2012 was a big year for me. I’ll look back and remember it being the year I did a lot of fun/scary/amazing things. Check it out and leave pictures and comments of what the year was for you.
The year I started “Just Another Music Monday”
The year I went Skiing
The year I pampered my woman
The year I watched Lady Antebellum
The year I bought an engagement ring
The year I got braces
The year I played lazer tag with these guys
The year I went Ice Skating with my little brother and fam
The year I met Jaycee
The year I got permission from a dad to marry a girl
The year I proposed using Twizzlers (her favorite) to spell out “Will You Marry Me” in a stop motion video
The year she said yes
The year I started a video company on the side
The year I took advantage of ridiculously cheap Shoney’s burgers with my roommate by buying more than we would ever need.
The year I watched my Fiance graduate
The year I flew an airplane
The year I killed a snake in my roommates bedroom
The year I said goodbye to family and friends
The year I packed up a truck and moved our things to Nashville
The year I sat with my wife during church
The year I visited new family in Northern California
The year we took an old-time picture
The year I wine tasted in Napa Valley with “Hot Rod Jack’
The year I snuck away to Tahoe and got married
The year I won 250 bucks in 3 hands of Texas hold em, and Kaeli won 6 cents at the penny slots
The year I went to the CMT Video Awards
The year I began weekly writing sessions with award winning writer Richie Brown as well as CeCe Dubois, Matt Enoch, and more.
The year I had regular date nights at a batting cage
The year we cleaned windows to pay the bills
…and woke up at ungodly hours to do the same
The year I lost 30 lbs
The year I visited the Grand ol Opry with family
The year my Mother-In-Law made me homemade Big Mac sauce
The year I found an amazing new Church in CrossPoint Nashville
The year I reconnected with old friends
The year I met new friends
The year I began to work with Producer Jeff Stevens (Luke Bryan) and Industry veteran Dale Bobo
The year I got paid to do something I love— doing demo work for Brett Beavers (Dierks Bently producer), Gordie Sampson (Jesus Take the Wheel), Tommy Lee James (She’s My Kinda Rain), Terry McBride (Brooks and Dunn), and more…
The year I had a surprise party for my wife for her 22nd birthday
…and the year my brother Justin, Dave, and Pollard drove all the way to Nashville and straight back to WV just to surprise her
The year I went to the #1 party for Brantly Gilbert and Jim McCormick’s song “You Don’t Know Her Like I Do”
The year I played a show at Hotel Indigo with my new buddies Matt and Jody
The year I watched the Reds have their greatest season in 20+ years
….and then watched them go down in flames
The year I became “Uncle Ryan-o”
The year we met our new niece Eastyn
The year I met Cooper
The year I enjoyed Thanksgiving with my new family
The year I watched our little apartment feel more like a home everyday
The year I had my first Christmas with my wife as a married couple
The year we got our first Christmas ornament
The year I got to see all my little cousins for the holidays
The year my mamaw got an iPad
The year I had an amazing week with my family for Christmas
I’ve always loved New Year’s, and the feeling of ending and beginning new chapters. 2012 has been without a doubt the best year of my life, and 2013 is looking to be even better. Looking forward to writing “ The year I…” and seeing what kind of pictures will be in it.
About a year ago I wrote a blog post that I titled “Enamored.” If you need to refresh yourself you can do that by clicking here.
I thought I would have written more blogs in the past year since I wrote that post, but I’ve been a bit preoccupied.
Life is funny.
A year ago when I wrote that post, I started writing because I had caught myself being enamored with the smile of the cutest girl ever that I had just met. I met her in such a way that I thought the likelihood of me getting to see her again was a little less likely than me standing a chance with her if I did. Slim to none.
I remember gushing about her the next day to my friend…
"Dude. The way she talks, and the way she does this cute thing with her mouth is the most adorable thing I think I’ve ever seen, and she seems smart…That’s sexy."
He told me I should pursue it like he thought I had a chance. I appreciated his lie, it gave me confidence to actually do it.
Fast forward a year and she’s my best friend, and a girl I never want to imagine life without.
Maybe I’ll write more in the future. I really enjoy getting my thoughts organized and typed out in front of me, but I have a feeling I’ll still be preoccupied.
en·am·ored1: to inflame with love —usually used in the passive with of 2: to cause to feel a strong or excessive interest or fascination —usually used in the passive with of or with <baseball fans enamored of statistics>
I get enamored.
Sometimes it’s a smile or some small peculiar way a girl does something that she or no one else in the room probably even notices…
Sometimes it’s watching people do something they love and are extremely talented at doing.
Sometimes it’s with a song that I’ll swear I could have written if ______ _______ hadn’t beat me to it. (I’m looking at you Script) haha
Sometimes it’s with the fact that God gives me grace when I deserve much much worse.
I say all of that to say this. Being enamored is good and healthy. I pray it always leads me to pursuing a girl like a real fella should…
…leads me to working on my craft not to try to out do anyone, but to be better at what I love and want to do, and be able to serve people better in doing that…
…and leads me to being more humbled by God’s grace than prideful and entitled to act as I please.
I’ve noticed myself getting carried away lately being enamored by things, so I thought I’d share my thoughts on it.
That’s it. Thanks for readin. Leave your thoughts on whatever social network you found this ; )
When it comes to the trivial mundane things in life:
relationships with people that can’t seem to move beyond surface-y chit chat,
songs without a hook,
television shows without an at least low lying love story, high impact action scene,
…I normally quit. (Another confession: I don’t know where this is going, but stay with me)
I have been struggling lately with the thought of quitting and/or taking a break from twitter/facebook. I would never actually delete these, I am a musician in an age where social networking is beyond crucial for an unknown indie fella, but somethings gotta give.
I’m a people pleaser by nature who wants for instant gratification like Michael Scott wants for Holly Flax.
This is bad and I hate it. Why?
I hate the fact that I’m constantly thinking about what would make a really clever, witty, charming status that will get a ton of likes.
I hate that I can’t get past the first chorus of writing a song without turning on my computer/facebook/twitter/email to see if a friend is online that I can send it to for a pat on the back errr, a critique,
…and don’t take this the wrong way, promise me you wont…..
I hate that I care so much what you think.
Who knows what great songs/hooks/melodies I have missed out on writing because I couldn’t make the push to finish strong because I needed instant gratification.
Who knows what good conversations I have missed out on because I was busy checking my phone to see if anyone had mentioned me on twitter, or see if my latest witty status update had a few more likes.
"…I was too worried that what I thought was brilliant, you would take for crap"
Moral of the story. I’m a quitter. The worse kind. The kind who quits on diets because it wasn’t worth the headache. The kind who quits reading books because I couldn’t stop chatting on FB. The kind who quits on writing a song because I was too worried that what I thought was brilliant, you would take for crap.
I don’t want to be a quitter anymore. I need some time to unplug from instant gratification, power down the phone, and just enjoy life without needing to please you.
I love you all, and I’m not going anywhere, but I needed to articulate all that. Hopefully I’ll do better unplugging from now on.
Ryan Lafferty is now looking for friends and fans to host concerts, in their living room.
The best way to spread great music is by word of mouth, and I would love for you to take ownership in my career and help me spread the word by hosting a show in your living room for you and your friends.
How it works?
1. You provide a living room and friends to fill it up.
2. We will bring an acoustic concert and a great night of hanging out.
As most of you reading this will know, I am just starting my career in music. Working a day job to pay for my first record and all the costs that come along with it. I feel there’s no better way to start off my career than by touring at the homes of my friends meeting every one and making new friends along the way.
My hope is that you all get excited about this. It is a bit on the unorthodox side, but hey, its 2011. There’s really no rules to music anymore, so let’s do this.
Answer these questions and email me @ email@example.com if you are interested in hosting a show.