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Country Music Artist Gary Allan and My Apparent Obsession ~ Humor Intended
I can Laugh About It now; However, the Madness all Started back in 2001 . . .
Have you ever been obsessed without realizing it at the time? I have been reflecting back on a time when I may have been just a tad bit overzealous when it came to this particular music artist, and laughing at myself. Laughing is always a healthy thing to do, especially at oneself!
To answer my own question, I believe I have!
For over 40-something years, I loved listening to rock-n-roll from the 60s, 70s and 80s. Actually, I love all genre of music, as my Dad listened to a variety of music, some from even the 50s and earlier.
Anyway, one day while driving in my car as usual, listening to those classic rock songs I love so much, it just hit me, I was ready for a change. I have heard all of these songs before probably over hundreds of thousands of times, over and over. I knew every word and every song, and I love them all, but still I was searching for something new and different.
So, I decided to change the radio station, and came across a voice and song that just went straight to my head. It wasn't until I saw the video of that song on CMC (Country Music Channel), then I was hooked in the worst way! I never really listened to country music before that time, but I liked country music. I guess one could say that I had preferred listening to other music.
The following video from back in 2001, is what got it all started for me and my obsession with Gary Allan, a country music artist from Bakersfield, California.
As each Day Passed, It Was Getting Worse ...
Of course, once I saw this video, I would have CMT on all day long on the weekends or on any day I was off from work, just waiting for that particular video. Then I would blast it so loud. If I just happened to be in the back of the house and heard it come on, I would just start running so very fast, so as to not miss one second of that video! .
My poor husband did not know what to think. Especially, after I became a member of Gary Allan's Fan Club. Oh, I was surely in heaven then. I would receive "The Wave Report" in the mail (yes, they mailed it back then), which contained all kinds of great news, upcoming events, great on-the-road tales, photos, just anything and everything an obsessed person needed to satisfy one's obsession. It was great!
Then I went to the local store that sold country attire. I bought a hat, belt and cowboy/girl boots! Woo hoo, now I was ready to further my obsession properly. I even dyed my hair a brighter blond! Yikes!!! Who is this person?
Perks of Being a Fan Club Member
The best perk ever ----see photo to the right-----
NO, NO, NO touching allowed Faith ...Geez, get a grip on yourself already!
Yep, I am a big hugger, and I have a funny little thing I do after giving someone a hug, and that is, I seem to pat them on their tummy. LOL
Just staying focused on my obsession and not on me. It is always good to laugh at oneself in life.
Ah, look at that smile!!!
He really is "An Alright Guy".
Online fan club access
Souvenir membership card
Meet & Greet opportunities
Opportunity for fan club concert tickets
Exclusive downloads and more!
Cost annually - $20.00 well worth it!
If you want to "like" Gary Allan, go to his website at:
I Am just Bragging now ~ How Shameful!
Above and below are my autographed CDs by Gary Allan. Woo hoo!!!
You know what that meant . . . more hugs and smiles!
A Great Hub by Mollymeadows on Kennesaw, Georgia
- Things to See and Do in Kennesaw, GA
A review of attractions in Kennesaw, GA.
Was I Having a Mid-Life Crisis?
Then, I would drag my husband to various concerts across state lines into Georgia, but he did not seem to mind, as it was an adventure. We went to one concert in Macon, Georgia, at The Whiskey River. Then off to Cowboys in the historic town of Kennesaw, Georgia, but do you think I was even interested in seeing the historic sights. (Hi fellow hubber and friend mollymeadows - see link below) Oh, no, I was there to see my obsession! Another time, we traveled to Atlanta, Georgia, and saw Gary Allan perform with a great line-up of other popular country music artists at the time.
After having driven by myself to Mobile, Alabama, just to see Gary Allan perform at Bay Fest, I began to think that I may have a tad bit of a problem. Ohhh, but it was great. However, no one intervened to help me with my obsession madness!
Funny, how mollymeadows does not mention "Cowboys" in her lovely hub about Kennesaw, Georgia.
When Gary Allan started out, of course, he played in small clubs and the like, so we saw it ALL. Then, when he was more well known, he played in Philips Arena in Atlanta, with a great line-up of all the country music stars of the day.
Copies of My Ticket Stubs of Gary Allan Concerts I Attended ~ See not too many Really (Oh, There Is Bay Fest Above Too)
"There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus." Romans 8:1
Then one Day I Turned the Channel on the Radio
A couple of years had passed since my obsession began, and then one day I happened to change the channel on the radio. To my surprise, I really enjoyed listening to what I was hearing. It was Contemporary Christian radio. I was hooked. I love all the praise and worship songs. I am glad my new and true One and Only is my Lord and Savior. He literally saved me from myself!
Although, I have always known the Lord, I had gotten off track just a tad and went a little overboard, from just being a fan to literally being obsessed, I think?
I still keep my little treasure box (really nice black silk one) full of mementos from my obsession days of Gary Allan hidden up in the top of my closet, along with my hat, belt and cowboy/girl boots.
I Thought I Had Forgotten all About Him Until . . .
I thought I had forgotten about my obsession from many years ago, until one of my sisters (my middle sister), came up from Mobile just recently and happened to mention this new song, who she said she just loves the artist to death. She said she just cannot get enough of that particular song. She played it for me, and that familiar voice came back to me. She told me who it was, and sure enough, it was my former obsession, Gary Allan!
I told my sister that I could not believe she loved Gary Allan too, and then I went on to explain my obsession with him back in 2001 and a couple of years following. I could not believe that out of all the country music artists, we both love the same artist.
Out of curiosity, we looked up on YouTube the latest video of that song my sister loves by Gary Allan, and whoa, I believe he has gotten even better and is even more appealing than back in 2001 and 2002! Please pray for me!!!
I pulled out my special black box of just Gary Allan memorabilia to show my sister. We still were in disbelief that we both love the exact same artist and did not know it. Well, she just now is hearing of him, and way back when I was obsessed with him, she lived/lives in Mobile, a couple of hundred miles away from where I live.
This new video and song of Gary Allan's has special meaning to my sister right now in her life, so that is why the song is near and dear to her. I told her that we may have to sign up for new memberships (as I am sure mine is outdated by now) and go see him in Biloxi in June. She is all for that, if we can! After watching Gary's latest video, I believe I may be hooked again!
OH NO, please pray for me! No, no, no, I am okay----I think. hehehe
I just LOVE songs about rain and going through storms . . .
Do you believe I was truly obsessed?
Have You ever Been Obsessed?
Do you believe that you may have been obsessed with someone or something before or now in your life? If so, and if you care to share, please do so in your comments.
I still love many genre of music and many artists, but with this particular artist, I truly believe I was obsessed at the time.
Since then, once I changed the music channel and came across Contemporary Christian music, which I love, as I love to sing praises to my King! He is the One, the Lord over my life these days, as he saved me from myself. Praise Him!
I still listen to and love all types of genre of music, but I am no longer obsessed, as I have been set free to just be a normal fan of music, in the good sense. So . . . "I'm right where I need to be!"
"Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God . . ."
Being Thankful . . .
I am so thankful, especially in my case, that His mercies are new each and every morning!