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Jack Blanchard: A Small Story for Halloween

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Jack Blanchard & Misty Morgan an American country music duo from Florida.

Composed of guitarist/keyboardist/vocalist Jack Blanchard and his wife, keyboardist/vocalist Misty Morgan.

For Thousands Of Intelligent Good-Looking Readers

A Small Story for Halloween

THE VOICE

We saw a candle in the window of the chapel in the graveyard,
and it flickered as it slowly moved away.
Was that the wind in the pipes of the old dusty organ,
Or just howling down the hill among the graves?

Then lightning struck the steeple, and it rang the chapel bell
That’s been rusted into silence many years.
Then the thunder rolled away and the organ starts to play
And we heard a voice that filled our hearts with fear.

Then the voice called through the night so loud and clear,
“Is there anything at all you’d like to hear?
Though my bones are old and moldy, I just love to pick them oldies.
Is there anything at all you’d like to hear?”

So we dug up some requests for him to try.
We shouted, “How ’bout ‘Speckled Bird’ or ‘Jambalay’?”
He said “Maybe I’ll ad lib a chorus on my ribs”.
Then the voice sang all the songs that made us cry.

Well, the three of us, we sang the whole night long.
He kept pickin’ funky organ until dawn.
Till the morning mist was rising on the lawn…
When the sun came up, we knew that he was gone.

Now the first red rays of sun begin to creep,
And the shadows of the graves are long and deep.
We smile and wonder when we’ll hear that voice again.
Then we close the lid and sing ourselves to sleep.

Then we close the lid and sing ourselves to sleep.

Jack Blanchard & Misty Morgan

Jack Blanchard & Misty Morgan…

Home Page: http://www.jackandmisty.net

Awards: Grammy, Billboard, CMA, BMI, ASCAP.

Mastering & restoration studio: 352-530-2068. Email: jackandmisty@gmail.com.

© Jack Blanchard, 2017.

Get to Know 2017 Nash Next Finalist Natalie Spiroff

Get to Know 2017 Nash Next Finalist Natalie Spiroff

Nash challenge is down to 10 finalists,  NCD will be profiling Natalie Spiroff Today

Today, we are getting to know Natalie Spiroff: In May, Cumulus Media and Big Machine Label Group invited aspiring country artists and bands to participate in Nash Next 2017, a grassroots talent search and artist development program for country music. Sponsored nationally by Country Inns & Suites by Carlson, the winner of the competition will receive a recording contract with Nash Next Records under the Big Machine Label Group and garner substantial exposure, commensurate with a major-label release, on Cumulus radio stations nationwide.

The 10 finalists were selected by a panel of country radio professionals and will be judged in the finale by a group that includes Brooks & Dunn’s Kix Brooks and Scott Borchetta, president and CEO of Big Machine Label Group. The 10 finalists will perform at the 2017 Nash Next finale event at Nashville’s Wildhorse Saloon on Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. open to the public.

How did you get started in music?

I have been singing ever since I can remember. I was always in school choirs and musicals, and I took any opportunity to showcase my original music. Some of my favorite childhood memories are the times my dad would play his guitar and help me write songs. It really helped that I have two extremely musical parents. My dad performed in many Off-Broadway shows and my mom was Eddy Arnold’s back-up singer.

At what age did you realize you wanted to make music your career?

I have always known it. Okay, there was that one year in sixth grade that I wanted to be an astrophysicist [laughing], but besides that, I’ve always known music was my true passion. Nothing else makes me feel more free.

What three words describe you?

Genuine, passionate, relatable.

Who are some of your musical influences?

Maren Morris, Taylor Swift and Miley Cyrus.

What is unique about your sound?

I think my music is different than anything that’s on the radio right now. The Nash Next regional judges told me my song was unlike anything they’ve heard before and that made me so happy. My music has many different elements of country and pop music within it.

What three albums would you take with you to a deserted island?

Hero by Maren Morris, Black by Dierks Bentley and Younger Now by Miley Cyrus.

What’s a song you wish you had written?

Little Big Town’s “Better Man, which was written by Taylor Swift.

What was the first concert you attended?

Coldplay.

What’s the last song you heard that blew you away?

“Hard to Love” by Lee Brice. I perform on Lower Broadway in Nashville and my friend Jay always sings this song. As I sing the lyrics in harmony, it blows me away. The words are so genuine. The songwriters [Billy Montana, John Ozier and Ben Glover] poured their absolute souls into it. That’s what I try to do each time I write.

What’s your go-to karaoke song?

“Jolene” by Dolly Parton.

Where is the coolest place you’ve performed?

Carnegie Hall with my high school a cappella group.

What’s the first thing you do after a show?

Talk to people in the audience. I can put on the best show of my life but nothing beats the human connection. Talking face to face with people who just heard my music is so valuable. I want them to know I do it for them and it makes me so happy when they tell me it really made them feel something.

What’s your favorite song to cover?

“Little Red Wagon” by Miranda Lambert.

What’s the most embarrassing thing you’ve done onstage?

I stopped in the middle of a song and shouted to my band that there was a guy standing in the doorway with a bomb strapped to his waist—it was a harmonica belt [laughing].

What was your reaction when you learned you were one of 10 Nash Next 2017 finalists?

Absolute gratitude. I don’t know what I did to deserve blessings like, but I am just so grateful. This is the chance of a lifetime to show the world what I’ve got and show that this is what I was meant to do. Writing and performing is my love and passion and if I get the chance to make this dream a reality, I am going to give it everything I’ve got.

What family member or friend has been the most supportive of your music career?

My momma. She is my absolute number-one fan. She never misses a show, but more importantly, she always encourages me to be my best. Without her, I would not be the musician or performer I am today. I am so thankful for her honesty and constant push—in a good way—to become better each time I put on a show.

written by Jim Casey | NashCountryDaily

Today’s Inspiration Station With Rhonnie Scheuerman

Today’s Inspiration Station With Rhonnie Scheuerman

Share Your Life  – All the believers were one in heart and mind.

No one claimed that any of his possessions was his own,

but they shared everything they had. Acts 4:32

When you read the story of the New Testament Church, you tend to get caught up in its explosive growth and amazing miracles. But here’s a component you shouldn’t miss: ‘No one claimed that any of his possessions was his own, but they shared everything they had…There were no needy persons among them…those who owned lands or houses sold them, brought the money…and it was distributed to anyone as he had need’ (vv. 32-35). You say, ‘If I just had more money I’d be happy.’ You might feel more secure and have fewer worries, but you wouldn’t necessarily be happier. In the Journal of Happiness Studies, researchers looked at what distinguished quite happy people from less happy people. One factor consistently separated those two groups. It’s not about how much money you have; it’s not about your health, security, attractiveness, IQ, or career success.

What distinguishes consistently happy people from less happy people is the presence of rich, deep, joy-producing, life-changing, meaningful relationships. Social researcher Robert Putnam writes: ‘The single most common finding from a half-century’s research on life satisfaction, not only in the U.S. but around the world, is that happiness is best predicted by the breadth and depth of one’s social connections.’ But you can know a lot of people without really being known by any of them, and end up lonely.

Those folks in the New Testament Church got it right: it’s in sharing with one another spiritually, emotionally, financially, and relationally that you achieve your highest level of joy.

Prayer Heavenly Father,

thank You for putting into my life people I am able to share life with.

People who know You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen

The above devotion was written/compiled from multiple sources by

Tim Hetzner, President of Lutheran Church Charities and author of WORD Bible Studies.

 

 

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