.
I'm glad your back safe and sound.

kara said...

So good to hear from you again Chris. You have such a big heart and so much compassion for your fans - for all people. You are a great role model!

Hischild said...

Chris,
SO glad to hear of your successful stripped tour and to know you will do it again. Maybe I'll get a chance to go to the next time around.

Wonderful of you to do the benefit for Kelsy. Her family must be so grateful. Faith Begins is a VERY touching song that I love and yes, there won't be a dry eye in the house, I'm sure. Thanks for sharing the story of your friend Joseph. Took me back to the death of Rich Mullins (one of my all time favorite persons) which happened much the same way.
Everyone spread your love to others while you can. Life is fleeting.

risalea said...

So glad to hear that your tour went well. You truly have awesome band members that are not only wonderful musicians, but wonderful gentlemen as well.

"Faith Begins" will bring comfort to Kelsey's family and obviously already has for them to request it. I hope you will include "I'm Ready", another song that speaks of faith and hope for eternity.

My heart aches for Kelsey's family and friends as they continue to deal with her loss, and rejoices that God has used your music to give them peace.

risalea said...

Along the line of bringing comfort to those left behind, I got a message today from Mandy Meames from the Richness board. They are doing something very special for Amanda's mom, Tammy, for Christmas. It costs nothing, just a couple minutes of your time. If you'd like to participate, please shoot me an email at mkismybiz@aol.com and I'll give you the details.

Neanr70 said...

Chris,
I saw your show in Rockford IL after the Ice Hogs game with my nieces and youngest son. We had the best time reminiscing about the show on the way home. We all want to say Thanks for the Memories!! We also want to say THANK YOU for driving all the way to see us!!! You've gained 4 new fans and many more!!! Take care, from the kids in the front row, at their 1st concert!

risalea said...

Welcome neanr70!

ChrisSligh said...

Man, I'm glad you guys stuck around...the stage set up seemed to take forever...we were just ready to rock and it took seemingly forever. So, thanks for your patience....and I'm glad we were able to make some fans!

Chris

Cathy Storms said...

neanr70~How cool that the first concert was Chris and front row...
Welcome to the blog and thanks for the info on the concert...

DJ in AL said...

Neanr70,

Welcome to the blog!


DJ in AL

Bully said...

Hey Neanr70-- I used to live in Rockford! Small world, eh? We miss Highlander grocery so much sometimes...but, I'm grateful for our life here now. It's similar, like living in Pecatonica/Winnebago.
:-)

I would have loved to see the stripped concert. I really prefer a simpler arrangement to stuff. I bet you were terrific, Chris.

Thanks for taking the time to check in, and share about the show for Kelsey.(hugs)

Anonymous said...

Hey Chris-
I heard you sing "Empty Me" live on K-love with John and Sherry. I would love to download the live version of that song. Is it out there for purchase anywhere? I liked it better than the recorded version. Please don't take that negative...it just impacted me differently. It is such a BEAUTIFUL song!!

risalea said...

Hey, anon. If you like that version, you'd probably enjoy this youtube acoustic performance of "Empty Me".

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tmU67sQOkCw

The song lyrics are so pure as is Chris's voice, and the melody so, well, melodic! it lends itself well to acoustic, I think.

DJ in AL said...

Rosalee,

Isn't it your BIRTHDAY? I probably have the day wrong, but my calendar says it's today, so Happy Birthday!!

If I'm wrong, then don't open the card I sent you until the correct day:)

May you have many more!

dj

Cathy Storms said...

Happy Birthday Rosalee!!!

rosalee said...

Thanks, Cathy and DJ!

Yes - today is my day. We're going to Famous Dave's tonight for ribs and free birthday ice cream - just like last year. It should be fun. Of course "Chris" is coming with us. LOL

Cathy Storms said...

Rosalee~have a really great day. I think we're going to Famous Daves for my birthday next week also.
Great minds think alike....

ChrisSligh said...

happy happy birthday...we're so glad you came!
Happy happy birthday, you do the websites with no Pay!!!!

OLAY!!!

Seriously, thanks for all you do Rosalee...Chris Sligh's professional world is much better because of you. And the friendship here on the blog is a great thing!

Thanks and happy birthday!

Chris

Anonymous said...

For Rosalee,

Happy Birthday, may you be showered by blessings !

Shalom


Chris, Great birthday poem...Rosalee's invoice is in the mail.

DJ in AL said...

Chris,

Catchy lyrics!

Tawny said...

Happy Birthday Rosalee!

Amelia turned 9 months and I believe Teddy turned 8 months yesterday, time is flying by.

risalea said...

Greetings from somewhere between Humphrey and England (and I don't mean the one across the pond-on second thought I have passed a few duck ponds! LOL). Happy birthday, Rosalee! Love Famous Dave's-you and Harry have a big time! Uh, Chris, I think our verse writing is rubbing off on you. This is not necessarily a good thing. : ). Heehee. Your kudos to Rosalee are on target--girl, it wouldn't be half as fun without you!! And DJ, I am not texting while driving-I waited until I got to the only restaurant in these parts--Sonic! Later gators.

Carmen said...

Rosalee,
Faithful, kind and always true
Reassuring through and through
Insightful in your wise advice
Enthusiastic, sweet and nice
Noted for your smiling face
Dear Rosalee, no one could take your place

A very Happy Birthday to you today!!

I am glad you are going to take Chris out to Famous Dave's. I took Chris out last weekend and actually had a waitress ask if she could take his picture. Now that was a first. She was so impressed with him. She spent about 15 minutes talking about him. The kicker was she wasn't even the waitress waiting our table. LOL

Anyway, have fun and enjoy your special day.

Carmen

Cathy Storms said...

Love the new look of the blog..

Bully said...

Happy Birthday Rosalee! :-)
Here's a saying for you to put in your pocket--

"Of all happinesses, the most charming is that of a firm and gentle friendship."
~Seneca

Thanks for all you are, and all you do. I hope the year ahead is a blest one.

Carianne said...

whoa! the new blog layout is SWEET

rosalee said...

Thanks, guys for all of your birthday wishes.

Right now I'm eating some very decadent Godiva dark chocolate covered almonds - courtesy of Harry (I also got 2 pair of earrings - lest anyone think he's cheap (lol)).

We just got back from Famous Dave's. Unfortunately, we were given a small booth, so there was no room to prop up "Chris", the way I usually do. We split my free dessert (vanilla ice cream with whipped cream) and ended up bringing home about half of our "Feast for Two". I counted at least three other people who also had a birthday there tonight.

Anyway, thanks, again.

DJ in AL said...

Cool new look for the blog, dig the pic!

risalea said...

Wow, I like it! Way to go, Chris!

Glad you had a good birthday, Rosalee!

Carrie said...

Rosalee,
I hope you had a happy birthday! Mmm, Godiva sounds yummy right about now. Tell Harry I said hello! :)

New blog layout is cool!

Hischild said...

Just now checking in and see that in Phx it is a few minutes PAST Rosalee's birthday! Well, I hope it was a VERY happy one, Rosalee.
Never heard of Famous Dave's. Guess he can't be THAT famous.
But looks like he's a nice guy if he gives out free desserts! Glad you've got some leftover to carry into Friday.
And may I ditto the thanks for all the upkeep on the fansite.

Cool new look here. I likey!

Sweet dreams everyone.

EmilyBoo said...

Happy belated birthday Rosalee!

Chris, I'm glad to hear the tour went well. I hope you can bring the stripped tour to the Detroit area next year!
I'm sure the concert this weekend will be a blessing to Kelsey's loved ones.

risalea said...

Clarissa--

You may not have heard of Famous Dave's, but you've had their food. They were our picnic caterer this summer!

Hischild said...

Risa,
Now I remember. I *did* notice that. Just didn't stick in my memory. I thought it was just a great local BBQ caterer.
I should start petitioning the company to open in my neck of the woods - er...desert.

BTW, sounds like you were near Stuttgart the other day? The town of all my childhood summer vacations. I don't recall a Humphrey near there though. Maybe its sprung up in the 30 years since I've been gone. :o)

risalea said...

Girl, I was not too far from Stuttgart, and was actually there twice in the last week and a half, doing a review and a technical assistance visit. Duck capital of the world!

risalea said...

Chris, prayers for a great concert in Kelsey's memory this weekend and that lots of money will be raised for the projects that carry on in her name.

risalea said...
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risalea said...

I'm sorry, I'm not meaning to be a blog hog, but just wanted to remind y'all one more time of the St. Jude marathon/walk that Amanda's mom, Tammy, will be participating in on Dec. 6th. The deadline for donations to be credited to their team is Monday, so please consider going to this link and helping them out. Her team (Tammy's donations and others) have a $1000 goal and they've raised $845. (click the "view team" link on the page below to see their totals) If you can help put them over the top, that would be awesome!

https://waystohelp.stjude.org/sjVPortal/public/displayUserPage.do?programName=heroes&eventId=4454&userId=16666

Nique's Nana said...

Wow, I wasn't expecting a new look to your blog - it's great!

Cathy Storms said...

Chris~safe travels for your show in Kelsey's honor.

Badpacifist said...

Happy Birthday Rosalee!!!!!!

rosalee said...

Thanks, Randy!

And thanks for the birthday cards, DJ and Cathy!

I'm going to my GREAT niece's two year old birthday party tonight. Gee - maybe I shouldn't admit that. I don't feel old, but I must be old!

risalea said...

Rosalee-You're notold--obviously your great niece has VERY young parents and grandparents! ; )
And I thought it might be interesting in light of these falling gas priced (at least until inauguration day! LOL) to ask the question; "how much will it cost for Chris to fill up in your town when he comes for a show?". Here at the NLR Kroger's-1.48/gal, a penny cheaper than it was here right before Katrina. Amazing!

Cathy Storms said...

Gas is $2.25 here in Southern California. Although I heard it is under $2.00 in parts of San Diego.

rosalee said...

Yep. It's $2.25 on Long Island, too. A couple of weeks ago I got a fillup for home heating oil. It was $2.71 a gallon. What I don't understand is that exactly 2 years ago, when the price of crude was also around $60.00 a barrel, it was $2.31 a gallon. Hmmmm. The middlemen got an extra 17% somehow....

Anonymous said...

Per your twitter, so glad to hear Kelsey's show went well. What a blessing for her family and friends, as well as for you and the band. The real blessing is in giving, isn't it? Have a great Sunday, friend! .

bmorebamma said...

hello everyone just stopptd by to wish everyone and theirs a happy and safe turkey day.

risalea said...

bmorebamma, what's up? You need to come round more often!

DJ in AL said...

$1.86 at our local Exon, which I thought was fabulous! I didn't know Kroger sold gas, that's weird.

DJ in AL

risalea said...

For some unknown reason, Sherwood, AR is the mecca for cheap gas these days...it's a little higher all around us. Hey, I didn't know Kroger sold gas, either. This store has been here forever, and just added the gas pumps in the last year. And I found out the Sinclair on Kiehl had it for 1.39!!!!

chamilton said...

Hello Everybody!!!!
i have been reading just not blogging. So Here in Wichita gas is 1.67 today. Happy late Birthday Rosalee. I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving. And a passing thought.. Am I the only one who already has the tree up????? Kinda been taking some heat on this but that's okay it looks really good and I like it so. Take care


Candy

Cathy Storms said...

Candy~I've been bugging my hubby to put ours up but he is making be wait till after Thanksgiving. grrr....
I am ready to put it up and be in the Christmas spirit...

chamilton said...

just seeing if the picture I added worked.

risalea said...

It's Birthday Time! Happy Birthday, Cathy! (as per my usual late self when it comes to dates, the card's in the mail!)

I would compose a ditty, but I have company coming for an early Thanksgiving and let's just say I'm running a tad behind!

Candy, you are way better than me....I am lucky to get my tree up the weekend after Thanksgiving. I kind of like waiting, though. Thanksgiving is one of my fave holidays, so want to give it its due. Seeing all the homes on the League's Holiday Home Tour last weekend has got me in the spirit, though!

Chris, since we know you are not a turkey and dressing fan, what's on your menu for Thursday? (I still say, cook your turkey in one of those Reynold's cooking bags...it is moist and will give you a whole new perspective on your bird. Or try one deep fried...I've heard they are moist and delicious, but I've never had it that way myself.)

Later, friends! Have a great day, Cathy!

Hischild said...

Cathy,
Just wanted to chime in and wish you a GREAT birthday also. May it be one that is free of doctors and needles and waiting and all manner of unpleasantness.
Love,
~clarissa

DJ in AL said...

Happy, Happy Birtday dear Cathy! I echo Clarissa's wish.

Love you!

P.S. Risa, my card made it in time, nanner, nanner, nanner!

Gas down to $1.71 as of yesterday in AL.

Cathy Storms said...

Thank you so much for the birthday wishes...

rosalee said...

Happy Birthday, Cathy!
Be on the lookout for my e-card....

chamilton said...

Happy Birthday Cathy!!!!!
Fried turkey is the BOMB!!!!

Cathy Storms said...

I got it Rosalee~Thank you so much. Tell Harry thanks also.
I've been singing that song all morning....

Carmen said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY CATHY!!!!!!!!
We're not really sisters
But we/re sisters of the heart
And nothing shall ever
Tear our friendship apart


They say that gems are priceless
And I guess that is true
But our friendship is PRICELESS
I can't imagine life without you.


Many Happy Birthday wishes for you today!!
Carmen

EmilyBoo said...

Happy birthday Cathy!

Gas is $1.58 at costco here in Michigan, and I am ecstatic about it!

TJ said...

Hey Chris,

Not sure if you recall, but I am good friends with the Rood family (ie-Dan) and met you at Covington a few years back. You taught me how to play some Bebo Norman (Hammer Holds). My wife and I watched our only season of Idol when you were on and even got to the tour in Allentown PA... Just wanted to let you know that your journey has been an encouragement. Thanks for the music!

risalea said...

DJ-Showoff! : )

OK, creativity cannot be squelched...here's my contribution....

There's a California girl we love
We're just like a hand in a glove,
So I won't leave you guessing,
It's like turkey with dressing,
A friendship was made from above.

You're right, I should go back to cleaning house and cooking. Later! : )

Cathy Storms said...

You guys rock and make me smile...
Thanks for all the slimericks..or as I like to call them "Slighisims"

DJ in AL said...

Risa,

Nanner, nanner, nanner!

I love you too:)

Your sista!

gdahimself said...
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gdahimself said...

Happy Birthday Cathy!

When did the mailing and arrival of Birthday cards become a competitive event?

The local report on gas prices.
presently $1.92, but if you pay cash $1.83.

Put up a Christmas tree before Thanksgiving rather makes this holiday a season.

DJ in AL said...

GDA,

You don't have siblings do you?
Everything is a competition between sistas!

risalea said...

GDA, sistas are always competitive. LOL When is your b'day, btw?

Ok, it's on to my Rachel Ray green bean dish!

risalea said...

OK, DJ, that is TOO weird...I didn't see your comment until I uploaded mine. We really WERE separated at birth!

Excuse our chit-chat. Chris Sligh, where are you, we need a subject matter! : )

DJ in AL said...

"Too weird" actually describes us to a T.

New topic please.................

risalea said...

FYI--for anyone out there reading this planning on going to see Chris with Newsong in Paragould, AR on Dec. 3....I just got an email from itickets that they had the time wrong...doors open at 5:30...show starts at 6:30.

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Nique's Nana said...

Wishing Chris and Sarah, and all the FroPatro gang a very blessed and happy Thanksgiving!

gdahimself said...

A song we've sung in school at Thanksgiving.

We gather together

We gather together to ask the Lord's blessing;
he chastens and hastens his will to make known;
the wicked oppressing now cease from distressing:
sing praise to his Name, he forgets not his own.

Beside us to guide us, our God with us joining,
ordaining, maintaining his kingdom divine;
so from the beginning the fight we were winning:
thou, Lord, wast at our side: all glory be thine!

We all do extol thee, thou leader triumphant,
and pray that thou still our defender wilt be.
Let thy congregation escape tribulation:
thy Name be ever praised! O Lord, make us free!

source: http://www.oremus.org/hymnal/w/w078.html
Background: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/We_Gather_Together

risalea said...

Haven't sung it in school, but have in worship. A nice traditional hymn.

We are heading out early to Jonesboro to go to my mother-in-law's in the AM. I hope everyone has a marvelous and blessed Thanksgiving, full of family and friends. Chris, enjoy the day with Sarah, and hope you are also surrounded by loved ones.

And if you dare to get out in the wee hours of Friday morning....be careful out there, people! : )

DJ in AL said...

Happy Day before Thanksgiving to my fellow fro patroers!

After a day spent in the kitchen today I have come to the realization that the idea of cooking a traditional Thanksgiving meal is alot more fun than the actual doing! Next year I buy it all pre-made!

I hope everyone has a wonderful and safe day tomorrow! If you travel, may God go with you! I hope everyone has many, many things to be grateful for and are surrounded by those you love!

Chris & Sarah, may you have a blessed and peaceful day!

Love to all from an exhausted DJ in AL!

rosalee said...

Well, we can't have Thanksgiving without the traditional Arlo Guthrie and Alice's Restaurant:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b8DtpdXZi0M

Enjoy!

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Cathy Storms said...

Hope everyone has a safe and blessed Thanksgiving.

Deb in TN said...

Chris, glad you enjoyed the Stripped tour (wish I could've caught a performance) and made it back safely.....touching to hear about the Kelsey concert...I don't know how you do it--sing an emotionally charged song without breaking down....you truly have a gift as a messenger....

Want to say Happy Belated Birthday to the ladies who celebrated cake and candles recently....I heard the Fire Department was called to one of the celebrations up in the NY area, but I don't know, that could just be rumor.....

Happy Thanksgiving to Chris and all....Safe travels to all of you that may be traveling this Holiday period.....

And yes, Chris....life is good.....I love to hear that from you.

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gdahimself said...

Alice's Restaurant words By Arlo Guthrie:
http://www.arlo.net/resources/lyrics/alices.shtml

A Tribute To Officer Obie: http://www.arlo.net/obie.shtml

“Did you ever stop and wonder where you might be were it not for Officer Obie? After all, if it weren't for Obie, Arlo may not have written Alice's Restaurant. If Arlo never wrote Alice's Restaurant…”

Arlo’s Thought of the Day:
"So now our fruit has finally come to fall, and time has ripened this eternal moment for us all. The shadows filled with former fears are swept away as if the howling winds of night have ceased to play before the dawn's early light." - ADG

Source - Home page for Arlo.net; he Official Arlo Guthrie Website:
http://www.arlo.net/

Alice’s Church is now
The Guthrie Center at the Old Trinity Church
4 Van Deusenville Road
Great Barrington, MA 01230
(413) 528-1955
http://www.guthriecenter.org/

Arlo Guthrie - Alices Restaurant "Reprise" (Farm Aid 1987);
A humorous account of events since the release of “Alice’s Restaurant” and just the song not the full massacre.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rQKNOLMISIg&feature=related

xangelglitterx said...

OK PEEPS:
SINCE NO THANKSGIVING BLOG SET UP TODAY...I AM WISHING YOU ALL A
HAPPY THANKSGIVING WITH BIG SQUISHY HUGS ALL AROUND...HOPE ALL WHO TRAVEL HAVE SAFE RETURNS...TO ALL WHO ARE HERE AND FAR AWAY GOD BLESS.
TO ALL THOSE WHO ARE NEW...WELCOME AND PEACE BE WITH YOU ALL...GOTTA RUN TURKEY NEEDS BASTING.....
PEACE & LOVE.....
ONE LOVE...............

Hischild said...

OH MY GOSH!!!!!
Was just watching Macy's Parade. David Archuleta sang and then on the very next float comes.....
RICK ASTLEY singing Never Gonna Give You Up!!!! (And he didn't look one bit dusty).
Was this just out of this world coincidence or did Chris has something to do with the planning of the 2008 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade??!!!

Happy Thanksgiving to you all. I am thankful for Chris, this journey, this blog, all you good Fro friends and for the fact that our electricity was restored this morning. My turkey was only delayed 90 minutes! Whew!

risalea said...

Hope everyone had a great day! I had such a great day, I need to find the closest Weight Watcher's meeting tomorrow!!

Off to bed....got to do my part to stimulate the economy in the early AM. Gotta' love a patriot.

risalea said...

Per Clarissa's posting, for those of you who missed it...(like me!)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JAPLip-FMyE

Thanksgiving is now complete. : )

Night!

Carrie said...

Hahaha, Rickrolled!

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving! I spend it with my dad, uncle, grandma and sister.. (my mom had work) and it was kinda emotional. It's been almost a year since my grandpa passed so my grandma cried during grace. It makes me thankful for those I still have. You're all in my hearts! I'm sorry I'm not around too much -- I have a big senior thesis project I'm working on for school so I've been working my butt off! Ahhh!

DJ in AL said...

Hey fro fellow patroers! Hope everyone did their part to get the economy back on track today! Not sure how much I truly got accomplished but it was a good day. Didn't witness any bad behavior today, which is pretty unbelievable. Lines were long in some places, not so long in others. I'm interested in what the analysts will say about sales today.

Off for some Mexican, sick, sick of turkey!

Happy shopping, oh, and I need good vibes tomorrow for my AU Tigers, we are likely gonna beat and rather soundly, but all I'm asking for is a respectful showing. War Eagle!

Sending you love from a shopping weary, turkey eating DJ in AL!

DJ in AL said...

Er, meant to say fello fro patroers....did I mention I got up at 2:45 a.m.?..................

risalea said...

Oh, I just thought you were drinking again. : ) Heehee I know the feeling, sista' DJ. I keep looking at the clock, thinking it must be bedtime I got up so early.

And what about them Hogs! WHOOOO, PIG SOOIE!

Chris, we know you're out there somewhere! Hope you are having a good holiday weekend!

Tawny said...

I hope everyone had a nice Thanksgiving. Ours was special being Amelia's 1st but other than that it was the usual watching football (bad games this year!), eating & hanging out.

Carrie, I can't believe it's been almost a year since he passed already :(

chamilton said...

Hello All,
I thought I would take a break from wrapping gifts to check in and see how everybody's holiday went. I am happy too see that everybody seems to of had a wonderful holiday and yes girls, I did my part to stimulate the economy as well. I don't think it would be Thanksgiving if I did not go shopping with my mom and grandma on Black Friday even though we did not do the 5 a.m. thing this year like usual but we got out there and with the exception of a little road rage on my part everybody seemed to be in good spirits. I hope for everybody safe travels where ever you are going and whatever you are doing. Carrie you are in my thoughts. The first year after losing somebody is rough. Take care everybody I have to get back to the wrapping.

Candy

DJ in AL said...

Oh the agony of defeat, my poor AU Tigers ended a dismal season, well, dismally. Oh well, we'll get 'em next year! Go Hogs!

Chris, dude, I know it's no big deal you being MIA and all, but we need something new to talk about, how 'bout throwing us a bone?

risalea said...

Candy, you are good, girl! I got quite a bit of shopping done, and a little more to go. My husband and I have a deal...I shop and he wraps. And he is SO much better than I am...he does those little military precise corners, and left up to me, well, just throw me a bag and some tissue!

Carrie, thoughts and prayers with you and yours. I've posted before about how Thanksgiving was always a special holiday with my dad and he passed away between Thanksgiving and Christmas, so this time of year is always very poignant.

DJ, started to call you during the game, but thought better of it. Tried to talk Gaylon into calling, but he was too scared. LOL Oh, well, the Hogs have had their moments all season...that's what happens in a rebuilding year.

I'm excited to get to see Chris and company in Paragould on Wed. night. I hope my friend, Cindy, goes with me...don't mind driving by myself, but hate coming back that late alone, and it's about a 2hour, 45 min. trip. Also excited to get to see Amanda's mom, Tammy, and her BF Lindsay who are coming from Jonesboro/Bono.

That's it! Later, friends.

Cathy Storms said...

Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving weekend. I can't believe it has come and gone already.

Carrie~Your in my thoughts and prayers. I know how tough it is during the holidays when you lose someone.

Risa~Gaylon wraps for you? My hubby wraps like Gaylon does but he only does my gifts and thats okay with me. I always have the prettiest presents under the tree. He can take up to an hour wrapping one present.
I'm so excited for you that you get to go see Chris on Wednesday. Be sure and give Tammy and Lindsay and big hug and hello from me.

DJ in AL said...

Risa, you big chicken! Eh, what can you do? The papers were brutal this a.m., gotta take our lumps. It's gonna be a long 364 days until next year. AL fans never forget, not for a moment! Hey, I didn't know you were gonna see Chris next week, cool! Have fun and stay awake on the road!

What a great week this has been, Monday is gonna be super hard!

Carmen said...

Hey all,
Glad that everyone had a good Thanksgiving. I did my part to stimulate the economy. I am like you Candy, in that I went later this year. Still had fun and got most everything.

So we need a new topic. How about Gina's new song "Taking the Keys"? If you haven't listen to it yet, you can check it out at her website www.rocktheglock.com. Just go to the music section and give it a listen. Also check her blog titled new music. She gives a big thanks to Chris. She also mentions another song she will have up soon titled "When Did You Go". I love her new song! I am planning on catching her and Blake next weekend in Sarasota. I hope she does this song. It is really great! BTW-- Chris did you write any songs for Gina or did you mostly work with producing some stuff for her?? Just wondering.

Carmen

rosalee said...

Hey Carmen -

"Taking the Keys" has Sligh written all over it musically. He co-wrote that song. I think it's a decent song. Also, refer back to his Oct 16th blog entry where he talks about writing with Gina and writing "When Did You Go" with Jeff Spence. He said that Gina recorded that song, too. I can see her doing that one. I hope she comes to New York with the rest of the Idols Mania Live cast.

risalea said...

Rosalee, you probably saw this, but Gina mentions playing at Idols Live in Florida on Dec. 6th, and that there will be other dates after the New Year, so maybe she will be coming your way.

rosalee said...

Risa -

Yes - this is the link:

http://celebrityeventsgroup.com/idol.html

EmilyBoo said...

I rememeber many months ago, Chris had up "When Did You Go" on his production myspace. I can't wait to hear Gina sing it!

rosalee said...

I see on MJ's the Idol Mania Live date on Dec 6th in Sarasota, FL has been postponed....

http://mjsbigblog.com/idol-appearances/

I hope this doesn't turn into something like the Branson, MO fiasco.

Anonymous said...

Is the Christmas EP coming out this year? It's getting late in the season.