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Title: MESSAGES TO MELINDA :)
Post by: Christina K on August 30, 2007, 04:35:08 pm


Dearest Melinda,
You have changed my life! Thank you so much! Continue to let God use you and allow yourself to receive HIS love too!

I love you,
Christina from team doolittle :)
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Post by: ET_little7 on August 30, 2007, 05:58:56 pm
She also change my life. We see God through her eyes. I love you so much. Wish i can see you in tour but will be impossible for me.  I can say one thing, i carried you in my heart and soul. You so a amazing person. God Bless
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Post by: MelindaRules1987 on August 30, 2007, 06:27:39 pm
She has changed my life in so many ways.  She is my hero and my inspiration and has helped me through a lot of difficult times in my life.  :D
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Post by: Vickster on August 30, 2007, 07:57:29 pm
Hi, Melinda, and welcome.  :) 
We love you   :grouphug
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Post by: angel4peace on August 30, 2007, 10:14:53 pm
I wonder if we should have this stickied somewhere so that if she does come she can find it easily?  If this gets stickied somewhere, admin, please delete this post!

Good point Luvher.
I think this should be a sticky somewhere so that she can find it when she looks at the site... which I am sure she will ;D
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Post by: Kamila on August 30, 2007, 10:17:15 pm
Dear Melinda,

Your talent and your personality are very special. I admire you so much.

Kisses from the brazilian Backup,
Kamila
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Post by: sueintucson on August 30, 2007, 10:50:31 pm
Thanks so much, Melinda, for being such an inspiration for so many of us.  We love you!    :grouphug


Sue
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Post by: Dingingstar324 on August 30, 2007, 11:58:52 pm
Melinda,
You are wonderful! We love you SOOOOO much! :)
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Post by: Greg on August 31, 2007, 02:06:11 am
Hey Melinda!

Check out my avatar!  I'm 'sitting on ready' to take you for a spin around town in that car (vintage '66 Cadillac Eldorado in excellent condition) if you ever get a chance to visit here in Mobile, AL!  ;D

Greg McDonnell
Backup #415
(the bumper sticker and flower project guy)
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Post by: Gemini2 on August 31, 2007, 02:39:52 am
Thank you Melinda for being such an inspiration to us all.
This wonderful group of "Backups" are becoming great friends by sharing their love for YOU!!!!
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Post by: MelindaRules1987 on August 31, 2007, 03:21:18 am
Thank you Melinda for being such an inspiration to us all.
This wonderful group of "Backups" are becoming great friends by sharing their love for YOU!!!!
We sure have.  :D
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Post by: Sally on August 31, 2007, 04:35:17 am
Melinda, Thank you for sharing your beautiful music with all of us. Your faith is an inspiration to many of us and has actually changed me for the better. We will continue to support you and are clammering for a CD.

Love you,  Sally
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Post by: bri_43 on September 01, 2007, 08:02:02 pm
Melinda!!

Thanks for teaching us all to dream big!
All of us backups really do love you!
You are an inspriation to us all!!

 :)
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Post by: Alan on September 02, 2007, 01:50:16 pm
Melinda

Thank you for helping me face my fear, by doing it afraid.

Alan
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Post by: donna on September 12, 2007, 04:33:30 am
Melinda:

You're such an inspiration for so many of us. Your backups have become one big happy family and we owe it all to you. Never in my dreams did I think I would have the opportunity to communitcate with a group of people who I consider awesome and who also inspire me. Everyone here has shown how much they care, support and respect each other. Most of us haven't even met.  When I visit this forum, I feel like I'm on vacation somewhere with all my friends. And it's peaceful, and we can dream big and also follow you on your journey throughout your career. Melinda, we will always be here for you. We have adopted you, so you're stuck with us anyway. God Bless you on your journey and thanks for taking us along for the ride. And we are happy where we are on the way to where we are going. Rock On!

Love,
Donna     (http://img410.imageshack.us/img410/2348/smileyrockonhm3.gif)
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Post by: Lexi (LMMD) on September 12, 2007, 05:01:53 am
Dear Melinda love,
thank you so much for making so many of us backup's dreams come true! Whether we were able to meet you, just have the delight to be able to hear you sing, or like you did for me give a dedication (which was an incredible feeling) you really did make our dreams come true! I still have many dreams to fulfill, but I remember each and every day to "DREAM BIG" and I will never ever forget it! Thank you, love you, and God bless! Alexis
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Post by: Vickster on September 15, 2007, 06:04:49 pm
I have never been so affected by a such a singer and such a human being.   I'm behaving like a teen-aged kid again.   :har
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Post by: shining on September 15, 2007, 08:02:23 pm
MELINDA,

It's so hard to find the words to express how deeply you've touched my heart and my spirit!  I keep repeating myself!  I've loved you since your audition and have been so moved by your voice.  Your loving kindness, honesty, sincerity, and your generous spirit have brought all of us together and inspired us to find ways to give back.  I felt like a starstruck fan when I had the fortune of meeting you in Atlanta.  I was so touched by your sweetness, your very real beauty, and the serenity that you possess.  You are an exceptional woman!  Much love - Shining/Teresa
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Post by: Christina K on September 30, 2007, 05:46:16 pm
 :bighug Dearest Melinda,

I cannot wait to watch you grow in your career now. We are here to support you every step of the way!

Love you,
christina
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Post by: LuvHer on September 30, 2007, 05:58:29 pm
Dear Melinda,

We go through life doing the best we can but may wonder, from time to time, if we touch, in a postive way, the lives of those with whom we interact.  I want you to know deep down in your heart that your life, the way you live it, the way you share it, has positively impacted the lives of all of us backups.  You have lifted us up with your love of the Lord, with the joy of your voice, with your generosity of spirit.

You've moved me to contribute on a regular basis to MNM.  That has allowed me to help save the lives of those in serious need--what a marvelous gift that is--for me and those who received the nets.  Thank you!

You have renewed my love of music.  Since my nest is empty, I didn't hear the radio blasting away as it did when my children were home.  I had gotten used to the quiet and didn't realize what music did for me--until I discovered you on AI.  Your wonderful voice now accompanies me on a daily basis--full blast and glorious!!  I have discovered Jonny Lang--amazing.  Mandisa, oh my.  I could go on and on.
Thank you!

And I really want to thank you for taking your time to drop in on us and sharing even more of yourself with us.  How truly special that is for all of us.  Thank you!

Love,
Paullet  LuvHer  #434
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Post by: Holly on September 30, 2007, 07:43:06 pm
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Melinda,
I sincerely want to thank you for being such an impact on our lives. We have grown to love you dearly. You have brought a Support Group of friends who have grown to love and care for each other.   Thanks for allowing us to share in your life.  We have gained a new friendship in you.  Thanks for letting your relationship with God outshine everything else. We ALL knows where you stand and where you gain your joy and strength from. 

Thanks for your love.

Holly
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Post by: Melinda on September 30, 2007, 07:47:31 pm
 :crying
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Post by: OldSchool80s on September 30, 2007, 07:49:03 pm
Awww, woman of few words.

Can I cry too?   :crying :crying :crying

ETA:  On the tour you might have been the "mama", but here you can be the "babygirl".  I think lots of us feel very protective of you. 

You are definitely making me a better person.  I love you!!
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Post by: Vickster on September 30, 2007, 07:50:21 pm
:crying


Goodness; here, here.   :crying     It's OK!   :hug    WE LOVE YOU, MEL! 
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Post by: Sally on September 30, 2007, 07:51:47 pm
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Melinda,
I sincerely want to thank you for being such an impact on our lives. We have grown to love you dearly. You have brought a Support Group of friends who have grown to love and care for each other.   Thanks for allowing us to share in your life.  We have gained a new friendship in you.  Thanks for letting your relationship with God outshine everything else. We ALL knows where you stand and where you gain your joy and strength from. 

Thanks for your love.

Holly



I second what Holly says@ :bighug :bighug :thanks
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Post by: ghopper on September 30, 2007, 07:52:45 pm
:crying
I hope every tear you shed because of us is a happy tear!  We love you!
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Post by: Gemini2 on September 30, 2007, 07:53:19 pm
As long as those are tears of joy and happiness....then it's  o. k.
Because we sure don't want to cause you any saddness!
                       :worldhug
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Post by: Babz on September 30, 2007, 07:57:56 pm
Love you Mel!!  :bighug
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Post by: Jessica on September 30, 2007, 07:59:54 pm
:crying

 :awww


I sent my message to you through Maria e Desiree. I don't know if you ever read my 'note' but that was pretty much what I have to say to you.

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Post by: meldoo1 on September 30, 2007, 08:04:44 pm
:crying

awww we love you punkin... :hug
how was church?
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Post by: Holly on September 30, 2007, 08:13:31 pm
:crying


I hope those were Happy Tears......
We love you....  :bighug
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Post by: Shari on September 30, 2007, 09:14:27 pm
I'll join in with the others ... I surely hope they were happy tears!!

I posted this on your myspace a few weeks ago, but I figured I'd post it here, too, since everyone else is posting their messages! :)

 

Dear Melinda,

I wanted to take a minute to elaborate on what I wrote to you in the note I included with the "Dream Big" plaque. I didn't want to write too long of a letter, and I apologize for the long message now, but I just really feel as though I want to fully explain it. I mentioned that when I "dream big," that dream is to work for our local ABC affiliate station. That's been my dream for eight years now, and I was lucky enough to have the absolutely amazing chance to intern at the station two years ago and work there earlier this year. Not only did I have the opportunity to work on a network-wide news archive project, but I was also lucky enough to work with my mentor in journalism almost every day. The only way to describe it was a complete dream come true. It was so difficult to have to leave the station when that archive project was over, to have to leave behind that dream come true. I was told my resume is on the top of the stack for when a production assistant position opens up, but so far that hasn't happened. What's made it even more difficult is the fact that two close friends of mine were able to get jobs at the station (in different areas than what I hope to do) ... and while I am genuinely thrilled for them, because they are so talented and deserve only the very best opportunities, it's so hard to know that they work at the place where I want to be so very much. As much as I would absolutely love to work at this station, I've also been applying for other jobs in journalism. I'm quickly discovering that it's nearly impossible to break into this field ... and I can't say that there aren't days when I sometimes wonder whether dreaming big and working hard is enough. It can be discouraging to see so many people around you living your dream.

Whenever I feel like that, though, I remind myself to keep dreaming big and working hard to make those dreams come true. You have done just that in your own career, and now you're able to encourage and inspire so many others, including me, to dream big, just as you did and continue to do. You're the perfect example of the importance of dreaming big, and you remind not only me, but everyone else, that if you follow your heart and your dreams, anything is possible! I just wanted to thank you for that. Thank you for inspiring us all to reach for our dreams and the stars and showing us that anything is possible when you believe! Your positive and sunny outlook influences so many!

Wow, I am so sorry this has turned out to be so long (anyone who knows me can vouch for the fact that I love to write, haha!). Thank you so much for taking the time to read this ... it's so very much appreciated!! I will continue to dream big ... and hey, maybe one day when I get a job in journalism I can write a story about you winning your first Grammy award ;) Deal?

I'd also like to add what so many others have mentioned -- I have met such truly incredible people because of you.  The backups are one of the most special groups of people I've ever known, and it's no wonder why, since we all met because of our support of you!!  It's been such a pleasure to get to know such a truly wonderful group of people.  It's been an honor to work with them and to get to know them, and I know we'll all remain close for a long time ... so thank you for introducing me to such a great group of people!!  And, of course, thank you again for everything you've done for me.  It means more to me than I can ever possibly express  ...  you are one truly kind, genuine, and wonderful person, and I hope you know how much all of your fans love you!! :heartbeat

You're the best!! :)
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Post by: Tiger on September 30, 2007, 10:06:58 pm
Hi, Melinda!  I attended a women's conference yesterday at my church and Fear was one of the topics.  Since you believe to ""do it afraid"... here's a scripture that fits that nicely.  I thought I'd share this with you and all the back-ups: "Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness." Isaiah 41:10.  Hope this helps when you have bouts of fear or self doubt!

love ya! - Jenn
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Post by: Sally on October 01, 2007, 01:00:16 am
:rockon You are Amazing, beautiful and Gods love is right there in and all around you! What a Blessing you are to us, :thanks- Love you!
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Post by: donna on October 01, 2007, 01:13:36 am
Hi, Melinda!  I attended a women's conference yesterday at my church and Fear was one of the topics.  Since you believe to ""do it afraid"... here's a scripture that fits that nicely.  I thought I'd share this with you and all the back-ups: "Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness." Isaiah 41:10.  Hope this helps when you have bouts of fear or self doubt!

love ya! - Jenn

Thanks Tiger, I know it will help me as well.  :bighug
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Post by: Christina K on October 01, 2007, 02:28:01 am
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Melinda,
I sincerely want to thank you for being such an impact on our lives. We have grown to love you dearly. You have brought a Support Group of friends who have grown to love and care for each other.   Thanks for allowing us to share in your life.  We have gained a new friendship in you.  Thanks for letting your relationship with God outshine everything else. We ALL knows where you stand and where you gain your joy and strength from. 

Thanks for your love.

Holly


Well Put Holly..I couldn't say it better..
Oh please don't cry dear sweet melinda! na,..cry in tears of joy. :) I cried the whole week after I met you..all good crying! God blest me so much! I couldn't thank you enough!
And I was in shock..seriously..
I questioned your auntie.. I said...seriously.. is she always like that? for real? THAT nice THAT kind THAT christ-like??? It blew me away..
and she said.. "Melinda has always been one that is true and compassionate of heart with everyone."
And as you have toured each city.. I hear more and more examples of how people encounter Christ through you! It's so wonderful, it makes me cry!


I think the reason why most people crave seeing more of you..Is because of Jesus in You. It's his unconditional love that we all need in our lives..and you seem to just protray that so very well..
and just thinking about it..is healing.. It's such a beautiful gift.. never take it for granted..

I could use me a huge Melinda hug about now! :)  :bighug I love you!
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Post by: Lexi (LMMD) on October 01, 2007, 03:57:29 am
:crying

Awwe! You're so sweet!!! I love you sooooo much Melinda!!!
Love, Alexis :bighug
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Post by: Melinda on October 01, 2007, 05:29:53 am
those were definite tears of joy...you guys are amazing!
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Post by: #1houstonfan on October 01, 2007, 05:37:18 am
melinda,

just read this thread and was going to post -- but now i'll just say that i'm glad they were tears of joy and you are much loved here!!!! :grouphug

melissa

aka#1houstonfan
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Post by: Christina K on October 01, 2007, 06:47:40 am
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Dearest Melinda,
I'm so glad you have tears of Joy.. You deserve to feel in abundance all the love that you have given to all of us, in return. I pray that as you read these messages, you feel so encouraged and loved and blest!

I pray for every ounce of Love you give, God just gives it back to you in double portion! :)

I love you heaps and heaps and heaps! :)

Love,
christina
ps..I sent you an email a while ago..did ya get it?
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Post by: OldSchool80s on October 01, 2007, 07:31:48 am
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It was so difficult to have to leave the station when that archive project was over, to have to leave behind that dream come true. I was told my resume is on the top of the stack for when a production assistant position opens up, but so far that hasn't happened. What's made it even more difficult is the fact that two close friends of mine were able to get jobs at the station (in different areas than what I hope to do) ...


Shari, send me your resume.  If you would be able to work in NYC (we do have people that commute from Philly area) and interested in television, not necessarily specifically journalism, I know lots of people in TV production.  We are always looking for motivated entry level people.  Dream big, girl.  Backups help other backups. :thumbsup
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Post by: MelindaRules1987 on October 01, 2007, 06:45:21 pm
those were definite tears of joy...you guys are amazing!
Thanks, Melinda.  I'm glad those were tears of joy!  :bighug
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Post by: mcaro05 on October 02, 2007, 06:49:01 am
Since it's 2 am and I'm stressed out/emotionally drained due to a lot of things going on in my life, I figured I would post a message for you, Melinda.

I think it is absolutley amazing that one woman has brought so many people together and inspired people to make a difference in this world. I know that I told you this in the letter I gave you in Huntington, but no one has EVER inspired me as much as you have. The way that you use your gifts of music and compassion in your every day life is truly heartwarming and admirable. Before you came along, I was hiding, alone, and depressed. You showed me that through a little bit of dreaming and hoping, anything can come true. I can't tell you how much that means to me that someone I don't even know has made me want to change my life. Because of you, I am happy. I owe you so much, and I don't think anything I could ever do can repay what you have given me. Thank you for changing my life, thank you for being my inspiration! Keep being you, I can't wait to hear more from you. You are going to change the world- you've already changed mine!

PS: If you see Jordin, give her a big big hug for me- I heard about her great grandma. :(

God Bless and lots of love <3  :bighug
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Post by: mel405 on October 04, 2007, 03:53:02 am
Hey Melinda,

I don't normally watch AI but happened to catch the top 24 week last season and could relate with the whole moving from the background to the front thing (not with singing though) so I started praying for you throughout the season.  Along the way I fell in love with your voice, and more importantly, your generous spirit and the way you represent Christ. 

I sat behind your mom at one of the concerts early in the tour and I told her during intermission that I was praying for you.  She was so sweet and gracious.  She is my very favorite person that I've only ever talked to for 5 minutes.  Anyway, the season is over and I don't have the time to come on this site and keep up like I would like, but every day I pass by the civic center on my way to work and I remember that I told your mom I was praying for you.  So I want you to know I'm still praying, and every time I do I sense that God is doing great things in your life and I'm excited for you!

--Mel
Title: Melinda I love you!
Post by: alex on October 11, 2007, 11:47:40 pm
I'm sure everyone on this site loves you, but I just wanted to say that I love you so much. I have never felt this way about any other singer. I leave comments to you daily on myspace, I'm Alex and I have no photo on myspace, I just made it so I can leave you comments :)

God Bless You!
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Post by: OldSchool80s on October 12, 2007, 01:32:12 am
Welcome, Alex.  And Melinda, today I went out for Korean BBQ as a belated birthday celebration.  Have you ever had kimchi?  If you haven't, you have to try it.  Well, I was sweating kimchi.  Made me think of you.   :rockon  Isn't that special or TMI???

Also wanted to let you know that Tiernan has really been giving me a hard time.  Can you do something about that???   :thumbsup
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Post by: angel4peace on October 12, 2007, 07:34:33 pm
Welcome, Alex.  And Melinda, today I went out for Korean BBQ as a belated birthday celebration.  Have you ever had kimchi?  If you haven't, you have to try it.  Well, I was sweating kimchi.  Made me think of you.   :rockon  Isn't that special or TMI???

Also wanted to let you know that Tiernan has really been giving me a hard time.  Can you do something about that???   :thumbsup

OS, are you still talking about the Kimchi, Melinda, please , make her stop... she is all stinky and the chat room , oh, the odor.....and your birthday is over! Oh, I forgot you are taking a birthday week.  :dunno :dunno :dunno :dunno

Melinda, we love your new Zaxby commerical! Do you really chew equally on both sides or was that just part of the script. And, we are very excited about the PBS national broadcast from Belmont!  :rose :rose :rose :rose :rose
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Post by: Mu Doo on October 12, 2007, 10:33:42 pm
I LOVE YOU SO MUCH!
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Post by: Mu Doo on October 13, 2007, 07:03:03 pm
Mel, OMG!!!!! :bighug

I love you SOOOOOOOOO much!!!! and thank you for everything!!
I'm sooooo happy!!!!     
And love you, Boo!!!!   :worldhug

I can't stop listen the show!!!!!!!!!     :huzzah

Love love love you, so much!!!!!!  :danceb

I loved how you speak Munique!!!  :freakout I'm soooooooooo thrilled!!!  :freakout  Poor Mu!! :faint
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Post by: ET_little7 on October 13, 2007, 07:15:20 pm
Not only Melinda love you Mu we do too. You are so sweetheart. I am really happy for you. God Bless you Some peoples not sure who talking here Louise from Canada. lol Et confused them.  You special in my heart
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Post by: póladoo on October 13, 2007, 08:38:54 pm
I love you so muc Melinda!!!!!  :bighug

I love so much your precious Mu!!!!!!! :huzzah
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Post by: judgenvlove on October 13, 2007, 10:22:26 pm
Thank you for everything you have done for all of us.  There is no doubt you have changed to lives of many people.  And, it is all for the better.  Continue to do what you do and thanks for helping make this world a better place. :rose :rose
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Post by: Johnna on October 13, 2007, 11:37:10 pm
Dearest Melinda,

Ever since I heard you sing the first time on AI.. I have loved your voice, your personality, your gentleness, your kindness, and your love for God. You have been such an inspiration to me, and I can't tell you how God has used you in such a tremendous way in my life, and in the lives of other's that I have had the pleasure of getting to know through this site, and our support for you.  If you knew what all God has used you for, you would cry for days on end.. Maybe one day I will get to share some of these wonderful things with you, and you will know without a doubt,  You are one of God's Angels..

I love you so much... I am so grateful to God for sharing you with us. We are all so Blessed!

 :bighug to you,  and also, after writing this post, now I'm  :crying too..
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Post by: meldoo1 on October 14, 2007, 12:40:55 am
Hey Mel,
I was not able to participate in the radio show, because I was working. :( I did listen though, and would like to say a few things..

(this may be long, so pull up a piece of pie and some sweet tea and relax.....)

I will not go into what you mean to me or what you have done for me, I hope I have expressed that enough to you, if not..let me know, and I'll get right on it  ;)
I cannot wait for your cd...although I will, because I know it will be incredible. Take your time, we are not going anywhere.
The bracelet, I'm SO glad you love it, because you MORE THAN deserve it.
Your AI performances....AMAZING..yes...even Sway. There were a couple I love less than others, but not because of you. It was the song, or the way they made you look, but that was no fault of yours, and your actual performance was in a different league to everyone else, every time, even on your worst day.  Don't argue with me, that point is not debateable.  :cheeky
My personal fave was probably Have A Nice Day.. EVERYTHING about that performance BLEW me away.   :faint The way you looked, stage presence, attitude, vocals..EVERYTHING.  Be proud of that girl, it was phenomenal.  :rocker
Yes, we do love and support you, even if you have food stuck in your teeth, messy eater, headwrap, PMS, bad note (yeah RIGHT) you name it.... We are your Backups, now and forever.  :grouphug
Okay, so those were all comments.....my question, you ask? :scratchchin

When the tour first started, I sent you a message on myspace, kind of recapping some of the judges comments to you..do you remember that? (no that's not my question..... :cheeky)

What I would like to know is..all those things that they said to you, that I wrote in that email..has it sunk in yet? Are you getting it now, what we have known all along........ how totally and completely fabulous you are??
much, MUCH love,
Stacia =>D

oooh one more thing, what's your favorite flavor of Jello?  ;D
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Post by: ET_little7 on October 14, 2007, 02:34:55 am
We are family lalallala Melinda mean the world for me.   :worldhug
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Post by: LuvHer on October 14, 2007, 02:39:03 am
Just listened to Moments with Melinda!  Thank you for taking time from your Saturday to spend with us--made a whole bunch of backups really, really happy!!! I'm talking really happy!! :rofl

Thank you--for just being you! 
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Post by: OldSchool80s on October 14, 2007, 05:15:34 am
Thanks for everything you do, Melinda.   What an extraordinary, down to earth person!!

We are honored to be your "support" group.  It makes me personally feel much more comfortable being part of that than simply a fan club, and support group represents who and what you stand for so much better.

I love your candid comments.  It's a breath of fresh air and it cracks me up.  I like that in a person.  :thumbsup
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Post by: Alan on October 14, 2007, 10:46:26 am


oooh one more thing, what's your favorite flavor of Jello?  ;D

Melinda

This is the most important part of Meldoo1's post.  Please give it most careful thought.  :thanks
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Post by: LuvHer on October 14, 2007, 04:14:27 pm


oooh one more thing, what's your favorite flavor of Jello?  ;D

Melinda

This is the most important part of Meldoo1's post.  Please give it most careful thought.  :thanks

Melinda, considering what this Jello may be used for, I suggest that you give your LEAST favorite flavor, for you may never be able to look a bowl of Jello in the face again. :yikes
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Post by: meldoo1 on October 14, 2007, 04:27:31 pm
SHHHHH PAULET!   :rofl

she doesn't need to know the details yet, I'm sure she doesn't have time to read the Franklin Smackdown thread..

Melinda dear, it's just a question,   :innocent and know that it's for a good cause.  :halo
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Post by: angel4peace on October 14, 2007, 04:29:40 pm
SHHHHH PAULET!   :rofl

she doesn't need to know the details yet, I'm sure she doesn't have time to read the Franklin Smackdown thread..

Melinda dear, it's just a question,   :innocent and know that it's for a good cause.  :halo

Melinda dear, it's just a question,   :innocent and know that it's for a good cause.  :halo[/color] Yes, a very good cause!!! ( whisper, we are splitting the gate , right Stacia  :thumbsup :thumbsup )
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Post by: OldSchool80s on October 14, 2007, 04:32:53 pm
Cherry, per chance??? :scratchchin :scratchchin :scratchchin
Title: Re: MESSAGES TO MELINDA :)
Post by: Melinda on October 14, 2007, 06:01:00 pm
Jello....strawberry with cool whip! Yummy!!!
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Post by: OldSchool80s on October 14, 2007, 06:03:01 pm
Ay yi yi, this is gonna get messy. :duh  Strawberry is ok too.  Love cool whip.  Has anyone talked to Tiernan yet?

ETA:  OK, all right, I'll call her.   :runaway
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Post by: ET_little7 on October 14, 2007, 06:06:33 pm
 Hot Apple pie with Ice Cream. hummmmmmmmy
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Post by: Sara99 on October 14, 2007, 06:07:35 pm
Jello....strawberry with cool whip! Yummy!!!

Please note---Melinda would like cool whip added to the evenings festivities.  :rocker
What Melinda wants, Melinda will get! :thumbsup
Oh yea! I can tell she's ready to open a can on Pee Pee and Tiernan! :rockon

 :rofl :rofl :rofl
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Post by: angel4peace on October 14, 2007, 06:13:33 pm
Jello....strawberry with cool whip! Yummy!!!

Please note---Melinda would like cool whip added to the evenings festivities.  :rocker
What Melinda wants, Melinda will get! :thumbsup
Oh yea! I can tell she's ready to open a can on Pee Pee and Tiernan! :rockon

Noted! And we will make sure it is added, along with the apple pie!  :huzzah :huzzah :huzzah

T, OS, get ready.............coming to Franklin...............Smack Down of the Century! 
PP Vs T.............Strawberry Jello and Kool Whip Pit............
OS, you are right this is going to get messy..........

Strawberry  Flavored Jello is the best !!!!.... and especially when you have a tummy ache and cannot keep anything else down.
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Post by: LuvHer on October 14, 2007, 06:25:10 pm
SHHHHH PAULET!   :rofl

she doesn't need to know the details yet, I'm sure she doesn't have time to read the Franklin Smackdown thread..

Melinda dear, it's just a question,   :innocent and know that it's for a good cause.  :halo


 :rofl :rofl :rofl :rofl
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Post by: meldoo1 on October 14, 2007, 06:27:17 pm
Ay yi yi, this is gonna get messy. :duh  Strawberry is ok too.  Love cool whip.  Has anyone talked to Tiernan yet?

ETA:  OK, all right, I'll call her.   :runaway

AWW man..she had to go and add cool whip to the equation.... :duh
well PP, this is going to be one MESSY tag team match..are you ready?
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Post by: meldoo1 on October 14, 2007, 06:32:19 pm
Jello....strawberry with cool whip! Yummy!!!

Please note---Melinda would like cool whip added to the evenings festivities.  :rocker
What Melinda wants, Melinda will get! :thumbsup
Oh yea! I can tell she's ready to open a can on Pee Pee and Tiernan! :rockon

 :rofl :rofl :rofl

see Sara?? Told ya she's a scrapper...We are gonna lay the SMACKDOWN on PP and T!   :rocker
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Post by: Jessica on October 14, 2007, 06:42:23 pm
AWW man..she had to go and add cool whip to the equation.... :duh


I think she did it on purpose.  :tongueout
Title: Re: MESSAGES TO MELINDA :)
Post by: angel4peace on October 14, 2007, 06:42:36 pm
Jello....strawberry with cool whip! Yummy!!!

Please note---Melinda would like cool whip added to the evenings festivities.  :rocker
What Melinda wants, Melinda will get! :thumbsup
Oh yea! I can tell she's ready to open a can on Pee Pee and Tiernan! :rockon

 :rofl :rofl :rofl


see Sara?? Told ya she's a scrapper...We are gonna lay the SMACKDOWN on PP and T!   :rocker

Stacia, did you get the tickets printed YET??? ( Idea, let donate the money to MNM! )
Whip cream, ah yi yi...........this is going to get messy!  It will not be pretty :rofl :rofl :rofl :rofl, So, who is bringing the video camera.........
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Post by: meldoo1 on October 14, 2007, 06:46:42 pm
Jello....strawberry with cool whip! Yummy!!!

Please note---Melinda would like cool whip added to the evenings festivities.  :rocker
What Melinda wants, Melinda will get! :thumbsup
Oh yea! I can tell she's ready to open a can on Pee Pee and Tiernan! :rockon

 :rofl :rofl :rofl


see Sara?? Told ya she's a scrapper...We are gonna lay the SMACKDOWN on PP and T!   :rocker

Stacia, did you get the tickets printed YET??? ( Idea, let donate the money to MNM! )
Whip cream, ah yi yi...........this is going to get messy!  It will not be pretty :rofl :rofl :rofl :rofl, So, who is bringing the video camera.........


LOL we're one step ahead of ya Angel, We already decided in the beginning that all proceeds will go to MNM.. :)
that's how we're going to coerce Mel into being my tag team partner...she just doesn't know it yet..
I don't know who was supposed to be printing the tickets...Sara?  :dunno  Anyone wanna volunteer?
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Post by: Sara99 on October 14, 2007, 06:52:06 pm
So, who is bringing the video camera.........


Oh, I'm all over the video camera!!
I'm already planning a Pay-Per-View Party!! :scratchchin  :rocker :rocker :winner
Title: Re: MESSAGES TO MELINDA :)
Post by: angel4peace on October 14, 2007, 06:54:39 pm
Jello....strawberry with cool whip! Yummy!!!

Please note---Melinda would like cool whip added to the evenings festivities.  :rocker
What Melinda wants, Melinda will get! :thumbsup
Oh yea! I can tell she's ready to open a can on Pee Pee and Tiernan! :rockon

 :rofl :rofl :rofl


see Sara?? Told ya she's a scrapper...We are gonna lay the SMACKDOWN on PP and T!   :rocker

Stacia, did you get the tickets printed YET??? ( Idea, let donate the money to MNM! )
Whip cream, ah yi yi...........this is going to get messy!  It will not be pretty :rofl :rofl :rofl :rofl, So, who is bringing the video camera.........


LOL we're one step ahead of ya Angel, We already decided in the beginning that all proceeds will go to MNM.. :)
that's how we're going to coerce Mel into being my tag team partner...she just doesn't know it yet..
I don't know who was supposed to be printing the tickets...Sara?  :dunno  Anyone wanna volunteer?

What!!! No one told me................I was told we were splitting the gate! I knew I should never trust T!!!!!  :crying :crying :crying
Yes, I saw the Tag Team line up................LOL............T does not stand a chance!
Can't have a smack down-  money for donations without tickets Help, Volunteers !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I think the Brit is filming.........going to put a call in right now to ESPN.................. :rofl :rofl :rofl
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Post by: Sara99 on October 14, 2007, 06:55:49 pm


see Sara?? Told ya she's a scrapper...

I call her "Scrappy" for short. :winner
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Post by: meldoo1 on October 14, 2007, 07:35:06 pm

What!!! No one told me................I was told we were splitting the gate! I knew I should never trust T!!!!!  :crying :crying :crying
Yes, I saw the Tag Team line up................LOL............T does not stand a chance!
Can't have a smack down-  money for donations without tickets Help, Volunteers !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I think the Brit is filming.........going to put a call in right now to ESPN.................. :rofl :rofl :rofl

 :lolsign
see now Nicole, trusting T was your first mistake..I hope that now you know better....
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Post by: meldoo1 on October 14, 2007, 07:37:39 pm
So, who is bringing the video camera.........


Oh, I'm all over the video camera!!
I'm already planning a Pay-Per-View Party!! :scratchchin  :rocker :rocker :winner

 :rofl :rofl :rofl :rofl :rofl
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Post by: LuvHer on October 14, 2007, 08:07:27 pm
So, who is bringing the video camera.........


Oh, I'm all over the video camera!!
I'm already planning a Pay-Per-View Party!! :scratchchin  :rocker :rocker :winner

 :rofl :rofl :rofl :rofl :rofl

Oh, goodie--anaother chance to raise money for MNM!!  I'd pay big bucks to see this event--yup, you betcha!!  Hey, maybe we should start a pool--oh, the possibilities!!  The mind boggles :cheeky
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Post by: OldSchool80s on October 14, 2007, 08:13:36 pm
Please check the coloring in that jello, if it stains my skin or wrecks my dye job, someone is gonna have to pay!! :enraged
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Post by: angel4peace on October 14, 2007, 08:19:11 pm
Please check the coloring in that jello, if it stains my skin or wrecks my dye job, someone is gonna have to pay!! :enraged

 :rofl :rofl :rofl :rofl :rofl :rofl Cherry stains worse.. but do not worry it wears off over time............ :duh
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Post by: meldoo1 on October 14, 2007, 08:20:36 pm
Please check the coloring in that jello, if it stains my skin or wrecks my dye job, someone is gonna have to pay!! :enraged

 
 :rofl
 you almost made me spit ice tea all over my desk!
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Post by: OldSchool80s on October 14, 2007, 08:26:52 pm
I'd have to acquire yet another identity . .Pinky!!!  At least it starts with a "P".
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Post by: Sara99 on October 14, 2007, 08:33:19 pm
Please check the coloring in that jello, if it stains my skin or wrecks my dye job, someone is gonna have to pay!! :enraged

Ohhh Please!!! Further evidence that Pee Pee is indeed a CREAMPUFF!!! :loser

 :rofl :rofl Pee Pee is a CREAMPUFF!! :rofl :rofl
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Post by: angel4peace on October 14, 2007, 08:42:24 pm

What!!! No one told me................I was told we were splitting the gate! I knew I should never trust T!!!!!  :crying :crying :crying
Yes, I saw the Tag Team line up................LOL............T does not stand a chance!
Can't have a smack down-  money for donations without tickets Help, Volunteers !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I think the Brit is filming.........going to put a call in right now to ESPN.................. :rofl :rofl :rofl

 :lolsign
see now Nicole, trusting T was your first mistake..I hope that now you know better....

Yes,  :crying :crying :crying I have learned my lessons and mended my ways!  :brickwall :brickwall
Trust Stacia, Trust Stacia.... T never tells the truth....... :brickwall :brickwall :brickwall
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Post by: OldSchool80s on October 14, 2007, 08:46:14 pm
Please check the coloring in that jello, if it stains my skin or wrecks my dye job, someone is gonna have to pay!! :enraged

Ohhh Please!!! Further evidence that Pee Pee is indeed a CREAMPUFF!!! :loser

 :rofl :rofl Pee Pee is a CREAMPUFF!! :rofl :rofl

Well, excuse me, someone has to be a lady around here.     :moon
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Post by: angel4peace on October 14, 2007, 08:47:46 pm
NO Picking on OS- She is a very sensitivie soul!!!!!!!! And, Melinda's beloved friend and duet partner ( am I doing ok  :banana. that last ck was sweet! )

You will look lovely in Pink... I am sure your co-workers will be soooooooo impressed (   :prrr ) And, I heard Pink was looking for someone to open her new show!

Your second best friend and in Your 5!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Now everyone, be nice to OS>>>>>>>>>>>>>
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Post by: Jessica on October 14, 2007, 08:47:57 pm
Wow, you guys are WAY off topic now...  :rofl

Messages To Melinda, remember?

 :lolsign
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Post by: ghopper on October 14, 2007, 08:52:34 pm
Wow, you guys are WAY off topic now...  :rofl

Messages To Melinda, remember?

 :lolsign
Agree.  Someone clean this up (pre-event).
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Post by: OldSchool80s on October 14, 2007, 08:56:49 pm
Wow, you guys are WAY off topic now...  :rofl

Messages To Melinda, remember?

 :lolsign

What's the problem? These are messages from crackpot to crackpot.  Totally ON topic. :duh  If I throw in an "I love you, Melinda" does that satisfy your on-topic-ness?   :cheeky

(My girl, Angel . .another sweet one is on the way!!)
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Post by: Elcondado on October 14, 2007, 09:19:11 pm
I'd have to acquire yet another identity . .Pinky!!!  At least it starts with a "P".

Calling Dr. Quack   :superexcited....new development that should be noted immediately....it seems that OS/Donna/PP is in the process of acquiring ANOTHER alter   :woohoo .....I hope you are keeping good notes on this case   :thumbsup......the journals are calling....
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Post by: Bernie on October 14, 2007, 09:34:17 pm
Our Dearest Melinda:

I went on my company's annual apple-picking today, even though I didn't really need any apples.  But I thought of you and your apple pie, so I decided to post my harvest here for you:

(http://i204.photobucket.com/albums/bb209/Bernie352/apples.jpg)

Enjoy!

(the background just worked out fortuitously; that's my counter-top).
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Post by: ghopper on October 14, 2007, 10:28:30 pm
I take back what I posted.  Your off topic-ness is a breath of fresh air.
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Post by: Jessica on October 14, 2007, 10:31:30 pm
Wow, you guys are WAY off topic now...  :rofl

Messages To Melinda, remember?

 :lolsign

What's the problem? These are messages from crackpot to crackpot.  Totally ON topic. :duh  If I throw in an "I love you, Melinda" does that satisfy your on-topic-ness?   :cheeky

Okay, that would work.  :lolsign
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Post by: grapeape on October 15, 2007, 03:52:45 am
Melinda...

Thanks so much for the radio show (and for posting in the forums and MySpace)!  It is so great to get the opportunity to get to know who YOU ARE a little better.  After all, it is YOU who we all love and adore.  By talking to us and answering our questions, you give us more reason to love you for the humorous, lovable, playful, gracious, adorable, kind and considerate woman that you are - if there is even a need for a "reason" to cherish you.
Thanks again and thanks for letting us get to know you better!  Thanks for GIVING so much of yourself to us and to the world!
I adore you!
April

We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.
Winston Churchill
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Post by: Bernie on October 15, 2007, 03:57:10 am
Melinda...

Thanks so much for the radio show (and for posting in the forums and MySpace)!  It is so great to get the opportunity to get to know who YOU ARE a little better.  After all, it is YOU who we all love and adore.  By talking to us and answering our questions, you give us more reason to love you for the humorous, lovable, playful, gracious, adorable, kind and considerate woman that you are - if there is even a need for a "reason" to cherish you.
Thanks again and thanks for letting us get to know you better!  Thanks for GIVING so much of yourself to us and to the world!
I adore you!
April

Beautiful, April! I feel the exact same way, and wish I had said the exact same thing.  Yay April, Yay Melinda!
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Post by: grapeape on October 15, 2007, 04:04:49 am
Thanks Bernie!  But you are the eloquent writer - not I.  Thanks tho' and YAY Bernie and YAY MELINDA!
 :rockon
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Post by: Mu Doo on October 17, 2007, 02:20:20 am
Mel,

Thank you so much!!! The show is amazing!! You're the best!!!

I love you so much, you know!!!!! :bighug

Thanks... love you... forever... and ever... and ever... and ever...

 :huzzah  thanks so mch Boo(Tyler) for the amazing job!!! I love you, you know! :huzzah
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Post by: ET_little7 on October 17, 2007, 03:51:55 am
Melinda you mean the world for me thank for the talk, like i was pretty nerveous talkiing to you, i enjoyed every moment of it. Luv you.
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Post by: grapeape on October 17, 2007, 03:58:22 am
I just listened to the radio show!  Thanks so much Tyler!  And Melinda...."DON'T RAIN ON MY PARADE!"  Are you kidding me?  OH, how I would love to hear you sing that!!!    :superexcited   :drool

I still ADORE YOU!   ;D
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Post by: MelindaRules1987 on October 17, 2007, 04:10:09 am
I just listened to the radio show!  Thanks so much Tyler!  And Melinda...."DON'T RAIN ON MY PARADE!"  Are you kidding me?  OH, how I would love to hear you sing that!!!    :superexcited   :drool

I still ADORE YOU!   ;D
I agree.  She would kick butt on that!
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Post by: angel4peace on October 17, 2007, 10:02:51 am
Melinda...

Thanks so much for the radio show (and for posting in the forums and MySpace)!  It is so great to get the opportunity to get to know who YOU ARE a little better.  After all, it is YOU who we all love and adore.  By talking to us and answering our questions, you give us more reason to love you for the humorous, lovable, playful, gracious, adorable, kind and considerate woman that you are - if there is even a need for a "reason" to cherish you.
Thanks again and thanks for letting us get to know you better!  Thanks for GIVING so much of yourself to us and to the world!
I adore you!
April

We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.
Winston Churchill


April, thank you , you said so beautifully what is in all our hearts.........
WE love you Melinda
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Post by: ET_little7 on October 17, 2007, 08:05:04 pm
Thank Melinda i have no word enough big to tell you how i feel.  God Bless :bye
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Post by: meldool on October 18, 2007, 02:49:01 pm
Melinda-


Hi :bye you have changed me in so many ways and first of all I want to Thank You. Now I'm going to tell you all the ways you have changed me. You've made me realize looks aren't everything in what's on the inside that counts. I'm not a pretty by any means, been tease for years. But you have given me the confidence to not care what people think as much now. You have also made my faith in God STRONGEr and I want to give a BIG HUG :bighug Melinda God Bless You FOR YOUR SWEET HEART. The truely shines through you.



LOTS OF LOVE!


Joan From Milwaukee
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Post by: angel4peace on October 18, 2007, 09:20:30 pm
I take back what I posted.  Your off topic-ness is a breath of fresh air.

 :rofl :rofl :rofl :thumbsup
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Post by: angel4peace on October 18, 2007, 09:21:47 pm
Melinda-


Hi :bye you have changed me in so many ways and first of all I want to Thank You. Now I'm going to tell you all the ways you have changed me. You've made me realize looks aren't everything in what's on the inside that counts. I'm not a pretty by any means, been tease for years. But you have given me the confidence to not care what people think as much now. You have also made my faith in God STRONGEr and I want to give a BIG HUG :bighug Melinda God Bless You FOR YOUR SWEET HEART. The truely shines through you.



LOTS OF LOVE!


Joan From Milwaukee
I just want you to know I think you are very pretty , inside and outside!!!! Beauty is as Beauty does! And you are a very pretty girl!

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Post by: Mu Doo on November 01, 2007, 02:22:11 am
I love you so much!!!    :bighug

Forever!!  :wub
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Post by: meldoo1 on November 04, 2007, 01:16:07 pm
Okay, I can't find the thread that had your chicken soup story in it,  :dunno,  :duh so I will post this here. :)

Mel,
        I read your story, it was beautifully written, and SO inspirational. It brought tears to my eyes.   Now I have a little story for you.  I was so distraught after you got eliminated from AI, I wasn't going to watch the finale.  I didn't want to miss an opportunity to hear you sing, even if I had to sit through the rest of it, so I went over to my parents house, and spent the night there so I could watch it with my mom. I was there last year for the finale, so it's kind of a ritual now.  We were in the living room, my father, who has absolutely NO interest in AI, didn't watch a bit of it, thinks it's a silly show, was watching tv in his bedroom.  He happened to come out during your performance with the Winans. CeCe was singing, and we all know that she has an amazing voice, but she's not the one that stopped him. When you started to sing, he stopped, in his tracks,  on the way to the refrigerator, looked at the TV and said, now SHE has a nice voice! Who is that?
(He didn't know the can of worms he opened then, LOL, I went into my tirade about who you were and how you should've won...)

My dear, your prayers were answered..tenfold.    :rose

 :hug  Stacia
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Post by: ghopper on November 04, 2007, 05:07:47 pm
Okay, I can't find the thread that had your chicken soup story in it,  :dunno,  :duh so I will post this here. :)

Mel,
        I read your story, it was beautifully written, and SO inspirational. It brought tears to my eyes.   Now I have a little story for you.  I was so distraught after you got eliminated from AI, I wasn't going to watch the finale.  I didn't want to miss an opportunity to hear you sing, even if I had to sit through the rest of it, so I went over to my parents house, and spent the night there so I could watch it with my mom. I was there last year for the finale, so it's kind of a ritual now.  We were in the living room, my father, who has absolutely NO interest in AI, didn't watch a bit of it, thinks it's a silly show, was watching tv in his bedroom.  He happened to come out during your performance with the Winans. CeCe was singing, and we all know that she has an amazing voice, but she's not the one that stopped him. When you started to sing, he stopped, in his tracks,  on the way to the refrigerator, looked at the TV and said, now SHE has a nice voice! Who is that?
(He didn't know the can of worms he opened then, LOL, I went into my tirade about who you were and how you should've won...)

My dear, your prayers were answered..tenfold.    :rose

 :hug  Stacia

I had an almost identical experience as you, Stacia, but with my hubby.  He absolutely won't have anything to do with AI, thinks it's a silly, glorified karaoke contest where the contestants cannot even sing in tune (true for some, I guess).  Well, a few months ago, I had to drive his car because mine was in the shop for the whole week.  So I popped in Melinda's CD (I never leave home without it) and forgot to take it out when I gave the car back to him.  So that night, he asked me who the artist was on the CD I had left in his car and said he could listen to her all day.  Well, that was his undoing because he had to sit there for the next hour to hear my story about the whole AI saga with Melinda.  Needless to say, he never gave back my Melinda CD.  But I noticed his CD player is stuck on Melinda's tracks.  Yes, God has answered Melinda's prayers a hundredfold.
Title: Re: MESSAGES TO MELINDA :)
Post by: meldoo1 on November 06, 2007, 09:22:46 pm

I had an almost identical experience as you, Stacia, but with my hubby.  He absolutely won't have anything to do with AI, thinks it's a silly, glorified karaoke contest where the contestants cannot even sing in tune (true for some, I guess).  Well, a few months ago, I had to drive his car because mine was in the shop for the whole week.  So I popped in Melinda's CD (I never leave home without it) and forgot to take it out when I gave the car back to him.  So that night, he asked me who the artist was on the CD I had left in his car and said he could listen to her all day.  Well, that was his undoing because he had to sit there for the next hour to hear my story about the whole AI saga with Melinda.  Needless to say, he never gave back my Melinda CD.  But I noticed his CD player is stuck on Melinda's tracks.  Yes, God has answered Melinda's prayers a hundredfold.

 :huzzah That is AWESOME Maria!  :huzzah
Isn't it amazing to watch someone transform into a Melinda fan right before your eyes??
I was at my parents house last week, and we watched Mel sing the National Anthem on youtube. My father had tears in his eyes, and said how she sang it with SUCH emotion, and my mother said it gave her goosebumps.  (YES Mel, goosebumps are good.  ;) )
My father then asked when her cd will be coming out. :D :D :D :D :D :D :D
Title: Re: MESSAGES TO MELINDA :)
Post by: Shari on December 06, 2007, 07:52:20 pm
I know I left you this message on myspace too, Melinda, but I wasn't sure which place you'd have time to check (things have to be so crazy and busy for you now!!) ... and this is just something that I really needed to say to you.

I really need to thank you for (even though you don't know it) helping me to smile on what was one of the most difficult days ever.

Today was really, really tough for me. The news anchor who inspired me to go into journalism & who has been my mentor for over eight years now (and the one who first gave me my "Dream Big; Work Hard" motto) is leaving our ABC affiliate to take a full time anchor job in Washington DC, after being here for nearly 15 years. Words cannot express how thrilled I am for her; she is the most amazing journalist, and she deserves this incredible opportunity more than anyone I know. Her last day here is tomorrow, and I went back to the station to say "until I see you again" to her this morning. It was one of the most difficult things I have ever had to do in my entire life. How do you say goodbye to someone who has had such a profound impact on your life? How do you say goodbye to someone who has so inspired you and gone so far above and beyond for you? How do you say goodbye to your mentor? It was honestly one of the hardest things I ever had to do. I cried the entire way home ... until I put on the cd of your studio performances (from iTunes) and got to the line "hold on to your faith" in "There Will Come A Day." I came home and looked at the inspiring words you wrote to me on Saturday night ... and I'm not crying anymore; I'm smiling.

Thank you for reminding me to always dream big. I don't think you know quite how much you inspire people and the faith that you give them. I'm not sure I can explain to you how much you've influenced so many people's lives, including mine. Thank you for making me smile on one of the most difficult days ever, thank you for reminding me yet again to dream big and work hard to make those dreams come true, thank you for being an inspiration. You truly do touch so many people's lives, including mine, without even knowing it, and I just needed to thank you for that. You're the best, Melinda!!

<3,
Shari
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Post by: Christina K on December 07, 2007, 09:46:53 pm
Dearest Melinda,
Thank you so much for being the start of this beautiful new family.. Everyone coming together to support you, and each other..It is simply amazing. I don't think any other contestant has made such an affect as you have on the lives of others. thank you for being such an inspiration to us.

I love you,
christina
Title: Re: MESSAGES TO MELINDA :)
Post by: Jena on June 17, 2008, 12:10:30 pm
This was the letter I wrote to Melinda for Megan's marathon scrapbook.  I want to post it here, because it sums up how Melinda has changed my life, and/or why she is so important to me.  I know everybody else said their messages last fall, and though I'm late, here's mine.

Dear Melinda,

    I've never tried to thank someone for reshaping my destiny (especially not in 250 words or less), so I'm notsure how to go about it.  Since this scrapbook is for the marathon, I have to tell you that my part in it was minimal.  All I did is make a donation to a worthy cause.  I joined the backups seven weeks ago, so I didn't have time to do much else, but I want to tell you the ways in which my life is blessed because of you.


    Your beautiful speaking and singing voice got my attention.  It was your way of being that changed my life.  I went blind shortly after birth, but I grew up with complete confidence that I was going to make a difference in the world.  I got as far as a degree in psychology, and then I lost my remaining light perception.  That wasn't so bad, but it caused a severe sleep disorder, which left me unable to work.  Overnight, I became everything I feared, everything I didn't want to be, everything I had vowed I'd never be.  My most prized posession in this world was gone, my independence.  I lost touch with friends, because I felt that I had nothing to offer in a friendship.  I can't think of much that feels worse for an adult than knowing you're so richly blessed and that you should be blessing someone else, but finding no ways to help that won't create burdens for others.  For a very long time, I existed, but I did not live,,, until I heard you sing.

    Something about your voice, or maybe just the way you presented yourself, awakened me from that slumber of self-doubt.  I wanted to buy MFV and see your Idol performances again, and that motivated me to buy a computer, something I had resisted because I had lost my self-confidence and I didn't believe I could learn such a complex and dynamic visual environment (Windows and the Internet) using only speech.  "Experts" in the field told me it would be a year and a half before I could learn enough to go online.  So I taught myself, using software help systems and manuals.  I made it online in 36 hours.  I found the backups' forum, and new friends.  The backups welcomed me, accepted me, and gave me a chance to make a difference in the world with projects for Malaria No More.  I had come to believe I couldn't make a difference for anybody else, if I couldn't even make one for myself.  My new friends liked my writing, and they encouraged me to pursue it as a career instead of just a passion.  They started encouraging eight days ago, and I'm in an online writers' workshop, as well as a website where I can write for money.  However meager the beginning, I'm just glad to be doing something worthwhile.  None of these things would have happened without your influence.

    Somebody asked me once, if I knew what an angel was, since I couldn't see representations of them, or hear them, or touch them.  This is what I see.,,,  Angels wear halos of faith, that shine with the softest of lights, because they know that a harsh light would push people away.  They live their faith sweetly and simply, because they know that demanding faith from others is no way to show the meaning of God's love.  They share their blessings even when they have very little, and because of their generosity, others are motivated to share, until the world is no longer in need.  They love to give, because they know that to give is to truly receive.  They are gracious and humble, because they know the truth of everything is in the Lord's praise of them, not man's.  They are joyous in their faith, because they know their home is with Jesus.  They speak in gentle voices that make kings and princes bend down to listen, and commoners stand up to be counted.  They have wings of music they can spread over the world, so they can reach all the souls who need them through the sound of an universal language that defies all communication barriers, and when they have brought all the lost and needy souls close to listen, they fold their musical wings, so that all the souls come together to form a family, where the strengths of each cancels out the weaknesses of the others.  This is my description of an angel, and I hope it won't freak you out or make you feel uncomfortable, if I tell you that I believe you are an angel to this world.  Thank you so much, Melinda,,, for everything.  It is an honor to be one of your backups.
Title: Re: MESSAGES TO MELINDA :)
Post by: Bernie on June 17, 2008, 07:58:49 pm
Oh, Jena! That is profoundly beautiful and touching.  Melinda and you are both amazing, exceptional, inspiring, life-changing persons.  Good luck to you in your struggle, and I'm so glad that you found Melinda and we found you.... thanks for sharing!

Bernie
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Post by: MelindaRules1987 on June 17, 2008, 08:41:05 pm
That was a wonderful letter, Jena!
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Post by: xldb on June 17, 2008, 08:50:06 pm
Jena, that was absolutely amazing.  It was a pleasure to read.   I know that you will be successful in your writing because words are your friends. 

Carol
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Post by: Sally on June 17, 2008, 08:52:23 pm
Jena, that is one of the most beautiful descriptions of our Melinda that I read. Thank you. And yes, keep on writing dear heart. And by the way, we  are so glad you are a part of our family. :bighug
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Post by: angel4peace on June 17, 2008, 11:58:37 pm
Jena, that was absolutely amazing.  It was a pleasure to read.   I know that you will be successful in your writing because words are your friends. 

Carol

Jena
Thank you for sharing that with us. You have described Melinda perfectly! And, I agree with Carol, you will be a very successful writer because words are your friends and you paint pictures with them.  :rose
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Post by: californiafan on June 18, 2008, 03:15:38 am
Jena, you are a gifted writer. Please have confidence in yourself and continue to pursue your passion. What an exquisite picture you painted with words. You held me spellbound. Thanks!   :heartbeat
Title: Re: MESSAGES TO MELINDA :)
Post by: donna on June 18, 2008, 06:51:49 am
Jena:

You may not see the words you write
but you write them so beautifully

You may not see the picture image
but you describe it so perfectly

You may not see our smiling faces
as we read the words you write

You see the world like no one does
through your heart, you give us sight

We love you Jena   :bighug
Title: Re: MESSAGES TO MELINDA :)
Post by: Christina K on June 18, 2008, 07:16:19 am
Melinda,
Just wanted to let you know I'm thinking about you and love you!
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Post by: Gemini2 on June 18, 2008, 08:32:58 am
Jena that was absolutely beautiful .

Your words paint the most beautiful pictures of not just the world around us....
......but of the way you feel and sense life to be.

Please never stop writing your very beautiful and sensitive words!
Title: Re: MESSAGES TO MELINDA :)
Post by: Jena on June 18, 2008, 08:35:54 am
Jena:

You may not see the words you write
but you write them so beautifully

You may not see the picture image
but you describe it so perfectly

You may not see our smiling faces
as we read the words you write

You see the world like no one does
through your heart, you give us sight

We love you Jena   :bighug
Don-naaaaa :crying :) :awww :bighug My message is no better, and no more special, than anyone else's.  Everybody in this forum expresses themselves beautifully in their love and respect for Melinda.  We can do no less, when she brought so many of us out of darkness, shining the softest yet most brilliant of lights until we could do nothing else but open our eyes to see it.

We (the backups) are in an unique time, place, and position.  We are so blessed to have been brought together by Melinda, and inspired to life-changing actions by her.  This time in our history and her career is connected, this forum, this group of people, is bonded in a way I don't know that anybody outside of it can understand or appreciate.  Everybody just cherish it, take lots of pictures and video, print these threads, do something to tangibly savor all of this, because fifty years from now, it may be hard to explain to your great-grandchildren how it was.  I can't think of a good example, but the closest I get is like, if you were around when Barry Gordy Jr. was founding Motown, or you were around for the Civil Rights movement, or you went to the Monterey Pop Festival and saw all those 60s icons who weren't yet icons, and if you were able to realize you were a part of something legendary.  Melinda has brought us together and inspired us to be better people, and now we're embarking on the mission of making a better world, meanwhile watching her dreams come true.  It's just an honor to be here, right now, with everybody.  WE are special, (not me, not at all), WE are, all of us together.

Thank you, Melinda, thank you so much for giving us ... all of this.  I don't know how else to say it.

I don't know how to say what is in my head; it doesn't look right written here, but I think everybody who reads it will understand even if I didn't make it clear.  If you're a backup, you get it.
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Post by: Gemini2 on June 18, 2008, 09:10:10 am
I'm a backup....and I definitely understand what you are trying to say!

It's a feeling ...a time and a place. And we are sharing it with Melinda all the way!
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Post by: Alan on June 18, 2008, 10:17:29 am
Jena

I'm a Backup and I get it (and whatever you say, your - YOUR - words are beautiful).

For me this is a unique in a lifetime experience.  I don't know how it happened, but it did.  Now I am just riding the experience to see where it takes me.

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Post by: Jessica on June 18, 2008, 11:35:48 am
We (the backups) are in an unique time, place, and position.  We are so blessed to have been brought together by Melinda, and inspired to life-changing actions by her.  This time in our history and her career is connected, this forum, this group of people, is bonded in a way I don't know that anybody outside of it can understand or appreciate.  Everybody just cherish it, take lots of pictures and video, print these threads, do something to tangibly savor all of this, because fifty years from now, it may be hard to explain to your great-grandchildren how it was.  I can't think of a good example, but the closest I get is like, if you were around when Barry Gordy Jr. was founding Motown, or you were around for the Civil Rights movement, or you went to the Monterey Pop Festival and saw all those 60s icons who weren't yet icons, and if you were able to realize you were a part of something legendary.  Melinda has brought us together and inspired us to be better people, and now we're embarking on the mission of making a better world, meanwhile watching her dreams come true.  It's just an honor to be here, right now, with everybody.  WE are special, (not me, not at all), WE are, all of us together.

Thank you, Melinda, thank you so much for giving us ... all of this.  I don't know how else to say it.

I don't know how to say what is in my head; it doesn't look right written here, but I think everybody who reads it will understand even if I didn't make it clear.  If you're a backup, you get it.

Jena, I understand what you mean. And I think we all do.

What happened to us is something hard to explain. I never knew I could love people I've never met so much!

You're right when you say that people outside of it will never understand what we have. But we know what we have and we're thankful for it.

I feel honored to be a part of this.
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Post by: may19 on June 18, 2008, 01:32:08 pm
When it's the heart that talks and listens, only a few can understand. I can totally relate to everybody here. I am from the Philippines, and it's my first time to ever, ever love an artist ( and a foreign artist, for that matter) this MUCH! Even my closest friend sometimes doesn't understand me, although she doesn't argue that Melinda is the best singer Idol has ever seen.

Melinda has touched my life and i don't know how she did it. From the very first time I saw her in the audition, I told myself I was going to follow her climb to the finals. I was one of those who almost crushed the TV set when she was eliminated. I felt I,  like the rest of the world, was deprived of what could have been the  best Idol finals ever with Melinda.

For the first time, too, I searched for anything Melinda in the internet and downloaded all her Idol performances and would watch them almost everyday (at least when I have time as I am busy with work). I'd always listen to her songs while I drive my car. I just really can't get enough of her.

Melinda is simply a great inspiration. The backups and her other millions of fans are proof to that. She is beautiful inside and out, very inteligent, funny, compassionate, etc. I can go on describing her forever and only good things will come out. She's just amazing!!!

She tells everyone to dream big. I do, too. My biggest dream is to meet her one day and give her a big hug.

She's my American Idol. She's the best Idol ever. I love her so much and I know it will take only Melinda to understand how I feel, how we feel. I love you guys! :)

Hugs,

May
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Post by: Alan on June 18, 2008, 01:45:55 pm

She tells everyone to dream big. I do, too. My biggest dream is to meet her one day and give her a big hug.


May

Keep dreaming.  I live in London - but look at my Avatar.  Anything is possible (and that really happened - just look at the board about Franklin

http://www.melindasbackups.com/forum/index.php?board=28.0 )

 :worldhug
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Post by: may19 on June 18, 2008, 02:21:54 pm
I will , Allan. I know I'll see her one day. By the way, I saw your "Inspired by Melinda" video and I was inspired even more. :)
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Post by: Alan on June 18, 2008, 02:30:59 pm
I will , Allan. I know I'll see her one day. By the way, I saw your "Inspired by Melinda" video and I was inspired even more. :)

So glad you liked it - I don't know where you saw it. It is of course on this site (http://www.melindasbackups.com/forum/index.php?topic=119.0), but I also released it to youtube as I see it as a documentary about the very start of Melinda's Backups
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Post by: may19 on June 18, 2008, 02:43:14 pm
Saw it in You tube. I'm an obsessed Melinda fan who would surf the net for anything Melinda.:) I'm happy to be in this site. :)
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Post by: donna on June 18, 2008, 03:03:57 pm
We all understand what you mean Jena. That is why we are still here and will keep coming back. When Melinda first came along, I just had these feelings of admiration for her and for the people on this forum. I spent hours here and I thought I was crazy and this isn't normal. Who else would spend hours upon hours watching Melinda sing the same songs over and over. Who else would save almost a thousand pictures of Melinda on their computer. Who else would try to read everything about her. I even tried not to have these feelings but they never went away. Soon I found out I wasn't the only one with these feelings. I have never felt this way about a group of people before. Yes, we are unique and this is a special place and time. And now I know I am not crazy. I can't imagine where I would be today if I hadn't seen Melinda on TV or came across this forum. I would never have known this special group of people or how wonderful life could be. I would never have known what I am capable of if I didn't have Melinda and this group to encourage me. Life has it's ups and downs but now I can ride the roller coaster with my eyes open and my hands free in the air to feel the wind at my palms. I'm enjoying the ride.

Jena, don't ever worry about your words not sounding perfect. They are perfect. They come from the heart and you express yourself beautifully. Sometimes I struggle for hours when I write a poem because the words don't seem to come together. But eventually it does if I let my mind relax and put myself in a calm place. The reason I love this forum is because we have fun here. Everyone is unique and expresses themselves in incredible ways. I have never come across a group of people that are incredibly brilliant, caring, talented, humorous, encouraging  and motivating. We are from all walks of life. This is an incredible journey that will last. And it is amazing how it all started with a voice. A voice that speaks volumes. Ahhhh..... "A VOICE".  I see another poem forming.

To Melinda and all backups.    :bighug :worldhug
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Post by: Tiger on June 18, 2008, 03:25:04 pm
Like all of you, I am amazed at how people from all over the world connected because of Melinda's voice.  A voice that she found almost by accident (no plans of auditioning, but she got caught by this AI current and the rest is history).  Her "lead" voice is the voice that has brought us together...changed her lives, ours and people all over the world.  I am glad Melinda found her lead voice...and that she was willing to follow where God is taking her.  Like all of you...I'm here for the ride and here to go the distance with y'all.  I LOVE YOU Melinda and backups!  :bighug :bighug :bighug
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Post by: FanofMelinda on June 18, 2008, 08:17:32 pm
Melinda, you amazed me on American Idol and you still do today.  :thanks for all you have done in showing the world Christians CAN be cool people! God bless!  :rose
 :bye
~Ashley
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Post by: Sally on June 18, 2008, 09:10:22 pm
Jena your words are beautiful and written so clearly to the point. Each of us has expressed our feelings - yes I agree to that, but my friend you truly are a talented writer.

I am glad that Jena revived this thread because I don't think I ever truly shared where I was before Melinda.  To make a very long story short my husband Harry passed away 5 years ago very suddenly. I was 46 at the time and burried in anger, pain and shock. A year later I fell working and broke 2 vertebre's in my back and my whole lifestyle changed completely. I had to slowly learn pain management, and to do things differently. Today, I can walk, stand and move around but have yet to master distance. The entire combination of everything threw me into what I call the funky I don't care mode. The doctors had me on so much medication I really don't think I knew what planet I was on.  And then I started to skip my pain meds because I wanted to feel my brain work.  Started doing lots of gentle exercises and deep breathing exercises as well. It was about this time that Melinda's audition appeared on the television and I honestly sat on the edge of my seat with my mouth wide open, teary eyed with the OMG reaction and said wow this is our next Idol for sure. Never, ever did I follow an Idol like this. Slowly Melinda just grabbed at me with her faith, her sincerity, honesty and of course beautiful music.  I ventured to the American Idol boards and started praying and praying and my life began to change drastically.  Finally, when our Melinda sang There Will Come A Day and she was practically jumping for joy on the stage, I knew in my heart right there without words the message she was delivering  - knew for sure that God did indeed love me and did not leave me high and dry.

It has been 16 months and my life is different. My cousin told me just the other day.  Sally, I don't know how to say this but for about the past year you are so different. Your full of joy and love for others and you smile and laugh.  Just today I was able to vacumm, do laundry,  dishes and mop the floor, moving around correctly and without pain. This reminds me that things cound of been a lot worse and just how lucky I am.  This is my story. And for me Melinda carries Gods love directly to our hearts and I will always be here with my Backup family loving you and our Melinda.  Thanks for listening guys.

I truly do Love You ALL!

Hugs / Love,  Sally
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Post by: Alan on June 18, 2008, 09:51:14 pm
Sally

 I am so glad that you found us  :huzzah :huzzah and that we found you  :huzzah :huzzah and we have been able to work together AS A TEAM.   :bighug :worldhug
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Post by: mcaro05 on June 18, 2008, 10:06:15 pm
Yesterday when I popped into chat to thank Sally and Alan for the song, Sally told me "Megan, as Alan said, we are a team and we're all here for each other". Well I must say, this is one kick butt team, and I am glad to be a part of it.

I've always been taught that your family is most important no matter what, and that no matter what kind of trouble you get yourself into or how many people have turned their back on you, your family will always be there. Well, I can confidently say that you guys ARE my second family. I know that you are always here for me, and I hope you know I'm always here for you. I love you all so much and nothing could ever turn me away  :bighug

Jena and Sally, thank you for the posts. They were both beautiful!
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Post by: Melrocks on June 18, 2008, 10:21:35 pm

    Somebody asked me once, if I knew what an angel was, since I couldn't see representations of them, or hear them, or touch them.  This is what I see.,,,  Angels wear halos of faith, that shine with the softest of lights, because they know that a harsh light would push people away.  They live their faith sweetly and simply, because they know that demanding faith from others is no way to show the meaning of God's love.  They share their blessings even when they have very little, and because of their generosity, others are motivated to share, until the world is no longer in need.  They love to give, because they know that to give is to truly receive.  They are gracious and humble, because they know the truth of everything is in the Lord's praise of them, not man's.  They are joyous in their faith, because they know their home is with Jesus.  They speak in gentle voices that make kings and princes bend down to listen, and commoners stand up to be counted.  They have wings of music they can spread over the world, so they can reach all the souls who need them through the sound of an universal language that defies all communication barriers, and when they have brought all the lost and needy souls close to listen, they fold their musical wings, so that all the souls come together to form a family, where the strengths of each cancels out the weaknesses of the others.  This is my description of an angel, and I hope it won't freak you out or make you feel uncomfortable, if I tell you that I believe you are an angel to this world.  Thank you so much, Melinda,,, for everything.  It is an honor to be one of your backups.

Jenna,
What beautiful words!  You express so wonderfully what we all feel so deeply - that Melinda is a very special person, not only an incredibly talented singer, but also an extraordinary person whose grace comes from her deep and living faith.  She's had an impact on each and every one of us, and I think that the backup family formed here is an extraordinary testament to the power of love and faith in this world. 

We live in such a deeply cynical and suspicious age, where charlatans and poseurs attain power, influence and celebrity.  But we hunger for authentic, genuine role models - people whose lives are marked by integrity, compassion, faith and love.  It is no surprise to me that Melinda has attracted the attention, praise, and following that she has since she is an authentic and genuine person who is unembarrassed to live according to her own faith and  beliefs. 

We backups are lucky to have found her and each other, for in doing so, we are that much freer to become the compassionate, authentic, loving people that we all want to be.
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Post by: Melrocks on June 18, 2008, 10:23:46 pm
Jena your words are beautiful and written so clearly to the point. Each of us has expressed our feelings - yes I agree to that, but my friend you truly are a talented writer.

I am glad that Jena revived this thread because I don't think I ever truly shared where I was before Melinda.  To make a very long story short my husband Harry passed away 5 years ago very suddenly. I was 46 at the time and burried in anger, pain and shock. A year later I fell working and broke 2 vertebre's in my back and my whole lifestyle changed completely. I had to slowly learn pain management, and to do things differently. Today, I can walk, stand and move around but have yet to master distance. The entire combination of everything threw me into what I call the funky I don't care mode. The doctors had me on so much medication I really don't think I knew what planet I was on.  And then I started to skip my pain meds because I wanted to feel my brain work.  Started doing lots of gentle exercises and deep breathing exercises as well. It was about this time that Melinda's audition appeared on the television and I honestly sat on the edge of my seat with my mouth wide open, teary eyed with the OMG reaction and said wow this is our next Idol for sure. Never, ever did I follow an Idol like this. Slowly Melinda just grabbed at me with her faith, her sincerity, honesty and of course beautiful music.  I ventured to the American Idol boards and started praying and praying and my life began to change drastically.  Finally, when our Melinda sang There Will Come A Day and she was practically jumping for joy on the stage, I knew in my heart right there without words the message she was delivering  - knew for sure that God did indeed love me and did not leave me high and dry.

It has been 16 months and my life is different. My cousin told me just the other day.  Sally, I don't know how to say this but for about the past year you are so different. Your full of joy and love for others and you smile and laugh.  Just today I was able to vacumm, do laundry,  dishes and mop the floor, moving around correctly and without pain. This reminds me that things cound of been a lot worse and just how lucky I am.  This is my story. And for me Melinda carries Gods love directly to our hearts and I will always be here with my Backup family loving you and our Melinda.  Thanks for listening guys.

I truly do Love You ALL!

Hugs / Love,  Sally


Sally,
 :bighug :bighug :bighug
Thank you for sharing your story with us.  You are an amazing human being and such an important and integral member of our backup family!  I am so glad that you're getting stronger and healthier and know that you will keep on doing so!

 :worldhug :worldhug :worldhug
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Post by: Sally on June 18, 2008, 10:41:35 pm
Thank you ALL - you know, but I will say it again  I LOVE YOU ALL SO SO MUCH AND WE ARE  FAMILY! :bighug
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Post by: Jena on June 18, 2008, 10:52:17 pm
That was beautiful, Sally.  :bighug

You just hope Melinda knows, what a huge impact she's made on so many people.  In the midst of trying to finish the CD, and go here and there, you just hope she truly understands that the world is drastically changed for the better, for so many, because of her.  Sometimes I think people who change the world that much aren't even aware of it, so I hope she is, and if she isn't aware of it, that she's blessed enough to make up for the not knowing.
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Post by: Desiree on June 18, 2008, 11:15:53 pm
Wow, this thread is amazing.  I remember at one time talking with others about the Backups writing a Chicken Soup for the Soul kind of book.  This thread would be an amazing start if anyone wanted to revive the idea.
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Post by: Sally on June 18, 2008, 11:39:01 pm
That idea actually came from our very special Baby Backup Lexi.  I think it would be fantastic as a gift for an occasion.
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Post by: chris-play on June 19, 2008, 12:07:45 am
Wow, there is not much more left to say ... may be that not only Melinda but also the Backups ROCK  :rockon :rockon
Thanks Sally, and thank you Jena (or should I write Gina??) your testimonialS are precious gifts to our community  :bighug :bighug
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Post by: Jena on June 19, 2008, 01:32:17 am
It's Jena, Cris; I know it's a strange spelling, lol.  I've been called everything from Jenna to Janna, but it's Jena pronounced Jeena. :)
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Post by: Sally on June 22, 2008, 08:28:54 pm
I love this thread.
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Post by: Jena on July 02, 2008, 01:55:22 am
This is one of my favorite threads, so I'm posting, in order that it will stay on page 1 for all new members to see.  :)
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Post by: may19 on July 03, 2008, 05:50:13 pm
Melinda is gifted with the power to inspire people to do good, not just for themselves but also for other people. It's amazing how she brought us together to be one big happy family, despite our differences in ages, races, interests, etc.  Amazingly , too, all we want is to be good persons like Melinda. I am from the Philippines and I may not speak the same language as everyone here but I know in my heart that we share in our love, respect, and admiration for Melinda, not just as a singer/performer, but more so as a person. I wish I can also express how I exactly feel as you all do. Bottomline is, I love Melinda and I love all she does for all of us. I hope I can really be part of this family, despite my being miles away. You guys are the best! I wish I can hug you too. While I can't do that just yet, may I give you this big online hug for now?   :grouphugg Luv you guys!    ;) 
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Post by: chris-play on July 03, 2008, 06:08:02 pm
Melinda is gifted with the power to inspire people to do good, not just for themselves but also for other people. It's amazing how she brought us together to be one big happy family, despite our differences in ages, races, interests, etc.  Amazingly , too, all we want is to be good persons like Melinda. I am from the Philippines and I may not speak the same language as everyone here but I know in my heart that we share in our love, respect, and admiration for Melinda, not just as a singer/performer, but more so as a person. I wish I can also express how I exactly feel as you all do. Bottomline is, I love Melinda and I love all she does for all of us. I hope I can really be part of this family, despite my being miles away. You guys are the best! I wish I can hug you too. While I can't do that just yet, may I give you this big online hug for now?   :grouphugg Luv you guys!    ;) 

Of course you are welcome to this family May. There are many members from all around the world (I am from Italy!) and we are all here because we love Melinda and care for the same values she cares for  :bighug
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Post by: Bernie on July 03, 2008, 07:12:05 pm
Hi, May, and welcome!

(Just happened again -- after all these "years" -- I looked at "May's picture", and said "oh, what a.....she even reminds..."  duh!).

Welcome, May!
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Post by: Alan on July 04, 2008, 12:28:28 am
Melinda is gifted with the power to inspire people to do good, not just for themselves but also for other people. It's amazing how she brought us together to be one big happy family, despite our differences in ages, races, interests, etc.  Amazingly , too, all we want is to be good persons like Melinda. I am from the Philippines and I may not speak the same language as everyone here but I know in my heart that we share in our love, respect, and admiration for Melinda, not just as a singer/performer, but more so as a person. I wish I can also express how I exactly feel as you all do. Bottomline is, I love Melinda and I love all she does for all of us. I hope I can really be part of this family, despite my being miles away. You guys are the best! I wish I can hug you too. While I can't do that just yet, may I give you this big online hug for now?   :grouphugg Luv you guys!    ;) 

May, a hug to you from England  :worldhug
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Post by: Tiger on July 04, 2008, 01:10:35 am
May, here's a  :bighug to my kababayan! :rose
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Post by: Sally on July 04, 2008, 01:26:26 am
:bighug :bighug :bighug :bighug :bighug :bighug :bighug :bighug :bighug :bighug :bighug :bighug :bighug

A Ton Of Hugs Just For You May! :rose
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Post by: Mu Doo on July 04, 2008, 03:35:47 am
My May, I'm so happy to see you here! I love you a lots!!!  :bighug :bighug

Love me some, my May and my Melzinha!!!  :bighug
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Post by: may19 on July 04, 2008, 12:37:52 pm
Thanks Chris, Bernie, Allan, Tiger, Sally & Mu.  Oh, I'm happy to know that I have a kababayan here. Great to know you, Tiger! I love you guys! :bighug
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Post by: may19 on July 04, 2008, 12:39:27 pm
I love this photo of Melinda very much. Credit goes to Mu. I got it from her. Thanks, Bernie.  :bighug
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Post by: donna on July 05, 2008, 06:21:44 am
Welcome May    :bighug    We are so happy you are here.   
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Post by: may19 on July 05, 2008, 09:09:10 am
Welcome May    :bighug    We are so happy you are here.   

Thanks, Donna.  :bighug
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Post by: june6952 on July 05, 2008, 11:38:38 pm
 :huzzah :huzzah :huzzah Welcome May ! Be Blessed! :worldhug
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Post by: may19 on July 06, 2008, 05:04:07 pm
Thanks, Shirley! I feel blessed to be part of this wonderful family!  :bighug  :worldhug  :huzzah :huzzah :huzzah
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Post by: Mu Doo on July 07, 2008, 12:14:46 am
Thanks, Shirley! I feel blessed to be part of this wonderful family!  :bighug  :worldhug  :huzzah :huzzah :huzzah

You know, I love you a lots, my May! You always was and always will be part of the family!  :bighug :bighug :bighug :bighug

PS: I love my Melzinha!  :bighug
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Post by: melordin705 on July 07, 2008, 06:18:31 pm
I express my feelings to Melinda in SONG!

Iiii looove Mel insiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiide aaaaaaaaaand ouuuuuuuuut oooooooooooooooooooooooooo backwards and forwaaard with my heaaart hangin ouuuuuuuuuuuuuuut!

I wrote a song about her once, I'm not sure if you guys remember it...but it was kinda based on "Hey There, Delilah" but I wrote "Hey There, Melinda!" and the lyrics just seemed to flow!

Hey there, Melinda what's it like in Nashville, Tennesee?
You're a thousand miles away but Mel you look so pretty
Yes you dooooooo, Christmas at Belmont won't shine as briiight as youuu
I sweaar it's truee

Hey there Melinda, don't you worry bout the distance
We're right here if you get lonely, give "Moments with Melinda" another listeen,
Close your eyeeees
Listen to our voices it our disguise
We're by your siiiiiiiiiiiiide!

Ohhhhhhh it's what you do to your backuppppppps
Ohhhhhhh it's what you do to ussssssss
Ohhhhhhh it's what you do to your backuppppppps
Ohhhhhhh it's what you do to ussssssss
What you do to usssss

Hey there Melinda, you be good and don't you miss us,
Two more years and your album will be going platinum,
and we'll be singing happily, like we do!
You know it's all becaause of you!!!!!
Hey there Melinda this one's for you!!!!!

Ohhhhhhh it's what you do to your backuppppppps
Ohhhhhhh it's what you do to ussssssss
Ohhhhhhh it's what you do to your backuppppppps
Ohhhhhhh it's what you do to ussssssss
What you do to usssss


 :thumbsup


Oh and a warm welcome to May!  :bighug :bighug :bighug :bighug :bighug :bighug :bighug
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Post by: may19 on July 08, 2008, 04:56:26 pm
Thanks, Melordin.  :bighug That was an amazing song!  :huzzah :huzzah :huzzah
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Post by: Jena on July 08, 2008, 10:28:43 pm
I loved your song, Ani!  :clap :clap :clap
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Post by: MelindaRules1987 on July 10, 2008, 09:33:46 pm
LOL, Ani!  That was so cute!  :lolsign
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Post by: melordin705 on July 10, 2008, 10:18:02 pm
Thank you May, Jena, and Erin!!!!  :bighug :bighug :bighug :bighug
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Post by: Lexi (LMMD) on July 11, 2008, 04:37:28 pm
Ani, that's a very catchy song, good change in wording, I love how you did that=] :bighug
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Post by: melordin705 on July 11, 2008, 10:05:05 pm
Thank you Lexi!  :bighug :bighug :bighug
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Post by: donna on July 12, 2008, 05:08:06 am
Great song. I loved it.   :bighug
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Post by: Sally on July 12, 2008, 06:18:38 am
Good song Ani. Now, when is your CD coming out??????????
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Post by: Mu Doo on July 13, 2008, 06:08:48 pm
My Babyminha, I can't wait to listen your voice in person and seeing you to sing! Hum, it will be amazing! YOU're amazing, my Babyminha! I'm so proud of being your mama Mu!!! Thanks! I love me some!
 :bighug :bighug :bighug :bighug
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Post by: Jena on February 19, 2009, 06:35:33 am
I thought I'd bring this thread back up, if anybody has new messages for Melinda in light of the new album.
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Post by: Bernie on February 19, 2009, 01:51:16 pm
I thought I'd bring this thread back up, if anybody has new messages for Melinda in light of the new album.

I hope she got the whole formal congratulations thread the day it was released and shortly thereafter.... http://www.melindasbackups.com/forum/index.php?topic=3906
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Post by: dohaver54 on February 20, 2009, 06:28:47 am
Hi Melinda,

You may not read this, but I want to let you know how much I enjoy hearing you sing.  I never watched American Idol before Season 6.  That season was the first time I got the "Idol Search" bug, and I saw your audition.  I knew you would be a great pick for the public to hear and was quite disappointed after you were voted off.  I want to say you sang your farewell with style and grace.  Your music reminds me of Motown in the day, and your voice touches my soul when you sing.  I d/l your songs from American Idol that season, and enjoy it always.  I recently purchased your new cd and I'm not disappointed.  I would love you to compose a blues cd, Etta James, Billie Holiday; you know where I'm going with this.  Maybe even a compilation of Broadway tunes, similar to the one Queen Latifa recorded not to long ago.  Well, I'm thrilled for you in your accomplishments, and you are now a "HEAD-LINER"!!!   :thanks for the music!
Sincerely,
Deb Ohaver
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Post by: Desiree on December 17, 2009, 05:20:22 am
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qeV17prAzeg
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qeV17prAzeg
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Post by: sueintucson on December 17, 2009, 04:50:54 pm
 :rofl :rofl :rofl
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Post by: Weezzy7 on December 18, 2009, 04:45:48 am
3 time i watch it really funny!
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Post by: Desiree on December 19, 2009, 05:42:32 am
Melinda,

Are you familiar with Sarah McLachlan's song Angel?

Sarah McLachlan revealed on Vh1 storytellers that the song "Angel" was about the toll that being on the road takes on an artist.  She said that she was reading an article about heroin in the music indusry (specifically about one member of The Smashing Pumpkins), and the only way she could react to that was by writing "Angel."  She said it's mostly about the loneliness felt on tour as an artist, and how you are so far away from daily life, you need something to console you and keep you occupied. Sarah says that for some people that might be the comfort of reading a book or taking a bath, but for some it may be heroin or drug use.

My wish for you is that you find peace and comfort in the arms of the Angel.  Tonight and every night.   :bighug


Sarah McLachlan — Angel lyrics

Spend all your time waiting for that second chance
For the break that will make it ok
There's always some reason to feel not good enough
And it's hard at the end of the day
I need some distraction oh beautiful release
Memories seep from my veins
They may be empty and weightless and maybe
I'll find some peace tonight

In the arms of the Angel fly away from here
From this dark, cold hotel room, and the endlessness that you fear
You are pulled from the wreckage of your silent reverie
You're in the arms of your Angel; may you find some comfort here

So tired of the straight line, and everywhere you turn
There's vultures and thieves at your back
The storm keeps on twisting, you keep on building the lies
That you make up for all that you lack
It don't make no difference, escaping one last time
It's easier to believe
In this sweet madness, oh this glorious sadness
That brings me to my knees

In the arms of the Angel far away from here
From this dark, cold hotel room, and the endlessness that you fear
You are pulled from the wreckage of your silent reverie
You're in the arms of the Angel; may you find some comfort here

You're in the arms of your Angel; may you find some comfort here
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Post by: sueintucson on December 19, 2009, 09:42:21 pm
Here's Sarah singing "Angel"!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7CbAjj80NIM
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Post by: Desiree on February 01, 2010, 04:56:14 am
 :bighug :bighug :bighug
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Post by: Desiree on February 05, 2010, 04:33:20 am
 :rofl :rofl :rofl  Randy's shirt made me think of you!

Jena the shirt says Dude.


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Post by: Weezzy7 on February 05, 2010, 03:07:51 pm
 :rofl
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Post by: Desiree on February 06, 2010, 03:04:35 am
Melinda, the following comment was posted on the video of If I'm Not In Love (live) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E2yk8_cSQQg) on the Backups YouTube channel.  


ConstantChangeMusic

Hey Melinda,

Thanks for performing and recording my song. My name is Constant Change formerly Dawn Thomas and we've never met, but I wrote this song that you have recorded and performed here so well. I have always been a huge fan of yours. Thanks again!

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Post by: Weezzy7 on February 07, 2010, 02:08:28 pm
Melinda, the following comment was posted on the video of If I'm Not In Love (live) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E2yk8_cSQQg) on the Backups YouTube channel. 


ConstantChangeMusic

Hey Melinda,

Thanks for performing and recording my song. My name is Constant Change formerly Dawn Thomas and we've never met, but I wrote this song that you have recorded and performed here so well. I have always been a huge fan of yours. Thanks again!


WOW! thanks Desiree to have post this!
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Post by: ghopper on February 07, 2010, 08:35:51 pm
That's so cool. 

I remember during country week in AI, the composer of "Trouble Is a Woman" posted some very complimentary things about Melinda in one AI Forum thread.  Melinda always does justice to any song she chooses to sing.  There's no in between.   :thumbsup
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Post by: Elcondado on February 08, 2010, 06:08:43 am
 :thanks Des..I just found this post of yours with Sarah singing Angel...I love that song...thanks much for posting...and I'm with you in your wish that Mel find peace and comfort in the arms of an Angel.... :bighug :bighug :bighug
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Post by: Desiree on February 08, 2010, 11:21:10 pm
Do you need more concerts to attend party girl?  Here's one for you!

Gladys Knight, the Empress of Soul, will pay a visit to the Schermerhorn on February 11 & 12, 2011, for a special Valentine's concert. The multiple GRAMMY® winner and member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will revisit some of the biggest hits from her decades-spanning career, including "Midnight Train to Georgia" and "You're the Best Thing (That Ever Happened to Me)."

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Post by: sueintucson on February 09, 2010, 12:41:37 am
Oh, I would love to see/hear Gladys Knight in concert!!   :rose :rose :rose
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Post by: Weezzy7 on February 09, 2010, 10:27:28 am
Oh, I would love to see/hear Gladys Knight in concert!!   :rose :rose :rose
Me too i will love that alway waiting she stop in Canada to make a show i will be the first one to buy a tickets.
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Post by: Weezzy7 on February 20, 2010, 12:38:06 pm
Melinda you are in my prayers in though. Like you do work so hard lately. Hope you got enough rest. Hugs and blessing
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Post by: Weezzy7 on March 03, 2010, 04:08:25 pm
have fun tonight to your event!!! 
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Post by: Weezzy7 on March 06, 2010, 05:57:35 am
stop by to wishing you wonderful time at your event!!!! Sure some of the backups counting the day and really excited to look forward to see you on stage.  :bighug
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Post by: Desiree on March 09, 2010, 04:33:52 am
I have another question.  When will you sing Fundamental Things and Walkin' Blues live?  I want to hear that!
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Post by: Melinda on March 09, 2010, 05:52:01 am
When I can remember the words, DESIree!
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Post by: sueintucson on March 09, 2010, 06:08:35 am
 :rofl :rofl :rofl :rofl :rofl      :bighug :bighug
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Post by: Jena on March 09, 2010, 12:07:14 pm
 :rofl
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Post by: rhonda on March 09, 2010, 12:11:01 pm
Yea, Simon wouldn't like you forgetting the word.   :rofl :rofl
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Post by: Desiree on March 09, 2010, 02:23:58 pm
When I can remember the words, DESIree!

Okay MELInda! 

Smart aleck.   :slap



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Post by: Desiree on March 10, 2010, 01:57:20 am
Hey Melinda, I found out ustream is supposed to ask you if you want to save your broadcast.

Once you have completed your recording or live broadcast, the app will ask if you want to save what you just recorded to your Ustream archive. It also gives you the option of linking your account to Twitter, Facebook and YouTube which allows you to upload your newly record video to your YouTube recordings.

You said yes, right?   :thumbsup

Do you know how many people want to hear you sing the ABCs song?  You should upload that treasure to YouTube right now! 
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Post by: ghopper on March 10, 2010, 07:21:24 am
Hey Melinda, I found out ustream is supposed to ask you if you want to save your broadcast.

Once you have completed your recording or live broadcast, the app will ask if you want to save what you just recorded to your Ustream archive. It also gives you the option of linking your account to Twitter, Facebook and YouTube which allows you to upload your newly record video to your YouTube recordings.

You said yes, right?   :thumbsup

Do you know how many people want to hear you sing the ABCs song?  You should upload that treasure to YouTube right now! 

Ha, ha!  I heard that before!  It's indeed a treasure!   :thumbsup
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Post by: Valerie on March 10, 2010, 07:35:16 am
I missed it because I was working.  :crying
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Post by: Weezzy7 on March 10, 2010, 08:18:12 am
Melinda Thank you so much for yesterday!  :bighug
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Post by: rhonda on March 10, 2010, 06:42:02 pm
I missed it because I was working.  :crying

Wish you could come to Pigeon Forge.   :crying
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Post by: Weezzy7 on March 11, 2010, 12:05:18 pm
What is magiquest?
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Post by: Weezzy7 on March 14, 2010, 12:17:50 pm
Sure you did have a blast with the backups! and good luck for the rest of your show! My heart was there with all of you.  :bighug
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Post by: Mu Doo on March 15, 2010, 06:50:21 pm
When I can remember the words, DESIree!

 :rofl you sound like a blonde...  :lolsign
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Post by: Weezzy7 on March 16, 2010, 11:24:52 am
Just see some picture of you. White is your color girl and red also. You look awesome.  :bighug
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Post by: mcaro05 on March 17, 2010, 05:32:36 pm
Mama, did you notice that Ellen DeGeneres calls Alex Lambert her "little banana?"

Remind you of anything?
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Post by: Desiree on March 18, 2010, 01:28:04 am
So I recorded 30 minutes of your video chat.  Just audio.  If you let me post 5 - 10 minutes of it on YouTube, I bet I can get you 100+ new twitter followers in a week.  I can't get to it before the weekend so you have a few days to think about it.  What do you say?

I'm thinking I could focus in on your comments about Idol (although my hard drive filled up after you talked about Siobhan and it took a little while for me to create more space so I missed the rest of your Idol critiques), your book, telling stories from your book and having weekly chats.  That way, I have a good shot of getting some of the Idol blogs such as MJs to post or twitter the video to their followers.

I can let you or Kelley preview the video on Sunday if you want.
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Post by: Weezzy7 on March 20, 2010, 01:14:38 pm
Melinda Melinda, Next time you doing your ustream that will possible Kelley be there with you? It will be awesome that we can ask her some questions about the fantastic work she doing as Manager and how we are thankful she is also. Can be really scary for her to sit there lol. Here some question i will love to ask her.

To be a good friend and be a manager did she make a difference between the Friendship and workship?
Did she still choose what you will dress? lol
Did she tell you if you have a good performance or bad performance?

See nothing dangerous for her to appear on the ustream lol  :bighug

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Post by: mcaro05 on March 23, 2010, 12:29:21 am
Next time you come to Detroit, I'm taking you or suggesting you go to Slow's BBQ. It's one of the best places in Detroit, it has okra, sweet potatoes, homemade applesauce, cornbread...everything you love.

Also, I think you would enjoy this video : http://vimeo.com/9358866

And don't think I didn't hear your comments about Big Mike.  :rofl
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Post by: mcaro05 on April 01, 2010, 04:18:38 am
Only a few more days and then I can get back on twitter :) I miss ya, girly.

I loved the video for your book...especially the Bono part (Laurence !) and "finish strong". That is exactly what I am going to do with my year of volunteering- finish strong. Thank you.  :bighug
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Post by: Weezzy7 on May 02, 2010, 01:41:13 pm
Only two days for your book and i am so proud of you Melinda, I did read half of the book and you are source of inspiration. Good luck and alot success with this book!  :bighug
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Post by: sannmiller on November 09, 2010, 06:36:48 am
Melinda, I have been a fan of yours since your Idol days, and I have followed your career with great interest--even got the chance to see you during your Border's tour here in the Chicago area.

I am happy to hear that you are writing new songs for your new CD.  Very excited!! :superexcited

But, I heard you sing a part of "Can't Take My Eyes Off You"--and you were so  incredibly great.

 If you get the chance--please go to You Tube and listen to Ruby Andrews'  songs: "Cassanova" and "You Made a Believer Out of Me."  Also, please listen to Carla Thomas'  songs:  "Gee  Whiz" and "Gee Whiz, It's Christmas." :light  You could really knock those out of the ball park.

Of course, I have no idea how all the copyright laws, etc. work.  But, please give these oldies a listen.  Perhaps one will appeal to you.

Love you,
Shirley Miller
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Post by: Desiree on July 01, 2011, 12:36:43 am
Be nice to birds (especially crows) because they hold grudges!

A few years ago scientists learned that American crows can recognize and remember human faces, particularly faces they associate with bad experiences.  Now, new research published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B shows that the birds can share that knowledge of dangerous humans with other crows.

http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/80beats/2011/06/30/grudge-holding-crows-pass-on-their-anger-to-family-and-friends/
Title: Re: MESSAGES TO MELINDA :)
Post by: Jena on July 01, 2011, 01:19:25 am
WHAT THE . . . .
O M G! :rofl :rofl :rofl :yikes
Title: Re: MESSAGES TO MELINDA :)
Post by: Jena on August 06, 2013, 08:58:21 pm
Melinda,

I thought about you the other day (and was glad you weren't with me).  I was working out in my pool, and I was by myself.  All of a sudden, sounding like it had landed by, or was hovering just above the pool, I hear this monster bird! :CAW CAW!" :yikes :freakout Now, I love my birds, but this one even scared me! :faint It sounded like it could have starred in "The Birds."
I thought it was a crow, but somebody saw it later and told me it was a pigeon.
Every time anything like that happens it reminds me of you. :lolsign