Christmas casserole


This weekend, Facebook really chapped my ass (a phrase that I have recently decided is very worth using).  I tried to upload pictures from the JAM House Christmas Spectacular – at which we had a fantastic time and packed our home with more people than we ever imagined – but the old ‘Book translated my vibrant images into dull, grey-toned disappointments.




Why??  Facebook has let me down.  People need to know that my dress was not forest, but EMERALD.

That said, those two gentlemen flanking me?  The one on the left is my new friend Matt (SHOUT OUT), and the one on the right is Paul – or PZC, as he is known on this here blog.  Paul – besides being one that I outright avoided a goodbye with last night because it would have made me cry way too hard and so it was easier to pretend that none of this is actually happening – is the one who made a makeshift vocal booth for me in his closet when we recorded a song back in October.

Now, that song is finished – listen!

Lines of Love by annieparsons

That’s Matty Rineer on lead vocals – isn’t he great?  Actually… I’ve never met him, just recorded backup vocals for this song that he wrote and had already recorded the lead parts for.  So don’t take my word for it – he could be a psychopath.  And didn’t Pauly do a fantastic job with the recording and mixing?

On Saturday, multiple strong and manly gentlemen showed up at the house to help me load my pod.  Let me just say, I highly recommend the ABF ReloCube – as well as having generous and rugged man-friends.  In one hour – ONE HOUR – my entire life was packed into a 6’ x 7’ x 8’ box.


Day after tomorrow, I leave.  Ice storms are in store.  I hope the Honda makes it.  I hope I make it.  I hope I don’t spend Christmas morning in a ditch.



  1. Katie @ cakes, tea and dreams on December 21, 2009 at 10:42 AM

    That song is lovely. And I’m wishing you safe travels…smooth-not-icy roads, and NO ditches.

  2. Peg on December 21, 2009 at 12:00 PM

    1. love the piece posted here – nice BVs (or is it BUVs?).
    2. On the What Child is this question – from the Worshiping Church Hymnal – I believe it is “B” – bigger step between.
    3. Could you post a map of your proposed travel route so we might be praying for NO ice or storms or ditches?

  3. Little AP on December 21, 2009 at 1:25 PM

    I’ve always sung it as “A,” but I’ve never checked the hymnal to make sure. I love the song to pieces. Your voice goes really well with Matty’s. Here’s hoping the intrepid Honda makes it through the ice storm.

  4. Hitoshi Yamaguchi on December 21, 2009 at 1:48 PM

    so this is what I put into the google: “aeolian dorian mode what child is this”

    and this is what the google told me:

    “The classic song “Greensleeves” or “What Child is This” is in Dorian mode, although some arrangements are written in minor key (Aeolian mode, see below) rather than Dorian mode.”

    so that would be “B”…but this is the America, so you can sing it however you want.

    and hey, while we’re shouting out, that’s me on upright bass and Dustin Rohrer on drums on Matty’s track. just for the record :)

    now that you’re leaving, does this mean that I’m going to become a regular blog commenter? probably not, but maybe.

  5. hootenannie on December 21, 2009 at 1:50 PM

    Oh my goodness – how terrible of me!

    Ladies and gentlemen, HITOSHI YAMAGUCHI and DUSTIN ROHRER!!!!!!! Bringing the magic!

  6. Greta on December 21, 2009 at 3:24 PM

    Oh my gosh. You’re MOVING away from Nashville. I think it just actually hit me. I feel like crying.

    Wow, Annie Parsons. We have many conversations in store about this over cheese and wine.

    Miss you. Can’t wait to see you. God speed, best friend.

  7. Sarah on December 21, 2009 at 5:40 PM

    a. You have a gorgeous voice – I don’t care what version of “What child is this?” you decide on.
    b. Facebook is weird – the red-eye in the second version is actually worse. It’s like Facebook puts your photos through a “bad photo” filter – the anti-PhotoShop.
    c. Beautiful song =).
    d. Safe travels!

  8. MirandaM from KS on December 21, 2009 at 6:54 PM

    I’m new to your blog, but I wanted to let you know-if you get stuck in a ditch in the middle of Kansas-just blog about it and I’ll come help pull you out! Like quite literally the middle of Kansas, the Salina area-ish, if that’s how you go. Be careful!

  9. Dad on December 21, 2009 at 11:30 PM

    Yes, as your father, please avoid the ditch. Annie, wherever you go, whatever you do, you inspire in all of us this unavoidable loyalty, even and especially when you move away. Remember this: it is the legacy of honoring from the people we have lived with which weighs most heavily for the ages to come. You are real. And substantial.

  10. Carmen Goetschius on December 21, 2009 at 11:38 PM

    Annie Parsons, you are fun! Wishing you a safe journey! xoxo

  11. Hiram Ring on December 22, 2009 at 10:25 AM

    Matty and Paul rock! and you of course. can’t speak for the gentleman on your right in that photo, having never met him… =)

    and for the record, if you’re playing it ‘folky’, A is much easier to sing along with. but B sounds more ‘proper’ (said in a british accent with a stiff upper lip)

    drive safe.

  12. Sarah Kate on December 22, 2009 at 12:10 PM

    I am very sad for you leaving Nashville. Call when you get a chance.

  13. Carolyn on December 23, 2009 at 4:08 PM

    Annie – oh you material girl! A 6′ x 7′ x 8′ pod? I remember you leaving Seattle with everything stuffed in your car!

    What Child – I prefer the minor version. I’m convinced that vocalists singing the “correct” Dorian mode have to raise their eyebrows to get that extra interval in there. :-)

  14. Riley McCormick on October 2, 2010 at 11:34 AM

    I just randomly came across this post through a tag on a new post… don’t call me a blog stalker. really.

    but can I highlight the use of “chapped my ass”? I can’t even think the words without laughing.

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