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Sunday, March 15, 2015

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I've had a pretty good week - Chris Gales's CD I ordered for the library came in and the library will put it in their collection. I had the opportunity to create the jacket art for Chris's CD and wrote about my experiences in Memphis, plus the review of the CD for the patrons to read. Twiztid shared my one photo from "This Way To Hell Tour" from October 2014 on Instagram (as of today, March 15, 2015, the picture has 1,128 likes). I think things are turning around for me. :)

Monday, March 9
Chris sent me a shirt along with the CD. Thanks, Chris!

CD art for the library. Here's the review:

Review of Chris Gales
Jessica Marie 

 I remember the night of September 20, 2014 like it was yesterday. It was my first time in Memphis, Tennessee, as it was mom’s first time here as well. We arrived on the 18th and quickly took a liking to the infamous Beale Street. Every night we would hang out in the music venues and listen to the many talented musicians Memphis had to offer. Our last night in Memphis—September 20—was no different. We were walking Beale and mom thought the menu to Flynn’s looked great. I remember drinking my drink—a Tennessee special, while carefully eating my catfish and collards; mom eating her brisket. As we were waiting for our food, we were mesmerized by Chris Gales. We just loved his charisma and performance. We were singing along to his songs, especially “Walking In Memphis.” It was a nice evening just listening to him before we headed back out onto Beale Street.

Chris Gales’s CD opens up with his introduction to the crowd dining at Flynn's, then it quickly goes to "Walking In Memphis." "Walking in Memphis" is his cover of Marc Cohen's 1991 hit, and I honestly like Chris's version a bit better (like I said, I like Chris's voice). Eight other songs are covers as well, which Chris's renditions are superb, giving the songs new life: "Stand By Me" (Ben E. King, 1961) and "Dock of the Bay" (Otis Redding, 1968), "Good Day" (Storyville), Shaky Ground (Temptations), Crossroad Blues (Robert Johnson), and three others. Chris penned "A Beautiful Thing" and in his performance, Chris's talented lyrics shows a unique side of him. When I e-mailed him about his CD, Chris mentioned he’s often shy about performing his own works—I reassured him that his unique style is amazing and his music is enjoyed by everyone. Chris is definitely a great writer and musician as I saw on that late summer/early fall evening back in September. The way he conducts his performances and his very outgoing nature, I can see why Flynn's always wants him performing. His charisma and showmanship definitely draws a crowd and a following.

Wednesday, March 11

When I woke up, Mimi was crashed on mom's office chair.

Beautiful day - 60 degrees and I could enjoy outside without a coat!

Thursday, March 12

This was a pleasant surprise for me. Before I went to bed, I checked Instagram for the last time for the night and I was stunned that Twiztid shared my concert photo! I think this was one of the best ones I took. I sent them a Tweet thanking them. Thank you, guys! :)

Friday, March 13

One of my co-workers turned 21 - we had a surprise party for him.

Saturday, March 13
Worked on my scrapbook. 

As I worked on my scrapbook, I finally bought "Summertime Sadness" and listened to that, along with other songs in my iTunes library:

I really like this song. It's one of my favorites.

Happy Caturday!


  1. Cupcakes! :D

    Yes, I love "Summertime Sadness", too; my favourite of hers. "National Anthem" is another Lana Del Rey song of which I am fond.

    1. I really like "Born To Die." My iPod updated again - for 7 months it wouldn't update. :( It surprised me yesterday and I hope it updates again because I have more songs to upload. I want to get Lana's CD.