Sunday, January 03, 2010

Montage Characterizes Clay Aiken

HUMANITARIAN IN ACTION - 'Grace' montage by LovesClaysVoice.

Memorable Scenes, Music

'Grace' Captures Charitable Clay

During all my years in -- or on the outskirts of -- journalism, I have never been accused of writing too few words. This may be the day!

No doubt my former editors -- with nods to the appropriate desks in the Wilmington Star-News, Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, and The Odessa American newsrooms -- would also appreciate the added irony of neutral newspaper hues.

Clay Aiken fans know they are blessed with a very talented brigade of photographers, videographers, and graphic artists, affectionately known as "clack goddesses," who have brilliantly documented the singer's performances, appearances, and humanitarian endeavors with the National Inclusion Project and UNICEF since 2003.

On another plane are the skilled artisans who creatively select from the vast array of images, videos, and music to produce extraordinary and varied memorable montages.

Clay Aiken in opening frame of video.

Featured in this entry is the montage Grace by LovesClaysVoice, which portrays the compassionate, sensitive, caring man Clay Aiken is. Accompanied by pianist-composer William Joseph, the montage can be viewed in the above player or via the Yahoo video link. You can download the montage with this Sendspace file.

William Joseph was the opening act for Clay's 2005 Joyful Noise Tour, which covered 36 cities in the US and Canada during November and December. In 2004, he opened for Josh Groban's Closer Tour. "Grace" is the final track from his 2004 album, Within.

Clay Nation Recalls Spamalot Finale

January 4, 2009, is a date Clay Aiken fans will not soon forget. The Clay Aiken Kids site recaps the week's events leading to the singer's farewell as Sir Robin in Spamalot.

For a walk down memory lane, see Broadway Events and the double-clickable wallpapers by Fountaindawg commemorating the finale week.

Similar to the final performance night in May, Shubert Alley was crowded with fans. Once again, Clay saluted from the ledge above the theater. This time, it was final. There would be no future return to the role for Clay as the play itself would close a week later. -- from Clay Aiken Kids site.

Have a wonderful opening week of 2010, Clay Nation!



MissSally said...

Brevity is fine when it's written with your signature eloquence, Caro.
With “Grace”, LovesClaysVoice, created an ethereal, deeply moving montage. The music and black & white images are hauntingly beautiful, and not easily forgotten.
Thank you so much for featuring this remarkable montage.

copingincalifornia said...

Love your blog. Happy 2010!

clayam said...

Love the humanitarian Clay Aiken, nice blog and great montage.

Anonymous said...

So you were on vacation that is why we are getting so many wonderful blogs.
Keep them coming I enjoy every word, picture and montage.


Musicfan said...

Thanks for another wonderful blog. it is amazing how many talented Clay fans there are. It is nice that you feature them here.

I can't wait to hear from Clay!!

Anonymous said...

Wonderful montage. If I were not already a Clayfan and I happened upon this montage, I think it alone would make me want to learn more about Clay Aiken. This beautiful montage certainly illustrates how magnificently multi-faceted Clay is, showing both his spirit and heart. Thank you, LovesClaysVoice and Caro.


Anonymous said...

Hi Caro,

What a beautiful montage by LoveClaysVoice.....I agree with everything MissSally said. Thank You again, for sharing your many creative talents with all of us.

Have a great week, I guess It's back to work tomorrow!


LovesClaysVoice said...

Thank you Caro for featuring my montage! I can't begin to express my gratitude to all the clack gatherers over the years! Their work and the memories are priceless.

We are all missing Clay terribly and can't wait till he reappears! Let's hope it is very 'soon'! I can't wait!

Cotton said...


Anonymous said...

Hi Caro :)
Such a beautiful montage ♥
I've always loved the black & white pictures the best. Along with the touching piano music they just fit so perfectly too. Thanks so much for posting it!
Take Care

katy said...

Beautiful, fitting montage that tells us who Clay Aiken is.

Anonymous said...

Wow! Caro. This is truly an awesome blog. I love the montage and am so proud of OMC and his humanitarian deeds. We really have you to thank for the regular updates and constant reminders of why we are all still here in support of this wonderful man.

Well done, my friend :)

Sally (bsrefong)

Anonymous said...

Love the montages. I never get tired of the old, the new, and the many pictures in between, of Clay. Soon we'll have brand new ones. Yippee!

Anonymous said...

Always enjoy your work and others U include , Thanks!! for all of it. Great job . Waiting for 2010 to be great!! Donna in WI.

deyabird said...

Very touching and well written blog. The montage is grace itself and I love that it portrays caring nature so beautifully.

I sort of miss the Spamalot days. Hearing of Clay on a daily basis, and going to NY City for the first time ever and sharing that wonderful city with my children is something I will never forget. But you know what? We have 2010 to look forward to and it is here!

SueReu said...

LovesClaysVoice is a true artist. Thank you for sharing her vision!!

We are extremely fortunate to have so many wonderfully talented people in the Clay Nation - especially the clack gatherers!! How LUCKY that we are able to relive every special moment (and they're all special, if the "bad" ones)

I also miss Spamalot. Clay Aiken was actually online more and interacting with his fans more in 2009 - but in 2008 we got to SEE him on an almost daily basis!!

Thanks again Caro - have a great week!

Anonymous said...

Great blog. Thank you so much for doing this. Spamalot was hilarious and there were so many talented people in it. I wish I could see it again.


ImGranny said...

Wonderful blog. I especially love the montage showing Clay Aiken's humanitarian side. Thank you!

lulu said...

"Grace" is beautiful. Thanks to LovesClaysVoice for creating it and you, Caro, for having it on your blog. Also thank you Clay Aiken for what you are.


Hi Caro. He needed to come see your blog. You know that I enjoy.
I loved the LCV montage. wonderful!,
I will always be thankful for all the "Clack gatherers". Without their work all the fans, especially the international fans would never have been able to enjoy all the concerts and performances by Clay Aiken. Thanks.