Thursday, October 25, 2007

Go Denver!

Hey, everybody! Sorry to keep you hanging so long with my teaser post last week about The Next Great American Band. I was on the road last weekend, and then came home to a busy week.

Anyway, as some of you figured out, my buddy Denver Bierman's band, "Denver and the Mile High Orchestra," is in the top 12 of this new show. Rock on. They are UNBELIEVABLE. I am in Los Angeles right now, and got to be at last night's taping of Friday's show. They killed it. I was so proud.

Everyone PLEASE WATCH and VOTE this Friday night - 8pm eastern on Fox. And get the word out if you can. You will LOVE this band. PLEASE VOTE!

I am not supposed to talk about the taping, so I will not spill any details...except to say DO NOT miss the first of the show.

I have to say that I am a little bit nervous about any possible camera time I might have gotten. All I know is that at the end of my clapping frenzy for Denver, I happened to look over to my right and see a TV monitor, and I caught a glimspe of my unbridled giddyness and excitement on camera. And it was not pretty. AND it was not unlike mine and Angela's unbridled, over-the-top Mandiva-sign-waving appearance at Idol a couple of years ago (only this time I didn't have a sign). So please go easy on me if I have again displayed reality-TV-over-cheesiness.

Denver has been my best buddy for 7 or 8 years now. In addition to his band, he has also sung on my praise team many LPL conferences in Charleston WV, Wisconsin, Montana, Nashville, Saddleback, Indianapolis, Denver and Tallahasse, just to name a few. Go Denver!

My main purpose for being in CA is to do a taping for Kirk Cameron's show on TBN. We tape tonight, and it airs tonight - 10om eastern (9pm central). I would appreciate your prayers for my is a little tired still from the weekend...and from not getting much sleep this week. Even if I sound bad, I will be so glad to be there...CeCe is singing, too. That's ALWAYS a good thing. And being the 80's pop culture freak that I am, I am really pumped about meeting Mike Seaver.

I hope you all have a great week. The weekend is almost can make it! Walk in the strength, peace and joy that Jesus bought for you. Remember this word today...

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints (Ephesians 6:10-18).

Blessings to you -


Wednesday, October 17, 2007

I love this little boy...

This was today's outfit. Just a day at home. And the backpack weighed at least 40 lbs., filled with evey action figure and Hot Wheels car within a 5 mile radius. He carried it around the house all day. If only I had gotten such a workout today.

And no outfit is complete without a Batman cape.

The Next Great American Band, remember how fun it was to have one of our praise team members on American Idol? Well, fun and excrutiating at the same time. Remember how we all got together and rooted for her and prayed for her and spread the word to everyone to vote for her?


All I am saying is WATCH the new American Idol spinoff - THE NEXT GREAT AMERICAN BAND. Watch it. Please watch it. This Friday night, at 8pm eastern on Fox. If you aren't going to be home, record it. You just might see someone you know.

And at next week's show, you just might see a little blogger out in the audience (minus the Mandiva sign)...

Sunday, October 14, 2007


She's tenacious. And multi-talented.

Friday, October 12, 2007

Go Mountaineers

One thing that slipped by recently without me writing about it is the fact that my alma mater - well, ONE of my alma maters - Appalachian State University - beat powerhouse Michigan the first week of the college football season. For those of you who don't follow college football, this was a huge deal. So, this put Boone, NC (my hometown) on the map (ASU is in Boone). It has been fun times for all of us App State Mountaineers (our mascot. shut up).

Anyway, last week was the homecoming game. Not only did we get to go, but thanks to our friends Drew, Tricia, Tori and Tristan Derrick, and their awesome Grandpa, Dr. Derrick, we got to see the game from the sidelines. Were my kids excited? I have no idea, because I WAS IN THE CLOUDS. Pure, perfect joy it was. Here are some pics.

And this was our whole tailgate crew. Those are my sisters beside me - Kathy (in sunglasses) and Vickie (with blonde hair). My niece Casey is holding her 1-year old, Trathen. Kathy's boyfriend Jon is behind her in the back. My brother-in-law Lesley is in the back-middle. And our friends Drew and Tricia who scored us the sideline view are in the back right. Their cute daughters, Tori and Tristan, are in the front middle with my kids.

It was a top-10 day.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

The Case Of The Missing Blogger

The case of the missing blogger has been solved!

I'm here! We are all alive and happy! Thanks so much for your patience. I can't believe you came back. You are the best blogger family ever. All is well in the Cottrell household. I just apparently turned my brain off for 2 or 3 weeks.

I haven't really been reading blogs or anything much, either. It has been a cray busy time of travel. And school, football and cheerleading has been in full gear. And, of course, the new TV season began. We aren't really big into evening TV. My only evening TV vices are American Idol (which isn't on until January), Survivor (which I am skipping this season), and The Office (which I watch and watch over and over again because I love it). The first episode of The Office this season was so funny that I about threw my back out.

Angela and I have started a new show this season: Chuck. It comes on on Monday nights. We love it. It has's stinkin' hilarious, suspenseful, full of action, and has a little love story going on, too. Perfect for both chicks and dudes.

I have had so many bloggable moments (a new and frequent phrase in our house these days)...I should have at least kept a running list, so I wouldn't forget. The senoir moments are creeping in more and more lately...and I have forgotten some of the bloggable moments. But I have remembered some, and will share them in the next few days.

Currently in my heart to share is the fact that I am ECSTATIC that the weather here in middle Tennessee is getting cool. I am sitting right now at Jack's football practice, wearing my favorite Appalachian State University hooded sweatshirt. It's actually a little cold. I couldn't be happier. I feel like there is a shaft of light glowing from the heavens straight down to me in my little fold-out chair...I am so happy...surely everyone around me sees the cool weather-bestowing favor of God on me right now...

: >)

Another cool thing happening right now is something that has been in the works for months. I have signed with a management company. What that means is I am teaming with a group of people who are going to help me and my us make decisions, like the who's, what's, where's, and how's of what we will be doing in ministry and music for the next few years. I am telling you - I can feel the weight JUMPING off of my shoulders as we speak. Thank You, Lord.

The company is called Blanton, Harrell, Cook and Corzine (is that long enough for you?). In years past, they were simply known as Blanton and Harrell. They have been managing the careers of Amy Grant and Michael W. Smith from their earliest years. And in addition to those two, they also currently work with Point of Grace, Bebo Norman, and Aaron Shust. And they just signed both Chris Sligh and Phil Stacey (from the last American Idol season).

Angela and I are giddy at the thought of having some weight lifted off of us. And we are grateful for these guys and gals, and for how they will speak into our lives and ministry. And we thank YOU for your prayers, as we are continually staying on our faces before God, seeking His will for us, for our family, and for this ministry. that I am writing, I don't want to stop. But I must...I don't want to scare you off with an entry that is obnoxiously long.

Football awaits. And then...couch time with Angela...and The Office.