MCA Nashville country star Vince Gill performed a free show last Friday on the official release date, February 12.
The performance was held at the famed Ernest Tubb Record Shop in downtown Nashville which for the past few weeks has been transformed into a special Vince Gill pop up store.
Gill performed several songs from Down To My Last Bad Habit as well as classic fan favorites like “Go Rest High On That Mountain” to the over-capacity crowd. Vince has played, sung and/or written songs on more than 500 albums by other artists. And he’s produced projects beyond these.
So what could be more natural—or delightful—than a diversion called “Six Degrees Of Vince Gill”? Fans can enter any musician’s name to discover the degrees of separation the musical figure has from Vince. Want to know the number of degrees between Vince and, say, Adele? It’s two.
– Posted by Country Girl CMTT
At the time the Enterprise crew started its 5 year quest in 1966, not many people realized the true worth of this show. 50 years afterward, the Star Trek saga has gotten deep into our mind, spawning 7 Television shows, counting next year’s unnamed reboot, as well as 13 movies. The franchise has stimulated technological progress (touchscreens and mobile phones, just to name a few, got their inspiration from the saga) and influenced numerous folks to “boldly go where no one has gone before.”
And now for being 50 years old, Star Trek doesn’t show any signs of hitting the break. With a brand-new motion picture, Star Trek Beyond, being released this July plus a fresh streaming TV show in the works for the following year, and even a non-canon film on the horizon – presuming it makes it through the Paramount claims – Star Trek is back again in the science-fiction zone in a tremendous way. Followers of the show have a lot to enjoy.
And they will definitely celebrate. Star Trek not too long ago publicized its fiftieth anniversaryStar Trek: Mission New York convention in New York City. Held from September 2nd to September 4th at the Javits Center, which is the spot of the 1st Star Trek convention back in 1972, the tribute convention will be organized by ReedPop and CBS Consumer Products.
The event draws together enthusiasts and regular fans alike, delivering lots of enjoyable activities, screenings of future projects, countless products, and obviously, notables (TBA) from the past, present, and future of the Star Trek universe. Reedpop’s Larry Fensterman talks about the convention:
“Star Trek: Mission New York will be a completely unique fan event unlike anything seen before, giving them the chance to go beyond panels and autograph signings, and immerse themselves in the Star Trek universe.”
For die-hard enthusiasts, this is going to be the 2nd Star Trek 50th anniversary convention, since Creation will hold a semi-centennial festivity in Las Vegas as well. Conventions are not only a cool place to spend time with enthusiasts and Star Trek role models; they get to enjoy a lengthy history as micro-cosmical social activities and have even molded the course of history – at the very least Star Trek history.
The 1st Star Trek convention has been a get together of like-minded people, who combined their money altogether and set up in a ball-room. At first the convention has been projected to appeal to several hundred fans, however the low estimates of convention organizers quickly expanded into a horde of several thousand fanatics. Guests orators included maker Gene Roddenberry, show writing expert D.C. Fontana, writer Isaac Asimov, along with additional TV and science-fiction experts.
One greatly attended convention flourished into recurrent events, that keep on attracting top-flight Star Trek superstars, visionaries, and certainly sellers. The recognition of the Star Trek conventions, triggered in large effect by the run of the very first Star Trek TV series, helped persuade professionals at Paramount that there has been sufficient interest in the franchise to produce the short-term Star Trek: The Animated Series and ultimately finance Star Trek: The Motion Picture. Fifty years down the road is a lengthy time for a show. A few of the saga’s moves have confused old school enthusiasts, and perhaps even Gene Roddenberry would not identify his cinematic inheritance. Yet he would without any doubt be pleased about the loyalty of his fanatics and the outcome his franchise had on the world.
The Grand Ole Opry presented by Humana® honored Country Music Hall of Famer Ronnie Milsap on his 40th anniversary as an Opry member Friday evening. Milsap was inducted as an Opry member on February 6, 1976.
Before taking the stage, the country legend celebrated with friends, family members, and fellow artists in the Opry House’s backstage Family Room with a cake marking the occasion. Later introduced on stage by fellow Opry and Country Music Hall of Famer Connie Smith, Milsap reflected on the night he joined the Opry 40 years ago.
”I was so happy that night Roy Acuff inducted me,” Milsap began, shouting Acuff’s moniker “the KING of country music!” After the show, the 40-year member met fans outside The Opry Shop, celebrating that day’s release of his latest recording project,Gospel Greats.
“Ronnie Milsap is one-of-a-kind at the Opry and in country music,” said Opry Vice President and General Manager Pete Fisher. His style transcends musical boundaries and his and exuberant spirit makes its mark on the Opry every time he comes home to visit.”
Born blind in North Carolina, Milsap lived with his grandmother until he was 6 years old. He attended Morehead State School for the Blind in Raleigh, where he was given strict classical training. But late at night he listened to his favorite country, gospel, and R&B broadcasts. The music reminded him of home.
Milsap studied pre-law at Young Harris Junior College near Atlanta, Georgia, eventually earning a scholarship to Emory University. Instead of continuing with law, he threw himself into music, forming his own band. During the mid-’60s, he landed a stint with J.J. Cale and session work with producer Chips Moman, notably on Elvis Presley’s “Kentucky Rain” and “Don’t Cry Daddy.”
In 1973, Milsap moved from Memphis to Nashville. Before one could say “overnight success,” he was signed by RCA and released the two-sided hit, “All Together Now (Let’s Fall Apart)” and “I Hate You.” He followed with “That Girl Who Waits on Tables” and “Pure Love.”
A year later, he had three No. 1 songs. The flood of hits wouldn’t let up for 15 years: “Daydreams About Night Things,” “(I’m A) Stand by My Woman Man,” “Smoky Mountain Rain,” “Lost in the Fifties Tonight (In the Still of the Night),” “How Do I Turn You On” and “Don’t You Ever Get Tired of Hurting Me” all stormed the charts.
“Before I joined the Opry in 1976, Jeanne Pruett was always getting me to come out here and guest,” Ronnie recalls. “Eventually she said, ‘I think you need to join the Grand Ole Opry.’ And I said, ‘Well, how do you do that?’
“All of a sudden, one night I was over here and Mr. Roy Acuff came up to me in the hall and said, ‘Hey, Ronnie, you want to be a member of the Opry?’ I said, ‘Yes, sir.’ He said, ‘Okay, then, you’re going to be a member of the Grand Ole Opry.’”
Along with his multiple gold and platinum albums, Milsap has earned six Grammys and numerous CMA and ACM Awards. He’s a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame. The ebullient performer and original stylist changed the face of country music, but he has never forgotten his own difficult road to stardom and his good fortune along the way. In 1986, he established the Ronnie Milsap Foundation to aid the blind and visually impaired.
“In some way it’s a blessing that I was born blind,” he once said. “If I had been born sighted in western North Carolina … I certainly wouldn’t be doing what I’m doing now.”
– Posted by Country Girl CMTT
Common sense, covered with a layer of Christian emotion, becomes your guide. You may be more prosperous and successful from the world’s perspective, and will have more leisure time, if you never acknowledge the call of God. But once you receive a commission from Jesus Christ, the memory of what God asks of you will always be there to prod you on to do His will. You will no longer be able to work for Him on the basis of common sense. What do I count in my life as “dear to myself”? If I have not been seized by Jesus Christ and have not surrendered myself to Him, I will consider the time I decide to give God and my own ideas of service as dear. I will also consider my own life as “dear to myself.” But Paul said he considered his life dear so that he might fulfill the ministry he had received, and he refused to use his energy on anything else. This verse shows an almost noble annoyance by Paul at being asked to consider himself. He was absolutely indifferent to any consideration other than that of fulfilling the ministry he had received. Our ordinary and reasonable service to God may actually compete against our total surrender to Him. Our reasonable work is based on the following argument which we say to ourselves, “Remember how useful you are here, and think how much value you would be in that particular type of work.” That attitude chooses our own judgment, instead of Jesus Christ, to be our guide as to where we should go and where we could be used the most. Never consider whether or not you are of use—but always consider that “you are not your own” (1 Corinthians 6:19). You are His.
by Your grace open my vision to You and Your infinite horizons and take me into Your counsels regarding Your work in this place
“But my life is worth nothing to me unless I use it for finishing the work assigned me by the Lord Jesus
the work of telling others the Good News about the wonderful grace of God.”
Acts of the Apostles 20:24 NLT