Thursday, October 9, 2014

"Lighthouse", "Secret Ladder", "Nashville".... Oct. news!

Hi friends!                                         Oct. 10st, 2014

I hope everyone is having a lovely FALL.... the leaves are turning, chili is on the stove, football is on the tv, and I'm LOVIN' IT!  
If you haven't gone to I-tunes to download "Lighthouse", the new CD by Scott MacIntyre... GO BUY IT NOW!!!!!   Yes, I co-wrote a track "Sacred Space" which is on this record,  and I'm very proud of the song.....but even if I didn't have a song on the album, I would tell you to GO BUY IT NOW!!   Every song is GREAT, the production is GREAT, and Scott's voice is stronger and better than ever!   It is truly a moving and inspiring piece of work so I'm tellin' ya... GO BUY IT NOW!!!!!   You'll thank me later.  :-)

Also… my current favorite Boss, Mr. Christopher Cross has a brand new CD that was just released in September!  It is FABULOUS…  We will be out touring a lot this fall, promoting this new project.  Please check for all the upcoming dates and latest info.

AND…. the brand new season of ABC’s “Nashville” has started and I’ve been having a lot of fun taping a few episodes as part of Deacon Claybourne’s band so if you tune in, you MIGHT catch a glimpse of me here and there.  :-)

 That's about it for now.... always check my calendar for any new dates that might pop up.  We are heading to the Phillipines later this month for a couple of shows in Manila.  THAT should be an interesting trip!  :-)
Don't forget to check my blog now and then for more updates:
Love to you all.... 

Monday, September 1, 2014

Scott MacIntyre, Christopher Cross... and Deacon. :-)

Hi friends!             Sept. 1, 2014

It’s the unofficial beginning of my favorite time of year… FALL!   Cooler temps, football, beautiful foliage, chili and pumpkin everything!!    I just love everything about this time of year.   PLUS… there are many exciting things coming up to tell you about!

First off… I’m very proud of have co-written a song with American Idol Alum Scott MacIntyre, which is on his new CD “Lighthouse”, currently set for release on Sept. 23, 2014.  Our song, “Sacred Space” was written by Scott, myself and Val Lupescu while we were on a writer’s retreat in Gatlingburg last year.  I love the song.. and I love Scott!  He’s a great guy with a lot of talent… so go BUY this CD!  FYI…If you pre-order right now, you can get it at a discount!  Here is the link to purchase on I-tunes:  

Also… my current favorite Boss, Mr. Christopher Cross has a brand new CD being released this month as well!   It is FABULOUS… and available worldwide on Sept. 12th!   We will be out touring a lot this fall, promoting this new project.  Please check for all the upcoming dates and latest info.

AND…. the brand new season of ABC’s “Nashville” premiere’s on Wed. Sept. 24th.  I’ve been having a lot of fun taping a few episodes as part of Deacon Claybourne’s band so if you tune in, you MIGHT catch a glimpse of me here and there.  :-)

That's about it for now.... be sure and check my calendar at for more dates!!

Love to you all.... 

Friday, July 11, 2014

Django's here!!!

Lately, it's been "cool" to talk about how bad social media is.    Do people misuse social media?  Sure... we all do at times, but just because  people mess it up,  doesn't mean it is something we all need to label as "bad" or stay away from.  There are MANY good things about social media and how the internet has made the world a much smaller place.  One of those things that I LOVE about it is how I've been able to reconnect with people/friends of my past that I had lost track of.  There were SO many friends that I grew up with in little Arkadelphia, Arkansas that had slipped off my radar and I wondered at times if I would EVER find out where they ended up, what professions they chose,  what their families looked like now.   If it weren't for the internet....ok, let's just say it out loud people....all together now,  "FACEBOOK"... we might have never found each other again.    It has been a treat to rekindle old friendships, and learn to relate to each other as adults.

One of those old friendships that I am SO grateful for is my childhood friend, Lynette Cox.  She is now "V.L. Cox",  a professional artist, based out of Little Rock, AR and I'm tellin' ya... that girl is CRAZY TALENTED! She has her art in many selected collections, including the Historic Arkansas Museum,  The Morris Museum of Art,  The William Jefferson Clinton, 42nd President of the United States Collection, and many others.  She has even had some art on loan in the Arkansas Governor's Mansion for the last six years, and I saw where V.L.'s piece was acknowledged by the First Lady of Arkansas, Ginger Beebe, as one of The Governor's favorite pieces.   Check this out:

  For more information about my talented friend, go here:  

Not only is V.L. Cox incredibly talented, but she is also one of the most giving and loving people I know.  Following her life on her FB page only shows a glimpse of how much she does for those around her.  And NOW... she did THIS:

Using her signature style, using vintage refrigerator doors, she painted DJANGO for us!!!!   She knew how much he meant to us and wanted to do something to remember him by!  You can't EVEN imagine the tears I've been shedding since getting this beautiful piece of art in the mail today!  She gave me a little history on the door she used for "Django"... it is the front of a very old wooden icebox from the early 1900's, out of Menifee, Arkansas... it was the perfect size for our little guy!  I seriously can't begin to thank V.L. for this generous gift, but I will gratefully accept it and hope to help spread the word about this amazing girl and her amazing artistry!!  

So THANK YOU, Lynette Cox, my childhood friend.. and now grown-up friend!  You made this family VERY happy today!!  Much love and gratitude to you!!

Everyone go check out more of V.L. Cox's art:

Monday, July 7, 2014

July 2014

Hello friends!                                                  July 5th, 2014         

Well, here we are, smack-dab in the middle of summer.   I’m typing this from beautiful Manson, WA, where we are about to play a show tonight with Blood, Sweat and Tears.  The weather is much cooler here than we have been experiencing in Nashville, so it’s a nice relief for me.  I struggle with the long, hot humid days we have this time of year in Nashville, so traveling NORTH is always a treat in July/Aug.

June was full of shows for me.  I’m still touring with the AMAZING Christopher Cross and we got to share the stage with the Jacksonville Symphony, which was super cool!!  Hearing those gorgeous arrangements performed with a REAL Symphony was incredible.  I had chills all night!   (think about the intro to “Sailing” for a minute… I mean… c’mon….STUNNING.)

The Christopher Cross band w/The Jacksonville Symphony
THEN… we headed to Tulsa, OK for 2 nights of shows w/CC.  I have a lot of family in that area so it was awesome to get in some family visits while I was there.  Extra special thanks to my cousin Judy Miles, who helped organize many of the details so that I could get time in with everyone!!   

"An evening with Christopher Cross" in Tulsa, OK
While I was already in the great state of Oklahoma, I took a couple of extra days to visit my Birth Mother and her husband, as well as my brothers and sister and their familes in the OKC area.  That is one of the wonderful things about traveling with my work… getting to squeeze in little visits with family and friends that I probably wouldn’t see that often.  It was wonderful to catch up with all my OKC family! 

Later in June,  had our very first “Twelve Against Nature” road trip, performing in Destin, FL for the Maddie Kelly Concerts in the Park.   THAT was FUN!

"Twelve Against Nature" soundcheck in Destin, FL
 … and, our still un-named trio, consisting of me, Rob Harris and Kim Parent, traveled down to Decatur, AL and performed at the beautiful “Princess Theatre” for a small, but appreciative crowd.    They are just starting to get their “Songwriter Series” off the ground there and I hope the community will spread the word and support it.   People travel long distances to see songwriters do their “thing” at the Bluebird Café in Nashville.  These “Songwriter” shows are basically bringing the Bluebird experience to YOU.   I hope more and more places will get on board with this idea.  It’s really, really super cool!

I hope you guys will check my calendar periodically and catch one of my shows soon…. Here’s what’s coming up in July:
July 10th – The Bluebird Café in Nashville, TN   w/James Casto, Chas Sandford, and Kiki Ebsen

July 26th – Lancaster, OH   w/CC
July 27th – Lancaster, PA     w/CC
July 29th, Point Pleasant, NJ   w/CC

OH!  .. and Mike and I even found a little time to sneak away together for a much needed weekend together.  We took a spur of the moment trip to Memphis.   After 29 years of living in TN, I finally made a visit to Graceland!  TOTALLY COOL.  We also stayed at the Peabody, ( Priceline it people, PRICELINE!), ate at the famous Rendevouz BBQ, and spent a little time enjoying the music on Beale Street.  We also hit the Staxx Museum... yep, we crammed in a BUNCH.  I highly recommend the Memphis experience if you haven't done it!

Memphis, TN

Ok... that's all for now.... ya'll have some fun in the sun and enjoy the summer!

Lovin’ all of ya…. M

Friday, May 30, 2014

Ellie May Waldron.... RIP sweet girl

I can't believe this is happening.  Both our beautiful fur-babies gone in the same week.   After saying goodbye to little Django on Tuesday, our sweet 15 yr. old lab-mix Ellie has followed her little brother across the Rainbow Bridge.   Heart. Officially. Shattered.

Ellie was dumped as a 3 month old puppy in a box out in the middle of the woods with her sister. Thankfully some friends found them and saved their lives.  The pet rescue facility "Love at First Sight" took her sister, but they didn't have room to take Ellie too.  SO.... she came into our lives.   Mike and I had just been married a few months, and we weren't really planning on getting a dog, but..... "plans" don't matter when a sweet pup like Ellie needs you.

She's been an amazing dog.  A great watchdog.  A caring, loving member of our family for 15 years.  But time has taken away her spark and her joy for life.   As badly as we want to keep her here, the last few days have taken their toll and it was clearly time to let her go.   Rather than risk her dying alone, we chose to have her gently put to sleep while we held her here at our home.

Ellie Mae....thank you for your faithful love and devotion to us.  We will always miss and love you.
Find Django and keep an eye on him until we get there.  You know how he's always getting into trouble.

Love you both,

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Django Reinhardt Waldron.... RIP little buddy

He just showed up at our back door on March 31, 2008.  It was in the middle of a rainstorm and I saw him sitting on our patio.  I swear, as soon as our eyes met, I fell in love with the little guy.   We tried to find his owners for a couple of weeks with no luck.  It became clear to us that God had sent him to our family and we were so grateful.  

I never really understood how deep a bond could be between an owner and their pet.  I was always sad to hear when someone had to say goodbye to a beloved pet, but I seriously didn't understand that the grief can be as deep as losing a human that you have loved.  Now I get it.  Now i understand that the loss is DEEP.  We only had him six years.   Six years was not enough.  Not enough time to laugh, love and cuddle with this precious soul.

But... God tells us to "be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances".  So although I am heartbroken tonight at the loss of our sweet fur-baby, I will choose to find JOY in knowing that Django is no longer in pain.  I will choose to PRAY for peace and healing.  And I will choose to give THANKS for the six wonderful years we had with this special little guy.  

Django, you will always be in our hearts.  Love you buddy....