Showing posts with label Music. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Music. Show all posts

Saturday, May 25, 2024

Memorial Day 2024

Hey Friends,
 
This is Odie reporting from my Ohio beach cottage. I hope you are doing well. Thanks for stopping by to visit with me on this busy holiday weekend.

When I think of Memorial Day, this song repeats in my head. I had to share it with you today. Please listen to More Than A Name On A Wall at least once.


I want to remember the reason we have a holiday to celebrate this weekend. It is a time we remember our loved ones who have finished their lives ahead of us. 

Dad shared about our recent visit to the local cemetery on Thursday. In this post about my sweet sister, you can see why we visit Miami Cemetery every May.

Our family and friends may be gone from this life, but definitely not forgotten. Heaven grows sweeter every day! I look forward to reuniting and meeting many friends and family members soon.


Memorial Day was set aside to honor our soldiers who gave their all for America. I honor those special souls who sacrificed all for the freedoms I hold dear today!

Twenty years ago, we visited Washington, D.C., and saw several monuments in our Nation's capital. It was a week that this American history lover will never forget.

Our visit to Arlington National Cemetary left a permanent impression on my mind and heart. I can not describe the feeling of watching the guard at the tomb of the Unknown Soldier. We watched the changing of the guard a few times. It was a special moment; I am so glad I witnessed it in person.

That visit to D.C. deepened my sincere appreciation for the sacrifice and dedication of many great people. We all benefit from the gift of countless men and women. It hurts me to think about the pain and suffering of the soldiers and their families. 

Their names are more than names on a wall or plaque. They were real people who gave their lives for our country. Thank you. feels very hollow, but I mean the words with all my heart! I remember them extra this weekend!

See you next time.
Odie

Saturday, May 18, 2024

Praise Report And Karen Peck And New River May 2024

 Hey Friends,

This is Odie checking in from Ohio. It is excellent to see you here today! Thanks for stopping by! I hope you are doing well. I am doing great. I do have a praise report this week! God has been great to me! I am blessed!

My long time friends know that I have had eye issues for a long time. Here is a quick synopsis for any new readers. Since 2006, we have been keeping an eye on things. My optic nerves are misshapen, and I have been classified as a glaucoma suspect. This is all probably a result of Cerebral Palsy.

Ten years ago, I suffered nine days of blindness in my left eye. God gave me a miracle. He gave me my vision back gradually. I had no promise of its return or the amount that it could come back. My vision is great today! I do still wear glasses. I can tell the left eye is a little worse. I am so thankful for my vision!

I have been seeing my current eye doctor for ten years, and she has been fantastic. She is very concerned for me, yet she cheers me on in every victory. Doctor Miller has told me my case is a miracle.

Wednesday afternoon, I had a regular checkup at the eye doctor. I had to go through a whole series of tests to check on everything. All the reports were excellent. Dr. Miller said I am a good, boring patient. She was thrilled that everything is staying the same.

Karen Peck And New River May 2024

Dad told you Thursday about our detour earlier this week. I was thrilled to see our precious family members again. They have been faithful in praying for us and checking on us.


I have missed George and Dianne Boggs. They are so sweet! It was fun to surprise them. They have often invited us to meetings, but it had never worked out for us to go. This is a picture I snapped before service.



A highlight of the night for me was seeing and hearing Karen Peck and New River sing. I knew it would be wonderful.



Karen


It was great to see my KPNR buddies one more time this year. This date was not really on my radar. I had seen that Ohio was on the schedule for the weekend, but I knew it was farther from home. 

Susan



Grant


My interest peeked a lot when Dad mentioned Cousin George's invitation text to us. I was not going to turn down a chance to be in service with Karen, Susan, Grant, Matt and Kari. I was extra happy Monday when he decided to take a small detour home from Kentucky.

Matt


From the beginning note to The God I Serve to the ending notes of the night of I Wanna Know How It Feels. Their parts of the service were so good.

Kari


Many people in the crowd that night were touched and helped. The lyrics to many of my favorite KPNR songs encouraged me, too!


I left there with KPNR songs stuck in my head for days. That is not a bad thing at all! They have many great songs in their catalog. I have been listening to Karen since her days with the Nelons. I think I was 8 or 9 when I was gifted my first New River project. Their music has been part of my life's soundtrack for a long time!


Once the service finished, it was time to head home. First, I stopped by the KPNR product table to see Karen for a moment.


Then, it was time to bid our cousins farewell. Hopefully, we will see them again soon! Thanks to George and Dianne for inviting us to be in service with you. Thank you for your hospitality and friendship! We love you!


See you all next time. I hope you enjoyed my praise report and the latest KPNR sighting.
Odie

Saturday, April 20, 2024

Karen Peck and New River and Triumphant Quartet April 2024

Hey Friends,

Odie is reporting today. Thanks for checking in for this Saturday! I am happy to have my faithful readers, and welcome to any new readers!

Last Friday was a terrific evening. The weather was very cool, windy and spitting rain much of the day, but the yucky weather did not stop us from having some fun. My cousins Lisa Isaacs and Stephanie Stansell picked me up around 4 in the afternoon. We were ready for a girl's night out. All three of us were finally able to coordinate our schedules.

The first item of business for us was food. We headed to one of our local Skyline Chili restaurants. We knew we could get a delicious meal and be on our way to the main event promptly. Skyline did not disappoint!


Local news has been abuzz lately. Skylines are changing from Pepsi products to Coke. Mountain Dew just pairs perfectly with a Skyline meal! Lots of people are sad about this drink change. The changeover was scheduled to start on April 1st. The Centerville location on Main Street still had the Dew last week! It sure made me happy!


Then, it was time to point Lisa's car toward First Baptist of Kettering. Strictly Gospel Concerts was hosting a concert to celebrate 20 years of bringing Southern Gospel Music to the Miami Valley.


We were excited to attend this concert featuring Karen Peck and New River and Triumphant Quartet! Doors opened at 6. We quickly entered the sanctuary. The promoter helped us find seats that would accommodate my chair.


KPNR was brought on stage shortly after 7PM.


We were blessed with wonderful singing from the beginning to the end of their set. 


Matt Gooch jamming out.


Grant Gibson recently celebrated his 6th anniversary with the group! He is a highly talented vocalist.


I was thrilled to see my buddies of KPNR one more time!


The evening featured both old and new favorites from the group. I have too many favorites to hear them all in one night, but they hit the highlights of their hits!


You know it is time for the song Dance when Susan breaks out her pink tambourine. 


I am always happy to hear them live in concert. I also had good friends to enjoy the night with me. It was great to have this concert close to home.



Karen Peck Gooch.


Kari Faith Gooch Balcoum.


Karen, her husband Ricky Gooch, and her sister Susan Peck Jackson started New River 33 years ago. They are still going strong!


KPNR are industry and fan favorites. 


Then, It was time for the Triumphant Quartet to take the stage. They have been voted the favorite male quartet and group of the year many times by Singing News subscribers,


David Sutton is their tenor singer.


We heard many of the Triuphant hits, and the songs that they have introduced to Southern Gospel and made them their hits.


Sean Barber, the lead singer, joined the group last year. This was my first time hearing him. He replaced Scotty Inman. Sean was a great addition to the group.


Triumphant will continue to be a fan favorite! I will go see them again!


Clayton Inman and Eric Bennnett have steadily held their baritone and bass parts for all of Triumphant's history!


The addition of Sean gave them a piano player. He played for several songs of the night.


On one song, Eric Bennette came down and greeted the crowd.


It is impossible to have a Triumphant concert without Clayton singing Old White Flag. It is always a crowd favorite and gets the crowd on their feet. It was a happy note to end the night on.


After the concert, I got the chance to say hooty hoo to the KPNR gang. I put on my Night Owl Diaries hoodie. I was glad to be repping the KPNR Owl Nation. It was Friday night, which meant there was a Night Owl Diaries episode live from the road later that night.

It was good to see my buddy Matt again. 


Kari and Grant were busy working the table I did not get pictures with them. Susan wanted to get a picture with me. 


We got a group selfie with Karen to remember our fantastic girl's night out.


Then we headed to visit the guys from Triumphant. I caught a break in the crowd. I added selfies with the guys to my photo collection. They were so friendly to me!

David Sutton and Odie.


Sean Barber and Odie.


Eric Bennette and Odie.


Clayton Inman and Odie.


Here is another picture with Stephanie and Lisa. 


We made it back home, and it was time to say bye until next time. We gained many great memories on the girl's night out. I am so glad we go to spend a wonderful evening together! They are both not only my cousins but also my dear friends! I am thankful to have them in my life!

I purchased a bag of freshly roasted coffee from Matthew Gooch at the concert. I wish all of you could smell this goodness!


Saturday morning, I was ready for a good cup of coffee. You can check out Solid Ground Coffee online by clicking here.


That wraps up this concert recap. We are already on the lookout for the next adventure. Stay tuned, we will give you a full report when it happens.

Friends, I will see you next week.
Odie

Saturday, March 30, 2024

CeCe Winans March 2024

Hey Friends,

This is Odie checking in from Ohio. Happy Easter, my friends! Today, I am thankful to celebrate our risen Savior! He is alive and working in all of our lives!

Last Saturday, I told you the week had been eventful for me. On Monday night, I got to see Jeff and Sheri Easter. Click here to see that recap.

I promised to tell you about the second big event today. Wednesday was a special night. I got to experience something that I had not done before. 

CeCe Winans March 2024

CeCe Winans was in Liberty Township, Ohio, which is less than an hour away from my home. I was able to tag along with my cousins Jacqueline Coffman and Katie Smith. I barely snagged a spot before the concert sold out.

I rode with Jacqueline; upon our arrival at the church, the crowds were crazy. Jaqueline dropped me to wait in line while she found parking. 

 

I made it inside quickly. A kind gentleman helped me find a seat and allowed me to save seats for the girls, too. We ended up having wonderful seats.


Jacqueline and Katie made it inside. The Princeton Pike Church of God was soon packed with people. Everyone was so excited to be there to hear the great CeCe Winans!


CeCe was finally on stage. She came on stage singing Lord Prepare Me To Be A Sanctuary.


We were blessed to hear a mix of old and new songs. Incredible is the one word I use to describe the experience of CeCe Winans live!


Most of the night, I sat with a smile on my face. The singing was amazing!


Here is a picture of the band. It was so good. I wish Mom was there with me to enjoy this phenomenal evening!


One of the fantastic backup singers


The one and only CeCe Winans!


I am thrilled I was able to spend some time with my sweet cousins! We have been able to spend much time together lately, so this night was special. We had so much soaking up the music, singing and worship! 


The entire night reminded us of the goodness of God in our lives!


CeCe's husband, Reverand Alvin Love, was with her. During the concert, he was sitting in front of us by the stage.


From the opening song until the ending note, we were blessed by CeCe's music.


She sang so many great songs. At the moment, they were all my favorites. 


I had a few highlights of the night:


Alabaster Box, 


Believe For It 


and Goodness of God.


The night ended with one of the songs from the new album coming next month. That's My King is a CeCe Winans' song that will go down in her fantastic hits catalog.


I did not want the night to end!


I had to get a picture with the CeCe before I left, well... the CeCe backdrop.


This is an event I do not think I will ever forget. I am so thankful it worked out for me to be part of it! Thanks to Jacqueline and Katie for letting me tag along with you!

See you next week. Hope you have a fabulous Easter weekend.
Odie