Wednesday, December 15, 2010

It is NOT too late!

I have a new shipment of CDs in, and I am shipping the same day orders are received, so PLEASE, if you want CDs, order them quickly. You can go here to order online using a credit card or Paypal, or you are welcome to contact me directly. Thank you!!!

Oh, and guess what! If you check back here regularly, within the week there will be a link to a new blog for the NEW PROJECT!!! Woohoo! Wow... that is a lot of exclamation points.

Monday, November 15, 2010

As Long as You're in the Neighborhood Anyway...

First an invitation, and then a little story. Follow the Star is a live nativity, and if you are here in the Orange County, California area the first weekend in December, it really is not to be missed. This will be the 13th year that the production will go on. I can describe Follow the Star... live animals (courtesy of some very dear friends of mine that own a nearby ranch), live actors, and very short and sweet. I didn’t attend Follow the Star for the first few years it was playing, mostly because it happens right after Sing Noel, which is a musical production I always seem to find myself playing for. The first time I went, I wasn’t sure quite what to expect. It was threatening rain that night, and as I wiped a few stray raindrops off my chair and sat down, the lights went down, and then slowly came back up... this part defies description... it was just so beautiful and full of the spirit that it seemed like it was over too quickly, and I ended up watching the next two shows as well.

Seven years ago, when my youngest son was a baby of about five months, they asked me if he could play the baby Jesus on one of the nights. I dressed him in a simple soft white outfit, and the mother who played Mary swaddled him for the show. There was another baby waiting in the wings, but because it was sprinkling outside a little bit, his mother wouldn’t let him outside. It was actually super funny, because the mother of the other baby came up to me and said, “It is raining outside. You’re not going to let him go out there, are you?” I said, “Sure, I know they will keep him safe and dry.” She kind of sniffed at me and said, “Is he your sixth child?” “Seventh, actually,” I replied. “Well, that explains it,” she said. “This is our first, and we are very careful with him.” I actually laughed a little. I wanted to say, “You’re absolutely right. We don’t even put ours in a car seat. We just strap him up on top of the car with some bungee cords.” Haha! Good times.

So that night he got to be the baby Jesus about six times. He never cried, although sometimes the baby does cry, and it doesn’t detract at all from the presentation. At one point during the first show, Mary had the baby Jesus (my baby Jesus) all swaddled, and one of his hands came free, and he waved his little arm in the air. I heard a little girl in the row ahead of me catch her breath, and say, “Oh, look! The baby Jesus is real!” She was so right: the baby Jesus was real, and he grew to be the Savior of all the world. I love him! That is why I write the songs that I do. That night I felt a moment of awe and wonder, and it happens each year just the same. If you have a chance to attend, don’t let it pass you by.

December 3-5, 6:00-9:30 p.m. each night
At The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints - Altisma Building
29441 Altisma Road
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA

Friday, October 29, 2010

Christmas Comes Early... Again.

Well, last year I sold out all my Christmas CDs, and promised that I would make them available again this year. I have ordered a limited quantity, so get your orders in quickly! And you should really check back here over the next couple of weeks, because I am about to announce a brand-new project for 2011. I am sooo excited about it! I also have a few updates on your favorite people on the CD, as well as a contest.

If anyone has any stories to share, or things to say about the CD, please contact me at the e-mail link here. You could end up in a blog post.

Now, just as a little surprise for stopping by, I am adding an mp3 of one of my favorite songs from the album... a surprise that I held back last year. It’s called “Will You Hold Me On Christmas Eve?” sung by Garry and Rachel (Read about it here). Now you can listen to almost every song on the album right here on the blog. But I have to tell you that if you have only listened to the songs on the blog, BUY THE CD! I have had so many people tell me that they were blown away by the CD quality... much better than listening here. And it makes a great Christmas gift as well. So enjoy reading the posts here... enjoy listening to the songs... and order your CDs early before they sell out again. Until then.... merry merry merry merry merry!

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