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  1. Aiken Celebrates Holidays, Preps New Album Why do I so dearly love the fact that he knows he's making people mad when he says certain things? As for last night's show....I just couldn't stay up for the cellcert, and have only watched a few bits of clack. Having said that...this looks like a worthy production, and I'm so incredibly proud of him. Vocally, he sounds outstanding. Love the suit too. I cannot wait to see this show, and am now seriously thinking about attending a few more. Here Clay...here's my credit card number. Just take it. I don't need to pay off debt.
  2. Hmmm...I really think there is nothing left to say. *g* Yes, me too. Me too. Can we share him? Please? I too am excited for the JNT 2005. My hope is that Clay's hard word pays off once again. EEEEEEEEEEEEEEE! America's ''Good Neighbor'' Teams up with Recording Artist Clay Aiken's Bubel/Aiken Foundation to Promote Inclusive Education YAY for the BAF!
  3. Yes, this makes me very sad. They just don't seem to have good sense of this fandom. While I don't think they should try to please everyone, and I don't think their management is going to be the end of Clay's career -- it seems like they strike before they think (if that makes any sense). Having said that...I'll probably take my machete and hack my way to the merchandise tables to see what is there. *g* I've just ordered copies number 4 and 5 of LTS. I purchased a copy of the Christian bookstore version, plus two regular copies (one which will NEVER be used, gotta save a pristine copy). I couldn't justify a leather bound autographed copy, although it was tempting. Now I've just ordered two copies of the paperback version -- again, one to be kept hidden away as a collectible. Yes, I'm weird. This reminded me of the SNL skits with the Mummy and Frankenstein singing holiday classics. Anyone remember those? I LOVED those skits. {{{{{Penguin-less bottlecap}}}}} Yeah, that would work for me too.
  4. Hee...I did the same thing last weekend, and will probably do more this weekend. Since I hate housework so much -- I figure it is a good time to make sure the cat's hairballs are harvested, in time for a new crop by Christmas. *g* OTOH...having Clay's Christmas tour starting now has me doing things like addressing Christmas cards and buying presents already. Thanks, Clay! The KTLA interview yesterday was adorable. I love the way Clay talks! People keep saying he talks fast -- and I've never noticed that. Heck, I understand every word he says. (Maybe because I just simply HANG on his every word? *g*) I also love the way he "talks with his body" (down smutters). He knows how to emphasize words with an extra raise of an eyebrow and the like. Love that. His hair looked so soft, as did the sweater. And he got to talk about UNICEF and the tour. That was so great. I love him more today than yesterday...
  5. More Clay Emmy pictures -- he interviewed them! Stylin' Socks New BAF auction Watch that auction, as more items are being added. OK, the Kimmel hat is seriously cracking me up. I :::heart::: Jimmy.
  6. ldyjocelyn

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    From the album: My pictures

  7. The press release is here! I'll be back later to comment, when I have more time... Thanks bottlecap for the laugh! That was awesome.
  8. MOAM memories... I remember hearing the clips off PromoSquad, and immediately liking Run to Me and ISY. I also still dearly loved Invisible (and still do to this day), even though I had watched all kinds of clack of the song by that time. So, when I got the album -- I was impressed. It was a good album for a first effort. My favorite, by far, was Perfect Day. couchie, I agree with you in the fact that none of the live versions of that song live up to the MOAM version. I also agree that this seems weird. Another memory I have of that day was coming home from Chicago, and my husband wanting to listen to the album on the good stereo. His favorites were RTM and Shine (the second being very Beatle-esque to him). I was pleased that he wanted to hear the album. Today, I still pull the album out from time to time. I'll put Invisible on repeat. IWCY -- depends on my mood. There are days I listen to it over and over again, other days skip entirely. I generally put ISY on repeat as well, but that is due to "muscle memory" with thinking of live versions of this song. The two songs I tend to skip any more are MOAM and Shine. My husband and I bought new computer speakers (with subwoofer) and a new sound card for my computer. While we have not installed the card yet, we did plug in the speakers...and OMG. I can have clack playing at 1/4 volume in my office, shut the door and go into my kitchen and hear it clearly. This rocks. I love my husband the enabler. (But as I tell people, he lets me do Clay Aiken stuff, I let him buy power tools. Heh.)
  9. Tawdry? TAWDRY? I only host TASTEFUL strip parties... I will stand up proudly and say that I love his current hairstyle. I think he looks mature with it. I also loved the JBT hair, the AI spikes, the mohawk from hell...even the Kevin Studdard hair. I'm too easy, aren't I? I'm a bad Clay fan in the fact that I probably won't stay up to see Kimmel live Monday night. By the time football is over, plus the local news, plus Nightline...I'll be up until 1:30. Too late for me, unfortunately. But I'll get up at 6:00 a.m. to watch it! Is the request for no giggling or squealing for the audience or for Clay? Because I love giggling!Clay! However, the audience screams can sometimes make me deaf. Now the penguins, though...love me some penguins. Almost as much as I love Clay.
  10. I love that picture as well. Thank you for capturing that moment. Simply priceless. BTW, I'll be ordering at least 3 of that pin. *g* Hey, buzzie's in my brain today! I'm usually a gold person, but with that design, the gold is overpowering, IMO. The silver gives it an extra holiday shine. Let's see...50's Clay would probably be performing practically naked at this point, what with the clothes we've taken from him. Same with Elvis Clay. Since there's overlap with the Elvis and 60's Clay -- the only thing he'd be wearing for that is his tie. 70's Clay? Since Skatejoy claimed the suit (but it.is.not.a.leisure.suit. *g*), he'd be in that fugly shirt. No t-shirt though, and that's a good thing. 80's Clay would be dressed only in a polo shirt and vest. Cool. 90's Clay plus 2000 Clay -- I'm surprised no one has claimed those nice, long jeans yet. *g* Gosh, it's fun undressing Clay. Hee.
  11. I have dibs on the blue "suede" shoes! ITA diamondjake. Clay having fun puts a big ole smile on my face. At the same time...I really do see this as a screen test portfolio. With the rumors of this possible talk show, the Insider gig seems to be a good way to learn some skills and practice. Then, when he feels he's ready (and I will probably say this would be after the next album) -- he's got screen tests to show potential syndicators. I certainly do love the man. He makes my heart sing.
  12. Just a quick drive-by to thank everyone for the birthday wishes yesterday. And...and...and...Clay wore a beautiful outfit at the Emmy's just for MEEEEEE! Goooooooooo...me! Rah, rah, sis boom bah!!! [/cheerleader mode] Think I can convince my husband that we don't need to pay the mortgage, pay our bills, and feed the cats for the next two months, in order for me to purchase the clothes off Clay's back? Didn't think so. Damn my husband.
  13. I agree with bottlecap -- lurkers, it's fun! Posting will not kill you. I might even write a cheer for you all...*g* The Insider clip was 13.5 times cuter than I had even imagined it. He's such a natural in front of the camera. EEEEEEEEEE for couchie and Oakland! Now, if he'd just announce an Illinois date, I'll be happy. (And watch, it will be the the first weekend in December, when I already have a major committment...that's my luck regarding Clay and Illinois dates). Hmm...Atlanta is doable...
  14. :::looks downward::: Honey, if they shake anymore...they'd be on the floor. *g* Didn't he also mention "They Can't Take That Away From Me," sung in London a few years ago? While I was busy shaking my pom poms, I was also sneakily listening to Mr. Abrams. My hearing this had something to do with said pom poms...
  15. A girl can dream of being a hoochie without actually being one, right? Cool, I always wanted to be on the cheerleading team. *attempts to do the splits, and throws out back in process*
  16. bottlcap and txflwrgrl -- you ladies rawk! I'm loving this tag team skit writing. More please?!?!? Hmmm...I think I need to find a skill to be a part of this skit. Maybe as first class suck-up? buzzie and SkateJoy -- your pictures are such a pleasure to look at. Thank you both for sharing your talents. Yep, that's me...first class suck-up...*g* Yeppers. I also don't want him to lose the "dork" capabilities he has. Sure, I love Sexy!Rock!Star!Clay!...but I love Dorky!Goofy!Clay! too. (SkateJoy has some good pictures from Boston with him like that...)
  17. New Hampshire concert, August 27, 2005 Many people told me after this show that he sounded sick, that his energy level was off. Me, I was thrilled by the entire show and did not notice any problems. I guess I’m easy. couchie and I had 3 tickets between the two of us, so we decided to split the show. I sat for the first half in a seat that was 10th row center. Therefore, I got to see the pants up close (man, he is fine in them), and also got to see him even closer when he came two rows behind me for the husband bit. Fonzie developed nearsightedness during his break, for Clay had his glasses on. It did make for a bit disconcerting 50’s and Elvis medley, but after that point, I didn’t care. Remember, I said I’m easy. I love the man in glasses. IMO, the Motown medley was especially good with him in the glasses, for, as someone suggested, the hat/glasses combo really did make him look a bit like Bear Bryant! The vocal highlight for the first set, for me, is the Motown medley. Yes, it is true that Angela, Jacob and Quiana are spotlighted more in this medley…but when Clay sings, he wails. He’s got blue-eyed (or in his case, green-eyed) soul down cold. He could easily be a worthy successor to Darryl Hall. What always strikes me about the first set is the fun he’s having. He really seems to enjoy the early stuff so much, and it comes through vocally. The 60’s medley – I rest my case. For the second act, I sat in one of the side sections, 15th row, about 5 seats from the aisle. Totally different vantage point…but one that gave me some of the best looks at his face. You see, the jumbotrons in New Hampshire are HUGE, and that camera person just loved giving close-ups. Gah. His lips loosen up considerably for this section of the show, and his chattiness was freakin’ hysterical that night. When he bent over to look at Andy Abad’s dolls, he surely must have known that most of the fandom was having heart palpations. And then, the look afterward – “you all should be ashamed of yourselves.” Hee. Then, later, when he introduced Maureen…I could tell he really wanted to say that Maureen screams for his butt too, but was trying to like crazy to keep himself in check. But, in the end (ha ha), he couldn’t resist. I think Maureen might have been a bit embarrassed, but Clay certainly wasn’t. He’s got to be eating this attention up. The Terry banter was so sweet. I could tell that he just enjoyed having someone up front who would 1) just keep smiling and sweetly wave at him; and 2) not scream in his face if he met her later. The highlight of the second set, for me, was twofold – September is the first. That’s always been my favorite EW&F song, and he sings that song with so much fun in his voice. Add to that the dance moves, and I’m in entertainment heaven. The other was my first hearing of Tears Run Dry. On first listen, it is definitely the best of the three ballads, IMO. It’s got a nice rock edge to it, but also a very good melody line. Me likey. OK, so there’s a third highlight – BFM. I think I threw my shoulder out while I was pumping my fist in the air. That song just simply rocks, and I can’t wait to hear it on the radio, the radio, the radiooooooooooo! All too soon, the concert was over. This tour is such an enjoyable romp through time. Clay has become a true natural on stage…not that he wasn’t before, but his confidence level is at a new high. Thanks Clay. P.S. I think couchie should tell her M&G story. Not that I didn’t hear it 50,000 times over the weekend *g*, but it’s her story to tell. EEEEEEEEEE!
  18. Buzzie and SkateJoy -- thank you so much for the beautiful pictures. I was so glad I got to see both of you again. Buzzie -- thanks too for the picture of Daniel. I think he is a great bass player, and love watching his reactions to some of the silly things Clay does! Less than a week until I get to see Clay again. Plus there is a Brian Wilson concert for me in the middle of the week. This is going to be a LONG week!
  19. Indiana State Fair recap, or, Thank you Jesus [tmClay] for no storms, but Jesus, you could have cut the humidity down a bit… Dateline: August 18, 2005. My trip started with a last minute upgrade from one of the side sections to row 13 in the center. Woohoo! After a great 3 ½ hour trip in my car (listening to LTS helped), I met up with my roommie, HeidiHo at the hotel…and discovered the I was in the midst of Broad Heaven. This was going to be a fun trip. We arrived at the Fair at about 5:00, picked up our willcall tickets, and then met with the lovely Betty897X and her mom. There was time to kill, so we watched the horse show in the air conditioned barn while waiting. I also called my husband – and found out that the storms had gone either north or south of Indianapolis. Gosh, this day was getting better and better. Heidi and I quickly found our seats, and then made connections with the following people (I hope this is all of you, if not, please forgive me): MrsLoki, Aflack, Pink Armchair, Beagle3, hensey, Snix, ShyGirl, SkateJoy, buzztechie, ShelleyC, MnM, toni7babe and kantski. It was so much fun seeing all of you again. The show started – and even if it was an outdoor venue, with oppressive heat and humidity – the excitement level of the “room” was palpable. His Fonzie schtick is a masterstroke of acting, and he looks like he is enjoying himself so much. His confidence level is astounding. He’s also a master showman. I simply love him. From that moment on, the show was a blur to me. I kept having to remind myself to a) breathe; and not scream in order to keep the clack from being ruined. (Probably should have just screamed anyway, the clack I got wasn’t all that great. I apologize in advance for the jumpiness, the heads in the way, the non-focus of several shots, the missing of the grind in WDC…shall I go on? Let’s just say I was vastly disappointed with my clack.) Heidi was a great seatmate – she let me “*sigh*” and “he’s so pretty” to my heart’s content. After the 50’s medley, I heard my name being called, and there was publicradiogirl and her friend Joan two rows behind us. Someone must have told the Indiana State Fair that us tall Romulan babes who can’t get M&G passes must be seated together. *g* Assorted notes, in random order: -- The pants! OMG, seeing those pants live and in person…gah. You all can have your jeans, I want them pants (and the guy in them too)! -- The Elvis hips – boy has some loose joints. Just sayin’. -- I marveled at his voice several times during WDC. Unfortunately, I couldn’t see the grindage all that well – but that boy has some lungs! He held “scream” for at least 30 seconds, and the last long “cry” forever as well. Yowza. But I also noticed the reverb at the end of the song, making Clay’s voice into “helium” Clay. I guess it fit the decade, but I was a bit bothered by it. -- There were some major sound problems during the 60’s medley – specifically Andy’s guitar was TOTALLY missing during “Happy Together.” Clay & Co. did incredibly well to cover it. I wonder if that was why the song was played pretty straight that evening. -- There were actually jumbotrons, which was nice for those in the grandstand. -- ICMYLM was totally sublime. But the song that really got me, for some reason, was Mandy. It hit me like a ton of bricks, and I truly needed a cigarette after that one. (And I don’t even smoke). -- UM live was another OMG moment, ruined only by the fact that someone had to get to the middle of our row right during the song. Could they not see that I was gathering clack? *g* -- There was a gaggle of older women behind us who appeared to me that they were there for the “show” as compared to being there for “Clay.” They thoroughly enjoyed the early parts of the show. OTOH, there were also two young girls behind us, and they kicked in about the time the 90’s portion started. I hadn’t downloaded or watched any of Quiana doing IWALY, and was enthralled with it…until these two started singing along, and badly. *sigh* -- We were standing behind people who had made a sign for S’Von’s nickname – “Savant.” Clay saw it, and then made the comment about “not having “idiot” in front of it”. Hee. All the banter was fun (I tried to get his attention during the 70’s thing – “Star Wars”!), and watching him just give up entirely during WYSYLM was priceless. And then Jacob humming the melody to try to get Clay back on track was hysterical. -- I love all of the band, but Daniel is my man. He’s cute, and he plays incredibly well. I’d love to see his collection of blue basses. Heh. After the show, Heidi and I went to Buffalo Wild Wings, where the Broads were partying…and boy can they party! publicradiogirl and Joan showed up as well, and it was sooooooooo much fun eating wings, drinking beer, and singing TITN, Invisible, and WYSYLM (without the screw-ups) at the top of your lungs. We made sure to give the servers at the bar an extra large tip for dealing with approximately 50 Clay-lust-crazed women (and Barking Dogs). While there I got to meet some really cool people – Whatever (muah for setting everything up!), Windtalker (she of the beautiful drawings), GingerGirl, clay4me, ClayCub, Babs the Angel, Barking Dogs (glad to meet him, thought he might have been just a myth – and he’s one cool rockin’ daddy!), and the shyest person I know, Ficus. She really needs to come out of her shell. After eating and beer, Heidi and I went back to our room for champagne, and, for point of comparison after seeing the Elvis hips, the top 4 episode of AI. Grease, schmease… *waves at huskerfalcon* I was thankful to leave when I did the morning after…because the entrants for the Miss Indiana State Fair were arriving at the hotel. I’m sure they were looking at us Clay fans just as strangely as we were looking at them, tiaras and all (although I did try to filch a tiara to add to KAndre's bling collection). After a lunch stop in Anderson to visit some more with Betty897X, it was time to head home. All in all, it was such a great time. Next stop – New Hampshire and Boston!
  20. Um, that would be a yes, me! One of my favorite clips from the AI2 show was when they were at the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences & Clay was speaking to the audience. He said he was from Raleigh & one person cheered. Almost instantly he responded with "Yes!, but if you are here who's back home." That moment could be blamed for this obses.... er hobby for me. After that clip I watched the jaded journalist clips & that's all she wrote. I love a man with a quick wit & impeccable comedic timing. OMG, you are SOOOO me! That was my "click -- lightbulb on" moment for me too. Right then, I knew I was at least going to follow this man for a while, although I have to admit it took me longer to get REALLY hooked. By Anomaly night, I was in for the count, but that Academy moment made me surely sit up and take notice!
  21. Ansa, I SOOOOOO totally agree with what you have written. This show is tough, really tough. Many seasoned performers couldn't handle everything he's doing...or else they are in one location (such as Vegas), with no travel involved. Another thing to add -- he's carrying the show pretty much by himself, no opening act. If I were in his shoes, at this point I'd be pretty fried, and it would come out somehow in my performance too. What he's doing is this: trying his damndest to put on an entertaining show. IMO, he's succeeding. I just can't focus on a few bad things happening in a few shows. The ratio of bad to good still runs about 99.9% if you ask me. I stayed away from the cellcert last night, in prep for going to see Clay tomorrow evening. EEEEEEEEEE! So now, I'm off to read bottlecap's review! Anyone here compulsive banter downloaders?
  22. I :::heart::: diamondjake He really does a fantastic job embodying the performers in question. The McCartney head shake got me too...he had it down cold. His Elvis? For those few minutes, he IS Elvis. The other one that gets me is the Ricky Martin. I remember people saying "what's this windmill arm thing he's got going on?" and I was saying "boy, he watched that video a few times to get looking EXACTLY right." WP guy went in with an agenda and wrote his review in order to get his check. The WDC thing had nothing to do with it, and I think if Clay had played the entire night totally straight, the guy probably would have written a WORSE review. JMO. This review isn't going to make anyone hate Clay any more than a glowing review is going to make someone like Clay, IMO. Most people do tend to take reviews with a grain of salt anyway.
  23. I personally LOVE Goofy Clay. It's what makes him so adorable to me. That, and the chameleon factor that works with him. He's such an enigma, and I find that fascinating. I haven't seen the WDC from last night, but it sounds like it was fun! I have a theory about this. With all the music that's being sung for this show, I'm wondering if he stuck this in because he already learned it a year ago. If you take a look at the set list, there's many songs he's sung before (GBOF and WDC for example) or was at least familiar with from his AI days (the BeeGees stuff, ANL). My theory is that he threw in some songs he hasn't sung in a while but was familiar with because he had SO many other lyrics to learn! JMO, of course. Yay! I'm counting the days myself!