Category Archives: Rhythm of the Soul

“Music speaks what cannot be expressed, soothes the mind and gives it rest, heals the heart and makes it whole, flows from heaven to the soul.”

Music Monday – Proud Mama Moment

Yea, I know this is going out on Tuesday but Monday was busy so I’m getting this up while there’s barely a Music Monday left but I have decided to send it out Tuesday when people are more likely to be, I don’t know, AWAKE?

I had A LOT of live music this weekend: Saturday night was Mosteller, Matt Maher, Warren Barfield with Brandon Heath and it was AWESOME!! I have to say, though, that my favorite live music moment was Friday at a young “up-and-comer’s” debut concert and CD release. Noah Back, a young friend of ours, rarely comes to our house without his guitar and Natalie has been known to tote her bass & amp over to his house OR they both drag their instruments and mic over to my FIL’s and have great fun  with Elvis, John Denver, Flogging Molly, 4 Non-Blondes and a plethora of other artists.  One of my favorites the “kids” sing is The Civil Wars’ Tip of My Tongue.

SO, when Noah surprised us by asking Jillian to join him onstage, I was thrilled! Jillian has such a rich, sweet voice. Yea, I loved this!

What’s not shared is lost,

Michelle

Music Monday – Rise Up

So on Wednesday after a discouraging election, I got online and hit Twitter. Twitter does provide information, laughs and conversation but what I needed I found via Matt Maher. A simple blog post for November 7. A couple of Scripture passages. I found encouragement and then I found the challenge, the call – his video for Rise Up. There are some who don’t understand why some of us see dark days ahead. Don’t worry, you will. Then you will need encouraged and empowered to push through. Come back here and join the rest of us in rising up with Mr. Maher.

Thank you and God bless you Matt Maher!

What’s not shared is lost,

Michelle

Music Monday – I Need a Miracle

My favorite band, Third Day, releases their newest album, Miracle, tomorrow.  We were tickled to get a preview in July when we went on the Third Day Alaskan cruise and have been anxiously awaiting the release!  When the song, I Need a Miracle, was introduced on the cruise, we were given the background that inspired the song. I cried, my friends cried, those who didn’t choked back the tears. There are folks whose struggle is so great, they buckle under the pressure. Without hope of a miracle, they (we) lose sight of the miracles surrounding us and the promise that God will bring us through. Jeremiah 29:11 says, “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.'” God provides. We just need reminded. I am grateful the men of Third Day, and others like them, allow God to speak through them to give hope.

Here’s the story behind the song, I Need a Miracle:

And, grab your tissues, the song:

Yowza, right?

Having listened to the new CD in its entirety…many times….over and over again,  let me do the decision-making for you – you are gonna want to get a copy and a few for Christmas gifts. In my best “Radio”, “Dat’s a good one!” www.thirdday.com

“Where words fail, music speaks.”

What’s not shared is lost,

Michelle

Music Monday – Mac Powell and the Backsliders!!

Being as that this Friday will find me in Indianapolis at the Old National Deluxe Theatre then on Saturday in Fort Wayne at the Neon Armadillo, AND being as that I am completely stoked about meeting up with friends to see Mac Powell doing his country thang at said venues, it is my responsibility, nay, my privilege to encourage the listening to of his incredible debut country cd, the purchasing of said cd and various fanphanalia, and attending a concert or two. I already know that I can anticipate concert excellence since Mr. Powell is the lead singer of my favorite band, Third Day, and I have been attending shows since 1997 so trust me, you don’t want to miss it!

Joining Mac as the The Backlsiders  are Jason Hoard, Brandon Coker, Heath Balto, Andrew Amerson and Matthew Bailey. (BTW, Jason has been touring with Third Day and is one of the most gifted musicians and one of the friendliest guys you’ll ever meet!) After watching videos from this past weekends kick-off shows, I’m even more excited!

This gets me “right there.”

This isn’t on the cd but I love Tom Petty & I love this!

I would love to post videos for all of the songs I REALLY like from the CD but this post would become REALLY long so just one more. I REALLY, REALLY  like Mississippi! Wearing this one out!

I was going to stop there but this is one of my favorite songs….ever:

June Bug, This Ain’t No Hobby, Julia Ann, Saturday Night, Do You Love Me….folks, I am pretty picky about the country I listen to. I can’t leave a country radio station on for long because most of it is lame IMHO. Even if I weren’t already a fan of Third Day, I would love this music. IF I had the chance to hear about it, that is, because, from what I understand, radio stations have this thing about the musicians they play being on certain labels or whatever. To that, I say, “Whateva!” If the music is good, you should play it and quit wearing out that generic nonsense. I’m just thankful I DO know about this awesomesauce country music and I’m sure others will appreciate finding out what their new favorite country artist is, too, so spread the word. That is all. You’re welcome.

Go to the website… NOW:

Concert dates are on the site – you’re welcome again.

Have a great Monday!

What’s not shared is lost,

Michelle

Pre-Cruise Seattle Adventures Day 2

Day 1 provided adventure enough but Friday brought more as well as the first wave of friends to hook up with. The pre-cruise anticipation was heightened by having Gomers arrive to meet up with.

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This has A LOT of pics, I know. I’ll try to do the others in smaller bites. There was just too much fun going on!

What’s not shared is lost,

Michelle

Third Day 20th Anniversary Cake – Part 2

Visit HERE for Part 1.

So…our kitchen took me back to the days when my walls were plastered with posters of my favorite bands.

Work commences on the “Revelation PRS”:


Cakes like this really trash the kitchen. Just sayin’.
For the wood grain on the Fender bass head, I made a “vodka paint.” No worries, folks; it evaporates completely and leaves no flavor.  In fact, it evaporates so fast, it kept drying out in my bowl. For the metallic hardware, we started with the edible spray paint but was not satisfied with the results so we made paint out of vodka and luster dust. 
Alrighty – that’s all I have time for. I just wanted to try and get some more in while I had a breather.
Have a great week!
What’s not shared is lost.
God bless,
Michelle

Something had to give

Got saw fit to add a couple of plates to the collection I was already spinning so rather than watch them all come crashing down, I had to take a few down so I could keep all of my plates spinning. One thing that had to go was this blog. I’ve posted more than once about how I want to get busy writing again but business and/or tiredness kept pushing the writing aside. Just when I thought I was back in the groove, I committed to something else. At least this time, it was a conscious decision to set the blog aside while I focus on the project at hand rather than plain ol’ procrastination. That mission was accomplished so I’m back trying to pick up where I left off but it’s been awhile! Other things that had to go: laundry staying caught up, planned menus, and sleep. I was drinking coffee to stay up late and so it would wake me up in the early a.m. So, trying to kick it back in gear is like starting from scratch. For now, I’ll just share what I’ve been up to that’s been so time-consuming in addition to being hit hard with some freak health condition that left me laid up. Our working theory is that some new meds triggered gout or arthritis or  whatever-itis. I’m still going through tests so we’re not sure what’s going on. But what satan meant for evil, God used for good. Just when I was down to a deadline, I had no choice but to sit and git r dun – it hurt to move! Heck, it hurt my finger to click my mouse! (And, I confess, I have been quite the whiner). Point being, I needed to focus on the task at hand and the many hats I wear that often distract me were held at bay.

The project I needed to complete was a 100 page scrapbook with entries from about 50 folks from all over the country and one or two from Brazil. It was a privilege to be able to compile this:

It took three months to complete but it was a whole heck of a lot of fun, too! Using CD covers for backgrounds with the Gomer “trademark” orange making its appearance throughout gave plenty of inspiration. If you’d like to peruse the pages, you can check out this link.

You’ll have to register and log in to see the scrapbook. If you’re reading this and you don’t know what the scrapbooks were for, you don’t know me very well or you’ve been hiding under a rock. The scrapbooks were for this.

I’ll post about the adventure we had as soon as I’m able. Besides catch-up on my blog, I’m catching up on laundry, businessy stuff (bills, quotes, marketing, website, etc.), housecleaning, etc. Thanks for checking to see if I’m still breathing in the blogosphere. I hope to be back soon! What’s not shared is lost, Michelle

Can’t Help Falling in Love with You

It’s Music Monday!

I love the Piano Guys. I love Elvis. I love this.

Enjoy the goosebumps!

Michelle

 

I Got A Feeling!

Well, I had a feeling. I had a “feeling” in January that I would be going to the Third Day concert in Lexington in March. As the time drew near, it was NOT looking good. I was hoping to take Ben and Noah as I knew I would be taking Jillian and Natalie on a road trip in May and wanted to spend some “hang-out time” with them. Gas prices being what they are and deposit on a cruise being what it is, I had pretty much given up hope but I still felt like I was suppose to go.  As it turned out, the boys were invited to an Air Soft War the same weekend and they would much rather go shoot and be shot than tag along with me to a concert so I asked Craig if he wanted to go. OF COURSE he wanted to go but he couldn’t get off and was still concerned about the cost. Last Wednesday, two days before the concert, I got an email from Merchandise X saying they needed help with A-team (my preference). My only hope for even being able to be admitted to the concert was working merchandise as it was a sold-out show and you get a free ticket when you work merchandise. You also get a t-shirt. Sweet deal. That same day, my dear Gomer friend, Robyn from Detroit, called about going to the show with me and splitting gas.  God cares about the little things. Especially me because I’m His favorite.

The next day, Robyn was crashing at my place and Friday morning we were up and on our way before dawn. I love road trips! We worked merchandise together before at the Ft. Wayne concert and we make a pretty darn good team. It’s work but it’s fun and a “relaxing productivity.” We were just starting to get busy when some goofball came out on the balcony walkway over the foyer and started singing opera or something to us. I looked up to see who the weirdo making me laugh was and it was Tai Anderson. He he he….

After working, Robyn and I hung out a bit and debated on whether we wanted to risk giving up our sweet parking place. The threat of rain said, “You know, if you walk to get lunch, I’m going to dump buckets on you.” So we drove and it just drizzled. We ate at J.J. McBrewster’s, some mighty fine barbecue! Our table greeted us with this:

We were so humored, we bought a bottle for Mac.

The pulled BBQ Pork with fixins was DE-lish! We were so stuffed!

After lunch, we returned to Quest Community Church to find that our ringmaster, Lisa, did in fact, need more help which we were happy to provide.  After that, the crowds started to arrive and the Wired wristbands were being distributed. That was another treat – our Wired membership expired in December and we can’t afford to renew just yet. I had resigned myself to just going to the concert – that was enough for me! Robyn had mentioned that she was pretty sure we could figure something out but the thought occurred to me that I have wonderful friends called Gomers and I knew several were going to the Lexington concert.  I posted on the FB page asking if anyone going with a family membership could add  me as a friend. NatiGrl Gomer  came to the rescue so I was able to go the Meet & Greet, too! Thanks so much Natalie!

Q & A time!

It was great to see several friends there and to partake in the Q & A and M & G.  The guys are so genuine and a joy to be around. They really are some of the friendliest people and, though some M&Gs are crazy like Friday due to large crowds, that they take the time to visit with as many of their fans as possible shows just what gents they are.

Mark Lee, Doctor of Musicology, and myself

"Gomer up!" Nails orange? Check. Orange shirts? Check

Orange phones? Check.

Oops! Forgot to include a pic of the toenails! I love Robyn. She's crazy.

After the M & G, we went to the auditorium, and it was packed.  We just “so happened” to sit just across the aisle from the DeChants, dear friends we met a Third Day concert some time ago. They are sweethearts and I was SO happy to see them! Another Gomer, Chelsie & her mom sat with us. Gomers behind us. Worshiping together was tremendous!

Trevor Morgan - if you don't have his CD, get it. Now. Trust me.

My first Matt Maher experience - won't be my last! So jazzed he will be on the Third Day cruise, too!

They take the stage. Third Day - nuff said.

Robyn had led the way to seats that “just so happened” to be where the guys parked their acoustic set (which I had forgotten about). I’m tellin’ ya, I’m God’s favorite.

SO, we were treated, not only to front row, they also played Love Song which I had requested on Twitter. Whether that’s the reason they decided to add it to the set list or not, who cares? They played it and it was Goosebump-worship-time!

This was the next best thing to being in front row. Just sayin’.

God of Wonders with Matt Maher!

As if I had not been spoiled enough, there was an after-show acoustic concert with Nigel (he sure knows what to do with a harmonica), Matt Maher, Trevor Morgan and Mac.  It was incredible! I got a feeling, alright: that I’m God’s favorite. Have I mentioned that?

Third Day rocked the house. But more than that, I was lost in worship during this concert. The fellowship, singing and dancing – that’s what I was needing after being over-extended and overwhelmed for way too long. God knew that. I “had a feeling” He knew what I needed.

If you’ve never been to a Third Day concert, you don’t know what you’re missing. You also have to go to at least one to be qualified to make fun of how psycho us Gomers are about our band. Then…you’ll be one of us and find yourself making fun of yourself for being so psycho! Besides….

I got a feeling we’re going to have a fantabulous time in Raleigh when we gather with  Gomers for a big partay! (FYI for those not in the know, I Got a Feeling is a Third Day song, just in case you didn’t figure that out.)

What’s not shared is lost,

Michelle

It Pays To Be A Third Day Fan

After Friday’s Third Day concert in Ft. Wayne, I stayed to help with merchandise pack up. I had been awake since 4:30am as I drove up to the venue to be a part of the unload/set-up merchandise team. Point being, I was tired. So, sometime between 12:30 and 1 a.m., I was cruising along in a zombie-like state and realized I had failed to reset my cruise control after leaving the 65 mph zone when I saw the flashing blue lights on the car driving by turn on. He turned around to “come get me” – I was already pulling over. I was busted. I’ve never had a ticket for speeding. I was pulled over ONCE 22 years ago but only because the boat-on-wheels called a Volare that I was used to driving was out of commission and we had borrowed my brother-in-law’s very nice, newer car with incredible pick-up! The officer had been merciful. (I just wanted you to know that I don’t make a habit out of speeding).

Here’s where I need to mention that I had just put my new Third Day bumper sticker on our catering van (much to my husband’s dismay) THAT morning!

I pulled out my driver’s license and registration and waited. He came to the passenger side window. As I handed him the needed items, I said, “Sorry -forgot to change my cruise control.” He looked at my license, called in my numbers, then the following conversation transpired:

As the officer glanced back at my bumper – “You a Third Day Groupie?” (Groupie- cute)

I answered, “Yes, sir.”

“On your way home from the concert?”

“Yes, sir.”

“How was the concert?”

A perplexed Michelle answered, “Awesome! Thank you.”

“Alright, when this comes back clear, I’m gonna let you go.”

(Seriously????I was going 70 in a, um, NOT 70 zone!)

Response received, he said,

“Alright, slow down and be safe.”

“Thank you so much!”

No kidding, folks!!! I got pulled over by a Third Day fan! How incredibly cool is that??

I was awake and thanking God after that. 

What’s not shared is lost.

Michelle