Monday, October 30, 2006

Update: Ardent Party, Oprah Giveaway, Sprinkles Cupcakes, and more!

Alright, this is going to be a quick post-- hopefully it will work out. With my ultra-un-reliable interet connection, who knows... but I'll give it a shot.

Today was fun; I attended Ardent's 40th birthday party. In case you haven't heard, Ardent is an amazing recording studio in Memphis where tons of great tunes have been recorded. (Whenever I say tunes, it always makes me think of Eddie Izzard... but that post will have to wait for another day)

Here's a link to their web site:

Taken from their site, here are a few of the artists that have recorded there:
• The White Stripes
• 3 Doors Down
• Gin Blossoms
• R.E.M.
• Black Snake Moan (Movie Score)
• Hustle & Flow (Movie Score)
• Cheap Trick
• Sister Hazel
• Soundgarden
• ZZ Top
• Skillet
• Big Star
• Dave Matthews
• Al Green
• Isaac Hayes
• B.B. King
• Bob Dylan
• North Mississippi Allstars
• Bar-Kays
• Travis Tritt
• Marty Stuart
• Tanya Tucker
• Aaron Tippin
• Little Texas
• Waylon Jennings
• The Allman Brothers
• Lynyrd Skynyrd
• Take the Wheel
• DC Talk
• Big Tent Revival
• Smalltown Poets
• Led Zeppelin
• Booker T & the MG's
• Triple 6 Mafia

As you can see, many kinds of music have been recorded at Ardent over the years. Depending on the kind of music that you prefer, you will pick out rock, soul, country, and Christian artists.

On the topic of me, if you know me, you know that I tend to get music stuck in my head. For today, the song on repeat is "Buffalo Soldier" that Bob Marley sang. I saw his sons in concert over the summer at the Hollywood Bowl and Ziggy sang this song.


Two noteable things from the party-- First, it was cool to see Craig Brewer in person. What a low key nice guy! Second, I completely took a tumble down the stairs at the party. Wow. I don't typically do this, really. It was one of those shady spots where you can't quite see the stairs and the stairs change heights. You know? Anyway, it was one of those slow motion moments. Luckily, I managed to come out relatively unharmed... and impressively, there was still wine in my glass when I stood up. Apparently, auto-pilot was working. lol. :)

On other topics... a quick entertainment update:
The bad: Ryan Phillipe and Reese Witherspoon have announced that they are seperating. Awe! :(
The good: Oprah has given out $1000 gift cards to her audience members-- who have to now go donate the $1000 to a charity or a needy person in some way. She's actually giving the gift of "giving." Some people seem to be complaining that she should have just given the audience members $1000 for themselves, but this seems like a good thing to me. Although it's a little unconventional, Oprah appears to be trying to set a few examples in motion... get people thinking about how much you can do with so little when you're trying to help others. :-)

Next topic-- It appears that I'm most definitely completely having a birthday party. But, not only that-- it's a TRIPLE birthday party! For all the details, be sure to e-mail me at birthday(at) and I'll get you fixed up with an invitation. It's going to be at a fun downtown location and the event has the potential for Raiford's and breakfast afterward.

I almost forgot-- there will be CUPCAKES at the party! The two birthday boys who are celebrating with me have been teasing me when I say that cupcakes are in style. But, once again tonight, I did spot the LA cupcakery, Sprinkles, on the TV entertainment rundown. If you haven't heard of them, you should definitely check them out... once you do, you'll understand my addiction. :-)

One final note-- The Grizzlies season kicks off this Wednesday, November 1st. Be sure to get your tickets soon, because the Grizzlies are playing the New York Knicks. Should be a fun time!



Anonymous said...

Great story about Ardent Recording Studios...legendary..have you heard

Great station

AngieDawn said...

Why, of course I have. :-) Great station!

Who posted this comment?

Anonymous said...

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