The top posts of 2017

I had so much fun posting blogs about life, love, music, dogs, and many other things in 2017. Here’s a list of top new posts from the year.

Music or music videos

  1. The woman in Keith Urban’s “Blue Ain’t Your Color” (10,653 views, posted Jan 10)
  2. The cast of Brett Young’s “In Case You Didn’t Know” (9,358 views, posted April 8)
  3. The dancers in Keith Urban’s “The Fighter” (7,661 views, posted April 5)

 

Dating or Relationships

  1. Ten more signs a Christian guy is into you (583 views, posted May 1)
  2. Rekindling an old flame (384 views, posted July 19)
  3. Rekindling an old flame, part 2 (285 views, posted Aug 9)

 

My favorite light-hearted posts from 2017

  1. A guy who (sometimes) shaves his legs (45 views, posted Sept 17)
  2. Encounter with a car salesman (39 views, posted Sept 28)
  3. Avoiding a “Talkative Tim” or “Chatty Cathy” (12 views, posted Sept 9)

 

My favorite thoughtful posts from 2017

  1. Thoughts about Virginia, and why I love the Nashville PD (80 views, posted Aug 16)
  2. I have a hard time saying no (10 views, posted Sept 15)
  3. Brief encounters (15 views, posted April 5)

 

My favorite spiritual posts from 2017

  1. What if God is the sun? (9 views, posted June 2)
  2. Jesus saved a bunch of animals, too (18 views, posted March 22)
  3. God is able (14 views, posted Feb 20)

 

I’ll be posting a lot this year as well, so please subscribe and come with me on another year-long adventure!

-Out of the Wilderness

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The woman in Brett Young’s “In Case You Didn’t Know”

1Brett Young seems to be making waves in country music this year. He’s got a couple of music videos out and the one for “In Case You Didn’t Know” is simple, and yet matches the mood and feel of the song really well. Sometimes less is more, right? Anywho, Brett is singing to a girl who doesn’t exist, although when they shot the video, there clearly was a girl on set. She played the  part of the “imaginary girlfriend” but who is she in real life?

**Think Taylor Swift’s new video is wild? Click here to find out just how wild it is!**

Well, with the help of (and big thanks to) folks finding this post and commenting, the girl has been identified. Her name is Sara Morgan. Somewhat confirmed in a tweet I sent to @SaraMorgan97

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Check the comments below for more info. Then enjoy her performance in Brett’s video for “In Case You Didn’t Know.”


-Out of the Wilderness

The dancers in Keith Urban’s “The Fighter” music video

Keith Urban has two music videos for his latest song “The Fighter.” The song is a duet with Carrie Underwood. The first video features Keith and Carrie with clips of a lone female dancer. The second video, dubbed the Dancers Version, leaves Keith and Carrie out visually but adds in a male dancer along with the female from the first video. You’ve probably already seen it, that’s why you’re here but click here for the video on YouTube. The pair was most recently seen on stage at the ACM Awards in Las Vegas as part of Keith and Carrie’s performance, but who are these dancers, anyway?
Lindsay and LyleTheir names are Lindsay Richardson (left) and Lyle Beniga (right). The pair are an item, as my parents would say. And they were also part of the Tennessee Kids (Justin Timberlake’s band and dancers for the 20/20 Experience tour).

Lyle Beniga
Starting with Lyle, he’s got quite the dance resume. He’s danced with A-list artists who are known for their own dance skills: Justin Timberlake, Usher, Jennifer Lopez. Adding to that list, he was part of a Michael Jackson tribute that aired on MTV. So yeah, dancing in any professional capacity as it relates to Michael Jackson is definitely saying something! A few more fun facts:

  • His hometown is Waldorf, MD.
  • College major was engineering.
  • He has his own clothing line.
  • You can follow him on Instagram here, and Twitter here.

Here’s the Michael Jackson tribute performance, although I can’t tell which one is Lyle.

Lindsay Richardson
Moving on to Miss Lindsay Richardson now:

  • She’s a dancer, a yoga instructor, and an actor. Her dance resume includes Justin Timberlake, Tinashe, Justin Bieber, and Britney Spears, just to name a few.
  • Her hometown is Berlin, Vermont.
  • Her first concert was Hanson. In an mmm bop they’re gone.
  • She has two dogs named Bruce and Charlie.

You can follow her on Instagram here, and Twitter here
Lindsay posted a couple of videos of Keith’s take on using her and Lyle for this video. Take a look by clicking these links.
Part 1 and Part 2

These two dancers are amazing! Keep an eye out for them in all types of forms: live, music videos, and who knows what else! And since you made it down this far, you might as well check out my new children’s book and pick up a copy! 🙂 🙂

-Out of the Wilderness

The woman in Keith Urban’s video “Blue Ain’t Your Color”

Keith Urban’s latest single is #1 on most of Billboard’s country charts, but besides the song, the video stars one of the most well-known supermodels.
Her name is Amber Valletta.
[interested in the dancers in Keith’s “The Fighter” video? Click here for more info]
screen-shot-2017-01-10-at-1-30-49-pmscreen-shot-2017-01-10-at-1-31-14-pmscreen-shot-2017-01-10-at-1-31-28-pmAmber Valleta GoogleI remember her most from her role in the movie Hitch*, starring Will Smith and Kevin James. In that movie, she played a likable superstar actress. Here’s a great scene from Hitch:

She’s been in other movies, tv shows, and various projects.
-Out of the Wilderness

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Wacky Wednesday: When I Was Your Fan (American Idol)

I’m a pretty consistent American Idol watcher, but this is the first season I’m more interested in the judges than the contestants! #NickiMinajHasGrownOnMe  #KeithUrbanIsBloodyCool  #WhenDidMariahCareyGetOld  #RandyJacksonDawg  #CandiceShouldWin  #yawningamericanidol

Pictures of Shania Twain Fall at the 2011 CMT Music Awards

Check out Carrie Underwood performing “How Great Thou Art” as compared to Elvis performing the same song.

Shania begins her fall at the 2011 CMT Music Awards.

Shania down on the ground at 2011 CMT Music Awards.

Shania gathers herself after falling at the 2011 CMT Music Awards and.......

.......people take pictures on their cell phones.

9:30 it’s over, I’m gonna eat dessert now! Thanks for reading Jeff, Esther, Tracey and Dave. My true friends.

9:29 Kid Rock says he loves being a part of country music. Tosses back to Jason Aldean who plays “My Kinda Party.” Is that the cue to start the after parties?

9:29 Ludacris: “History has been made.”

9:28 this is just an awkward combo. It was a good try though, I guess.

9:26 oh and Taylor Swift with T-Pain last year. Ludacris makes his way through the crowd rapping the second verse. Why am I reminded of “Friday, Friday it’s finally Friday” by Rebecca Black?

9:26 Jason isn’t the first to perform with a rapper. Recall Tim McGraw and Nelly. Anyway, Jason rapped the first verse.

9:24 Kid Rock introduces Jason Aldean and Ludacris… performing “Dirt Road Anthem.”

9:24 are those the numbers from ‘Lost’ on her arm?

9:23 and the buckle goes to… Taylor Swift…. who’s in Milwaukee???????

9:22 Kid Rock and his tall trucker hat replay the Video of the Year nominees.

9:20 fill in the blank at home… the performance will be [awesome/good/ok/not good/terrible/oh my goodness].

9:16 commercial break and another mention of Jason Aldean performing with Ludacris. Will that be a show stopper? My guess is they’re going to sing “Dirt Road Anthem” because the verses are more ‘rappy’ than a country song. Those parts, I can only assume, will go to Ludacris. Jason will sing the choruses.

9:15 Blake is on the set of “The Voice” in L.A. and gives his acceptance speech. He thanks so many people, and the fans.

9:14 and the buckle goes to… Blake Shelton. Good year for him. He’s not there either, surprise surprise.

9:12 after a major fall (see pictures above), Shania gathers herself and walks on stage. She’s introducing Male Video of the Year.

9:12 Kid Rock is bantering about the next artist up, and some girl throws her panties on stage. I assume it was a girl. He introduces Shania Twain.

9:11 Charles Kelley starts the process to a long and drawn out lawsuit by throwing his sticks into the crowd.

9:10 no time to think about that as Charles Kelley takes to the drums. They perform “Kiss” by Prince. you know… “you don’t have to be rich to be my girl…”

9:09 wait, isn’t this the same group that sang “Need You Now”? Wasn’t that about a late night booty call?

9:07 they introduce Lady Antebellum who will perform “Just A Kiss.” Listen to to the lyrics, finally a song about living with morals!

9:06 Sara Evans and Sheryl Crow are on the stage now.

9:01 at this point I rather see a commercial about cicadas than the Huggies denim diaper one, or the annoying Bing Facebook commercial. Once is enough, bro’s!

9:00 performance finishes. On the Nationwide stage, Lee Brice takes us to another commercial break.

8:58 I heard he wrote this whilst sitting under an oak tree in Centennial Park. I think the third verse mentions cicadas.

8:56 Little Big Town introduces Keith Urban who is performing “Long Hot Summer.” He must live in Nashville.

8:52 Fructis… it’s kinda like ‘frook-teece’. Actually, that’s exactly how to say it. They make shampoo and other stuff you’ll find in the hygiene section of Wal-Mart. Ok, next word to learn is ‘hygiene’… practice on your own, I think you can do it!

8:51 during this commercial break, I’ll teach you how to say Garnier Fructis. First, start with Garnier. Say ‘car’ but with a g and not a c. Next, ‘n’ and ‘yay!’ in one syllable.

8:50 is it weird if they don’t get a standing ovation after a song called “Stand Up”? I think I saw people standing as they clapped. Nevermind. Commercial break.

8:48 white flags are waved all over the arena.

8:46 Jennifer writes Love on a flag and hands it to 2 girls from Joplin, MO. The girls wave the flag as Sugarland perform “Stand Up.”

8:45 next up is Scotty McCreery and Lauren Alaina introduce Sugarland, again, should be a great performance.

8:45 actually I’m not a gigantic fan of their music, but I like them and I’m glad they won. They thank Roman White, the video director.

8:44 and the buckle goes to… Lady Antebellum. Awesome!

8:42 LBB goes on a rant about how to be a country star. She’s awesome. They announce the nominees for Group Video of the Year.

8:41 Ricky Schroder and Laura Bell Bundy take the stage next to which LBB says he’s a great kisser.

8:35 ZBB, probably my favorite band right now, doesn’t disappoint. Commercial break as The JaneDear Girls sing one of their songs, “Shotgun Girl.”

8:33 their set looks like a comic strip of an ocean, with the band appearing to play on top of the water.

8:32 he introduces Zac Brown Band, guaranteed to put on a good performance.

8:31 the show returns with Kid Rock saying “that’s right Detroit.” Okkkkk…..

8:30 between cicadas and camel crickets, I must say I’m not that hungry anymore.

8:29 I still haven’t eaten dessert.

8:25 Dale Earnhardt, Jr commercial for Nationwide. Grrrrrrrr. Jimmie Johnson is gonna win it all!

8:24 I love that song “Picture”. Wait, it was called “Collide”? Commercial break as Hunter Hayes plays and sings. I actually kinda like this performance.

8:23 they dance a little… the music stops… Kid Rocks tells the band to keep playing. They oblige and he and Sheryl keep dancing.

8:22 I might throw away my Lance Armstrong bracelet. What a dweeb for mistreating Sheryl.

8:19 Sugarland introduces the next performers, Kid Rock and Sheryl Crow that perform “Picture (the 2011 version)”… oh it’s called “Collide.”

8:19 Miranda’s not there, she’s either out on tour or still honeymooning with Blake Shelton.

8:18 and the buckle goes to… Miranda Lambert for The House That Built Me.

8:17 they introduce the nominees for Female Video of the Year.

8:16 the show returns with Jason Aldean and Kristin Chenoweth. She comments that he’s a verrrry handsome man. Something else about his blue or green eyes, and her short height.

8:13 I found my dog. She’s got a weird cough going on right now. Cecadas? probably. I don’t know why she eats them… uncooked.

8:09 Kid Rock has a slight wardrobe change. He introduces Colt Ford who takes us into a commercial break.

8:09 they each speak. Nice work trio!

8:08 and the buckle goes to… The Band Perry. Let’s see if she lets her brothers speak.

8:06 performance finishes with Big & Rich saying “the boys are back in town!” Luke Bryan takes the stage to present the next award, it’s for Breakthrough Video of the Year.

8:05 something about fake id’s, money, oh and Gretchen Wilson makes an appearance. Be on the lookout for Lil John.

8:03 their first performance together on tv in 3 years sounds a lot like Roy Orbison.

8:02 everyone’s (including you Merilee) favorite woman, Mary Steenburgen who introduces Big & Rich.

7:59 Ok, I didn’t want to go here, but if I see another denim diaper commercial that says “I poo in blue” I’m gonna…. I’m gonna…. ok, fine. I’ll just keep watching.

7:57 commercial break. ok, I really gotta find my dog.

7:53 Rascal Flatts perform “I Won’t Let Go.” I swear this song reminds me of another but I can’t put a finger on it. In my head I’m seeing Olympics, Whitney Houston, slow motion people running… can’t… quite… place…. it… but I want to go outside and run.

7:52 Ron White and Justin Bieber take the stage, not to perform, but to introduce Rascal Flatts.

7:50 Kid Rock talks about CMT One Country and their contribution to the USO and soldiers all over.

7:47 the last 2 contestants on CMT’s Next Superstar take us into a commercial break. I need to go find my dog and get some dessert, not in that order.

7:46 ZBB accepts but no sign of Jimmy Buffett. He must be in Margaritaville. Afterall, it’s 5:00 somewhere.

7:45 and the buckle goes to… Jimmy Buffett and Zac Brown Band.

7:43 Hines Ward challenges Clay Matthews to a dance off, who defers to the after party. They introduce the nominees for Performance of the Year.

7:42 football music!!! Ahhh the Fall is coming soon. Maybe no NFL, but at least there’s college football. Go Seminoles!

7:42 fire and explosions as the song finishes.

7:40 I like Luke Bryan. I like the girls dancing too. The color black is in tonight.

7:38 Luke Bryan turned his hat backwards = gametime. He performs “Country Girl (Shake It For Me)”.

7:37 Melissa Peterman and Cheryl Hines talk about how great Nashville is. The cowboys that live here. Cheryl mentioned hand cuffs and lost Melissa, who is worried about her. They introduce Luke Bryan.

7:32 commercial break. Kia. Acuvue. Super 8 movie. Old Navy. Zegerid. Cotton. Huggies. PC computer. ChristianMingle.com. Taco Bell. Thank you for paying my salary, by the way.

7:31 confetti from the ceiling. The show isn’t over, though. Hmmm.

7:29 lyrically, not the best from The Band Perry, but hey, they’re doing well with their first full length performance at the CMT Awards. Kimberly takes to the piano, standing up Lady Gaga style.

7:27 The Band Perry start their song “You Lie” with a quick line from Rihanna’s “Love the Way You Lie.” Nice!

7:27 Paramore (I thought they broke up?) introduce The Band Perry.

7:26 Justin with his backwards hat, speaks first. He is honored to be there. he thanks his Mom, his family, and Rascal Flatts. He lets them talk. They thank Justin, the record label, William Morris, etc. Oh and they said thanks to God. Joe Don said they have Bieber fever.

7:25 the winner is… Justin Bieber and Rascal Flatts for “That Should Be Me.”

7:23 Martina McBride and lead singer of Train Patrick Monohan introduce the nominees for Collaborative Video of the Year.

7:22 the final nominees for video of the year are announced, Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney, Miranda Lambert, Sugarland, Taylor Swift.

7:21 Kid Rock asks an audience member to take their shirt off. A sign he’s had his first drink? We’ll see.

7:16:30 me finding the mute button. If I see another Olive Garden telling me I’m their family, I’m gonna go there and order something. But I won’t be happy about it.

7:16 Thompson Square perform a shortened version of “Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not.” Is it weird for them to perform after they just lost the previous award? Anyway, commercial break now.

7:14 Jennifer says this is the most fun awards show. They both thank the fans. Thanks to Declan Whitebloom, video director. Fans cheer and the duo walk off stage as Kid Rock introduces the Nationwide Insurance Stage.

7:13 Best Duo Video of the Year goes to: Sugarland. Good! All the nominees were good. Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush are cool people.

7:11 John Rich and Gary Busey and the winner of the Indy 500 are bantering back and forth now.

7:10 Gotta give credit to artists like Toby Keith (and Tim McGraw) who have a tons of fans and can perform without playing an instrument. Oh, and Ludacris was clapping in the audience.

7:09 if Toby has a girl bust up on stage pretending she’s a crazy fan then starts dancing, I’m shutting my tv off!

7:08 Toby Keith begins his performance of his brand new song: “Made In America.”

7:07 Wynona eyes Kid Rocks pants because they are redder than her hair.

7:06 Wynona and her ultra red hair belt out some lines, then Kid Rock interrupts her back, he’s wearing an outfit he probably found in the Country Music Hall of Fame. They finish the song as a duet.

7:05 Wynona Judd steps in and stops Kid Rock in his performance of “I’m A Cowboy”.

7:03 they stop and pick up Kid Rock. He enters the Bridgestone Arena where he’ll be hosting the CMT Awards.

7:02 guest appearances from Ron White, Donald Trump and some “good-looking” gas attendant, who calls them Cougars.

7:00 Taylor Swift opens the show by breaking up with someone on the phone. She calls on Shania Twain for help. Thelma & Louise sequence!

6:59 Katie Cook wrapped up her interview with Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman. Evan Farmer joined her and introduced the show…