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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

Make Your Home a Haven Challenge

I just wanted to take a minute and share this challenge with the ladies. It’s from the Women Living Well Blog and I’m going to take a breath once a week to do this. I thought maybe someone else out there would like to as well. Just click on the button and you’ll be magically transported to the challenge.

 

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

Third Day 20th Anniversary Cake Part 3

Several folks had asked for close up shots  and pics of us making this cake via Facebook and Twitter so that’s why I’m taking the time to journal the making of said cake with more detail than I usually would. It was an especially fun cake to do so I don’t mind a bit. Having several family members contribute to the creation of this edible work of art makes the memory worth keeping so I’m happy to “scrapbook” this here. I have a lot of pics so I’m not going to try to put it all in one post – you have stuff to do and other blogs to read.

If you missed it, visit Part 1 and Part 2 then you’ll be caught up to speed.

First of all, we had to make Cake Pops for some Gomers who have heard about them and have seen our photos of them. We also like to take some for Lott, the tour manager, as he seems to like them quite a bit. If he’s just faking it for our  sake, he’s doing a good job. We’ve learned that the band doesn’t usually get the treats folks bring them (bummer since that’s one of our “love languages!”) but Lott acts like he’s going to steal them when we bring them. SO, we gave him his own and the band got stuck with cake.

FINISHING THE CAKE BEFORE TRANSPORTING

I forgot to include the cake board when I started this. One of our signature elements: folks get a kick out of serving out cake to discover a message or picture hiding beneath. I was hoping to use the Come Together symbol with a photo but ran into technical difficulties and didn’t have time to make it happen.

 Back to the drum: Before I took a good look at what instruments we’d be putting on the cake, I purchased Opalescent spray for that “sparkly drum” look. THEN, I asked for help from Gomers for good pics and did my homework. The realization that David Carr’s Craviotto Drums are wood grain left me wondering what the heck I was going to make sparkly cuz I was bound and determined to use my spray paint! Darn.

I went to work on the last of the hardware attaching pieces with Piping Gel. Jillian and the small fries had already made the smaller pieces so it was a “simple” matter of assembly and painting. Cakes can be so….stupid. Sometimes,  I swear they’re living, breathing, evil creatures just waiting for us humans to try to shape them into something fabulous but they decide to be “in control” and rebel against their maker!!! Okay, I’ll calm down. Enough of that…stupid cake.

I made a couple of shades of vodka paint with brown icing color for the wood grain. Icing color tends to deepen or darken as it dries so I kept working with the colors trying to get them to match David’s drums expecting the paint to act like icing. It doesn’t work the same, I found. I made a vodka paint with luster dust  and used that Opalescent spray for the hardware. I tried the sliver metallic spray and was not happy with the results. I’ve used the gold before and that looks great but the silver looked blue.  Luster dust for silver. Write that down.

This was where we stopped on the cake on Wednesday, May 16. We loaded the layers in a Cambro carrier with he exception of the 14″ bottom layer which didn’t fit so it was placed on top of the carrier. Each layer was placed on a piece of foam covered with a “grip mat” and the cakes survived the trip with minimal damage. Some pieces slid out of place but I was thrilled that we drove a cake from Indiana to North Carolina and they made it! Our first long-distance delivery. Yay!

Thanks for taking a gander!

What’s not shared is lost,

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

2 Weeks until Third Day!!!

Moi with Jillian, Natalie & Lenae at a Third Day concert in 2006

Moi with Jillian, Natalie & Lenae at a Third Day concert in 2006

So I posted on Facebook and Twitter that I observed on my calendar that I will be at the Indianapolis Third Day Concert and meeting the band in two weeks! I am SO jazzed. A friend asked how we are able to meet the band. This is the answer we concocted: “My brother’s girlfriend’s sister-in-law’s aunt went to school with Tai Anderson’s brother’s barber’s sister.” The truth is, I am Wired. The whole family is. Meaning Craig bought me a membership to the coolest fan club ever and threw the family in to boot. SO, we get to sign up for any and all Meet and Greets we want to, we get to take advantage of pre-sale tickets, discounts in the Third Day store, etc. The sad thing is I’ve been waiting for years to join and even longer for my own Gomer shirt. Every holiday and birthday: “Mom, what would you like for Christmas?” Answer: “The newest Third Day CD and a Gomer shirt.” “Michelle, what would you like for your birthday?” “The newest Third Day CD and a Gomer shirt.” The wait made me appreciate my lovely orange shirt ever so much, but this is the last year for Wired! I could have been hanging with the band but, NO, we had to be frugal. Okay, I’m being pathetic. Libya is in the midst of mayhem, New Zealand has had an earthquake. I’m whining about Wired ending after this year. Attitude check: check. Grateful for wonderful gift from DH: check. Contentment reinstated: check. Totally ecstatic to be seeing Third Day after going through concert withdrawal the past 2 ½ years: check, check, check!

It’s all good,

Michelle

Ron Pearson – Worship