Sunday, March 22, 2009

Aiken Fans Serenade Singer

Measure of a Man montage by SueReu

Tour Replays Emotional MOAM

Fans Memorialize Wilkes-Barre

To longtime Clay Aiken fans, Wilkes-Barre is synonymous with special, spontaneous events that occurred during the memorable "Measure of a Man" acoustic medley of the March 7, 2004, Independent Tour Concert.

The Pennsylvania venue easily notched a replay in the Carolina blog's virtual tour of favorite performances. Clay later described the moment in his memoir, Learning to Sing: Hearing the Music in Your Life:

I am still surprised when people in the crowd sing along. Once on the last tour as we were playing "Measure of a Man," I had to stop singing for a second to clear my throat. I went quiet, but the whole audience kept singing the words. I stopped and listened to them.

Then my eyes welled up. I was almost light-headed. I had to grab my backup singer's hand to steady myself because I thought, "There are fiftee thousand people in this room and they all know this song! They're all singing my song. Which means they listen to my song in their cars. I'm in their cars! I'm in their houses!"

It was one of those times when my life washed over me, when I felt the power of music.

SueReu's opening montage of the Wilkes-Barre IT concert recalls "Measure of a Man" and "Fields of Gold." The popular acoustic medley also included "Carolina On My Mind" and "When I Need You."

Clickable by Fountaindawg
from Clay Aiken Kids site

Clay was not the only one who expressed the emotion of the evening. These paragraphs are from a recap by an 18-year-old:

I dare say there wasn’t a single dry eye in the house. There was more power in that room than anything I’ve ever felt before.

To hear your fans in unison proclaiming their affection for you through the lyrics of your favorite track in conjunction with actual breakdown of your once bubbly stage self was by far and away the most incredible mixture of pride and joy that I have ever felt in my life. I was blessed to take part in it.

Readers present at the Pennsylvania concert are welcome to share recollections in remarks here.

MEASURE OF A MAN --Animated design by cindilu2

Clay Aiken Walks the Walk

"Measure of a Man," lead track of Clay's first mainstream album, has long been associated with the singer's charitable endeavors with UNICEF and The Bubel/Aiken Foundation. Mission of TBAF is the inclusion of all children with and without disabilities.

Since his 2004 appointment as a UNICEF ambassador, Clay has traveled to Indonesia, Afghanistan, Lebanon, Uganda, Somalia, Kenya, and Mexico in support of educational and health programs for chidren. In addition, he has testified before a congressional sub-committee, served as national spokesperson for Trick or Treat for UNICEF, appeared on television and in telethons.

For a complete listing, check out charity work at the brand new Clay Aiken Kids site, which has just opened its "doors" in a new location. Also, bookmark Clay's page at UNICEF.

MOAM (UNICEF) montage by Gerwhisp

Another LTS passage by Clay provides the perfect introduction for Gerwhisp's "Measure of a Man" UNICEF montage, which can be viewed in the player above or at YouTube.

In my ideal world, no child would suffer.

I didn't get this singing voice to make myself famous and rich. I got it to become a better messenger.
Clay Aiken, Learing To Sing

Spring Equinox Spells Allergies

In parallel motion, the 7:44 a.m. Friday veranl equinox not only ushered in the first day of Spring but also my first onslaught of allergies in many moons.

Lots of liquids, lozengers, Vitamin C, a Vicks enhaler, and a box of tissues have accompanied me all weekend long. What started as a simple, scratchy throat gradually grew into a full-fledged attack. After years of weekly allergy shots, it has been ages since I encountered even a bad cold. [Knock on wood!]

With some unusual sound effects, I cheered for the Carolina Tar Heels -- and lots of other basketball teams -- anyway. Now on the third day, hopefully, order is just around the corner. But then so is Monday, LOL!

Have a great week, Clay Nation!


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Chardonnay said...

Taking a break from life to check in again and totally relish the old stuff! Awww, we're all doing the same thing! haha Thanks for another great blog!

Sandy said...

A very heartwarming blog! I've always felt that Clay loves his fans like no other artist and is not afraid to show his emotions when it come to us. Anita and I had another shopping trip to Watertown, NY yesterday and during the trip there and back we were talking about his connection with the audience.

Most of the day I have been reading David Foster's new book "Hitman". A very interesting look into the life of a musician and his struggle to the top. You would enjoy it!

Alyysa was having problems "latching" and was not getting the milk we thought she was getting. This resulted in her losing, not gaining weight. To get her weight back up, the lactation specialist recommended that she be bottle fed for a couple of weeks. Hopefully on Tuesday we will have good news about "weight gain".

Connor was in a hockey tournament on Saturday and got "MVP". He is really becoming a good hockey player.

Great news on the Tar Heels latest win! You must be on a high!

Have a great week!



Ashes said...


What a delightful read for this snowy day. No spring allergies here, unless one is allergic to a foot of snow, LOL.
Wilkes Barre was another memorable concert for sure.
I love renewing these glorioius memories while waiting for the new ones to come.

Thanks for the memories,
hugs, Ashes

SueReu said...

wonderful blog Caro!! I wasn't there, but you could feel the love even through video! The entire time I was putting those clips together to complete FOG I had tears in my eyes.

I don't think I have allergies, just a stupid cold - I hope you're feeling better!

:) thanks!! Have a wonderful week next week!!

Anonymous said...

Caro,You make it so nice to come and visit each performance and I enjoy it allot! I enjoy all U put into doing it!!!Thank U for letting Us see how Clay performs and tell us all about it,and the ETC.! A Clay fan, Donna in Wi.

Anonymous said...

Hi Caro
What a nice surprise this morning seeing your blog. With OFC down I needed a Clay fix. Great blog. I hope you feel better soon. Have a wonderful week.

Hugs Margaret

katy said...

Caro, that was a magical moment when Clay Aiken realized how his fans felt about him. He knew he loved his fans already.

Barbara said...

Caro, what great montages by Gerwhisp!

It's amazing how the audience began singing the song. Clay must have been very touched by the affection he felt from his fans.

I'm so happy Clay is an ambassador for Unicef. He has a genuine love for children, and you can certainly see that in the pics that have been taken.

Thanks for sharing the memories and another great blog with us!

Love and Hugs,