“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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BRING ANY QUARTERS?

My son Josiah and I had a “guy’s night out” last Friday – which of course meant pizza and arcade games. Our local pizza joint has exactly two (2) working arcade games – small town, you know – but it was still fun.

1983 quarterUsually I give Joey just a few quarters (I’m pretty cheap), but since I took his sister on a relatively expensive date last week (Olive Garden and a movie) I let him have a lot more quarters – and he had a blast.

There was another little boy there enjoying the games too. Most of the time this kid was “playing” a shoot-em-up game without putting any quarters in. And although he eventually got his hands on a few coins, he very quickly blew through them.

The funny thing was that I think he liked pretending to play the game just as much as he did actually playing it. Continue reading

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EMBARRASSED BY THE CROSS

A few years ago I was the guest at a particular church, leading worship and doing a few of my songs. I sang “Remember” – which is about communion, the bread and the wine. I talked a little about the cross and the blood of Christ as I usually do when I perform that song.

After the service, I was talking with people at my CD table and there was a lady waiting to speak with me. She was very emotional and was having trouble holding back tears. She told me that, in all her years at that church, she couldn’t remember anyone ever talking about the blood of Jesus.

I said, “so why are you still here?”

I didn’t realize that one of the pastors was standing behind me when I said that. Funny how they’ve never invited me back… Continue reading

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BILLBOARD TOP 20 DEBUT!

We’re so excited to report that my current single – “I Will Stand (The Solid Rock)” – has just broken onto the Billboard Soft AC/Inspirational Top 20! It also has debuted at #19 this week on the Christian Music Weekly chart. You can check it out on iTunes (click below) to hear the song and download a copy for yourself.

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“DOING” WORSHIP (AND MISSING THE WHOLE POINT)

Consider what it would look like if Polka were the dominant musical form in our country.

I can picture worship leaders nationwide taking up the accordion in order to remain hip and relevant. Of course, there would also be those who boldly stand firm against the worldly “polkification” of the Church. This kind of debate is the heart of the “worship wars” that have rocked the church for a couple of decades.

I’ve been thinking lately about how we “do” worship in church today. I’m not really talking about style of music, here (this is NOT a “Christians can rock too!” blog). I know that many, many churches pour a great deal of time, talent and hard work into the very worthy endeavor of leading a congregation to God’s throne each week, and that’s not going to look or sound exactly the same in every church. It shouldn’t, in fact.

Here’s where I’m going with this: Christian leaders have often been so focused on STYLE of music and FORM of presentation I suspect they’ve never given much thought to what “worship” actually is. To think beyond the “HOW” to the “WHY” of it. Continue reading

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