Hey, friends. Long time no blog. I apologize for my inconsistent blogging ways. This has literally been the craziest and busiest stretch of my life. I have been waiting for tomorrow to be here for a long time...my first day off in forever. You know we left for London last Monday. Came home on Wednesday. Left for Missouri on Thursday (Women of Joy conference - great fun). Came home on Saturday. 6:30am sound check on Sunday morning with Beth at the GMA (Gospel Music Association) chapel. Amazing, albeit early time there. Then lots of this and that during GMA week this week. And then the Dove Awards were tonight.
Angela and I had a great time at the awards. I was up for 3 awards. I didn't win any this year, but we had a great time anyway. We sat with David and Susan Moffitt and Sue Smith and her daughter Holly Zabka. We laughed and sang and worshipped. And texted a lot. David and Sue and I were nominated for a musical we wrote together (we won together last year in the same category).
Seriously. I did a month's worth of texting during the show. And much of it was to people who were sitting on my same row. We had church friends behind us...and lifetime friends all around us, it seemed. Three of my praise team members sang background vocals for Natalie Grant and Wynonna - Seth and Nirva Ready and Lici Brown. There were most awesome.
I had lots of favorite moments. Of course hearing my girl Mandisa sing was sheer joy. Hearing Ricky Skaggs and The Whites was awesome. Casting Crowns brought it with "East to West." Phil Wickham sang some song and I almost rededicated my life, it was so good. I am going to buy his cd tomorrow. Cindy Morgan won Songwriter of the Year. I was so happy for her. She is my all-time favorite. What an amazing writer. I have had the awesome privilege of writing some songs for my next record with her. I was so nervous and was the biggest geek ever. But that is a story for another day.
Phil Stacey sang at the Doves tonight, too. Remember him from American Idol last year? That dude can SING.
And of course, Shmaimy was there. Rocking our world. Angela and I swayed to "Thy Word." Could've listened for hours.
TobyMac won Artist of the Year. I was shocked and ecstatic. I thought it might be Casting Crowns' year. I love them, too. But I just think TobyMac is the bomb (that phrase is so 7 years ago...but still he is). He is completely genuine...and his heart for kids and for sharing the gospel is just awesome. Congrats, Toby. Anytime you need a middle-aged singer-man with a vibrato the size of Middle Tennessee, I'm your man.
I missed blogging about Idol. Rats. But truthfully, I was completely bored this week. Which is strange for me...I love Broadway music. And I love Andrew Lloyd Webber's works. But the deal is NOBODY BROUGHT IT. I mean, come on. Somebody throw yourself on the floor and emote a good dramatic song, for crying out loud.
I totally called it tonight. You can ask the people on my row...I knew it would be Carly to go home this week. It's my sixth sense...I can't help it...it's just a gift. : >)
I am sad to see a good singer go so early. But she will be fine. Good things will happen for her.
Did you see the girl from the UK - Leona Lewis sing? Angela and I about fell in the floor. I impulsively began clapping when she was done...without realizing I was in my living room, and not actually in the audience. It was THAT GOOD. She is an amazing singer...and the song - Bleeding Love - is great.
We are heading to Boone for my sister Kathy's wedding! Yea for Kathy and Jon. That, too, is a story for another day.
See you later, alligators. But not too soon...I'm going to Boone.
See, I'm a songwriter. I make stuff up for a living.