I am a member of an online street team through Isquad. I know, it sounds like an admission at an addicts meeting. And in nature, I guess it is for addicts of music. An i-Squad is a virtual 'Street Team' that provides a means for fans who are interested in sharing information, news, previews, and a whole lot more with other fans. As a member one receives breaking news, sneak previews, the ability to interact with other Fans & the i-Squad leader, Some very cool, very exclusive Prizes & Rewards -- that are only made available to members.Points you accumulate by helping out get you Entry into exclusive Contests, Sweepstakes and a whole lot more.The more you help Spread-the-Word, the more Points you'll accumulate, that you can then trade in for Rewards in the exclusive members only online store. It costs absolutely nothing to Join, except a little of your time. I enjoy it! My friends give me a hard time about it, but they also always ask me how I get to do the things I do. Through I-Squad I have won some very cool stuff such as free merchandise (t-shirts, cd's, etc.) but most notably I have gotten person invitations to attend artist events, such as the CD release party of the band Sugarland at the Nashville Fair Grounds, in which they performed, entry tickets to attend a private party for Joe Nichols street team (which he attended), and my personal favorite...I received 2 tickets to attend an invitation only taping of a TV special by Faith Hill that was broadcast on NBC during Thanksgiving. That one was particularly fun because it was an invitation only event, most of the people there were "somebody" (stars, record producers, writers, family members and close friends). I invited my friend Janet to come along with me. The special featured writers of Faith's songs (she doesn't write her own songs) and she and the writer would perform the song together. It was a small crowd of about 200 people, that was conducive of being able to schmooze and converse with the likes of Faith, Tim McGraw and their 3 lovely children, Lori McKenna, The Warren Brothers, and John Rich, among others. I did manage to talk to Faith and Tim, who were both very gracious and eager to answer any questions. I like to think that I am an amateur songwriter myself and I was very interested to speak with both Faith and McKenna. I asked Faith about her feelings for recording others material, if it brings more pressure or less because it isn't her own. Faith said she does feel pressure to make the song be what the writer intended. She said that sometimes she invited the writer into the studio either during the recording precess, but typically after to allow them to hear the finished product. "I want them to be happy and it does make me nervous", she admitted. I asked McKenna what it was like giving away "her baby" as in her songs to someone else to record and what if she doesn't like the artist rendering. McKenna answered with a safe statement, "I have always been happy to have my songs recorded. God Bless Faith and Tim for believing in me". The concert was wonderful. Faith explained how she received each song her feelings about them and cute little stories relating to each. She was a wonderful a singer as she sounds on the radio and equally as gorgeous! The person that I was most taken with that evening was Brad Warren of the Warren Brothers. Brad was kind enough to spend a great deal of time with me, answering my questions, laughing and joking, even wandering elsewhere only to show back up for more fun and laughs. He was so gracious, even going so far as to hunt down a sharpie and walk with me to Faith to get her to sign a wine bottle. Taping for the special lasted 5 HOURS!! so to keep her guest enthused (and the natives from getting restless) Faith had sent around bottles of wine to the crowd. I took one of the bottles and got both she and Tim to sign it as well as both Bret and Brad Warren. Brad Warren was the most down to earth individual, even introducing me to people. I was taken as his genuineness, humbleness and kind character.My only regret that evening, that there were no cameras allowed, because of the television taping, so I got no pictures....but I did get a signed bottle of wine! If you are interested in joining an I-Squad, Click on the link below to Join (or cut & paste the link into your browser) - and become a part of true fan driven promotion.
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Leigh discusses home decor, thriftiness (its an art) road trips and life as a stay at home mom. Leigh is a full time mother, a part time photographer, writer and wanna-be roller derby queen/rock star. Her photography and written work is featured in several professional business and local publications. She owns her own photography business, Photographic Memories. Leigh resides in the south with her three children and husband "Big Daddy".
"Whatever you give a woman, she will make greater. If you give her sperm, she'll give you a baby. If you give her a house, she'll give you a home. If you give her groceries, she'll give you a meal. If you give her a smile, she'll give you her heart. She multiplies and enlarges what is given to her. So, if you give her any crap, be ready to receive a ton of s*&t."
Words of Wisdom
"Older and wiser voices can always help you find the right path, if you are only willing to listen."-Jimmy Buffett
Sea Joy When I go down by the sandy shore,I can think of nothing I want moreThan to live by the booming blue seaAs the seagulls flutter round about me. I can run around when the tide is outWith the wind and the sand and the sea all about,And the seagulls are swirling and diving for fish.Oh, to live by the sea is my only wish. - Jacqueline Bouvier
"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines, Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream." --- Mark Twain
The cure for anything is salt water---sweat, tears, or the sea. ~Isak Dinesen
I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through him who gives me strength.Philippians 4:12,13 NIV
Live a good life and in the end it's not the years in the life, it's the life in the years.~ Abe Lincoln
Let your boat of life be light Packed with only what you need --A homely home and simple pleasures,One or two friends, worth the name,Someone to love and someone to love you,A cat, a dog, and a pipe or two,Enough to eat and enough to wear,And a little more than enough to drink...For thirst is a dangerous thing. -- Jerome K Jeromefrom "Three Men in a Boat"
The love of God is like the ocean, you can see its beginnings but not its end.
"No one can make you feel inferior without your consent." ~Eleanor Roosevelt
"We can make our plans,But the LORD determinesour steps" Proverbs 16:9
"Let us not forget what is best remembered or may we not remember what is best forgotten."
"Fish and overnight guest stink after three days." ~plaque at Fish Camp Restaurant, Orange Beach, Alabama
"We are not human beings having a spiritual experience, we are spiritual beings having a human being experience."
"A friend is someone who understands your past, believes in your future and accepts you today just the way you are." Proverbs 27:17
The happiest people don't have the best of everything, they just make the best of everything they have. The richest person is not the one who has the most, but the one who needs the least.
Live simply. Love generously. Care Deeply. Speak Kindly. Leave the Rest to God.
Worry is a robber of time and energy. Take comfort within that God's power is what we truly need. Heknows our needs before we can even ask for them.
If you worry, you didn't pray. If you prayed, don't worry. Faith is the ability to not panic.
Don't "find" a religion. "Find" your relationship with God. ~Bill Burgess
"Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great ones make you feel that you, too, can become great."-Mark Twain