“You’re the…”


The deed is done – I made it through my first writer’s round without a) train-wrecking, or b) crying. I had about 10 friends who made it out, which meant so much, especially since I still call myself “new to Nashville” – thanks to those of you who came. I was lucky enough to share the stage with Matt Dorrien and Chris Moynihan, who are both great writers and actually know how to play the guitar. True to my word, I was not perfect – but it was fun, I played my 3 songs, and when I smiled, I meant it.


A potentially-embarrassing-yet-ultimately-hysterical moment:

My parents sent me flowers. Yes, to the bar. Like, “Oh, you’re Annie Parsons? We have a special delivery for you! Let me bring it over to your table! In front of all of these people!”

At first, I felt my face burning up – but then I ripped open the card:

From the reverend and his lovely wife. Are they hilarious or what? (Note: for full context, read this.) Thanks to Erin, Casey, and my mother for unwittingly collaborating to coin the new “Go get ‘em.” The best part of this story is the thought of my mom on the phone with some Nashville florist, saying, “Yes, I’d like the card to read… ‘You’re the shit.’ Yes. Yes, ‘the shit.’ S-H-I-T.”



  1. Anonymous on July 11, 2008 at 8:42 AM

    Thankfully, I did it online, and only had to type it in. Notice the quotation marks that they did EXACTLY as I had intended! Hello, people! I just quoted a couple of you. (And you had made me laugh out loud when I read your comments!) I didn’t give it a thought that the French Quarter would NEVER have had flowers delivered there!

  2. erin castioni on July 11, 2008 at 8:43 AM

    i feel as though a mockery has been made of my sincerity, and i love every bit of it. Again, GO MOM.

    And GO ANNIE! I’m so so proud of you!! I know you were amazing and am sure you felt the passion. I can’t wait until I’ll get to party on YOUR veranda. Just save a “seat” for me :-)

  3. I guess that makes me the camel... on July 11, 2008 at 9:41 AM

    Annie, congratulations. That’s awesome that you put yourself out there and did it. I’m proud of you. Love you & Miss you!

  4. Case and Los on July 11, 2008 at 9:43 AM

    Unbelievable. Amazing, really. I’m especially appreciating the irony that a future pastor and a pastor’s wife conjured this up. I just laughed so hard, what a perfect beginning to this glorious day. Can’t wait to hear more reactions to your gig and news of future shows!

    p.s.- I don’t own a hairbrush either. We’re in solidarity.
    and p.p.s- even sadder, I think I killed my Chi. What do you do, if you bought it off Amazon? Tragedy.

  5. bec on July 11, 2008 at 12:33 PM

    read my facebook wall for a message from tory.

    thanks for leaving greebs and me out of the shout out!

    despite the choppy internet connection, you sounded really good. better than shit even.

  6. Shannon on July 11, 2008 at 6:53 PM

    Your courage points just went way up Annie Parsons!! I’m so proud and thrilled for you!

  7. Sarah on July 11, 2008 at 7:16 PM

    I’ve been thinking I need to try a Chi. The frizz. Is. Out of CONTROL!

    Congrats, Annie – I wish I had half of the courag e that you do.

  8. Mary on July 12, 2008 at 4:15 PM

    I’m proud of you, Ann!!! xxxxx and love.

  9. THE PARSONS on July 13, 2008 at 10:15 PM

    HAHAHAHAHAHHA – I love that image of mom trying to tell the florist what to say!!!

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