BRING ON THE HOLIDAY CHEESE!

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Like it or not, holiday music is everywhere right now.  From “Silent Night” to “The Chipmunk Song”- it’s on TV, the grocery store, your chiropractor’s office – everywhere.

As a kid, I remember pulling out my parents’ vinyl records, stacking ’em up and dropping the needle to listen to a wide variety of Christmas tunes. A standout was always an LP from 1961 called “Holiday Sing Along With Mitch Miller and the Gang.”

It’s a glorious collision of accordion, gang vocals and cheeeesiest of arrangements which all contribute to perhaps the guiltiest pleasure in a season of guilty pleasures.

So what’s your holiday music “guilty pleasure?” Surely I can’t be the only one who tosses good musical taste out the window to revel in Holiday cheese. Comments below, please!

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DEEP ROOTS RELEASE DAY!

Deep Roots - Cover - CD BabyToday is the day my new CD Deep Roots is officially available on iTunesAmazon and here at my own Store

I’m hopeful that Deep Roots will appear on today’s Christian & Gospel iTunes “Top Albums” chart (because then more people will notice it and hopefully buy it!) – but that will depend on YOU ordering it today! (I’m not above using guilt and manipulation, here, obviously…). So PLEASE visit iTunes and get your copy today!

I’m eager to hear what y’all think of the new music! Feel free to feed my greedy ego with lots of fawning comments below. I’m kidding. Except … not.

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FAVORITE CHRISTMAS SONGS POLL

Santa HeadphonesFor a couple of years I’ve polled you guys about your LEAST favorite Christmas songs (with some fun and sometimes surprising answers – see HERE).

This year, I’d like to consider the exact opposite: what are your FAVORITE Christmas songs? Select 5 from the following list of 30 favorites and we’ll see what rises to the top!

Bethlehem

IdahoHoHo2012coverAnd just to make it more interesting, leave a comment after you take the poll and I’ll include your name in DRAWING TO WIN a copy of my Christmas CD “Bethlehem” along with the “IdahoHoHo 2012” CD that includes my Christmas duet with Jaime Thietten!

UPDATE: I’ve drawn a winner, and it is MIKE COOPER! Congratulations, Mike!!

Any songs you love that I missed? Anything here you’d like to never have to hear again? Well, that’s what the comments section is for…

YOUR FAVORITE CHRISTMAS SONGS POLL

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CYBER MONDAY DEALS!

(THIS SALE IS NOW OVER! But don’t despair! There are still some great deals over HERE…)

Hey guys! Got some big discounts for you – but you’ve gotta hurry! The sale is only Sunday through Monday, Dec 1-2! (Please note: any bundle that contains the upcoming “Deep Roots” CD will be shipped on the release date of Dec 10.)

SALE – December 1-2 ONLY!
3-CD BUNDLE – “DEEP ROOTS” $30 (save $15)

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Save $15 when you purchase 3 copies of Scott’s new CD “Deep Roots” (buy 2 get 1 free!)


SALE – December 1-2 ONLY!
“THE WORKS” BUNDLE $65 ($94 value – save $29)

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Save $29 when you buy eight of Scott’s CDs plus a t-shirt. Includes “Deep Roots,” “Remember,” “Clouds & Fire,” “Act of Surrender,” “Bring Glory,” “Great Is The Lord EP,” “Bethlehem” and “All I Know.” Please indicate color of shirt (Green “Remember” Tee, or Black “Talk About Love” Tee).


SALE – December 1-2 ONLY!
THE 8-CD BUNDLE $58 ($78 value – save $20)

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Save $20 when you buy eight of Scott’s CDs. Includes “Deep Roots,” “Remember (Collection),” “Clouds & Fire,” “Act of Surrender,” “Bring Glory,” “Great Is The Lord EP,” “Bethlehem” and “All I Know.”


SALE – December 1-2 ONLY!
THE ESSENTIAL 5-CD BUNDLE $45 ($60 value – save $15)

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Save $15 when you purchase the basic Scott Riggan CD collection. Includes “Deep Roots,” “Remember (Collection),” “Clouds & Fire,” “Bring Glory” and “All I Know.”


SALE – December 1-2 ONLY!
3-CD BUNDLE – “REMEMBER” $30 (save $15)

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Save $15 when you purchase 3 copies of Scott “best-of” CD “Remember” (buy 2 get 1 free!)

SALE – December 1-2 ONLY!
3-CD BUNDLE – “BRING GLORY” $20 (save $10)

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Save $10 when you purchase 3 copies of “Bring Glory” (buy 2 get 1 free!)

SALE – December 1-2 ONLY!

3-CD BUNDLE – “BETHLEHEM” $16 (save $8)

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Save $8 when you purchase 3 copies of “Bethlehem” (buy 2 get 1 free!).

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iTUNES PRE-ORDER

Deep Roots - Cover - CD BabyHey everyone! My new CD will be available soon – December 10th, in fact. But right now you can pre-order it HERE on my website or from iTunes! With every iTunes pre-order you’ll get an instant download of one of the songs, and the rest will automatically download on 12/10/13.

So please visit iTunes now – and share the link with friends and family today!

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DEEP ROOTS SNEAK PEEK!

If you’re one of my wonderful Kickstarter Backers, you should have an exclusive download link (for the new CD) in your inbox by now. Otherwise, you’ll have to wait until December 10th.

Except … I can’t wait that long to share at least something from “Deep Roots.” So here’s a sneak peek at my cover of the Grammy and Dove award winning song “10,000 Reasons.” And yes, I’m aware that it’s not strictly a hymn … but I like it and decided to put it on the hymn CD (and it is my CD, after all, so I get to choose what’s on it). Anyway, take a listen and please let me know what you think!

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PUPPIES, TOADS AND LEARNING THE HARD WAY

2010-6-28 BlackberryMy son’s black lab, Blackberry, recently had 11 puppies.

I remember when she was a puppy herself, and Josiah was teaching her to do things like fetch and sit. At that age, there was always something new to learn.

One night, Blackberry tried to eat a toad, but it turns out that toads secrete something that makes the puppy’s mouth foam up and then makes the puppy puke.

As defense mechanisms go, this one is flawed, since the toad is dead … but lesson learned, right? Don’t eat toads. So naturally, Blackberry found another toad and repeated the whole thing just a few minutes later.

I have to admit that sometimes I have the same problem. I’ll make stupid choices and then have to deal with consequences – but then turn right around and do it all again, as if I’ve already forgotten. This isn’t just me, I know. It’s such a part of the human condition that even the Apostle Paul admitted to it:

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So I find this law at work: Although I want to do good, evil is right there with me. For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; but I see another law at work in me, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within me. What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death? Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord!

What’s really interesting to me about what Paul says is, well, what he doesn’t say. Wouldn’t you expect Paul (an Apostle, remember) to say “so here’s how I licked that sin problem that I used to have.” That’s how our sermons and hymns and Christian hit songs have usually dealt with this touchy subject. We’ve all sinned (past tense) but “now I am happy all the day.”

But no. Paul actually admits his own struggle with sin is ongoing (whoa!) and further admits his own helplessness to fix that problem. He’s not saying that we should just give up and have a sin free-for-all (he’s already addressed that in Romans 6). Just a couple of verses later, he tells us “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” (Romans 8:1 NIV).

Yet again, I’m reminded of how much I need Jesus.

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PUPPIES AGAIN! RIGGAN RANCH UPDATE

My son’s black lab Blackberry had her third (and final) litter several weeks ago, and soon the puppies will need to go to their new homes. If you’re nearby and would like to inquire, just comment below or use the contact page (or Facebook, or Twitter)… Here’s a look at their chubby cuteness:

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NEARING THE FINISH LINE!

Scott Riggan Vocal Session for Deep RootsThe “Deep Roots” CD is almost done! Click on the picture to watch a short video and hear some rough mixes of a handful of the songs (along with some footage of the recording process in Nashville and Boise).

And don’t forget: my Kickstarter fundraising campaign ends in 2 days and I still need your help to make the goal! Please consider pre-ordering ($10 for the download!) or even pledging a larger amount (lots of cool rewards from which to choose).

Thank y’all! So glad I get to make music for you.

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SO WHAT’S THIS “SECRET SONGS” CD I HEARD ABOUT?

secret songsIn case you haven’t heard, I’m recording a new CD called “Deep Roots” and I’m using Kickstarter for pre-orders. There are various funding levels – i.e. $10 for just a download of the CD with increasing “rewards” for higher levels.

At the $50 level and above, I’m offering a special bonus CD (“Secret Songs”) with 20 tracks – EXCLUSIVE to Kickstarter backers.

And now, the question that invariably follows: “Huh. Okay, so what’s on the Secret Songs CD?” And my answer is … it wouldn’t be a secret if I told you here, now would it? Since I don’t want to spoil the surprise, here’s what I can tell you:

  • Eight of the songs come from Nashville recording sessions that I did awhile back. All eight are familiar worship songs, and they just never fit on one of my own records.
  • Two of the songs (both very cool and inventive hymn arrangements) were previously released on a friend’s CD. He graciously gave his permission to include them here.
  • A couple of tracks are from live performances (including the ukulele version of “Like Incense” recorded the first time we experimented with that arrangement – you can tell we’re having a blast with it).
  • I’ve done countless radio interviews, and sometimes they send me the audio afterwards. After culling through the archive, I have several entertaining segments to share with you (including some live-in-the-studio performances).
  • And … there’s also a Christmas duet with a certain amazing singer with whom I’ve previously duetted (and although this song was actually released, it was only available at certain coffee shops in the Boise area).

So I’ve actually revealed quite a bit about the “secret songs” CD. I think you’ll enjoy it!

And here’s the truth: I really need your help right now! As I type this, we’ve reached 25% of our goal, and Kickstarter projects must reach 100% or there’s no funding! Zippo! So your pledge (and sharing the link with friends and family) is super important if I’m going to be able to make this CD happen.

Thanks guys! Here’s the Kickstarter link: http://kck.st/16QRjbl

And since you’re already here, I’ll drop in the “rewards graphic” for the Kickstarter campaign. Click on the graphic (or any of the above links) to get more details.
Kickstarter Rewards Graphic

 

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