a great day in country music

yesterday was a magical music day.
woke up and had a cowrite with a new cowriter… aaron raitiere. he’s been writing for ages, just new for us to write together. we were vibing and got a great song in 2 hours… the best part, we already decided do it again because it was so enjoyable.

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because I was ahead of schedule, I got to go watch one of my favorite voices in town sing … ( I’ve tried before, but could never make it before the end of his gig) Steven clawson, well done friend. it was a privilege to sit by myself for two hours and listen without interruption. what an artist!

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then, my friend and one of my favorite people and co-writers, Adam Wheeler, had a gig at the Bluebird Cafe.
I wasn’t able to get tickets online (they sell out so fast) but got Quint and we went down there at 4:40… to hope for the best. Well… we were too far back in the line but Adam worked it our for us to make it in (his cousin Courtney gave us her spot).

got to see my hometown friend Julie Forester sing in the round(which is always amazing)… and then, Adam sang one of the songs we wrote with Jordan Reynolds. people seemed to really like it. also got to listen to Kellys Collins and John Milstead… and a surprise performance from Liz Hengber.

And, I had the best time with my son.

gosh. I’m overwhelmed with the goodness of this place and the magic of country music. God was so kind to me yesterday and I’m so grateful.

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i love love

i love love

i love stories
i love when people are good at love
i love making someone feel loved
i love feeling loved
i especially love writing songs about love. and i do it a lot.

what i love today, is that we just finished a day camp experience where i know a lot of kids knew we loved them… and because of that, their perception of church, and their perception of God … is that it’s where you go to be loved.

i hope you feel loved.
i don’t know about you, but i’m gonna write a song about it…

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love. it’s always all about the love.

this year i’m already doing so much songwriting. which i love.

this year i’ve met some amazingly talented and generous people. which i love.

this year i’m creating curriculum and telling stories of truth about God’s love. which i love.

this year we have new team members at work that i’m already loving. which i love.

this year, we’ve already had some hard things happen and God has shown his unending grace. which i love.

this year… my word is love.

and i can’t even imagine how many songs i’m going to write about it this year. which i love.

this year i’m praying harder for my kids than i ever have. because i love them.

what do you love?

cousins are the best

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especially if you don’t have siblings. my cousins have always considered me a bonus sister. I started to believe it in the last few years as they loved me
hard and well. (Kimberly burleson , Teri netterville, lindsay shepherd)

they came to Nashville
for my 40th.
they listen to all my songs before anyone else hears them.
did I mention, they love my kids…

we made a spontaneous decision to drive 10 hours to and 10 hours from Shreveport to spend less than 48 hours
together… because… that’s what you do when you love people.
I’m so blessed and grateful for these cousin aunt and uncles for my kids.

have you driven the extra mile to let your family… and your own kids know how important family really is? it
to let people know they matter ? because people matter. love well and hard, and it will come
back to you beyond your understanding. happy happy new year.

whats a football doing in the nativity?

 

Imagetoday was a good one. several weeks ago i finished a christmas song, The Night that Changed My Life,  with Perry Miears and Alisha Sheely.

the song will be featured in our christmas musical by the same name.

today we shot a music video for the song. the wise men brought the baby… a football, a teddy bear, and some taylor swift perfume. you know, treasures.

the set was wonderful. (thank you @lhworship team)

the kids were amazing.

the video is going to be beautiful… i can’t wait to see it. 

and… oh… the baby! my friend Tyler Hirth brought his baby, Hudson, to be our baby Jesus. He was more than delicious! Ah. what a night.

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enoing is a verb

got to hang in an eno today at quints game. I no

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fiddlin man!

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my favorite fiddler, jim vancleve, rocked my world this week when he led the session and played fiddle and mandolin on my new Christmas records! ahhhhhh
#thenightthatchangedmylife #somedayourprincewillcome

the night jackson was a girl

the night jackson was a girl

This is Jackson, my beautiful high school freshman. with the car that she would ride in on her homecoming court debut. the night was beyond imagination, and she looked stunning. she was also rocking some pretty sweet vans.
thanks to: ashley moore, for the hair and makeup; wholesale, inc. for the sweet ride; beech high school for honoring tradition and celebrating school spirit; amazing friends like casey shackelford, callie beasley, hunter melton, eli spiller for coming to participate; grandmama for making it to see us for the big things; jackson for being awesome.

when she learned that she received this honor, i was so proud of her and told her “jax, people like people that like people.” she is so good at liking people. she is a friend to the lonely, she is an “includer”. she is a smart, funny, and good-decision-making girl. it is an honor to be her mom. and… wow… is she pretty, especially on that night when she was dressed like a homecoming girl… at least until halftime, when she promptly rocked the camo shorts! love that kid. i may have to write a song about this experience…

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tonite at beech camp…. tomorrow on espn

lame mashup of Beech High School and Station Camp high school names.

beech bucs socks

beech bucs socks

but wow. what a night.

so… i live in a land where friday night lights is a way of life.

everyone comes to the high school football games, even if they don’t have kids playing, or even attending the school.

it’s part of the culture.

we have a couple of area rivals… the three big schools in our area are:

BEECH (our school), STATION CAMP, and HENDERSONVILLE HIGH SCHOOL.

tomorrow Beech plays Station Camp.. and it’s going to be on ESPN. it’s a big deal.

tonite our church, Long Hollow, hosted a tailgate event honoring both schools, feeding the players and coaches from both teams, and sharing testimonies from both quarterbacks.

it’s one of the most beautiful things i’ve personally experienced.

imagine your rival high school, now imagine getting together before the game for a joint tailgate. they eat, they listen to music. they hang out.

now imagine that they go into a worship service together, will all their fans, and someone gets to share the love of Christ to all of you together… after you have just worshipped with music, singing together. it’s miraculous.

i’m a writer, but i’m almost at a loss for words to capture this.

what’s the most unlikely place you could find love? you might think among rivals… but it wasn’t tonite.

go wherever love is missing, and bring some.

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fire on the mountain…

fire on the mountain...

went with this red head to the mountains this weekend.
we’ve been co-writing since last august, and have some good stuff to show for it… more than that we have a good friendship to show for it.
we laughed our way up the mountain and back down again.
we were there for the “2nd annual smoky mountain songwriters festival” https://www.facebook.com/smswf

alisha had a set on the aquarium stage with a group called Songtown USA. this group was started by ridiculous song writers Marty Dotson and Clay Mills… they wanted to create a community for songwriters, even if you don’t already know what you are doing to navigate the “Scene”.
met another amazing writer, Marc-Alan Barnett.
such kindness. i love songwriters that love songwriters.

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