Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Tried & True Take 2: Clay Aiken Fans Rewind Mesa

CLAY AIKEN IN MESA -- Screen cap links to the complete Mesa Tried & True Concert recorded in high definition by Scarlett. The performance has been arranged in a play list on the Wowzers4Clay Channel on YouTube. Link to "Love Story, sit back, and enjoy the show!

Dancers Raise Dollars for Inclusion

Videos Replay Mesa in High Def

The intricacies of gathering, rendering, and uploading clack are beyond me; but, thankfully, they are mainstream for countless Clay Aiken fans who, because the singer generously allows videos and photographs during his shows, leave concert halls with memory sticks and tapes loaded to the brim and ready to share.

One of the most productive teams during the Clay's 21-city Tried & True Tour has been the duo of Scarlett videoing shows and Hope uploading completed files to the Wowzers4Clay Channel on YouTube.

During the February-March tour, they provided almost "instant" clack for fans back home. Ten days past the tour, their routine is as intense as ever but has switched to high definition videos, mp3 and mp4 files, all of which are linked at the Wowzers channel.

Tuesday night yielded a complete play list for the Mesa T&T Concert, the first of many to come. The opening Mesa screen cap links to "Theme from Love Story" and continues through the entire concert of high def videos.

Fans can download the files from the shared Tried & True Mesa HDV doc on Google, Clack Unlimited, or various message board vaults.

Below are two expandable screen caps from Scarlett's Mesa concert videos.

Fans Share Not.Just.Us Stories

During the tour, my Not.Just.Us file expanded almost nightly; but the concert recaps/clack more than filled blog entries. Fortunately, CA fans enjoy NJU stories anytime; so here is the next edition of the current three-part series. Claystruck created the accompanying clickable graphic.

peeko4clay: Before the Houston show started, I introduced myself to the ladies on each side of me. Neither one of them had been to a Clay concert before. However, they both came with friends that were CA fans.

The gal on my right was a joy to watch. First thing she said was "he's adorable." She kept on saying "I love this song" and clapped along to the more upbeat songs with a huge smile on her face. I could tell she was caught hook, line and sinker!

At one point she waved to Quiana, who waved back with a big a smile on her face. At the end of the concert, she told me that it was the best concert she had ever attended and she planned to go out and buy everything Clay has recorded! This statement was made with no prompting from me.

The other gal seemed to really enjoy herself as well, but was just not as vocal about it.

MagicalMusic: I want to share a NJU story that is no longer a NJU story because she's one of us now. Last weekend a college gal who's a new fan went to her first Clay concert.
This weekend she went to Westbury and Glenside with two friends and me. She had a PBS meet and greet and got a handshake by the bus. She told us she was afraid she was hooked and kept saying how great Clay was.

We played MOAM in the car several times during our travels, and she loudly sang along. Her boyfriend is also a big fan. He attended his first concert last night and remarked that he wished he had been to one sooner.

cablegirl: One of the first friends I ever made in the fandom joined me for the Minnesota concert. She had not seen Clay in 3-4 years. Not because of lack of interest but because of difficult family issues. She was thrilled to be going, and we were celebrating a sort of "reboot" of her life.
We had been to many concerts before and always had a wonderful time I glanced at her a few times during the show last night, and she just looked so happy.

When it was over she turned to me and said, "He's just as wonderful as I remembered him."

Raleigh Celebs Dance for Inclusion

In an annual benefit, the National Inclusion Project and Arthur Murray Dance Studio of Raleigh are co-hosting "Dancing Like the Stars" at the Southern Women's Show on Sunday, April 10, at 1 pm.

Local celebrity participants have been practicing with their professional dance partners to provide great entertainment for the show attendees. Complete bios of the celebrity participants and their dance partners, as well as each couple's practice video, are provided here.

DLTS participants include Joseph Callender (actor, model, comedian) and Erin Smith; Barbara Gibbs (ABC Eyewitness News) and Arthur Soroker; Donna Gregory (community relations manager, North Carolina Theater) and David Cox; Dan Schwenneker (meteorologist for ABC 11 Eyewitness News) and Stephanie Ferrell; Sharon Tazewell (anchor for NBC-17 Today) and Arthur Soroker.

After viewing the practice videos, use this link to vote for your favorite couple. Donations are 100 percent tax deductible.

Voting will end at 11:59 EDT Saturday, April 9, so make a donation to the National Inclusion Project. Every dollar donated counts as a vote towards the contestant of your choice (minimum online bid of $10).

DLTS concludes with an entertaining performance by the contestants at 1 pm Sunday, April 10, during the Southern Women's Show. The National Inclusion Project was co-founded by Clay Aiken and Diane Bubel in 2003.

Below is a clickable of Scarlett's opening screen cap:

Have an awesome week, Clay Nation!



Ginger Scarlett said...

I don't know how you cleaned up these screencaps but whatever it was keep on doing it, please?!!! Eeeeeee!!! Haven't read anything yet so I really can't comment at this point but I couldn't wait to tell you - great, wonderful, stupendous job!!!
:clap! clap! clap!:

Jo-Anne said...

"...When it was over she turned to me and said, "He's just as wonderful as I remembered him."

I say that every time I see him too, whether it was a year ago or a day ago. He is always just as or maybe even MORE wonderful... ***huge sigh****

Rhode Island Fan said...

I always love the NJU stories. Thaks for sharing. Anyone who sees Clay Aiken live--is hooked!!
The screencpas are gorgeous!

Hope said...

I know Scarlett's high-def video clips are of very high quality; still, the screen caps are just incredible. Hats off, Caro.

claysweetea said...

Every thing looks fabulous! I cant figure out how to find the playlist of all of Mesa though. I see the first song, Love Story, but where is the list for the entire concert? Thanks!

claysweetea said...

Re my previous comment, I found that Mesa is up on CU now. So, Im a happy camper!

Anonymous said...

Love reading about the ppl that loved the concerts and always enjoy it all! Anything Clay is awesome! Pics , are super! Wi.

Beanblossom said...

Great blog - and I love the NJU stories.

MissSally said...

High-def video, gorgeous screen caps, and more "not just us" stories.

Great blog, Caro.

Anonymous said...

Great blog as usual Caro. I love all the NJU Stories. Glad that he is getting some new fans. If they see him just once...they are goners!

Thanks for the link for Wowser's video's of Mesa. I will watch them as soon as I can. Again, thanks for all your wonderful work.

SueReu said...

love the NJU stories!! LOVE Scarlett *blows big kisses* LOVE the blog - thanks!

Anonymous said...

Hi Caro,

Oh my I was late getting full of company. However, what an awesome blog, High-def video, wonderful screen caps and great NJU stories. What more can we ask?? Except seeing more of Clay!!

I now have to go visit "Wowzers4Clay Channel."

Have a great weekend Caro and again a BIG Thank You!!


barb 55 said...

Caro, great to get here to visit your blog! You continue to provide the Claynation with awesome entries.

Enjoyed the screencaps and NJU stories. I'm headed to youtube to watch the video. Thanks for the info. on the NIP!

BTW, best of luck to the Tar Heels tonight! We'll be watching the game. Go Carolina!!

Take care and have a great weekend!

Love and hugs, ♥♥
Barbara :-)