We Gather Together

My computer works.

Not a particularly noteworthy announcement from a blogger, I know.  But being without my computer for weeks makes these words sing off the screen with all the vibrato of a Wagnerian soprano.  Sing it with me, “Maaaai com-pu-tor wo-(trilled r)-ks-ah!”

With more crashing fatigue than its user, my machine refused to stay awake for more than a few minutes at a time until finally deciding to take a two-month-long nap.  I don’t know what woke it from its slumber, but it seems to be up to working 85 – 90 % of the time now.  I’ll type fast just to be safe.

I’ve had these few months to consider the tortures virus writers should endure.  I naturally find cruel and unusual punishment abhorrent, but my recent fantasies have included images of stripping said offenders naked in public where they’re met by Lorenzo Lamas and a laser pointer, Charlie Sheen and an Epilady Classic, and Joey Lawrence and over-the-counter cans of spray tan.  Although I can’t be certain it was a virus that caused the trouble, it still seems good policy.

Anyway, I’m happy to get to post something before Thanksgiving arrives.  Fingers crossed, I’ll be back with more after my tryptophan-induced holiday rest.  I hope you enjoy my new arrangement of “We Gather Together.”

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

– Anita, Noted in Nashville

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You’re Not ‘The One That Got Away’

Well, hello there!  It’s been a while.  I’ve enjoyed catching up on your blogs this week.  Thank you for making me feel missed and welcomed back.

There are many, many songs written about “the one that got away.”  But what about the one that didn’t?  And by that I mean, what about the one that didn’t, but you wish had?!  Here’s a song I wrote on that subject a few years ago.

My inner grammar cop compels me to point out the flaw in the title.  But no one says, “the one who got away” now do they?  So artistic license wins over language laws this time – like a lot of times.  In fact, anytime you find an error in my writing, just chalk it up to “artistic license.”  Oh yeah, I totally meant to do that. . .

Have a great weekend!

– Anita, Noted in Nashville

You Tubular

You Tubular

When You Tube suggested I make a commercial to boost my channel’s ratings, the words “cross promotion” came to mind.  What a brilliant idea they had!  Get more people to view my videos, and lure them over to the blog.  After just a few days of running the commercial, I noticed that my number of You Tube subscribers had jumped up by ten.

And then I got reading glasses.

That number was a little smaller than I originally thought. . .  By nine.

So, the bad news is that my near vision has declined.  But the good news is that my distance vision has improved by a lot since college.  An allegory for life?  Let’s hope so.

 

And with my long-distance visions in mind, I put together a long-overdue demo of my studio work – a vocal sampler like a box of Valentine’s chocolates.  Please let me know if there are any you’d like to spit out.

P.S.  The first song is a sneak peek (or would that be a near hear?) of our new song, coming soon.

– Anita, Noted in Nashville

Fear Itself: The Play of Down

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“Fear Itself” Series: My Journey to Overcome Stage Fright

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We were the last to arrive, the last on the list of songwriters, and the last on stage.  I thought that being last was a blessing.  I believed it would allow the tension to escape the room in time for … Continue reading

The Quiet Crunch

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The Quiet Crunch I’ve been a little quiet on the blog lately.  I’m always a little quiet when I’m up to no good. Actually, the reverse is true.  I’m quietest when I’m working on or toward something that matters to … Continue reading

“Super Turkey” 2.0

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“Super Turkey” 2.0 My, how we’ve grown!  It’s hard to believe that this is the same little girl featured in last year’s “Super Turkey” video.  She has grown taller, yes; but she has also grown as a musician.  Lanie has developed … Continue reading

Straight Trippin’ & Other Contradictions

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Last week I read a post by my blogging buddy Carrie Rubin entitled, “Am I a Man?”  Per her usual wit, she addressed the subject of stereotypes with a good dose of humor and some great pictures of her comfortable … Continue reading

“Just Too Fine”

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“Just Too Fine” I’m a big Randy Newman fan.  I love his weird sense of humor and the unexpected turns his music and lyrics take.  His song “You Can Leave Your Hat On” is simultaneously sexy and silly – a … Continue reading

“Poor Wayfaring Stranger”

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“Poor Wayfaring Stranger” I remember singing this for my church when I was twelve.  I was raised in the Church of Christ, so that meant no piano, no guitar, no nothin’ but me and my voice in front of the … Continue reading