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  1. Since we're such a small group here...does it matter if I post 5 times on the same page? *g* Hee...I'm on a new page anyway...hee... Anyway, for members of the fan club...there's a new audio greeting when you log on. It starts with Clay singing HYAMLC. *swoon* I love him bunches and bunches.
  2. Not to derail the main thread here... SAWYER?!?!? EWWWWWW! Can't stand him. He's an idiot. Him and Ana-Lucia would be perfect together...and then the monster can kill both of them. Give me Sayid ANY day. I'm sorry I will be missing all the action this evening...this is a bad week for me. I'm involved with the local production of a Madrigal dinner -- dress rehearsal this evening, then 3 consecutive performances. (BTW, bottlecap...I'll post a picture of lrdjocelyn and myself next week to see us in our garb. ) Happy birthday Clay! Thank you for bringing so many of us together, and also...thank you for just being you.
  3. ansamcw, good luck with your trip, and have fun the best you can. Love, love, love the Pittsburgh interview. I'm sure it's got to be a bit disconcerting to have people speculating on every.piece.of.his.life, so I really loved his take on reading the boards. Hee. Insider clip: OK, my first thought was "I hope Raleigh doesn't pee on that white outfit of his." My second thought was "Boy sure does love his stripes." My third thought was "Wow, he's so articulate." And my fourth thought was "GUH! I LOVE HIM!! SQUEEEEEEE!" Yep, that's pretty much me in a nutshell when it comes to Clay Aiken. jen...our time will come for a M&G. Just mark my words. At least I sure hope so...I want to meet him...wah.
  4. Gosh, you must have met us somewhere, sometime...because that's EXACTLY how my husband and I looked at the show! Me too! I finally actually got to hear an entire cellcert this evening! My first! I'm extremely jealous of those who still have a chance to see this show. I want to see it again. *pouts*
  5. Jen -- yes, Clay reads the CD version of LTS. It's wonderful to hear him tell his stories! I've listened to it too many times to mention!
  6. Concert? What concert? Here's my Reader's Digest condensed version... The show itself: One word – LOVE. I myself thought it was simply lovely…but there’s more to it than that. I also felt the love that Clay has for this show. There’s a joy that radiates around him during the entire production. He may not be the focus at all times, but his warmth and presence is felt. The word that keeps popping into my head in regards to Clay and this show is “luminous” – he simply glows. Lrdjocelyn and I sat with Oldmoviegal and her husband. She and I had a wonderful time being fangirls, while I’m sure I could hear the men’s eyes rolling around in their sockets. We were seated in a box under the loge seating, just off of center – lower to the ground, but further from the stage. I found that I could focus on “the work,” which I found touching, sweet, and well done by all (except for the microphone technicians *g*), and also focus on the voice. When you’re seated that far away, it doesn’t matter if it’s a round box or a square one, or if he’s got rooster hair, or if you’re going to be seduced by the pretty, IMO. The music was what got me, hook line and sinker. The songs I enjoyed most were the ones I hadn’t really spoiled myself with – Christmas Serenade being a prime example. That was simply exquisite. I thought he was vocally on top of his game. (BTW, I didn’t miss the growls on Celebrate Me Home at all. I think those who were not spoiled by this song, which would probably be half the crowd at least, didn’t miss them. OTOH, I was thoroughly charmed by the little laugh at the beginning of The Christmas Waltz…it seemed so spontaneous.) There was only one song where I missed Jacob’s contribution, and that was during MDYK. Clay’s voice sounds that much richer during the bridge with Jacob’s harmonies – it lacked oomph in Chicago. Another thing about sitting that far back is watching Clay’s body language. This struck me most during DSIAFCD. When he’s ready to hit the glory note, he was standing there, one foot firmly planted on the ground – but the other foot was on its heel, toe straight up in the air. For some reason, this made me smile as much him hitting the glory note. All in all, this show is a winner in my book. Every song transported me to another world, and I’m dying to see it again. Wish I could too. The clack I got for this show is all distant. However, for those who are interested in the staging…this is the clack for you. Clay’s pretty “glowy,” but it does give a sense of what else is happening. I had not told my husband much of anything about this show, except that Jacob went MIA a few nights ago during a performance. So, afterwards, we had this conversation: Me: So what did you think? Him: Well, it wasn't what I was expecting. Me: What do you mean, exactly? Him: I was expecting a concert. However, I liked that Clay put some thought into making the show different from last year. Clay’s music, for the most part, is not my husband’s cup of coffee, but he recognizes the talent, and thus enjoyed the show. Then, as we were driving back, he mentioned that he noticed that Clay wasn’t always at the forefront of the show, more of a “director”…he thought that was cool. I think he kinda got it. *g* Lrdjocelyn and I went to the Field Museum the next day, me proudly wearing my new Clay Aiken JNT2005 shirt. (I LOVE this shirt…it’s the one with the green printing, which is striking, and I think it has the CUTEST picture of Clay.) Three people commented on it, and all of them were staff at the Museum. The one lady asked if I had seen him the previous night, and if it was good. (I suppose you don’t need to guess what my answers were.) The other two were male employees at one of the gift shops, where they also asked if I had seen him. The one then mentioned the book signing from last year, and we talked about the people who camped out in the freezing cold (not me, unfortunately) for hours. The other guy then mentioned that this was pretty amateur in comparison to a story he just heard – a gentleman camping out for 11 hours in the cold to spend $400 for an Xbox console. This gentleman then took the game back to his car, pulled out a sledgehammer, and totally destroyed the Xbox! So, if anyone needs a story to complement us “craz…enthusiastic Clay fans” – that might be the one you need! I had a wonderful time in Chicago with “the family.” Thank you Chicago and thank you Clay.
  7. It's concert day, it's concert day, it's concert day, it's concert day, it's concert day, it's concert day.... EEEEEEEEEEEEEEE! So what am I doing here at work? I hope my mail comes today before I leave for Chicago...for I'd love to wear that long sleeved Tshirt as my travel shirt today! Still planning to buy stuff at the show tonight, if I can. Hopefully, my husband won't be too ticked off about dropping $100 at the merchandise table. *g* It's concert day, it's concert day, it's concert day, it's concert day, it's concert day, it's concert day.... EEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!
  8. Hee...yes, I will be in Chicago tomorrow evening, and will post a recap here, if I a) remember; and have time, for I will be recovering from the trip on Thanksgiving Day, and then visiting my Mom for 3 days. Anyway, I will try my best to check out the socks...but since I'm sitting in the loge, and can't afford to upgrade...I hope my binoculars work well. *g* If I had won a M&G (which I didn't, *sob*)...my planned present was going to be a pair of striped socks. I think he would have gotten a kick out of that!
  9. SkateJoy, I too saw that movie preview...and thought of bottlecap! I guess this means I've been hanging around this board too long. Pretty soon, I guess I'm going to be craving fish... The Jacob situation sounds very sad to me, more than anything else. I really liked his harmonies with Clay -- especially on EOTR and DSIAFCD. So, I will miss Jacob, and hope he has a good life as best he can. Having said that....it looks from the DSIAFCD from the KC show that the "family" is on its way to healing. What an emotional clip...laughter from all the introductions...to tears from the signed "Thank you"...to full body sobs when he starts grasping Quiana's and Angela's hands. I'm watching a JBT DVD at the moment....and it's weird now watching Jacob in these clips. And I'm not a "family" member at all! So...I think the the cast will have to take their time processing what happened. I do believe that Clay's blog was a classy move, and the "confused" feeling at the moment says a great deal.
  10. I thought the Standard interview was outstanding. His passion and his outrage for the people in Uganda was unbelievable, and his talk about expectations for the next album were truly believable. Love little Raleigh. (Although I suppose you could say she's not that "little" anymore...she needs to cut out the pretzels, stat!)
  11. I've always said to myself that if I ever did get a chance to meet Clay, I would tell him "thank you for being you." That, to me, is the highest compliment that I could give him. I'm glad he feels that this is what he can do. The Rocky Mountain News article is a wonderful example of "priming" -- basically letting the fans know that he'll be OK if he doesn't sell nearly as many CD's the first week for this album as he did for the others. He also knows full well the way the media is going to treat the album if it doesn't sell as well too. He's basically going into a very uncertain time with his eyes open, as best he can. I can't wait to see this Canadian interview.
  12. I'm hoping that my husband will be around to take care of most of it -- and I think I've got him trained well enough that if anything happens to me, my Clay friends would divide the stash. If it's the rest of my family, though, that wouuld have to do this...it would all be trashed. *sniff* But only 80 gigs on the hard drive? I honestly don't know what my family would think when they find my two external 120 gig drives, plus all the data disks I've burned, plus my 2 120 internal drives. And I'm thinking of picking up another external soon!
  13. Bonniemeadow -- thank you for your recap. I've now got a sappy grin on my face, because I can feel your joy in seeing this show. BTW, if you want to call the FCA "home" -- well, welcome neighbor. I agree that the white suit makes a much more interesting visual. I love a man in black (even Johnny Cash, hee), but the white suit makes Clay simply luminous. He's so stunning. I think Angela looks faboo -- both the black and white outfits. Quiana is just simply so joyous all the time, I can't help but smile at her. Jacob is looking very good too -- the contrast of his dark coloring with the white sweater is very nice. Shoot, I want to see more than one of this show. And it's coming up fast! Less than 2 weeks! EEEEEEE!
  14. bonniemeadow and Couch Tomato -- sounds like you had a wonderful show and a wonderful time. I love the fact that the preparty was an interboard thing...because, when it all boils down, we're ALL Clay Aiken fans. Period. And couchie -- your review brought a big old smile to my face. ITA with the "old soul" assessment, but I too am glad he's here for us in this time period, and I look forward to following him for years to come.
  15. Aiken Celebrates Holidays, Preps New Album
  16. 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.
  17. 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!
  18. 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.
  19. 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...
  20. 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.
  21. ldyjocelyn

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  22. 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.
  23. 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.)