Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Fully Alive

I'm sitting here beaming.

:-)

I have a friend named Lacey.
She sings for a band called Flyleaf.
We haven't talked in a while because their band has BLOWN UP and they are travelling around the globe doing their thang.
I couldn't be happier for them.
I remember when they were starving artists, touring around the U.S. in a 15-passenger van.
They attended church, every Sunday, in whichever city they happened to be in.
Their very first tour was with my husbands band.
They opened the show every night, and the kids just ate 'em up.
Lacey and I were the only girls on that tour, so we bonded.

Turns out she wrote a song about me, inspired by our time together and the things I shared with her.
Apparently it's done very well at radio. (No more starving...yay!)
And now they've released an acoustic version, which I just heard for the first time, today.

Here's an excerpt...



Quite possibly one of the most amazing things anyone has done for me...I am truly touched and feeling extra shiny today. :-)




My (sweaty) post-show hubby, me, Lacey and James after the last show on their tour together in Texas.

67 comments:

Lynzie Lee said...

That was beautiful.

Femin said...

Beautiful

LuLu & Co. said...

Absolutely amazing... I would be beaming too. thanks for taking the time to visit my blog for my color help... I just updated the post with a picture of the closet with the paint color in the entryway called Sahara Gold (goldish yellow) warm tone not lemon yellow.
Thanks again! How exciting,
LuLu

Shorty said...

What a small world! My husband and I met her and her band when they were still named PasserBy in Dallas. One of my hubby's oldest friends (Kevin) used to record Lacey before she made it big. That's so awesome that this song was inspired by and written for you! Can't wait to tell Hubby!

Karen said...

Cool!
I love the tattoo on her left forearm - I was looking for something JUST LIKE THAT - can't see it all in that video but I like what I can see -

Sarah said...

Beautiful! How very touching!

Shilo said...

How beautiful! That is amazing.

Tracie said...

what a small world! i LOVE flyleaf.. and my daughter, also a singer, is a BIG fan! just wait til i tell her about you knowing them! she'll be encouraged to know that the work put in is so worth it.. and her dream can come true. thanks for sharing.. and congrats on the song! i know how touched you must be!!

Amber said...

I come here all the time and never comment, sorry :) I love your blog and your design style, I am very into this as well so I love the inspiration! I love this song, and who knew it was about you all this time!

DESIGN BY CATHLEEN said...

Awesome song, She has a great voice!

xoxo,
Cathleen

Kathy Eller said...

Wow! Arent you connected!!

I showed my 12 yo son the video (he has seen me reading your blog b4) He replied with "I have heard that song before but never knew it was about her." How could he not have known?? :)

We never know where are friends will go or what impact we will hvae.

Erica said...

I'm a big time lurker but I had to come out of the wood works and say that is so cool! How awesome to have a song written about you! What great friends you guys are and wow, you must feel really special! SO COOL!!!

Courtney Baker said...

Oh I know FlyLeaf, mainly from my job. Didn't she also sing on the Third Day album? Very cool song.

Tonya said...

Amazing song! She has a beautiful voice! Loved it!

Amy said...

Layla, fame always travels in packs! You're on your way too. Where can I read the story that inspired the song?

Anonymous said...

Crazy that you know Lacey! I knew her back in the day, when she went through the "bad stuff", but have completely lost touch with her. I remember spending many nights on my knees praying for that girl! I'm so glad she's doing well!!! What a small world, and what an awesome answer to prayer!

Stacey said...

Beuatiful song - how cool to have a song written about you!

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

How neat is that, Layla! You are shiny!

Kacey R. said...

That was fantastic.

Annelies Dease said...

Awesome.....you must be sooo proud. XXX Annie

Nancy said...

Hey girl! before I forget, you looked way too cool getting your mail the other day as I was driving down Wetumpka, in your Ugg boots and jeans. You're such a natural beauty, Layla, and I googled Flyleaf and ye-uh, they had like 4.2 million hits! So awesome to be connected like that with someone and to have the life experiences you have! Not to mention that not only are you named after an awesome song, but to have one written ABOUT you as well. Congrats!!

3 Peanuts said...

That is so cool. my 2 year old heard the song and said, I hear beautiful music Mom...she listened silently the whole time and she is never silent. She is asking for it again.

Cote de Texas said...

So sweet - and beautiful

Loved it!

Sunny said...

Whoa - Nancy commented about Wetumpka! My Mr.'s g'mother lived there. Small world.

My name is Julia :-) said...

Haunting voice & even more so watching her use it. Mercy, she's good!

Kaitlyn said...

That is just too cool!

Misti of Studio M Designs said...

Wow, you must be beaming! I am so proud for you and your friends!
~Misti

Teacats said...

What a voice! And such a beautiful evocative song -- a poem to your strength and beauty! A true gift from a friend -- thanks for sharing!

Jan at Rosemary Cottage

Sweet Soft Southern Thrill said...

Wow!! What an amazing song! Can you tell us more about the story behind it?

Loveanewidea said...

Congratulations! I think you're sparkly ALL the time, and so is your blog.

Dawn Bradley said...

Absolutely mesmerizing ! Great song and she has an awesome voice - so unique. She is going to go very far ! Thanks for sharing this with us.

Needful Things said...

Wow, how lucky you are to have a friend like her and how lucky she is to have you.....such a special friendship isn't held back by years or miles, it will only grow. The music is great, and lovin her ink. First time I have visited your blog. It is great and filled with great taste!
XOXOXO Kathy

Needful Things said...

Wow that was great, music, friendship, tatoos, and great design who could ask for more. This is my first visit, love your blog, design talents and your friend is so talented...lovin the ink
XOXOXO Kathy

Alison said...

I just found my new favorite song and I bought their cd! Thanks for sharing!

Lalena said...

It's beautiful.

Linda at Lime in the Coconut! said...

Wow. That was mesmerizing and haunting at the same time. What a great voice and presence.

What a tribute, Layla! Thanks for sharing.

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Inspired Kara said...

Oh this is the sweetest!!!

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Bekki B said...

Hey,what an honor to have a song written about you!!! Wow! Hop on over to my blog, I have a treat for ya! When I changed my blog background I had lost you for a while, but now you're found.

anita said...

yea awesome song and tribute ...
and laceys new hairstyle rocks too!

dec0r8or said...

Wow...love the band, and how great that a song was written about you! Love your blog...I need to read more and see what the status of the HGTV thing is...I need to know if we should watch for you!!

gina said...

She has a GREAT voice- and what a beautiful song!

Tammy Przybylo said...

What an honor, Layla :0) I second the notion that fame travels in packs.
You may not want to say, but I'm intrigued by this talk of your husbys band and I don't believe you have ever mentioned their band name :0) Is it hard being alone so much while he tours or have you both just grown used to it?

Brooke said...

I love them~~~~ amazing voice. how blessed!

how neat to know her!

Kristen said...

That is so cool that you know her! Oh, and I pretty much freaked out when I found out what band your husband's in! I've had their CD since I was like 15 and I LOVE it! I think we are gonna go see them and Saving Abel Friday night - I'm so excited!

Anonymous said...

I'd love to hear the story behind this song.

Also, what band is your husband in? Inquiring minds what to know :)

Screaming Meme said...

Layla, what a gift!...I am in ahhh...I love that you all are connected and have a bond that can't be broke...A beautiful friendship...:) She's an awesome singer!

JULS~ said...

She has an interesting voice & hip sound. She must care a lot about you to have found inspiration in your friendship! You are lucky to have a friend like her!

Kasey said...

wonderful!

Jules said...

I just found a new favorite sound... she has an amazing voice, can't wait to buy the cd! It's a beautiful song.

Momovthree said...

What a beautiful thing for her to do, to write a song about you. You must be proud of her. :)

Natalie said...

That is just too funny...one of my favorite songs is about one of my favorite bloggers. If that song wasn't jamming a little too loudly out of my laptop right now it might've been replaced with It's a Small World...thankfully it won't be.

Too cool. LOVE this version.

Fiona said...

Wow, that is very nice of her :)

Leigh said...

SOOOOOOO sweet and touching. Truly a piece of her heart in a song. Amazing.

angela | the painted house said...

What a gift! Awesome song!

Donna said...

Layla - that is a great song. My daughter knows the band. What is the name of your husbands band?

martha said...

Verrrry special indeed! Would love to hear the story behind this song...

Layla said...

My husbands band is called Trust Company.

And the story behind the song can be summed up in two words.

Palendromic Rheumatism

Maggie said...

Incredible! I am a Flyleaf fan and so surprised that my love of Flyleaf and the Lettered Cottage have such an incredible connection. Awesome!

tiger_eyes08 said...

I would be beaming too... I've never heard about FlyLeaf before, but I"m itching to see more songs that they sing. When did the FlyLeaf band start? that would explain it. Very nice song, once again.

tiger_eyes08 said...

I am in awe. I never actually heard about Flyleaf before but I'll look into it because they were good! When did they actually start becomeing more popular? That would explain it.
Your faithful follower

Aubrey said...

Truely amazing! I first heard their song on myspace...I loved it then and love it still. It's nice to hear the story behind the song.
Keep blogging...I absolutely love reading your posts.
-Aubrey

Nikki via The Scarlett Rose Garden said...

Happy New Year Layla! Sorry you are sick sweetie, hope you're better soon!

This was AWESOME. What a doll she is, a beautiful voice! The band has a great look and sound. I love her hair...

Congrats on the HGTV next step! I know you will blow them away girl!

Loving the kitchen... and loving the after pics your peeps are sending in.

It's going to be a great year for you, I know.
Oh.. the GOOD jars were adorable.

martha said...

Arthritis!

"When put into His hands,
ALL
becomes bread to nourish,
soap to cleanse,
fire to purify,
a chisel to carve heavenly features -
everything a channel of His grace."
(from Holyexperience)

erin. said...

wow! i am a hugeee fan of flyleaf! thats amazinggg!!!

Mrs.D said...

Layla, wow! I am sure you deserve that. Someone doesn't just write a song like that for any ol' body if you know what I mean. Congrats. Keep on beaming=)

Missy said...

Hey Layla-

I must say I'm new to your site, but I've been simply enamered with your decorating style. It has inspired me to do a lil redecorating. You certainly have a God-given gift. You'll go far in this life.

I'm stunned to hear that the song I love happens to be about the same woman who has inspired me. Crazy. Flyleaf is awesome as well. I love Lacey's passion and unapologetic love for Christ.

And Kevin is from Trust Company? Too cool, I can't believe I didn't make the connection. Makes ya'll all the more endearing to me. What an adorable and special couple you are.

Layla-I pray that you have more good days than bad days and that time will heal this illness. I see now, why Lacey would write how "all her complaints shrink to nothing." I feel the same. God bless you Miss Layla. Sweet lady.