Hello all my friends....I am back with lots of emotions right now! I'm sad as I can be and happy as I can be....makes no sense right? I'll explain.... as most of you know, my mom passed away on Friday after a long battle with COPD. It was a long, painful battle that she couldn't win. I watched her suffer for years with a heavy heart, and if this makes any sense at all, I'm happy she's not suffering any more! I will miss her every day, but I take comfort in knowing she is with the Lord and all our loved ones who have gone on before her, her husband, my sister, my brother, and my son....she met them all and more at Heavens gate. And I......am in a peaceful state, knowing she is going Home, and they are all together in the presence of God.
I want to thank each and every one of you for the prayers, condolences, and kindness you've shown me during this time. The outpouring of love you have shown me is so comforting and I thank you for it, it has helped so much!
And now....we're gonna talk about Coming Home! Casey James came home to the DFW area with the Idols live Tour! Finally....he made it home again!! It's been since May I guess since he got to come home, and he was so very excited! So much so he couldn't sleep! Casey does that too much these days! I know, he don't want us all blabbing to his momma that he's not sleeping, cause she will worry! Well, I'm here to tell ya Casey....it ain't no secret sweetie....your momma knows you don't rest good!! And yes, she's gonna worry, cause that's what momma's do. We all wish he could get control of his sleeping habits, because that is not good for his health, and will make an old man out of him quick! And we don't want that baby face to grow old....ever! :)
I am going to tell my story, or recap as we call it sometimes, of my wonderful time I had at the show in Dallas last night, 8/9/10. Also....did anyone notice the date....?? Look at it....8-9-10....hmmmm. I wonder if means anything? I just always find little things like that intriguing....one of those things that make ya go hmmmm...I met so many awesome, wonderful, beautiful people yesterday!!!! I just felt like I was smiling the whole time!! And the strangest thing of all....people knew who I was....because of this site....I was blown away by how many people are reading Caseymania now! I just want to say a great BIG THANK YOU to each and everyone of you!! It was so great meeting so many of you!! And Donna Mc....your just an angel....thank you for all your hospitality girl....you were awesome!!
First of all, I should be thanking my wonderful friend Dawna....and her friend Della.....she would not give up until she had gotten me a way to this show! I can't drive right now because of the ongoing vertigo, and was having problems finding a way to get there! Bless her heart, she wouldn't stop until she figured out a way to get me there, and I thank her from the bottom of my heart!! That, my friends, is what friends are all about....take lessons from her!
So we get there and meet a few of the other fans at the Tavern across from the AA Center and the barricades where the idols come out was right there across the street....how convenient!! So Casey comes out and everybody takes off, and I was the only one left and was signing my card to give to him and noticed I shouldn't leave cause we hadn't paid for our drinks so I stayed there, and everybody came back a few minutes later, cause he couldn't stay very long, but he did say he would come back before the show! So in a little bit we got on over to the barricades and stood on the front waiting....and about an hour or so later....he walks out the door....what a breath of fresh air, that boy was! He looked so pumped and excited to be in Dallas!!! So he's going down the line, and he gets to me and I'm looking at him, and Donna Mc says....this is Glenda, Caseymania.....and his eyes lit up and he grabbed me in a hug and said..."Thank you so much"!!! I was so happy to finally get my Casey hug! He hugged me a good few seconds and very snugly, and I said your welcome and thank YOU in his ear while we were hugging!! I handed him his bag with a small gift of a double DVD of the movie, "Eddie and the Cruisers" I and II and a card and a bottle of 5hr. energy in case he gets in a slump and needs it. I don't know why I didn't think to get him some Sleepy Time Tea...that would make more sense....but I didn't. He signed my sign and quickly moved to the next person and I didn't get a picture with him! :( My friend had taken a pic from the back, just as we were about to hug....but no front picture....oh well....there's always next time....right!?! In a little bit, an English gentleman, ( his name I can't remember) who I had met earlier with his lovely wife, came to me and told me....I got a picture of you and Casey during the hug! I was ecstatic!!! That was better than what I had....and now I had two!! Here....I'll show ya....this is the one I got! Thats me, with the long stringy hair, too bad we couldn't see more of Casey's face. But yall know....without a doubt, I was smiling from ear to ear!!
My arm was reaching around his neck! And up close like that....he looks sooooo young....like a kid, like maybe 18 or so....but still just cute as a button!
Now don't yall laugh....but when he walked away I got just a little misty, just because....I don't have a reason, do I need one....??? :D It just felt nice to finally meet him, and for him to put a face to Caseymania....was even more special!! So he heads back in and shortly we all start toward the door to get ready for the show! I thought I had a pretty good seat....I guess it was ok, since I do have vertigo, it was on the floor, so no worrying about falling down the seat rows up above! :D But every persons hand or head was in my way, and my camera.....oh don't get me started on that thing.....I will be purchasing a new camera, preferably with a zoom lens the size of my head and I guarantee you, I will have good pictures next time I see Casey perform!! :) Anyway...I'm very brave when it comes to scurrying down the isle to the stage to get a quick shot or two close up.....but let me tell you....those security people.....ahhh.....they were relentless!!! I tried numerous times to sneak past them to run down to the stage to get a closer look, and they caught me every single time!!! I've never been caught every time!! I almost got past once, and when she caught me, we were face to face, and she was saying "get back to your seat"....and I was walking backwards steady clicking the pictures!! But because I was moving.....they didn't turn out!! Ok, I was done with the security...tired of fighting 'em!! They talked so mean, I thought they could possibly throw me out in the middle of Casey's set....so I behaved myself.
When Casey's name came across the marquee....omg!!! Screams erupted in that building and it was LOUD!!!!!! Every person was on their feet, before he ever struck a chord!!!! And when the lights flashed on and he was there.....I've never heard anything so loud.....it was deafening....and so awesome you didn't even mind!!!! So he takes off on "I Got Mine" and it's even so much better in person.....he is an absolute genius with that guitar.....so talented!!! And I love it when he and Tim have their back and forth "guitar wars".....and Casey plays with one hand.....oh....gosh.....I love that!!!!! Anyway.....screaming and dancing and loving every second of it! Then he went in to "Don't", after the guitar change, and that was one of my very favorites on the show, I actually got to be in the audience of American Idol the week he did "Don't" and I was in Casey heaven! He can sing a love song unlike any one else!! So after that it was time for "Mr. Pretty"....as Big Mike calls him, and him to sing their duet, "Have you ever really loved a woman". I believe that is the best I've ever heard them do that song....just mesmerizing....the harmonies were absolutely perfect!!! Then, Casey's gonna do some of his Texas Blues!! He starts picking a little, the beginning notes of "All Over Now".....and I love the way he reworked this song, and totally took it over....owned it.....made it a new song!!! Absolutely the finest guitar playing and singing ever!!! He was all over that stage and he was ON FIRE!!!! Wooo Hooo I have never seen him get down on one knee while he's getting down with that guitar....but he did tonight!!! And all to soon....it was over....he was done....finished....kaput....leaving the stage! :( He said Thank You to Texas for all the support and votes and helping him live his dream and he would love us till the day he dies!! I nearly cried again....it was so special that he said that!!!
I just realized I didn't say anything about the other Idols.....sorry.....this is a Casey site, so I was concentrating on him! But I will say this....every one of them were soooo much better than they were on the TV show!! I mean....leaps and bounds above what they did on Idol!!! Their voices had all grown so much, they commanded the stage and they were ALL very good!!!! I was impressed! And one quick mention....It's astounding to me how in the world Siobhan can hold that note soooooooo high for sooooooooo looooooong!!!! I ran out of breath 3 times waiting on her to stop!!! That kid can hold a high note longer than I've ever heard....just amazing!!!
So the show is over and I'm headed back out to take my stand at the barricades for possible interaction with some of the Idols, more importantly, our Texas boy Casey! I spoke with Andrew, got an autograph, and a picture, he's very sweet! Then comes Lee....I'll go ahead and make it known....I've never been a Lee fan, didn't care for his voice, or his attitude. He was coming down the line toward me, and I noticed he wasn't looking at anyone, not smiling, signing and walking....I thought.....hmmm I ain't gonna let him get away with that with me, I'm gonna make him smile, and he's gonna talk to me! So he gets to me, and was signing when I said...." So Lee, how you liking Texas baby"? He looked up at me and with a smile across his face, he practically yelled...."I love Texas"!! then I said that's great...or something, and then said...."can I get a picture with ya right quick"? He grinned and said....."Sure....come on mama"! I thought that was so cute....and I won....na na na na na na!!! Now I like Lee alot better than I did! Siobhan, Aaron, Didi were walking and signing, no time for pics, but Katie, was really having a good time with fans...signing, taking pics, talking.....and I've always loved Katie....cried when she left....So she's 3 people from me, and the Security grabs her arm and starts dragging her off....and she's saying no, not yet....and when she turned my way I snapped the picture, and she has the cutest little pouty lip I've ever seen! I'm sending it to her....it's just too cute!! Tim came through and when he got to me, he was signing and I said..."Hi Tim....wow....you sure do have some nice pecs"....because of the boys little videos they do like the "Late Night Sandwich"..... inspired the "Late night Pecs"....lol....he just laughed and kept walking....guess I embarrassed him...lol....
Then....the man of the night came strolling out! He started at the other end and he had "Momma James" with him! I spoke with her briefly and got a hug and a pic! Then Casey got to me and he was moving quick!! No picture again.....but I did get a quick hug!! I don't think I even got to say anything to him....except....
"Hi Sweetie" but I had my arm out trying to get him to turn so I could get a pic, but he thought I wanted a hug and hugged really quick, he was rushing! I totally understand, he was trying to get in as many people as he could....bless his heart. So when he left we all filed away to our cars with the memories of the evening still very fresh in our minds.....smiling all the way home!!! On the way home I was on twitte when I found out that someone had given Casey the message that my mom had passed and he sent a message to me that he was so sorry to hear that, and that I was in his prayers.....now that's an awesome message to get! I thanked him for taking time in his busy life to tell me that! Just when you think you can't love this kid any more....he does something like that!! Casey James...It was so good to see him back in his Home State of Texas, and I know he was glad to be here!!!
I'm sorry this was so long....but it has been therapy for me.....so if you got all the way through it without dozing off....thank you.....for letting me speak! I love yall!!
I will resume regular blogging tomorrow, and try and get as much up as I can find. Right now, the web is full of the Dallas goodies, so I'll grab that first, and then try to find some stuff from the 5 days before. Later taters!! :)