Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Clay Aiken Fans: Remember the Vanilla Revolution?



It was about accepting Clay as he is. Remember the mantra, "Let Clay be Clay" ?

Vanilla represented the majority of the population's preference. It is not the choice of people who need to be seen as cool, the ones that jump on every new thing as if it were the best because it is new. New isn't better, new doesn't last and new isn't new for long. Clay is an old soul and his fans like him that way.

There is nothing wrong with music that stands the test of time. Some people want Clay to be a wallet chain and guyliner wearing rock poser or to be sexed up like the majority of Top40 radio stars. He has expressed repeatedly that it is not what he aims for. He makes the music he likes and most of his fans are loving what he chooses to do.

Clay Aiken is his own man, he will do what he feels is right for him and his family. If he doesn't please you then you have a choice. Accept him as he is or bugger off and find someone more to your liking.

Some of the message boards are bogged down with people who want to go on and on, whining and complaining that Clay isn't the virginal choir boy they thought he was. Complaining that he isn't making the career choices that they want him to make. Complaining that his choice of family would not have been their choice for him and complaining that his faith does not match their idea of what they thought was his faith.

Bugger off! Tell someone who cares!

The worst part is that the boards are becoming like old dogs that can't learn new tricks. The fans have learned a lot in 5 years. Most of all we have learned what we don't want. A fan recently expressed it like this:

This is exactly the reason that some of the newer boards were launched and are thriving. The CH is a mess, the CV is too regimented, the CB seems to be changing daily and I know of several people myself who have jumped ship there. It would take only minutes to check out those blog links and I think anyone with half a brain can see that the reason given [for deleting them] is a bunch of bull.

The fandom have been through way too much and know too much to want to be managed and manipulated anymore. They know they've been lied to by the mods and they know they have had things kept from them. And now, they can see that efforts to promote Clay are being censored [and blocked]. For what good reason? It's all politics and it has no place in our day to day desire to celebrate Clay Aiken. The fans are starting to take back the fandom from those that would have us do it their way.

Go to any of the above mentioned boards and you'll find a great deal of angst and infighting. Also a great deal of censorship on what you can and cannot talk about. Go to some of the newer boards and you'll find fans wanting to find their joy again, to celebrate their fandom and do something to promote Clay. Yes, the crap is talked about but it's not dampening spirits or putting fans into a tail spin of doom and gloom as some would have you believe. The times are a-changing and fans are finding a better fit for themselves and are making a decision on how THEY want to manage their fandom by supporting these new boards. I expect the trend to seek out "greener pastures" will continue and those larger boards will languish due to neglect and mismanagement of their greatest resource - the fans. It shouldn't be considered a privilege to belong to any one board, it should be a privilege to have fans want to call your board home. That's when you know you're doing something right. This fandom is changing and you better change with it or get left behind!


She's dead right in her assessment and the mods need to pay attention to the wants and needs of their members. I don't want to see any of the big boards fail but that is what will happen if things don't change and soon. A small handful of overly critical malcontents can bring down a board. They drive away fans that want a supportive environment. They want to be among their own kind so they can have fun and express their joy without reading the often cruel and bullying rants of the few who are not fans of Clay Aiken, but are fans of who they thought he should be, and sadly, fans of their own ego. These cancerous tumors need to be cut out so that the fandom can live on in a healthy and wholesome environment. Board membership is not a right, it is an invitation extended by the board owner. A board is only as good as its leaders and some of them have leaders who are corrupted by power without the benefit of wisdom. I suspect that some of them aren't even fans, which explains why they no longer work to support Clay and why they don't care what happens as long as they can continue to be social, but Clay doesn't matter any more.

One of the worst offenders is the Official fanclub. The operators of that board chose the mods from the worst fan board [The RCA Board] and put them in charge. What a huge mistake that was. It is not a place that I would recommend for new fans. Those mods can't even follow the board's Terms of Use.

The Clay Nation is in a state of revolution. It isn't about Vanilla this time. Its about providing a place for fans to be fans.

What is a fan? A fan is an enthusiastic supporter. If enthusiastic and supportive fans are no longer the population of a board, it is no longer a fansite and the fans need to seek out a new home.

People need to take a good hard look and decide if they are getting what they need from their home board (and what they paid for in the case of the OFC) and decide if they are in the right place. They have a choice to either fight for change or move on to a more joyous and supportive board that fills their needs.

The protection and pandering to chronic and abusive trolling non-fans has driven more people from the boards than anything Clay has done.


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Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Chexxxy for President!

Hahaha! this is too funny. Thanks to the person that sent it to me.





Korean Olympic coverage featured songs by Clay Aiken




Three of Clay Aiken's songs were used in the coverage of various events including medal awards ceremonies, before and after various events and for pre Olympic broadcast promotion.

A fan in Korea reports:

Now that the Olympics are over, one of the best things that happened during the Olympics was that we had many opportunities to hear Clay's songs on TV.


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Promo for Olympics broadcast before the Olympics("On My Way Here")

After Park Tae-hwan won gold medal at 400m free swimming("On My Way Here")

Promo for Park's 200m free swimming("On My Way Here")

After Park won silver medal at 200m free swimming("On My Way Here")

Promo for rhythmic gymnast Shin Soo-ji's game("Where I Draw The Line')

Promo for female handball team's bronze medal match("On My Way Here")

Promo for marathoner Lee Bong-joo("This Is The Night")

During the evening news("On My Way Here")


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Sunday, August 24, 2008

A Glimpse of Clay Aiken's Son.



That is all we ask. The anticipation is building for a glimpse. Just one picture. Just one. Yes, I know it won't be enough, but its a good start :)

Will there be a photo spread in People magazine? Will the first look be the work of papparazzi? Will Jaymes and Clay allow a picture to be posted at Clay's Fan Club?

Will Jaymes give an interview to Redbook or Woman's Day?

Will they do as other celebrities have done to keep the papparazzi at bay? I mean allowing one news outlet to have exclusive pictures is a very smart way to handle it. It takes away the incentive for photographers to compete with each other for the first photos and Clay and Jaymes can give the money to charity as other stars have done. A win win situation if you ask me!

Parker is only 2 weeks old, so maybe they are going to wait a bit, but I expect there are negotiations going on and I look forward to the first pictures of the little family soon.

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Saturday, August 23, 2008

Clay Aiken: The Real Deal


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This is the current banner at Chexxxy's Place. The quotes are Clay Aiken's actual sentiments about his purpose and his direction in life. Some of these words were spoken 5 years ago and he has never waivered from his purpose. He not only talks the talk but he walks the walk. This is the real Clay and he doesn't even remotely resemble the twisted and cartoonish image the gossips attempt to project on him.

One of the members on our message board expressed her feelings about Clay.


joanie said:

It amazes me that the people who think they know Clay and what's best for him haven't a clue to the real Clay Aiken. None of us know what he does in his personal life, and we have no business trying to find out. What we do know is the public Clay Aiken. What the man stands for, what he does to help others in need, and the beautiful voice he shares with us.

In five years we've discovered what a talented, witty, kind, generous and loving man he really is. He's shown us some talents we weren't aware of initially. We know he can dance, though he tells us he can't. We know he can act; the theatre tickets sold for Spamalot proved that. We know he has the respect of Broadway, from the people who worked with him on stage and in the theatre, from the ushers to the box office people.

He's received accolades from people behind the scenes as well as the audiences. He performed under what most would call horrendous conditions. When he was so sick he couldn't even stand up to sing, and with someone [ a stalker] sitting in the audience who's tried to ruin his reputation and his career.

He's walked miles and miles of bus lines, and signed autographs in freezing cold weather. He's had many M&G's where he sits down and talks with his fans, and had to face fans that also are trying to bring him down for whatever reason.

Then he did something he said he's wanted to do for several years. He fathered a child. He wanted it so badly that he did it, knowing what the media, and some fans, would think. Even at the expense of disappointing or even losing some of his fans, Clay did what made him happy.

Clay Aiken is one of the strongest, bravest people out there today.




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Friday, August 22, 2008

Clay Aiken - Where I Draw The Line

Clay Aiken's song continues its run on AOL Top 11 videos. It has a bit of a country feel to it. It isn't surprising that Clay can sing in that style because he grew up on country music and he used to front a country band (Just By Chance) before he appeared on American Idol.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Jaymes is a Girl


As most of the world knows by now, on August 8, 2008, Clay Aiken blogged to announce the birth of his son on his fan club website:


Hello All...

I know it's been a while. I'm sure you know, it's been a full full summer. Sorry we haven't spoken in so long. But, I'm sure you know... I hate putting the cart before the horse. Not my way to tempt fate. But I wanted to stop by, if only for a second, so you could be the first folks I tell....

HE'S HERE!

My dear friend, Jaymes, and I are so excited to announce the birth of Parker Foster Aiken (No hyphens. One first name. One middle name. One last name.)

Parker was born at a hospital in North Carolina just this morning at 8:08 AM. Wow... 8:08 ..08/08/08

Weighed in at 6 lbs 2 oz and measured 19 inches

The little man is healthy, happy, and as loud as his daddy.Mama Jaymes is doing quite well also. The Aiken family, the Foster family, and the Parker family are all thrilled. We'll share more at some point in the future.

Love to you all!



Along with being Clay’s “dear friend” and the mother of his son, Jaymes served as the Executive Producer of Clay’s “A Thousand Different Ways” CD released in 2006, his Christmas EP “All is Well” released for the 2006 Christmas season, and his latest CD “On My Way Here” released in May 2008. It is believed that she has been his “dear friend” for a number of years. In his liner notes for “A Thousand Different Ways,” Clay dedicated these words to Jaymes:


How we ended up on the same page in each other's lives at the same time, I may never understand. What I do know is that I am thankful daily that God saw fit to introduce me to someone as talented, wise and genuine as you. That you believed in me enough to take on this project with me, and stuck with it through so much, has been one of the biggest blessings I've been given...but not as big as the blessing of having you as a trusted and indispensable friend.





David Foster, Jaymes Foster and Clay Aiken rehearsing for Clay's October 2007 performance at the Neil Sedaka Tribute and Gala at the Lincoln Center in NYC.



Clay and Jaymes at the David Foster Gala in Vancouver, 2006



Clay and Jaymes at Clay's Christmas Concert in Charlotte, NC, December 2006.



Clay and Jaymes leaving the David Foster Gala

Clay, Jaymes and Parker will be moving to New York City in September while Clay reprises his role as Sir Robin in Spamalot on Broadway. They will be there until January 4, 2009.~~BaldFaceTruth


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Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Clay Aiken Headed Back to Broadway in Spamalot




Clay Aiken will return to the scene of his triumphant Broadway debut in the Tony Award-winning Best Musical, Monty Python's SPAMALOT this Fall. Clay's debut on Broadway earlier this year was met with wild enthusiasm from both his legion of fans and the New York press. He will reprise the role of 'Sir Robin ' at the Shubert Theatre from September 19 2008 - January 4 2009.

When he made his Broadway debut in SPAMALOT at the beginning of this year, Newsday said "Aiken is a charmer" and the Associated Press said that "Clay Aiken deftly handles supremely silly."

Clay Aiken became a music superstar following his success on the "American Idol" television series, and has sold more than six million albums; co-authored a best-selling book; and, played six sold-out concert tours.
---Broadway World

Aiken will reprise the role of Sir Robin, which he played earlier this year in an engagement that ran Jan 18th to May 4.

His previous run in "Spamalot" had a noticeable effect on box office. Weekly sales for the tuner surged the week Aiken joined the cast and took a steep tumble the frame after he departed.

---Variety

Clay Aiken will return to the Broadway company of Spamalot this fall as Sir Robin, a role he played for three and a half months earlier this year.

"Since leaving Spamalot in May, jokes have just not been funny," Aiken said in a statement. "Food has lost its taste. The grass is no longer green—the sky no longer blue. And babies WON'T stop crying!! I'm so excited about coming back to the funniest show in the world!" The "babies" reference presumably refers to Aiken's newest real-life role, as father to newborn son Parker Foster Aiken, born on August 8.

---broadway.com

Aiken released his fourth album, On My Way Here, on May 6th, just after leaving Spamalot. The CD debuted at #4, continuing Aiken's streak of all four of his albums having debuted in the Top 4.


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Monday, August 11, 2008

Parker Foster Aiken "On His Way Home"

Clay Aiken leaves the hospital with his son in his arms. Well, one arm because he already has the "football hold" down pat :)

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Clay Aiken - Still The One

Clay Aiken was always a consistently fine singer in concert. His audience has grown, the venues and set up are more expensive and he is a veteran performer compared to when he was fronting "Just By Chance" but you can see and hear that he is still the same talented and lovable guy.

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Sunday, August 10, 2008

Welcome To Our World - Parker Foster Aiken




Congratulations to Clay Aiken and Jaymes Foster on the birth of their son, Parker Foster Aiken. Clay said it best on his own blog.

08/08/08 Welcome To Our World

Hello All...

I know it's been a while. I'm sure you know, it's been a full full summer. Sorry we haven't spoken in so long. But, I'm sure you know... I hate putting the cart before the horse. Not my way to tempt fate. But I wanted to stop by, if only for a second, so you could be the first folks I tell.... HE'S HERE!

My dear friend, Jaymes, and I are so excited to announce the birth of Parker Foster Aiken (No hyphens. One first name. One middle name. One last name.)

Parker was born at a hospital in North Carolina just this morning at 8:08 AM. Wow... 8:08 ..08/08/08

Weighed in at 6 lbs 2 oz and measured 19 inches

The little man is healthy, happy, and as loud as his daddy. Mama Jaymes is doing quite well also.

The Aiken family, the Foster family, and the Parker family are all thrilled.

We'll share more at some point in the future. Love to you all!

C


The song "Welcome To Our World" must have been a very meaningful song for him to sing each night during his tour.


Clay Aiken's "On My Way Here" Used in Olympic Coverage

Clay's song has been used often on Korean TV lately. The most recent is the following clip from the Olympic Medal award ceremony honoring the Gold Medal win of Korean swimmer Park Tae-Hwan in the 400m freestyle.

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