GO AHEAD: MAKE MY DAY

I just stumbled upon this article I wrote several years ago and thought I would share it with you guys.

It was turning into one of those days when nothing could go right. It had started with some minor car trouble and a couple of frustrating phone calls followed by a long, pointless meeting. I had just taken a sip of coffee (noticing too late the bug floating in the mug) when the phone rang.

I hesitated. It had been nothing but bad news all morning, so maybe, I thought, it would be better to just let it go to voice mail. But I answered anyway, and it was my four-year-old, Emily. She was shouting into the phone and talking so fast that it took me a moment to figure out that she was saying: “Daddy! The baby smiled at me!” And this made my day.

It wasn’t just that baby Josiah had finally smiled – although, to be honest, he was three months old and it was getting to the point where his very survival might be threatened if he didn’t turn up the “cuteness” a bit. Any sleep-deprived parent of an infant Continue reading

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LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION

I love touring. I really do. But when you’re based in a place like, say, Idaho, there are some inherent challenges… For example, my April tour (2 weeks in North Carolina, Tennessee and Illinois). Check out my “TOUR” page to see if I’ll be near you.

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LOVE COSTS EVERYTHING

This Sunday at 7:00 pm, my Church in Idaho is hosting the simulcast of the new film “Love Costs Everything.” TWO HUNDRED MILLION Christians face real persecution worldwide. Incredible to consider, isn’t it? Francis Chan is the host of the film. If you’re in the Boise area, come join us!

“Love Costs Every Thing” Trailer from CIY Move on Vimeo.

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SKUNK ARMY

A few months back, I awoke at 3:30 in the morning, because we had a visitor at my house. A very unwelcome visitor. A skunk.

Now this happens occasionally where we live, but this time the stench was unbelievable. It was so bad I thought I was going to be sick. I jumped out of bed to close the window – but the window was already closed. It was almost like the skunk had already gotten into the house – it was that bad.

I don’t know much about skunks, but as incredibly foul as the smell was I wondered: do skunks travel in PACKS? Because this COULDN’T have been just ONE… This had to be the work of a SKUNK ARMY or something.

I think most of what I know about skunks comes from the movie “Bambi” – you remember that cute little skunk named Flower? I’m beginning to suspect that that movie was mostly fiction…

So, lying there in bed I started wondering: how can a skunk stand itself? Does it just get used Continue reading

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“DON’T CRY (GOODNIGHT EMILY)” FREE MP3

(NOTE: THIS OFFER EXPIRED ON FEB 29 2012)
So here’s the deal… In honor of my Big Date with my daughter Emily this Friday, I’m giving away an mp3 of my song “Don’t Cry (Goodnight Emily)” that I wrote for her when she was a baby.

Click HERE, enter the code SCOTTFREE4FEB and download your free song! Let me know what you think…

The song was on my first solo CD “All I Know” but this version was from a couple years earlier when I was still with the band The Nobodys (the Christian band, not the punk band)… If you’re curious, check out this REVIEW from a British magazine (with song samples).

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HATS ON AND BACK TO WORK!

Hey everyone, I’ve kind of been taking a break from this website lately, but now it’s back to work!

One of the fun/challenging/frustrating/joyful things about being an independent artist is that you wear many, many hats.  The challenge becomes making sure that the most important things get priority, and this is where I tend to stumble. I’m usually juggling a dozen things at once, and my family is often quietly waiting for me to set everything else down and give them my full attention.

My “hat list” (excluding my Worship Pastor hats):

  • Booking agent (scheduling shows and church services)
  • Marketing director (publicity, website management, social media, etc.)
  • Songwriter (or, in my case, alleged songwriter, since I rarely make much time for this)
  • Band leader (hiring/firing, travel agent, road manager)
  • Radio promoter (actually, I hire people to do this, but I’m very hands-on because I’m a control freak)
  • Record producer (didn’t record at all in 2011, but I plan to this year)
  • Plus there’s family stuff (karate and dance and 4-H and chopping wood and home maintenance…)
  • Etc. (there’s probably more but I’m out of time).

The truth is, most of us wear many hats. You might be a mom who also writes a blog and who works at a grocery store and breeds Labradors on the side … plus you teach Third Grade Sunday School and help out at church youth group on Wednesday nights.

So if I were the “New Year Resolution” type, mine would be to be even more purposeful about spending time with my family. How about you?

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CODE WORD FOR GIFT SHOPPING – SUGGESTIONS PLEASE!

I’m about to take the kids out for some last minute shopping this afternoon. I need a Code Word for “Remember, we’re not looking for stuff for us, but a gift for Mom.” Suggestions? I’m leaning toward “Bumbles Bounce” or “Attaboy, Clarence.” Comments, please!

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STORE BACK ONLINE!

Shirt-Tote Combo 12-11Okay (big sigh) … my website got hacked, and many of you have been trying to buy stuff from my store but kept getting a warning message not to visit my site. IT’S ALL FIXED NOW! Yeah! So, hopefully I haven’t lost a full week’s worth of Christmas sales… Help me out?

T-Shirts (3 colors/designs) and Totes are $16 each, plus there are lots of DVD/CD/Clothing combos. Click HERE for clothing and HERE for bundle deals.

Why, imagine: getting all of your Christmas shopping done at a single website! How convenient! Yes, yes. You’re welcome.

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CHRISTMAS DVD

DVD cover tiltIn a couple of days, Jaime Thietten and I will launch this year’s Christmas tour.

After last year’s shows, we released a live concert DVD called “Christmas with Scott Riggan and Jaime Thietten,” which contains all 22 songs from the show (including “I See You,” last year’s Top 20 hit). The DVDs are available again this year, but only while supplies last.

The show was a lot of fun, so please pick up your copy by clicking “Add to Cart” below!

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CHRISTMAS TOUR WITH JAIME THIETTEN!

We’re super-pumped about the Christmas tour with Jaime Thietten! Visit my “Tour” page to see if we’re coming to your town. Here’s a promo video for the show on December 4th in Beaverton/Portland Oregon:

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