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  • Oct 11, 2010
    Notes from the Road

    Well, it's been a while, Chasers, but Ryan's exploits have been relatively tame since the Anchor Splash debacle in Newark, Ohio (http://www.sncmusic.com/blog/to-the-ladies-of-room-219/).

     

    Since then we've had a great run of shows.  A quick list of highlights includes the packed houses, especially in Ft. Wayne, Indiana, South Bend, Indiana, and Reading, PA; getting to hear the first four Twelve Days contest winners; seeing some good friends in Elizabeth just days before the birth of their second child; the ridiculous turnout of Chasers at the Reading meet and greet; and now we've got a couple days off and are lucky enough to be enjoying it back in Bloomington.  (Side note:  thanks go to my good friend Shea Sharpe, who gave me a journal so that I can remember these things).  

     

    I have to spend some time discussing yesterday's show and the surreality that followed.  First off, we sang at Skate for the Heart, which was performed at the Covelli Centre in Youngstown, Ohio.  It's going to air on NBC nationwide on January 16, 2011, so set your DVR's now.  We shared the bill with David Archuleta and Ruben Studdard on the music side, and fantastic skaters like Sasha Cohen, Joannie Rochette, Johnny Weir, and Tanith Belben and Ben Agosto.  If you don't recognize those names (and you should, given the numerous Olympic medals they've won), the hosts were two of the greatest figure skaters in American history:  Michelle Kwan and Peggy Fleming.  

     

    We had very little idea what to expect.  We knew we were supposed to sing while skaters did routines to our music.  In all honesty, this was not a show I was looking forward to; we only sang seven songs, and many of the fans were likely there to see the ice skaters, not us.  

     

    Then came dress rehearsal.  Many fans have told us that, though they love the albums and the youtube clips and whatnot, there is nothing like seeing us live.  I can now say the same thing about figure skating.  These young men and women are phenomenal athletes, and the artistry they display is not done justice on video.  Add to that the fact that they've choreographed routines to the songs we sing, and watching them do their thing was especially awe-inspiring.  I specifically remember Ryan Bradley skating toward the stage during Billy Jean and doing a backflip on the ice.  Needless to say, a number of the SNC guys skipped a beat of singing.  Luckily we had a chance to pull it together before the actual show!

     

    The show was great, and I hope we gained some SNC fans.  Be sure to check it out on NBC in January.

     

    What happened next was fantastic.  A friend of the promoter responsible for the show had a party at his house afterward.  The show was at 5, so we were able to get there relatively early.

     

    This was a group of people I never would have expected to spend time with.

     

    Since we took the tour buses with us, we offered rides.  Sasha Cohen, Olympic silver medalist, was just chilling in the front lounge of our tour bus.  Of course, we peppered her with questions that I'm sure she's answered a thousand times over, but she was remarkably gracious, not to mention fun and witty.  Did I mention that she nearly begged to be our "mascot?"  

     

    Peggy Fleming, Olympic gold medalist rode on the other bus.  I wasn't there, but time spent with her later showed that she is classy, smart, down-to-earth, oh, and also she won a gold medal.  

     

    David Archuleta was at the party as well.  I can't imagine a nicer, more polite, or just generally more normal guy than David.  The humble, "aw shucks" persona you see of him on TV is the real deal.  Ryan and I were lucky enough to get to spend some time with him earlier in the day as well, and I can't say enough nice things about him.  

     

    Of course, the reason he has fans isn't just because he's nice.  At one point in the night, as is often the case, a few requests were made of us to sing.  We were happy to oblige with In the Still of the Night.  As we sang, we saw David nodding along, seeming to enjoy himself.  So, a few of us took it upon ourselves to see if he wanted to sing a tune.  Of course, he would have been totally justified to decline.  Lucky for us, he did not.  Without any preparation, and reading the lyrics off of Charlie's phone, he took the lead on our version of Bridge Over Trouble Water.  

     

    David Archuleta can sing.  

     

    He absolutely killed on that song.  The best part was how fun it was for all of us (and for him, I think) to put it all together.  There were other people watching, but we really were in it just for the music.  Watching him let loose and improvise over the ending chorus was a joy.

     

    Not too long afterward, we had to load up and head out.  It would be great to see all those great athletes and performers again.  I can't imagine a time it would happen, but it would be great.  Of course, I couldn't have imagined this time either, so who knows?

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on 11 October 2010 - 8:00pm

Well, it's been a while, Chasers, but Ryan's exploits have been relatively tame since the Anchor Splash debacle in Newark, Ohio (http://www.sncmusic.com/blog/to-the-ladies-of-room-219/).

 

Since then we've had a great run of shows.  A quick list of highlights includes the packed houses, especially in Ft. Wayne, Indiana, South Bend, Indiana, and Reading, PA; getting to hear the first four Twelve Days contest winners; seeing some good friends in Elizabeth just days before the birth of their second child; the ridiculous turnout of Chasers at the Reading meet and greet; and now we've got a couple days off and are lucky enough to be enjoying it back in Bloomington.  (Side note:  thanks go to my good friend Shea Sharpe, who gave me a journal so that I can remember these things).  

 

I have to spend some time discussing yesterday's show and the surreality that followed.  First off, we sang at Skate for the Heart, which was performed at the Covelli Centre in Youngstown, Ohio.  It's going to air on NBC nationwide on January 16, 2011, so set your DVR's now.  We shared the bill with David Archuleta and Ruben Studdard on the music side, and fantastic skaters like Sasha Cohen, Joannie Rochette, Johnny Weir, and Tanith Belben and Ben Agosto.  If you don't recognize those names (and you should, given the numerous Olympic medals they've won), the hosts were two of the greatest figure skaters in American history:  Michelle Kwan and Peggy Fleming.  

 

We had very little idea what to expect.  We knew we were supposed to sing while skaters did routines to our music.  In all honesty, this was not a show I was looking forward to; we only sang seven songs, and many of the fans were likely there to see the ice skaters, not us.  

 

Then came dress rehearsal.  Many fans have told us that, though they love the albums and the youtube clips and whatnot, there is nothing like seeing us live.  I can now say the same thing about figure skating.  These young men and women are phenomenal athletes, and the artistry they display is not done justice on video.  Add to that the fact that they've choreographed routines to the songs we sing, and watching them do their thing was especially awe-inspiring.  I specifically remember Ryan Bradley skating toward the stage during Billy Jean and doing a backflip on the ice.  Needless to say, a number of the SNC guys skipped a beat of singing.  Luckily we had a chance to pull it together before the actual show!

 

The show was great, and I hope we gained some SNC fans.  Be sure to check it out on NBC in January.

 

What happened next was fantastic.  A friend of the promoter responsible for the show had a party at his house afterward.  The show was at 5, so we were able to get there relatively early.

 

This was a group of people I never would have expected to spend time with.

 

Since we took the tour buses with us, we offered rides.  Sasha Cohen, Olympic silver medalist, was just chilling in the front lounge of our tour bus.  Of course, we peppered her with questions that I'm sure she's answered a thousand times over, but she was remarkably gracious, not to mention fun and witty.  Did I mention that she nearly begged to be our "mascot?"  

 

Peggy Fleming, Olympic gold medalist rode on the other bus.  I wasn't there, but time spent with her later showed that she is classy, smart, down-to-earth, oh, and also she won a gold medal.  

 

David Archuleta was at the party as well.  I can't imagine a nicer, more polite, or just generally more normal guy than David.  The humble, "aw shucks" persona you see of him on TV is the real deal.  Ryan and I were lucky enough to get to spend some time with him earlier in the day as well, and I can't say enough nice things about him.  

 

Of course, the reason he has fans isn't just because he's nice.  At one point in the night, as is often the case, a few requests were made of us to sing.  We were happy to oblige with In the Still of the Night.  As we sang, we saw David nodding along, seeming to enjoy himself.  So, a few of us took it upon ourselves to see if he wanted to sing a tune.  Of course, he would have been totally justified to decline.  Lucky for us, he did not.  Without any preparation, and reading the lyrics off of Charlie's phone, he took the lead on our version of Bridge Over Trouble Water.  

 

David Archuleta can sing.  

 

He absolutely killed on that song.  The best part was how fun it was for all of us (and for him, I think) to put it all together.  There were other people watching, but we really were in it just for the music.  Watching him let loose and improvise over the ending chorus was a joy.

 

Not too long afterward, we had to load up and head out.  It would be great to see all those great athletes and performers again.  I can't imagine a time it would happen, but it would be great.  Of course, I couldn't have imagined this time either, so who knows?

Comments

MaryDSinTX's picture

Great blog post, Don. We sure enjoy hearing about the great people you get to meet on the road, and how nice they are in person. Looking forward to Jan. 16, 2011 to see your show with those world class skaters skating to SNC's great music. It might be sensory overload.
Lillian's picture

I have been away from the site for awhile and it was especially nice to come back and to read your post from the road. I'm glad you now have a journal. I always have one with me everywhere I go. They really do come in handy. And there are some memories you'll want to keep for yourself. Ones you can look back and reflect upon.
Rene A's picture

Nice to hear from you Don...thanks for sharing in such a candid way. It must have been distracting to have those amazing artists right in front of you...I actually don't like to watch figure skating with other people around, because I get so wrapped up in it... I catch myself tensing up, leaning sideways, exhaling after a jump, etc...it's a little embarassing! But they are sooo mesmorising!!! Happy to see the recognition for SNC by this pairing..Kudos! Looking forward to seeing you in Connecticut...I got THE LAST fan seat, Section 101 row H...OMG!!! And they are so right about the live show..."no-thing compares...to you!" (OK now I need to go get the Twist again cuz that's stuck in my head....) Cheers!
Susan7103's picture

Hey Don, The web crew needs to get a photo of You in that blank spot between Walter and Ryan -- Really!! You clearly deserve your place there!!! And thanks for the post, too.
NancyeR's picture

SNC got mentioned in an article about Sasha Cohen on ESPN. http://espn.go.com/olympics/blog/_/name/olympics/id/5682125/sasha-cohen&ex_cid=MyESPNToday_Columnist I was excited to see my favorite group mentioned on one of my favorite sport websites.
Alexsandra's picture

Really love these notes from the road blogs especially your perspective on all these great experiences. It just gets better and better!
Tara Marie Ahn's picture

Hi Don! Love the post! :) Even more exciting that we got a shout out for so many of us showing the love in Reading!!! It was SO great to meet up again after AC and to meet 'the famous Antoinette' and her family at dinner was AWESOME! Counting down the days to Baltimore! :)
amethystmyst's picture

Thank you Don for giving us another wonderful post. I believe that you will find that there will be a "ridiculous turnout of Chasers" no matter where SNC has a show. There is something very special about the group of gentlemen that you are now having all of these wonderful one of a kind experiences with that we as Chasers see and appreciate. The fact that you share your experperiences with us only makes us love you guys more. So, cherish every moment and and take us along for the ride!
EileenR's picture

Thanks for another great post, Don! Not sure what number constitutes "ridiculous" status, but there will be a bunch of Chasers at the Baltimore show a month from tonight. Looking forward to meeting (& greeting) you there!
CARRIE_6's picture

? for you guys - will your shows in late November be all Christmas music or a little bit of everything??
cindy_13's picture

" ridiculous turnout of chasers".. hmmm I'm proud to say I was one of them. The Reading show was amazing in many ways.... great music... great reconnect with "chasers" and a blessing to meet "new chasers". Thanks Don for the blog post. It was good to meet you at Reading. A word of advanced warning you can expect a "ridiculous turnout of chasers" at future Pa shows so you have been officially forwarned lol. To all who read this stay safe and healthy and may God bless you and keep you in His grace. : )
Kathy Mendoza's picture

Thanks Don for posting. Can't wait to see this!
PatFitz's picture

Don, you are a lucky man. But, like I always say: I'd rather be lucky than good any day. Keeep posting stuff, and I'll keep living vicariously through you. Looking forward to seeing you at the Buell. (I wish I had thought of the journal thing. Stupid Shea.)
Kay Lynn Staudt-AuntKLS's picture

Don, thanks for the recap of the last couple weeks. I was at the SFTH show and like Carla, I had a hard time trying to take it all in. This was my first SNC 'live', and naturally I was more focused on seeing all of YOU! At times, all heads in the audience turned one way, gasping at a remarkable feat on the ice, and I was craning my neck the opposite way to indulge in SNC's showmanship! Hope THAT doesn't show up on the tape! Looking forward to seeing you all next month for a complete SNC experience! Take care, travel safely and stay healthy! Kay
ChaserJulie's picture

"...ridiculous turnout of Chasers at the Reading meet and greet" I think I resemble that remark, as well. But, it's all good!! Was nice to finally meet you in Reading, and I'm looking forward to seeing you perform in the next few shows I somehow find I have tickets for. Beep! Thanks for the post, Don. I agree that you have to see skating in person to really appreciate it! Glad you and the guys had such a great experience. I'm looking forward to the broadcast in January!
Kerri_2's picture

Thanks for taking the time to post! You guys made my weekend (literally) from the Albany show on Friday night (hope you enjoyed the cookies ... 2 of the 3 items were baked by my 4 year old and I) and the 'weekend away' opportunity your SFTH show provided in OH, it was a great time. My mother had yet to see you live and was able to do so and finally admitted she understood why I 'love' all you guys so much. What great, down to earth, guys! You are right, the skaters were fantastic, you guys were fantastic, and David and Ruben were as well ... Excellent job! (and yay for improv singing with David Archuleta - score!)
Diva_Donna's picture

Please tell me there's video!!!!!!
Bmb3134's picture

Awesome. Just awesome.
S. Brandon's picture

Too funny, Kathleen!
waterfallprincess's picture

Great recap, Don! Just wanted to say that it was also fun to be able to "join in" through Twitter all day. Between the direct tweets from you guys and the Chasers in the audience, along with RTs from the Archuleta fans, there was a lot going on. Definitely looking forward to watching this special in January!
klancy96's picture

I was one of the ridiculous Chasers… er, I mean, I was amongst the "ridiculous turnout of Chasers" at Reading! LOL Blessed to be brought together with a great group of friends by the music of SNC. Dinner before hand, an amazing show, and then lots of chatting in the meet & greet line: It made for an incredible evening! Don, it was a pleasure to meet you at Reading. I’m happy to hear that you are enjoying life on the road and the many seemingly unexpected occurrences that you might never have thought would happen. I’m sure the skaters and other musicians, as well as the fans that you meet each night, are walking away with just as many memories as you are from the encounters.
KathWoody's picture

What great experiences you all are having! Thanks for sharing, Don. Fun for us to experience it through your reminiscenses.
Kathleen's picture

Wonderful post...thanks for sharing your on the road experiences..it is one of the things that set you guys apart from everyone else out there. Since Ryan has not provided any embarrassing moments lately, I thought I would share one of my own..... Let me set the story by saying that when it seems like the stepkids, hubby and I are scattered about the house each doing our own thing, I often call for a mandatory family funtime which usually means playing a board game or watching a movie together. Last Sunday night, I was getting ready to leave for a visit on my own with my son in Evanston, Illinois. I was using my laptop to pay a few bills, my hubby,Dan was on another computer in another room. I knew he was going to be missing me, so I decided to email him a message. In the subject line, I wrote..Mandatory Adult Playtime..and in biggest letters I wrote "Meet me upstairs at 7:30!! Love, Me" He was upstairs in a few minutes and I remarked..I guess you got my email.He said no, I figured he signed off the computer before it arrived. Next day I arrived at my hotel, signed on to my laptop to check my emails and there is an email from my stepson, Daniel..."umm...I don't think I was supposed to get this" OMG!!! Almost at same time my hubby, Dan calls me and says, hey hun, I never got that email...I proceeded to tell him his son got it....lol I don't think the hubby will be able to look Daniel in the eye for a while he is so old fashioned. Well,at least the kids know our marriage is still going strong
Marcaich's picture

As one of the people in the audience that night, I have to say as a fan of both SNC and skating it was an amazing amalgamation of talent. I really enjoyed all the performances. The only bummer was you had to decide who to watch, the skating or the musicians all were giving it their best. I can't wait to see how it airs on television! What a cool way to meet the skaters, I am glad you all enjoyed yourselves. See you all on down the road! Carla
SheriS's picture

Don, what a terrific post. Obviously, you are settling in and gaining wonderful new experiences. Hope that means you are having fun as well, but I also recognize it has to be difficult for you to be away from your family. From the few videos of this tour, I'm loving every moment of what I'm seeing and with more of you involved in doing solo work makes it more exciting for the fans. Loved hearing your impressions of your "Skate for the Heart" and now can't wait for January to see it myself. Thanks for filling us in and look forward to hearing more from you in the future!
atrm's picture

I noticed you said you all got to hear the first four winners of the Twelve Days of Christmas contest. Will you be posting the names of the winners on the website? Will there be a video of the winners posted as well? Can't wait for the Dallas show!!!
SingForMe's picture

Thanks, Don, for a great post! Love to read about "The Adventures of SNC on the Road" and the great time you all are experiencing. You're singing the praises of those talented people you met, but I'm sure they must be feeling the same about you. Especially since a one Sasha Cohen wants to be your mascot. Thanks again for keeping us posted... :)
S. Brandon's picture

The word I keep coming up with when I read SNC blogs from the road is "wow." First, what you are doing is so fun or amazing (with the rare "call security!" moment thrown in). But not only do you guys get to have these incredible experiences, you continue to come back here and share them with us. As I have mentioned before, I don't even really follow any musical artists, but I get the feeling over and over again that what all ten of you share with your fans is over and above anyone else in the business. You've had two different experienced professionals tell you now that the important thing is to get across how much fun you're having on stage, and as hard as it is to believe, you just keep getting better. I'm sure that all of these "side roads" that bring encounters with people as disparate as Peggy Fleming and David A. keep you fresh in what you are doing. Keep up the good work, and thanks for sharing so much with us.
Tic Tac Lady's picture

WOW!! Memories being made! Who could have EVER GUESSED that ANY of this could be happening to you (any of you!) when you all were in college?!? Savor the time and experiences and remember that these people are enjoying meeting YOU too and making memories of their own!
Annie L's picture

Don - Your blog was great to read, I love it when you guys post stories from the road to share your thoughts on such amazing moments you experience along the way – thanks for sharing! The Skate for the Heart event sounds as though it was so unique but the after-party sounds really incredible – so glad you all were a part of it! I can only imagine how fun it must have been to watch/hear you guys spontaneously sing BOTW with David Archuleta – what an amazing treat for the partygoers (and fun for you guys as well!)! It was great meeting you in Albany and I look forward to stopping by another meet and greet when you're back east! Wishing you all many more awe-inspiring and incredible moments along the way! Enjoy yourselves and thanks again for spending time to share it with all of us!

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