Concerts I’ve Seen
Posted on October 22nd, 2017 @ 2:20 pm

So, I decided to catalog all the concerts I have been to ever since my first one.  My first concert was to see Richard Marx in Atlanta at Chastain Park.  I’ve seen many acts, since. Links are to the photos I have on my Flickr account. I still have some more photos that I could find and scan. This post is updated as I attend more shows.

  1. Richard Marx – Chastain Park, Atlanta, GA – July 26, 1997
  2. *NSYNC – Florida Mall YM Show, Orlando, FL – May 30, 1998
  3. Richard Marx – Riverbend Festival, Chattanooga, TN, – June 14, 1998
  4. Richard Marx – Westbury Music Fair, Westbury, NY – July 16, 1999
  5. Richard Marx – Foxwoods Casino, Ledyard, CT – July 17, 1999
  6. Jordan Knight / *NSYNC – First American Music Center, Nashville, TN – August 4, 1999
  7. Backstreet Boys – Georgia Dome, Atlanta, GA – February 19, 2000
  8. LFO – Johnny Mercer Theater, Savannah, GA – May 25, 2000
  9. “Weird Al” Yankovic – Johnny Mercer Theater, Savannah, GA – August 22, 2000
  10. Aaron Carter – Wal-Mart Tour, Pooler, GA – September 30, 2000
  11. Richard Marx – Webcast Filming, Nashville, TN – October 11, 2000
  12. BBMAK- Pleasure Island, Orlando, FL – December 16, 2000
  13. Backstreet Boys – Georgia Dome, Atlanta, GA – January 27, 2001
  14. BBMAK / *NSYNC – Alltel Stadium, Jacksonville, FL – May 23, 2001
  15. BBMAK / Youngstown / Nobody’s Angel – MGM Studios, Orlando, FL – June 23, 2001
  16. Richard Marx – Grand Opera House, Macon, GA – January 19, 2002
  17. Angie Aparo – The Pond House, Statesboro, GA – March 5, 2004
  18. Sara Bareilles / Maroon 5 – Armstrong Atlantic State University Fine Arts Auditorium, Savannah, GA – May 6, 2004
  19. Train – Donovan Field, Ft. Stewart, GA – June 17, 2004
  20. Kimberely Locke – J. F. Gregory City Park, Richmond Hill, GA – October 16, 2004
  21. 3 Doors Down – MLK Jr. Arena, Savannah, GA – October 31, 2005
  22. Hootie and the Blowfish – Sea Pines Resort, Hilton Head Island, SC – August 17, 2006
  23. Johnny Diaz / Steven Curtis Chapman – Turner Field,  Atlanta, GA – August 2, 2008
  24. Amy Grant – Frederick Brown Jr. Amphitheater, Peachtree City, GA – September 11, 2009
  25. Jessie James – Turner Field, Atlanta, GA – October 2, 2009
  26. Montgomery Gentry – Turner Field, Atlanta, GA – September 11, 2010
  27. Caleb / Steven Curtis Chapman – Johnny Mercer Theater, Savannah, GA – October 15, 2010
  28. Little River Band – J. F. Gregory City Park, Richmond Hill, GA – October 16, 2010
  29. The B-52s – Turner Field, Atlanta, GA – July 16, 2011
  30. .38 Special – J. F. Gregory City Park, Richmond Hill, GA – October 15, 2011
  31. Amy Grant & Vince Gill 12 Days of Christmas – Johnny Mercer Theater, Savannah, GA – December 11, 2011
  32. Richard Marx – Frederick Brown Jr. Amphitheater, Peachtree City, GA- July 14, 2012
  33. Gin Blossoms – J. F. Gregory City Park, Richmond Hill, GA – October 20, 2012
  34. Collective Soul – J. F. Gregory City Park, Richmond Hill, GA – October 19, 2013
  35. Jason Gray, Laura Story, & Steven Curtis Chapman – Shandon Baptist Church, Columbia, SC – November 1, 2013
  36. Tennessee Mafia Jugband – The Station Inn, Nashville, TN – August 16, 2014
  37. Richard Marx – Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL – October 9, 2014
  38. Blues Traveler – J. F. Gregory City Park, Richmond Hill, GA – October 18, 2014
  39. Richard Marx – James K. Polk Theater, Nashville, TN – October 25, 2014
  40. Steven Curtis Chapman & Third Day – James Brown Arena, Augusta, GA – December 19, 2014
  41. Casting Crowns – MLK Jr. Arena, Savannah, GA – June 12, 2015
  42. Joe Nichols – J. F. Gregory City Park, Richmond Hill, GA – October 17, 2015
  43. Charlie Puth – Skype Live Studio, Portland, OR – November 5, 2015
  44. Amy Grant & Steven Curtis Chapman – Bon Secours Wellness Arena, Greenville, SC – February 28, 2016
  45. Moody Blues – North Charleston Performing Arts Center, North Charleston, SC – March 15, 2016
  46. Amy Grant, Nichole Nordeman, & Ellie Holcomb – Aiken Convocation Center, Aiken, SC – April 30, 2016
  47. Andy Grammer / Train- Volvo Car Stadium, Charleston, SC – August 17, 2016
  48. Elton John – MLK Jr. Arena, Savannah, GA – September 21, 2016
  49. Amy Grant, Michael W. Smith, & Jordan Smith – Infinite Energy Arena, Duluth, GA – December 16, 2016
  50. Jerrod Niemann / .38 Special – J. F. Gregory City Park, Richmond Hill, GA – October 21, 2017

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I kept singing this to myself this past week.
Posted on May 13th, 2017 @ 9:41 am

…Only when we’re broken, are we whole

What happens now
When all I’ve made is torn down…

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“So much for pretending / Bad luck’s never ending “
Posted on February 22nd, 2017 @ 9:39 pm

And too much time I’ve been spending
With my heart in my hands
Waiting for time to come and mend it
I can’t cry anymore

I’m just at my wit’s end with it all. I think my socks say it best:

#hefefilter My new socks.

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This song is stuck in my head.
Posted on February 16th, 2017 @ 8:31 am

The meaning it has for me today is NOT the same as it was when it was released. Back in 1995, it was about how I felt for my high school crush. Today, it’s similar to the meaning Sophie had when she wrote it.

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“Precious moments, special people”
Posted on December 22nd, 2016 @ 9:49 pm

Now that I got my pity party out of the way, I’m really better.  It’s really not healthy bottling up anger.

Christmas with Amy Grant & Michael W. Smith

Last Friday, Lindsey and I went to Duluth, GA to see the joint Michael W. Smith and Amy Grant.  Jordan Smith joined them on stage for some performances. The show was sponsored by Operation Christmas Child.  Here’s a video of Michael W. Smith a few years ago:

I had a wonderful time. They were having a donation drive at the concert. You’d get an ornament with a $10 or more donation to OCC ornament. I liked how Amy said before intermission that they needed money to ship these boxes. Like shipping my boxes to Mali.

It was such a fun concert! I was so happy to hear Amy perform “Love Has Come.” I had joked on the drive up to Duluth while Amy’s version of “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” that the concert should open with the Michael version of the song.  Low and behold, it was the opener as I joked!

The Georgia Symphony Orchestra performed as the musicians for backing. What a wonderful treat!

This was my first real introduction to Jordan Smith. I loved his rendition of “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch.” He also sang “O Holy Night” and the crowd took out their phones and held them like candles.  It was amazing how bright the arena got with the phones on.

All in all, a great night.

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“I’ve had enough, now I want my share”
Posted on December 21st, 2016 @ 5:59 pm

What about me? It isn’t fair
I’ve had enough, now I want my share
Can’t you see, I want to live
But you just take more than you give

There is only so much give I can take before I want my take in return. Right now, I’m in that mood. It feel like all I do is give and get nothing to shit in return.

Everyone wants to tell me I shouldn’t give if I wasn’t fine with getting nothing in return.  Well, it was an exchange, not a give that I signed up for.  And what does exchange mean:

The act of giving or taking one thing in return for another

So yes, what I am upset about may sound petty, it not the object that I am mad about. It’s the fact that I just wanted a take for now and feel like I was robbed. It’s not the object, but what it represents to me in an overall capacity. I will still give, but what’s wrong with wanting a little something in return in an exchange?

As for those putting me down for my feelings, telling me not to give if I wanted something in return, I don’t think you have all the facts and don’t understand what it meant to me.  I just wanted someone else for once, that wasn’t of my same group of support, to take 5-10 minutes out of their day to think of me. I got the 5 minutes alright.  5 minutes of last ditch effort.

Here’s the thing, I am trying really hard NOT to be bitter, but I can’t help it the more I think about it. I am trying to be forgiving, but it’s hard. I don’t like being a Grinch about it at this time of year, but why shouldn’t I want something? Am I not worthy? I’ve spent all my life feeling like I’m not worthy of anything.  I’m trying to believe that I really am worthy.

It’s not the small object, but the bigger picture in play here for me.

I think overall, this is probably why I stay single and buy what I want when I want it.  I don’t feel like I can find a person to give me what I need. I don’t seem to know what to give in return.  I’ll never be the girl that gets flowers or some surprise in the mail. And it hurts when you realize it.

Thought I might feel sad at this time, I will still do the Mysterious Santa I strive to do when I can. I can still try to give love even if I may never get it in return.

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“Gabriel’s Oboe”
Posted on December 15th, 2016 @ 5:59 pm

I first heard this song on the 1999 Amy Grant Christmas album, A Christmas to Remember. A different version, but still a lovely song.

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Microblog Test Post
Posted on December 3rd, 2016 @ 7:43 pm

Just testing to see if I got Microblog working after clearing old DB tables and manually creating new ones using the myPHPadmin MySQL interface. Might as well put my degree in IT use. maglol

For those that did see this post, here’s some Christmas music:

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What is a Christian?
Posted on November 3rd, 2016 @ 8:59 pm

No really. What is a Christian? For many people, it’s a person that follows the teachings and believes that Jesus is the one true Messiah.

What if there was another definition? Can you be Christian and belong to another religion? What is Christianity isn’t just about talking about Jesus, but acting on the principles of Jesus?

I was raised Catholic, but I don’t adhere to all the Catholic Church wants me to do or what it believes. Some things the Church has done and permitted goes against my beliefs. Some tings I cannot fully sync with what I believe is for the best.

But other denominations have their own problems, too. No one denomination seems perfect. I have enjoyed my time with the Methodist Church, but the need for me to proclaim my faith, publicly, scares me. It might be my anxiety, or it could be they way I was taught that faith is a personal thing. Could be why I haven’t gotten confirmed in the Catholic Church. I guess I could; I have a friend that would help me. I also have several friends that are quite comfortable in professing their faith. I’m not there at saying it out loud.

So with all of that prefaced and outlined. I can say I was disappointed to see that Lifeway was not going to sell Amy Grant’s new Christmas album, Tennessee Christmas, for not being Christian enough. Amy’s manager wrote a great piece about it in the Washington Post.

I have the new Christmas album. There are 2 songs (3 if you have the Target version) that are about Baby Jesus. However, the other songs seem to make the album too secular for Lifeway. That is the reason they aren’t selling it. Four of the songs are secular standards.  One is a remake of “Tennessee Christmas,” a secular song in lyrics, but one my late mother loved because as someone that grew up in Nashville, the sentiment was exactly how she felt when we went “home” for Christmas. The other are new songs.

My mother had a saying that they will know we are Christians by our ways. She taught us it’s not about the talk, but the walk.

6 Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. 7 Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
1 Peter 5:6-7

Jennifer’s words on “Melancholy Christmas” express my sentiment on that song. No one wants to be alone. Did not Jesus teach us to love one another? Did he not show compassion and understanding to those that were deemed outcasts? I think a song like that, letting others they aren’t alone, is something Jesus would want us to spread. It’s why I strive to do the Mysterious Santa project here in Savannah when I am I healthy to do so. It breaks my heart to do that each year, but I know it means something to those I visit.

24 leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to them; then come and offer your gift.
Matthew 5:24

And what about the track, “To Be Together?” Isn’t Christmas in our American society to be about being with the ones you love? Again, back to that whole loving experience that Jesus taught. We, as a culture, has designated Christmas as the holiday that we return home, sort of like the Japanese with Obon. It broke my heart when my apartment flooded in 2011 the day before my Christmas vacation and I had to spend most of it moving from one apartment to another instead of coming home to Savannah to be with my family and friends.

4 “[…]‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”
Revelation 21:4

“December” is a sad song.  And yet I understand the pain so much. I say this as someone that lost her mother in December.  Many us start missing our departed loved ones at the holiday time. Sadly, my last Christmas with my mother was spent fighting with her over getting her to write her own e-mails without my help.

I don’t mean for this blog entry to sound like a slight against Lifeway.  It’s just me trying to explain the Christian attributes I can find in music other than using the words Jesus, God, and Lord.

4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
1 Corinthians 13:4-7

I think overall, part of being a Christian is being there for one another and loving one another. This album may not say Jesus or God over and over again, but it still shows love by allowing us to connect to others that have felt the same joys and pains as we have. Being there for one another and just being a shoulder to cry one.  Providing encouragement for another. And with this, it a way, some of my non-Christian friends are Christians after all.

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Father-Daughter Bonding Time
Posted on August 18th, 2016 @ 1:16 pm

My dad and I have different musical tastes.  However, one group we can agree on listening to is Train. I think it goes back to “Drops of Jupiter.” My brother, father, and I all fell in love with the song and would sing when it came on the radio.  I bought the album because I loved the song. I also later bought a copy of My Private Nation because I loved “When I Look to the Sky.”

Back in 2004,  Train played down at Ft. Stewart.  My brother graduated high school and really wanted to go.  Tickets were $16.00 general admission.  That was his gift.  My parents were going to be out of town that week, so I took my brother.  We were close to the stage.  It was a fun show.  When it was available, I ordered their live album, Alive At Last.

To keep a long story short, I got the very underrated For Me, It’s You album in 2006. It was probably the least known Train album, but there are some gems on it.

However, back in 2009, I heard a snip of “Hey, Soul Sister,” found out about Save Me, San Francisco, and downloaded the album. I didn’t know that song would blow up, or that my father would love it.

My dad told me he likes Train because they tell a story with their songs, which is the kind of song structure his enjoys.  So when California 37 came out, and he heard “50 Ways to Say Goodbye,”  he loved that song.  Finally it hit him when he heard the line “Got run over by a crappy purple Scion” what was sung there, he had the biggest laugh.  A joke between the 2 of us is sharing photos of purple Scions we see out in public.

I say “Hey, Soul Sister” was the introduction of a Train renaissance.  The ticket prices I paid for the concert we attended last night would vouch for that.  My dad had fun. He knew just about all the lyrics.  When “All I Ever Wanted” came on, my dad said he liked that song.  I don’t even listen to it. Also, while “Save Me, San Francisco” was being performed, giant beach balls were released into the crowd.  I didn’t get to play the game because when one of the balls were overhead, my dad would hit it.

Train’s opening act was Andy Grammer.  My dad had no clue who he was. My dad did enjoy his music. My dad loved his song “Forever.” Andy was enjoyable, too. One the way home, “Honey, I’m Good” came on the radio.  “Didn’t we hear this song tonight?” was my dad’s reply to it being on.

I will hold this night dear to me.

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