Behold, the return of the deadbeat blogger!

I mean, seriously.  It’s embarrassing.  I have been like an unfit mother – one who leaves her kids in the car while she hits up the Safeway for PBR and tampons.  I have abandoned this blog in the parking lot for far too many days – and in the meantime, not written a single word of ANYTHING.

But really, can you blame me?  I was busy fulfilling MY LIFE DREAM.

If you’ve been reading this site for longer than two minutes, you’ll know that I’m a songwriter, and that the jewel of my heart (um, yes, I just called it “the jewel of my heart” – so?) is the Bluebird Café.  Back in October, when I was invited to play there (can we all just squeal one more time?), June 21 felt so far away.  But before I knew it, my parents were flying in, Greta was surprising me on my doorstep the day before (listen – can you hear me scream?), I was trying on 96 different outfits, and then, all of a sudden, staring out at the lights.

This is what it looks like when dreams come true.  (Thanks to Deb for the picture!)


And this is what it sounds like.  (Thanks to AnnieBlogs for recording!)

And here are best friends.


And here are just a few of the most wonderful cheerleaders.


And here are amazing parents.


And here is a man with a mullet in a SweetTarts shirt.


Because this is – where the blogs end strong.



  1. Tad on June 23, 2009 at 8:17 AM

    Congratulations!! I’m so happy to see your day finally came. Did they invite you back?

  2. Tad on June 23, 2009 at 8:20 AM

    PS, Only the strongest (or thoughtlessest) of men can rock the mullet AND the Sweettarts shirt. At least it’s not a Bud Lite or a Camel Shirt.

  3. SweetTart Shirt Envy on June 23, 2009 at 8:25 AM

    That’s so Great you got to play the Bluebird. I wish i could have been there. Hope to see you around EN sometime.

  4. Christina on June 23, 2009 at 9:06 AM

    Congrats to you!! Thank you for sharing it with those of us who couldn’t be there. You looked and sounded great. You are very talented. I hope you continue to pursue singing and songwriting no matter how hard it is at times. It’s beautiful to see a dream come true.

  5. Greta on June 23, 2009 at 9:42 AM

    Yaaaaaaaay, the blog is BACK!!

    So glad I got to spend every second in between with youuuuu, This blog makes me so proud!! You are the consummation (is it weird to call someone a “consummation”??) of the cliche “If you can believe it, you can achieve it.”

    Think Gospel Hair man might have written a song about that actually…

    Love times infinity. See you soon. :)

  6. Emily on June 23, 2009 at 9:52 AM

    When I listened to your beautiful, wonderful show Jack listened with me. First he ran wildly around the living room clapping, then he sat very seriously on my lap, near motionless.

    Yay Annie!

    And YAY for being back to blogging!

  7. Emily on June 23, 2009 at 9:54 AM

    Oh yeah, and your legs look a million, sexy miles long in those jeans!

  8. AnnieBlogs on June 23, 2009 at 10:12 AM

    It was an AMAZING night. Absolutely amazing.

  9. Janice on June 23, 2009 at 10:28 AM

    LOVED IT! I listened to the entire video – thanks for sharing!!

    Congrats. I’m so glad you keep seeking your dreams!

  10. Peg on June 23, 2009 at 10:30 AM

    Wow Annie – no wonder you didn’t post – just a little distraction! Thanks for posting the video – even though it’s cheering after the fact, I was cheering. No doubt you are still flying high from an amazing weekend filled with those you love and what you love to do.

  11. faryle on June 23, 2009 at 10:30 AM

    Congrats! So exciting and you sounded wonderful!

    P.S. I may need the mullet, SweetTart shirt wearing man’s number. That’s hawt.

  12. Katherine M on June 23, 2009 at 10:42 AM

    Yay! That was wonderful! And beautiful/killer last song! Ended your show as strongly as your blogs!

  13. Matt on June 23, 2009 at 11:04 AM

    Jumping jujubes! That video was awesome! I didn’t want it to end. Congrats on reaching your dream.

    Super proud and impressed. ~ Matt

  14. becca on June 23, 2009 at 11:45 AM

    i am so glad there is a video in existence!

    even more glad than i am about that sweet tarts shirt.

  15. Dani on June 23, 2009 at 12:07 PM

    Congratulations! You are so talented! Thanks for sharing the video – loved all your songs!

    Sidenote: My church had Mullet Sunday for Father’s Day – your “friend” would have totally put everyone else’s mullet to shame. Probably more b/c of the sexy shirt he paired with it. ;)

  16. Deborah Barnett on June 23, 2009 at 12:49 PM

    yes! Thanks AnnieBlogs for posting that video… now I can see the whole thing from the front! ;o)

    So proud of you Annie P… so proud.

  17. on June 23, 2009 at 1:15 PM

    nevermind the playing songs and such…i mean yada yada right…can we talk about the HAIR!? YOURS! (not…his). You looked stellar, AP. I wish i could have been there to see and hear your stellarness as well! Congrats!

  18. Tom Parsons on June 23, 2009 at 6:09 PM

    Congrats, Annie. What a great session! We wish we could have been there to see you in person. Thanks to AnnieBlogs for the video.

  19. Lyla on June 23, 2009 at 6:43 PM

    Congratulations! You sounded great.

  20. FW on June 23, 2009 at 7:49 PM

    I will add my voice to those above – congratulations! You were great!

    And you picked the same songs I would have… except what was that last one? I hope it will be on your mySpace page soon.

    Half-marathon, Check!
    Sing at the Bluebird, Check!

    That’s two life goals conquered. I hope you have a lot more – there is a lot of life ahead of you!

  21. blah on June 23, 2009 at 9:07 PM

    okay but i was just able to watch the video and annie!! EEEEE!!! Tears, ya’ll. AP i’m so, so happy for you! I wish i could give you a big giant high-five because i think it’s simply too hot to hug already. my heart is so warmed by this, congrats girl!

  22. Angie Nikolas on June 23, 2009 at 10:09 PM

    Annie! You sounded amazing! And totally looked like a natural up there! Congrats!

  23. Shelley Parsons on June 23, 2009 at 10:55 PM

    OH….AP, I’m so kicking myself that I didn’t throw the gang in the car and come down for the show. I couldn’t be prouder if it were my AP. You were beautiful, and what a natural on stage…WOW! We’ll watch the video again and again …hopefully, we’ll be there live next time.

  24. Sarah on June 24, 2009 at 12:19 AM


    Whoaaaa. I’m so happy that you shared this w/us. I have a million things running through my head, tonight, and I couldn’t tear myself away from your video – you were great! Congrats!

    I somehow thought that you would just be singing one song and it’s so cool (both for us and for you) that you got to sing a full set. It’s also so neat to see all of your great support you have out there in Nashville.

  25. Little AP on June 24, 2009 at 1:17 PM

    Purely amazing, Annie! I loved the new song so much. And yes, I agree 100% with my mom. Really wish we could’ve been there.

    And mullet/sweet tart man is amazing, too. Just… not in the good way…

  26. Carin on June 24, 2009 at 2:35 PM


    So proud.


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