Cowboy Poetry Gathering Recap

I mentioned in the Come Ride With Me post about going to the Cowboy Poetry Gathering.  But, up until now I haven’t told you anything else.  Until now.

One thing I failed to mention was that it was my first year attending.  Last year was technically my first year living at 8,000 feet however last January Nate and I went to Cambodia so we missed out on the event.  I’m very glad that we were able to go this year!  I have heard nothing but amazing things regarding this event and it did not disappoint.

What happens when you get a bunch of cowboys together!

What happens when you get a bunch of cowboys together?  A lot of leather, guns and whisky!!

So, leading up to the weekend we had our schedule all planned out, my clothes all laid out, and a car full of gas.  One thing I know is that when you have eight people evolved with a plan, everything is subject to change.  Schedule, out the window.  Clothes that were packed were pushed aside for brand new clothes [oh how I miss living next to a mall].  But luckily, the car worked beautifully.

First change of plans… I was planning to take Monday off and leave on Friday.  Instead, I took Friday off so Nate and I could leave on Thursday. Second change of plans, Nate and I figured we would relax Thursday night to prep for the weekend.

Yancy, apparently, is not a big fan of changed plans...

Yancy, apparently, is not a big fan of changed plans…

On the drive over to Denver, our friend [nicknamed] Gassy gave us a call to let us know he got us entrance to a VIP event.  So, instead of resting up for the weekend, Nate and I found ourselves at an extra concert.  I’m so glad we were able to go too… all the artists performing that weekend were there and each either did two songs or two poems!  There were a lot of artists so it was a long concert but it was wonderful.  And, when the artists were not performing they were mingling in the lobby so I got to meet a few of them.  Two artist I got introduced to on Thursday night were Mikki Daniels and Eli Barsi.  Both are wonderful artists and I was completely amazed at how friendly they were.  And, I’m glad we were introduced to Mikki since that was the ONLY time we actually got to hear her sing on stage.  We somehow missed out on her other concerts.

Quick side note:  I am very amazed at the artist over the weekend.  Every one of them were so inclusive to our group and genuinely as thankful that were were there as we were that they were.  I guess I’m just so used to other music genres giving music artists a bad name.  Most of the artist at this event are winners of the western music’s and poetry’s version of the grammys.

Dave Stamey singing on Thursday Night

Dave Stamey singing on Thursday Night

During intermission, Gassy was cleaver enough to get an opportunity to say hi to Dave Stamey and we were all lucky enough to find out that he didn’t have dinner plans on Saturday.  So, we got to have another change of plans.

After a late night on Thursday, I got up early Friday to do some shopping [I am a city girl at heart, after all].  Dan and Alyse came over to join us on Friday so Alyse got to get some big city shopping in too!  It was great to have everyone all together.

Jam Session

Jam Session

Friday night was food, friends, and concerts.  We went to one amazing concert followed by an equally amazing jam session.

If your like me before this weekend, you don’t know that jam session means that the artists get together after the concert.  They sing, say poetry, and have a very good time.

Generally the jam session is only for the artists.  But, somehow, our group was invited!!!  Even though I had nothing to contribute, I was so happy to be a part of it.  And it was fun watching everyone else participate!

There were a few from our group who did participate in the jam sessions.  Gassy’s daughter can play the violin so she got in the mix [she’s got her back to the picture in the Jam Session photo].  Randy also did two of his poems.  His Buckaroo in Baghdad poem is published here.  Even though I’ve read the published version it was brought to a different level when hearing it read.

A little 'Gassy' in the backseat on the way to the rodeo.

A little ‘Gassy’ in the backseat on the way to the rodeo.

Saturday I got to have another first.  I went to my first real rodeo!  I say real because I’ve been to our local rodeo but there is no comparison between the two.  Nate was a proud husband taking me there!  He is an ex-bull rider and has done a few other events in the rodeo. He had a great time introducing me to ‘his world’ and teaching me a thing or two about the rodeo.  After the rodeo was the stock show.  I learned that people actually blow dry a cow.  Did you know this??? If you don’t believe me Google ‘Blow Dry Cow’ and your world will be changed.  It was a lot of fun walking around the stock show and seeing all the different animals… unfortunately they wouldn’t let us touch them… not even the bow dried cows!!


Dinner with Dave Stamey and his wife and Bob Bovee


We didn’t have tickets to the concert on Saturday night but we did have our dinner with Dave and his wife.  We were lucky enough to be joined by another artist, Bob Bovee too.  It was great to get to know them all a little bit more.  We have a pretty fun group to begin with but they all added a bit of something to our mix!  Saturday night we went to another jam session.  Alyse and I were so tired we had to bail early but Gassy and Randy had a great time staying out until sunrise.

Eli Barsi & Her Husband

Eli Barsi & Her Husband

Sunday afternoon we went to our final concert for the weekend and it was bittersweet.  We were all exhausted and ready to go home to sleep but we also wanted the fun to continue.  I think the highlight for the group was having Liz Masterson call out “Gassy, Randy and the crew” right before announcing Dave Stamey.  Nate’s highlight was probably Dave singing ‘Mariah’ to start his show.  Randy’s highlight was probably Dave calling him out from the stage to be the train whistle for Dave’s new song.

All in all it was a wonderful weekend spent with some amazing friends!  Glad I was able to meet a few new people and learn a little bit more about Nate’s past in rodeo and getting to understand more his love for western music the lifestyle.  I may still like to get my clothes from the city but I’m becoming more and more western every day!



Come Ride With Me

This past weekend a group of us headed to Denver for the Cowboy Poetry Gathering [as I just mentioned in my last post] and we had a blast!  I’ll have to write up more of a summary soon but for right now I want to mention the first song Dave Stamey sang on Friday night, Come Ride With Me.

I have always really enjoyed this song but when he sang it Friday night it went to a different level or, you could say, I heard it differently. As he was singing all I could hear was Nate’s and my courtship written out in song form.

Since we spent our whole dating relationship apart [me in Cambodia and Nate here in the mountains] we couldn’t do much but we could talk about a ton.  And Nate would talk about how much he couldn’t wait for me to be here so he could show me around and do all the things that, basically, Dave talks about in this song.

You could just listen to the song, but written out its so beautiful too…

Come ride with me
Time to saddle up n’ ride away
Is so much to see
Don’t worry I know the trails I know the way

I can’t tell you the number of time Nate talked about all the different trails that he loves out here and where he wanted to take me.  And, he always assured me he knows the way.  In the past year I really got to see this and feel the security of riding a horse with someone who knows the way, even if I feel lost.

I caught a gentle horse
His eyes are big and brown
He’s ready to carry you the whole world round
Come ride with me, let’s ride away

Come take a chance
I’ll show you where the mountains touch the sky
It’s a horse back dance
And we can ride forever if we try

There are a few points on my favorite horseback ride that you can see where the mountains really do touch the sky.  Its so beautiful to look at the mountains seemingly dance with the clouds or the sun peak thru the mountains.  Or to watch the sun rise and set.  Its absolutely amazing.

That dream in the distance
There for you to chase
Out in the sunrise with the wind on your face
Come ride with me, let’s ride away

The smell of the leather, the sunlight on your skin
They’ve got us achin’ to begin
The rumble of hoof beats much stronger than wine
The dust in your hair, the light in your eyes

I’m not going to say we haven’t had a little cocktail or two when we get to a lunch spot in our ride.  And it is funny how the smell of leather while horseback [even though I smell it every day in the house — a ‘perk’ of having Nate’s shop in the house] is pretty amazing.  And having the sun shine and wind on your face isn’t shabby either.

Come ride with me
We’ll run the hills and watch the eagles soar
It’s where you want to be
So tell me just what you’re waitin’ for

When I was in Cambodia, Nate asked me more than once what I was waiting for.  I had obligations there I had to finish up and I had a group of pretty amazing kids I didn’t want to just leave. But I’m so happy where God has taken me in my journey.  Right now, we can see the eagles soar around our house almost daily.  Its such a majestic sight.

We’ll camp near the meadow and we’ll love the night away
And saddle up again when the dawn is turnin’ gray
Come ride with me, let’s ride away

I can’t believe the ride I have been on in my life.  I have been taken all over the world and met some pretty amazing people and have been blessed enough to do some pretty amazing things.  And, its pretty amazing to look at my life and feel so content and know this is exactly where I’m supposed to be. And I’m riding with exactly who I’m supposed to be riding with.

My Favorites This Week

This week has been a bit less hectic than last week and I’ve gotten to look thru Pinterest quite a bit trying to get ideas for upcoming projects. I’ve gotten so many great options that I can’t wait to try out and learn how to do, now I just need to find time to do them!

Isn't this necklace collar absolutely beautiful!

Isn’t this necklace collar absolutely beautiful!

Jewelry || I’ve been toying with the idea of getting into making crochet jewelry and now I want to learn even more!! I found this site, not in English, but gives diagrams on how to make this.   I can’t wait to start!

Cross Stitch Coffee Mug.  I want to make it now!

Cross Stitch Coffee Mug. I want to make it now!

Cross Stitch || I haven’t talked about cross stitch much on this site yet however I am a semi-avid cross-stitch-er.  By semi-avid I mean I’ve made some for gifts and I have a huge French/flower needlepoint project that I’ve been working on for years. I tend to like to do needlepoint when I’m tired of other projects I’m working on.  But, wouldn’t this coffee cross-stitch be super cute by the coffee maker?!?!

happy home

Our house is quite happy, thank you very much!

Home || I saw this pallet sign from Rusticly Inspired on Etsy and I think it fits Nate and I perfectly!


Music || This weekend Nate, I and the gang are over in Denver for the Cowboy Poetry Gathering and Denver Stock Show.  One of Nate’s [now you can say Nate/my] favorite singers is Dave Stamey. This past year I was able to watch him live for the first time and we are excited to be seeing him again this weekend. The YouTube video is one of Nate’s favorite songs.


The Voice Finale

Please tell me you watched The Voice last night!!!???!!!  Oh my, was it spectacular!  Since I did a recap of the season yesterday, I figured I would show you what my favorite performances were last night…

For the guest performances, I love the Bruno Mars / Mark Ronson’s ‘Uptown Funk.’  I knew I loved the song already and was excited to see them perform… they didn’t disappoint me at all! But, what was up with the rollers in his hair??  Anyone know??

Both Nate and I were like “are you kidding me” when Craig Wayne Boyd sang ‘Sweet Home Alabama’ with Lynyrd Skynyrd.  Wow, was it amazing!!!

Fall Out Boy with Matt McAndrew did an amazing job with ‘Centuries,’ didn’t they!??!!

Nate and I really loved the performance that Craig Wayne Boyd did with the girls.  I also loved the performance the ladies of the Voice did.  I couldn’t find either performance on YouTube though… so sad, I wanted to watch them again!!  But, if you want to watch the whole episode, you can go to The Voice on NBC to see all of it.

But they did have Blake Shelton’s ‘Can’t Touch This’ — too funny!!!!

Congratulations to Craig Wayne Boyde on a very deserving win last night!!! Can’t wait to hear more of you on the radio!!

The Voice Recap

Nate and I are into the Voice [probably because I am].  We started watching last season and we have watched every week this season.  Our favorites are no longer on anymore but I like most everyone who is still on the show.

Since I didn’t think to post every week, I’m going to overload you with my full season recap.

During the blind auditions I about fell off the couch when James David Carter sang. One, because he’s so freaking good.  But two, because when I lived in Atlanta he was my favorite singer at Buckhead Church.  Its been a few years since I heard him sing live and he didn’t disappoint!

After JDC was gone, my favorite became Sugar Jones.  I agreed with Pharrell, she is phenomenal.  I love her voice and the songs she sings even Nate’s says is right up my alley.

Nate became a huge fan of Anita Antoinette and I couldn’t blame him.  She is so fun to watch on stage and her reggae voice is so amazing.  And, she has something she wants to say and I love when a singer has a positive point of view.

Up until the Top 10 I really didn’t care much for Chris Jamison but when he came out with ‘Uptown Funk‘ I became a fan. I realized he sounds a bit like JT and that can’t be bad.  Nate doesn’t agree with me but I’m not really shocked.

In the Top 8 episode Taylor John Williams came out with Royals. And became Nate’s next favorite.  I love the way he changes up a song.  And when he changed up ‘Blank Spaces‘ by Taylor Swift the next week I knew he is pretty incredible because Nate liked the song.

In the Semifinals when Craig Wayne Boyd sang the ‘Old Rugged Cross’ I was amazed.  I loved this song growing up.  We sang it church all the time, however, I never sounded this good singing it.

But, Nate and I had already grown to really like Matt McAndrew. His voice is boss.  Oh man, can he belt it out.

Last night I was shocked when I thought everyone had done a great job. Since I had already thought Chris sounded like JT, I was pretty excited to hear him sing one of his songs.

However, both Nate and my favorite was Matt McAndrew and we picked him as the winner.  Every song he did was so great, but I loved that he sang ‘Over the Rainbow.’

Matt’s original video was pretty amazing too.  I can’t lie.

Can’t wait to watch for the winner tonight!!  Who do you think is going to win???