Sunday, November 29, 2009

Clay Aiken Due Cyber Birthday Bash



On My Way Here - Montage by Aspiegirl

Happy 31, Singer Man!

Fans Celebrate Clay's Birthday

Clay Aiken's birthday is Nov. 30, but online celebrations among his fans began over the weekend!

Unlike past years when fan salutations of the singer's birthday materialized in song and glow sticks at Joyful Noise Tour venues or the Broadway performance of "Spamalot," this season's recognition of the event is spanning the worldwide Internet.

With the honoree currently recording a new CD for Decca Records, Clay is just one click away from the Cyber festivities via his iPhone and computer.

An outpouring of birthday greetings adorn CA message boards around the globe. The birthday annually inspires charitable gifts to the National Inclusion Project and UNICEF in the singer's honor, as well as creations of new montages, graphics, and blogs.

Aspiegirl's new On My Way Here montage, title track of the 2008 CD, can be viewed in the player above or at
You Tube. Also, here is a Sendspace download.

Clay and other Sagittarius-born stars are in the spotlight at ivillage this week. Below is a replica of the website's segment on Singer Man.


Clay Aiken - Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty

Born: Nov. 30, 1978

Singer Clay Aiken embodies the individualism of Sagittarius. The American Idol season 2 alum may have come in second place, but he went on to score multi platinum albums as well as a successful run on the Broadway show Spamalot.

Last year, he came out as a “gay dad,” (he and friend Jaymes Foster had son Parker, 13 months) with the diplomatic directness we can expect from people born this week.

Other celebrities born between Nov. 30 and Dec. 6 under the Sagittarius sign are Britney Spears, Ben Stiller, Tyra Banks, Julianne Moore, Jay-Z, Marisa Tomei, Bette Midler, and Don Cheadle.


Unchained then ... now ... forever. Graphic by cindilu2

Festivities Feature Quotes, Graphics

Two hundred thousand famous quotes by 15,000 people are assembled at the Jittery website, one of whom is Singer Man. In honor of his 31st birthday, the collection of quotes from Clay's index are interspersed with relevant graphics.

Actually, I don't hate cats, I'm just kind of afraid of them.

A
nd I don't think that success can be measured by how many TV shows you're on.

And I think that when I finally decided to let go and let God and allow that to happen, I became a lot more successful than I could have done if I had planned it all myself.

But I was going to be a teacher my entire life, so I wasn't counting on money to much.

I auditioned just for fun.

I could have a degree in music and come on the show, and Simon could still say 'You stink'.





I decided to study special education and fell in love with working with individuals with autism. That's what I planned to do with my life.

I did get a degree in special education.

I got rid of my glasses and they changed my hair. That's really all they did. They went shopping for me, so the clothes are different too. It wasn't like Extreme Makeover where I got a nose job or anything.

I kind of had my life planned out for me. I'd be married at some point, have, you know, 1.5 children, and be a principal possibly one day. But I think that that was kind of my problem. I allowed myself to plan out my life and didn't let provident direction guide my life.

I know that I've got big ears and a big forehead and that my hair sticks up. But I'm happy with myself. I'm not necessarily trying to win a beauty pageant here.

I know this is going to sound cheesy and like I'm trying to be Miss America, but the most important responsibility a celebrity has is to set an example and be a role model.





I mean, that's kind of what this business is about in some ways. You're trying to make everybody like you. But you can't do that. You can't force everybody - anybody to like you if they're just not willing to do it.

I sometimes think I might be autistic because I like to know - I need to know - my beginnings and my ends. I don't have to be in control of it, but I need to know what's going on.

I think celebrities have an obligation to the public to not just sing or act.

I think I probably hoped for it a little bit, but I'm not an optimist. I'm a realist... or maybe even a pessimist.

I thought about that the other day after I went to the grocery store and had to sign fifteen autographs before leaving. On one hand, it's just so flattering. On the other hand, sometimes it would be nice to get the bread and leave, you know?

I want to make sure that no matter how long I go through this, I don't fall into the trap of changing and modifying how I do things that aren't a positive example. I want to remain somebody that the entire family can listen to or watch.





I was on TV for almost sixteen weeks during American Idol. It's at the point now where it's old.

I went to school for special education. I always assumed when I had the opportunity I would love to try and help kids with disabilities.

I'm being trained to shake the bon-bon appropriately.

I'm really not that special. Really, I'm not. I was on a big TV show, but it was just a TV show.

I'm religious. I think this is something God had planned for me.

If my career detour from special education to singing has done one thing, it has afforded me the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of others.





In my ideal world, no child would suffer. Charitable instincts would prevail. There would be global acceptance of all different types of people.

It doesn't really matter to me how I make a difference, I just wanna make sure that I do.

It's a whole team of people working 24 hours around the clock to make me look like this.

It's important that I make a difference in some way. It's not necessarily how I make a difference, but I want to make sure that I do.

It's not the money. It's not the fame. It's the influence.

My mother taught me that we all have the power to achieve our dreams. What I lacked was the courage.

The greatest glory never comes from falling, but from rising each time you fall.

The greatest glory never comes from winning, but from rising each time you fall. A person is defined by what he chooses to do with his life, not by what happens to him.





There are stars out there who would die to have this much exposure.

Well, financially it's a little bit better. But it's better than when I was a teacher. But I kind of - it's allowed me to buy a house. And I've been able to help my mother with some stuff and my brother. So, that's nice.

Well, fortunately we found out that the runner-up our particular year was going to get a record contract also. So it was kind of a - it was bitter sweet but it was an opportunity.

Well, there are certain words and emotions I don't want kids hearing, and I'm not changing because they think it's going to sell better. This is going to sound horrible, but I got 12 million votes doing what I did.

W
hile everyone I work with may not share my beliefs, I have been surrounded by nothing but support.

You know, I think I'm a stronger person for realizing that you can't make everybody love you.








Happy Birthday, Clay! Have a wonderful week, Clay Nation!

Caro

BLOG ART CREDITS:

TOURS 1: Invisible926 (photos: dc4clay); cindilu2 (Tasapio); AmazingCA (Renee4clay)
UNICEF: Clayquebec1 (Invisible 926); AmazingCA; Claystruck
TOURS 2/SPAMALOT: AmazingCA (toni7babe); cindilu2; JPelligrini
PARKER: cindilu2, Fountaindawg, AmazingCA
ALBUMS: A Beautiful Mind (KarenEh); AmazingCA; AmazingCA

NIP/CURRENT: Ashes; AmazingCA (toni7babe); Fountaindawg; cindilu2



28 comments:

clayitagain said...

Loved the video..thank you....

HAPPY BIRTHDAY CLAY!!!!!

Loved all the quotes from Clay as well...he truly is a class act.....

I am proud to be a Clay Aiken fan...

Hugs,
Judy

CLAYCOLOMBIA said...

Thanks Caro. It's fantastic tribute you have done, to celebrate the birthday of Clay.
Beautiful montage of Aspiergirl and I love the quotes from Clay

¡FELIZ CUMPLEAÑOS CLAY!

gerra said...

Great blog! Happy Birthday, Clay!

Aspiegirl44 said...

Happy Birthday Clay. :)

I wonder if Clay will miss our glow sticks. I had the chance to see that once on his birthday and it was really awesome to see. One of my best concert memories. I do hope he has a wonderful b-day with his loved ones.

Wonderful picture from ivillage and the quote really is a perfect fit for Clay. I think he is a rare individual who places others before himself and stands proud as he does so. Even if judged by others, he stands proud in what he believes in.

I love all the wonderful graphics you shared with us. All the visual artists who create them are so talented. I cant get a layer from a layer at all in photoshop. Its sort of like my mind: all stacked up in one confused layer of piles. Heeee.

Love all the quotes by Clay. The only way I can think to describe them is this: So much knowledge in one man. He can see more than most will ever see. The kind of knowing that can never be learned in a classroom it is from the inside that this kind of knowledge comes from.

Thanks for a great blog Caro and thanks also for sharing my montage with everyone today.

((HUGS))

Kathy

invisibleclay said...

Beautiful blog!
Happy birthday, Clay Aiken!

Ashes said...

Caro, a truly wonderful birthday gift for Clay Aiken and all of us!
Clay has been giving us so many gifts over the years. I can hardly wait for the new ones coming in the new year!!!

hugs,
Ashes

hosaa said...

Lovely video by Aspiegirl. Thank you, Caro, for the quotes and the blends, and another wonderful tribute to Clay Aiken.

Next year, most of the world will see a "comeback," but fans will just see the next exciting chapter of a book we could never put down.

Have a wonderful week!
hosaa

IamMesmerized said...

Thank you Caro for the great blog. I loved all the sayings. I am reminiscing about last year because I was lucky enough to be in New York and have the chance with a group of others to shout out a personal wish for Clay to have a Happy Birthday. I was also lucky enough to be sitting watching Spamalot on Clay's birthday and saw the hi-jinx the rest of the cast members played on him. I hope he has a nice quiet birthday tomorrow with family and friends. Happy Birthday Clay!

MAE said...

Thank you for this wonderful tribute to Clay! Loved the video and all Clay's quotes! HAPPY BIRTHDAY CLAY!!! God bless you on your birthday and everyday! I pray all His good plans for you be established and succeed!! I'm thankful to be a fan of such a wonderful man!

OMC1313 said...

Happy Birthday Clay,

You have inspired a nation. The Claynation. Thank you for all the gifts you give to us.

Love and Prayers,
Andrea

Anonymous said...

Great blog and love all the pictures and quotes. Happy Birthday Clay.

Anonymous said...

Χρόνια πολλά Clay Aiken

Anonymous said...

Buon compleanno Clay Aiken

Carolina Clay said...

The previous two comments were "Happy Birthday" greetings to Clay in Italian and Greek.

Thnx for coming to Clay's party, everyone!

Caro

claying4keeps said...

Clay Aiken has had a rare, HUGE, impact on, not only his fans, but on the world in general! Who else is so quoted & mis-quoted on a daily basis? He is a VERY SPECIAL MAN, who uses his celebrity for good, as he long ago said he wanted to do!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, CLAY! I, too, am proud to be a Clay Aiken Fan!!

Anonymous said...

Hope Clay has a nice bday....thanks! for the wonderful blog. You do a awesome job and always enjoy each and every one of them! Hope 2010 comes and we can enjoy more of Clay Aiken! A Clay music fan, Donna in Wi.

Anonymous said...

Caro, thanks so much for all your hard work on Clay's Birthday blog. Clay is a perfect example of how one person can make a difference. He is such a great role model for us all. His actions and words have shown us. Looking forward to 2010 to see what Clay has in store for us.
Take Care
Sharrie

CCOL4HIM said...

You certainly have covered Clay's birthday well, and with lots of clack. Take care & God bless. Love always, Cynthia

CLAYCOLOMBIA said...

Clay Aiken, I wish you the best birthday. I hope you are very happy today and always.

Sandy said...

Happy 31st Birthday Clay!

Reading all of the quotes and this one stood out for me:

"Well, there are certain words and emotions I don't want kids hearing, and I'm not changing because they think it's going to sell better. This is going to sound horrible, but I got 12 million votes doing what I did."

And that is why I love Clay Aiken! Hope his day is full of joy!

Have a great day Caro!

Sandy

LovesClaysVoice said...

Happy Birthday Clay! I hope your day is filled with laughter, fun, and love! We can't wait to see what great things are going to happen in 2010!!

Great blog as always Caro!

anaturegirl said...

Happy Birthday Clay!

SueReu said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY CLAY!!!!

I love all the quotes - the man is certainly making a difference in the lives of so many people.

Aspiegirl is the best there is - thank you for posting!! Love all the blends and graphics - Clay Aiken has some incredibly talented fans.

Anonymous said...

Loved reading all those quotes from Clay. I remember quite a few of them. What a guy!

So great seeing Kai get a haircut. Darling pictures. So glad you share them with us.

See you at your blog. Lois

PaulaBear said...

Today is the day!!!
Happy Birthday to Clay Aiken!!!

T said...

Caro, what a beautiful & very special birthday tribute for Clay!

Aspiegirl's video got me emotional watching it. She did a fantastic montage. The Clay quotes are so heartwarming and so glad that you included them. Love it!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY CLAY!

Birthdays will come and go
And with each passing one
You are a year older,
You know more of life,
More of love, more of knowledge
And more of everything this world offers
Wish you keep growing like this forever…

Thanks so much Caro! I miss your blogs and today made me feel good!

((Hugs))

invisibleclay said...

Happy birthday Clay!

ImGranny said...

Great blog! Thank you! I really enjoyed reading all the quotes from Clay Aiken.

Aspiegirl's montage is just beautiful!