Yo Trippin

Oh yah mamas and papas.
There is dancing at my desk at this very minute.

iTunes shuffle uncovered a little forgotten gem that I now have on repeat, repeat, REPEAT.

*uninhibited desk dancing*


Mmm Mmm funky.

Yo Trippin.

Track 11.

*she dances some more*

Stop reading... go get it.
The whole album.

*she kicks her heels off and gets crazy*


DAY TEN: 10 Days of Gratitude

I'm thankful for laughter.

Nothing feels better than a good belly laugh. Or a baby laughing. Or laughing with someone.

I would laugh all day if I could. Even better, if I could make others laugh all day, I would.

The best part about laughter? It doesn't cost a thing and it gives so much.

On those days when laughter seems a long ways away, we've all got those people who know just what to do.  One of my favorite memories from this past year, was Denice and I reading the DamnYouAutocorrect text bubbles out loud as conversation over the phone.  I was sick of talking about all my crap... sick of everything... and she said, "Let's go look at DYAC." We proceeded to spend two hours laughing our asses off. (Thank you, Denice.)

Seriously, try it. You won't regret it.

Today, I'm thankful for laughter.

He will once again fill your mouth with laughter and your lips with shouts of joy. (Job 8:21 NLT)


DAY NINE: 10 Days of Gratitude

Thankful for Nashville.

12 years... plus infinity. That's how long I'll be here.

In Nashville, I've pursued two careers.

During the day, I get to help come up with solutions for my clients that move the needle forward.  I get to work with teams of incredibly talented people who have a passion for marketing and serving. I'm just home from a meeting in Memphis where we're getting to make plans to move things forward. Strategically. It jacks me up. I hope I get to do this for a long long time. Not only does it afford me the life I lead, but it really helps me know that the last 25 years of my day gig career, I've learned a ton and have the experience to contribute in a way that will help propel things forward... I'm serving and making things happen. By the grace of God, I'm able to make a difference.

Musically, I've found myself in Nashville. From songwriting, to playing guitar, to sessions, to performing, to evolving as a BGV singer,  to meeting some of the most incredible people and friends... I wouldn't want to be anywhere else. By the grace of God, I am here... fulfilling all my dreams.

Day and night.

No matter what personal issues I'm working through, my career, music and amazing friends get me through. I'm a comin' out of the fog peeps... and it is good. Thank you for helping me live my dreams. No regrets.

Can't Nobody but God + more Jeanne vids...

AND, there's more to come. Music City is the place where I continue to evolve into myself and have found my voice.  This chapter is just the next step....

Can't wait.

Nashville is where I was meant to be. I hope I take my last breath here... among the good souls I've met, among the music that is in my soul.

Today, I'm thankful for Music City.

1 Corinthians 2:9 NLT
"That is what the Scriptures mean when they say, “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him.”"


DAY EIGHT: 10 Days of Gratitude

I'm thankful for the one and only Tank Petersen.

Tanky Tankerton
Look at that face? You can totally see why, right?!

He's smart. He's funny. He thinks I'm the bomb dot com.

And, well, I think he is, too.

Tank's a little ham and provides hours of entertaining distraction with his antics. So many tricks and commands in his arsenal. "Sit." "Lay down." "Wait." "Ok." Those are the staples. He flips treats off his nose and catches them. He also plays dead if I point and shoot him with my finger, catches a frisbee like a badass (and pretty much anything I throw his way). When he gets in trouble, all I have to say is "go to your mat" and he goes. Stays there until I say, "OK".  He even rings a jingle bell hanging on the front door knob to let me know when he wants to go outside. When we go for walks, he heels on command and doesn't drag me all over the place. And, if I even say the word "ride" he goes out of his mind with excitement... He'll do anything for a ride in the car. Most of the time I have to spell it out to minimize the length of flippage. "Walk" in any context gets the same reaction.
Tanky Livn' Large @ the dog park

Tank is also my protector... my built in security guard.  I defy anyone to not be a little scared of his bark.  It's loud, assertive and I have no doubt he's freaked more than one visitor out. Sorry, peeps. But, I don't mind that he's that way. Tanky would totally have my back if anyone tried to bust in the house or hurt me. I'm okay with the occasional delivery person or maintenance person feeling a little uncomfortable. When I had my house alarm worked on last fall, the alarm dude said, "With him... you don't need an alarm." Pretty comforting.

If only they knew that he becomes a furry earthquake at the hint of a thunderstorm. He's chill most of the time... until someone comes to the door.  Tanky loves loves loves visitors. (Thank you friends who've had to work around the first 5 minutes of arriving here... and the obnoxious jealous bark that erupts if we hug goodbye.)

Not gonna lie, sometimes the responsibility of having a dog and three cats can be overwhelming as a single person with a day gig and active music life. (Parents... I seriously don't know how you do it. It's probably best that I never became a Mom. LOL)  But the benefits of having Tank, my loyal buddy, in my life way outweigh the occasional inconvenience.  And, I'm blessed to have Annette and Robin next door for those times when my day runs long or travel plans change.  They have helped me out in a pinch more than once... words can't express how much I appreciate it.

So, today is my Tanky day of Thanks.

GENESIS 9: 14-17
When I gather the clouds over the earth and the bow appears in the clouds, I shall recall the covenant between myself and you and every living creature, in a word all living things, and never again will the waters become a flood to destroy all living things. When the bow is in the clouds I shall see it and call to mind the eternal covenant between God and every living creature on earth, that is, all living things. `That' God told Noah, `is the sign of the covenant I have established between myself and all living things on earth.' 


DAY SEVEN: 10 days of Gratitude

Today... I'm thankful for Sundays.

Daryl. Crunchie on the outside. Soft on the inside.
Cross Point.
Cleaning. Purging my old life.
The Anderson's.
The Walking Dead.
Boardwalk Empire.

It doesn't get any better than this, folks.

Good times.
Good friends.
Hanging with Nashville peeps... Nashville family.

Freakin' good stuff.

I'm thankful for Sunday's.

Genesis 42:11 NLT: "We are all brothers—members of the same family."


DAY SIX: 10 Days of Gratitude

I'm thankful for songwriting.

Spent the afternoon "writing" with my brother in song, Jeff Anderson. We didn't finish a song, but we got some good stuff going on. And, among it all, shared our stories. Cause... well, that is what it is all about, right?!

Bluebird. Can't Nobody but God.
Writing has gotten me through the past 14 months. Some songs no one will ever hear, but the exercise helps me heal.  Here is Music City, we call it songwriting therapy. *smile*

God supplies the ideas... the words... and all I can do is channel them the best I can. It's the ultimate problem solving, writing a song. Figuring out the best way to say what you've got to say in 3 minutes or so. Finding the right melody, tempo, feel.

I'm so glad I live in Nashville. Where the words and the song are written best. I've learned so much... and still consider myself an amateur compared to most of my songwriting friends. But I'm here. And I'll keep writing. Hopefully until my last breath.

I'm grateful that God put songs in me. Hopefully, some of them will help others as much as they help me.

So today, I'm thankful for the gift of songwriting. 

Psalms 119:54 NLT
"Your decrees have been the theme of my songs wherever I have lived."


DAY FIVE: 10 Days of Gratitude

I'm thankful for family.

My actual family... and those in my life who've become family.

I'm thankful to have some really amazing, authentic, loving people in my life who like to talk and laugh as much as I do, who are always up for an adventure, who I would literally die for... and who know me better than me somedays.

Y'all know who you are... Thank you.

Matthew 5:14-16 NLT
“You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father."