Happy December….and a very Merry Christmas to you all!
Santa came a little early to Whisperville this year. He stopped by on November 15th and delivered a Grammy nomination to me for my and Dolly’s bluegrass recording of “Someday It’ll All Make Sense!” If there’s nothing else under my tree this year, I have already received the most exciting and most appreciated gift possible.
The winners won’t be announced until February 5th in Los Angeles, but a Grammy nominee is a Grammy winner in my book. It’s my fifth nomination, but my first as an artist. The others were songwriter nominations, and I have yet to win one. Maybe the fifth time will be the charm! We are nominated in a new musical category called “American Roots”, and we’re the only Nashville-based act among the final five. Wish us luck!
Speaking of Awards shows, I’m sure by now most of you have seen pictures from the CMA Awards where my “date” was my 14-year old granddaughter, Hallie. What a marvelous night we had…she enjoying the artists and the music and me enjoying her. I wouldn’t take a million dollars for the look in her eye from the moment we got into the limousine that afternoon until the moment the driver delivered her back home at almost midnight. It was a priceless experience for us both. Truth be known, though, she probably slept through school the next day!
I had another incredible experience the following week when my daughters, Terri and Jenni, along with Terri’s husband, Grant, and I traveled down to rural Georgia to spend a couple of days tracing some of our Anderson family roots. You can read more about it in an article from a local newspaper, (Stephanie: Insert link here please.) It’s so much fun being able to take time off work these days and spend it with my family. I was on the road so much for so many years that I missed a lot of growing-up moments with my children, but I’m sure treasuring my moments with them…and my grandchildren…now.
I’ve not totally turned into a slacker, though, and I’m looking forward to my three nights working the Opry this month….December 6th, 13th, and 17th. It’s the one time of year we get to sing our Christmas songs, and I always look forward to that. Maybe somebody will even show our “Waffle House Christmas” video another time or two this year. I can’t help but smile every time I see it. What a fun day it was filming with Kid Rock and Tanya Tucker in the same room….not to mention Jeannie Seely, Gretchen Wilson, and yours truly. Somehow, the Waffle House chain managed to survive!
Speaking of my older recordings, the man about whom the song, “Old Army Hat” was written, Ed Haley, turned 99-years old back in October. I know you join me in commemorating this special occasion and wishing Mr. Haley a wonderful year ahead.
I hope each of you had a great Thanksgiving (I did), and that the Christmas season brings you joy and peace and happiness with the ones you love. I’m not planning anything fancy…just relaxing by the fire and being grateful for my many, many blessings.
See you back here in the New Year. Thanks for everything….