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Hello,

Happy September!  Hope you've enjoyed your summer.    Our family is gearing up for a wedding this month, and we also have a little music on tap.  Here's what's happening:

News: 

Logan and his family hosted the Second Annual Logan Blade and Friends, a benefit for Autism Tennessee, to a sold out crowd at Pucketts in Columbia!!  We'd like to thank everyone who came out to support the event.

How's your swing?  Logan and I will be performing at Nashville Golf and Athletic Club for The Autism Foundation of Tennessee, check out the schedule below for details. 

 

Thoughts and Thanks:

This has been a crazy busy and blessed year for our family, two graduations and an upcoming wedding, not to mention all of the opportunities I've had to share the stage with Logan Blade, a very talented young man on the autism spectrum. I'm thankful for each and every one of these moments.  God is good.  Life is good.

Life is about so much more than just getting by.  I don't want to miss any of the good stuff. ;-) Check out this month's blog:

 Wordpress Know The Hope Blog 

 A Snake On The Shelf - Wordpress

 

 Schedule:

Hello,

Happy August!  Summer is on it's way out.  But there's still time to get in a little fun.  Here's what's happening:

News: 

Logan Blade's new project, Unspoken, is now available on CD Baby! 

We are honored to be a part of this year's I Am What I Am Festival  once again.  Bedford County's Autism Community ROCKS.

Logan will be hosting the Second Annual Logan Blade and Friends, a benefit for Autism Tennessee at Pucketts in Columbia this month.

For details on these events and others, check out the schedule below. 

Thanks:

 Sending a BIG shout out to the ARC of Cumberland Valley's Project 22, Special Needs Sports Foundation, Inc.,  RAPTORS Special Needs Sports, & The Yea,Life Foundation for encouraging and including youth with disabilities in our community.  YOU ROCK!!!

Thoughts:

Are you a squeezer of toothpaste tubes, a scraper of peanut butter jars?  If you believe things are "Good To The Last Drop!", check out this month's blog. ;-)

 Wordpress Know The Hope Blog 

Morgan adding toothpaste to the list

 

 Schedule: 

 

 

Hello,

Happy July!  Hope you're enjoying your summer.  Things are heating up, and so is the schedule.  Here's what's happening:

News: 

Logan Blade's new project, Unspoken, is now available on CD Baby! 

We are honored to be a part of this year's I Am What I Am Festival  once again.  Bedford County's Autism Community ROCKS.

Logan will be hosting the Second Annual Logan Blade and Friends, a benefit for Autism Tennessee at Pucketts in Columbia.

For details on these events, check out the schedule below. 

 

Thoughts and Thanks:

Time is flying as we prepare for Allison's upcoming wedding.  It's also been a time for this mom to reflect. ;-)

 Wordpress Know The Hope Blog 

Bike Ride Allison

 

 Schedule:

 

Hello,

Happy June.  School is out and summer is in session!  We hope this finds you all doing well.  Here's the latest

News: 

Logan Blade recently performed at the World War II Memorial for Memorial Day, and made a visit to the nation's Capitol.  He is having a busy summer!  His new project, UnSpoken will be available online soon.  For the latest updates click here.

 

Did I mention our family has a wedding coming up this September.  Allison will be tying the knot! ;-)  We've just celebrated two graduations.  We're taking a very short breath, and then it's time to start planning that other walk down the aisle!  I'll be making music in between, joining Logan Blade every chance I get.  ;-) This continues to be a very blessed and busy year.  Thank you all who have been a part!

 

News worth repeating:

Friends at the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center have created a guide for Faith Communities who want to be more inclusive:  Welcoming Individuals With Develpmental Disabilities and Their Families

Congregational Practice Guide 2014

 

Thoughts and Thanks:

While the goals my girls set are very different, my dream for each of them is the same.  I want them to have a happy and fulfilled life.  I want them to know the joy of living life with a purpose.  Click on the link below to see more about Ms. Masters and Ms. Mischief.

 Wordpress Know The Hope Blog 

Allison and Morgan Celebrating Graduation

 

 Schedule:

 

August 16th - Shelbyville, TN

Bedford County Agricultural Center


Performing with Logan Blade

Big Smo is scheduled to perform 

Here's a clip of his upcoming Reality Show

 

3:00 pm till 10:00 pm Details TBA

I Am What I Am Festival 2014

 

Until Next Time,

Know The Hope!   

Tammy Vice

Hello,

Happy May!  We hope this finds you all doing well.  Here's the latest

News: 

Logan Blade's new project, UnSpoken will be available online soon.  For the latest updates click here.

Friends at the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center have created a guide for Faith Communities who want to be more inclusive:  Welcoming Individuals With Develpmental Disabilities and Their Families

Congregational Practice Guide 2014

 

Thoughts and Thanks:

Those of us who are "doers" have no problem jumping in and giving what's needed,... But sometimes we have trouble knowing how to gracefully receive help when we need it.  For the rest of the story, visit this month's blog, "Learning to Receive"

 Wordpress Know The Hope Blog 

Morgan working at Zaxby's 

Morgan working at Zaxby's through her school's job coaching program

 Elevating Employment Outcomes For Youth With Disabilities

 Schedule:

May 17th - Hendersonville, TN

Sanders Ferry Park Shelter #1 - Private Event

5:00pm Sunday School Class Picnic

Autism Awareness Program - with Logan Blade

 

May 22nd - Madison, TN

Hibachi's Grill - Private Event

11:30am - Autism Awareness Program

Musical performances with Logan Blade & Ben Liske

 

Until Next Time,

Know The Hope!   

Tammy Vice

Hello,

Happy April!  We hope this finds you all doing well.  Here's the latest

News: 

April is National Autism Awareness month.  On March 27th 2014 The CDC announced new prevalence rates .

This year's Breaking The Chains Benefit for Autism Tennessee will be held at the Bluebird Cafe on April 29th.

Logan Blade took second place in VSA Tennessee's Young Soloist competition on March 26th. 

VSA Arts 2nd Place WooHoo!

He'll be our feature at the Breaking The Chains benefit.  His new CD is scheduled for release then!  April 29th - Make your reservations here.
 

Thoughts and Thanks:

When the finish line is out of sight, little celebrations along the way give us a second wind.

 Wordpress Know The Hope Blog 

 Celebrating while we race    Celebrating while we race

 

Schedule:

Hello,

We are so ready to March into Spring.  There's a LOT going on the month.  Warm wishes to you all.  Here's the latest:

News: 

Logan Blade is participating in VSA Tennessee's Young Soloist competition on March 26th. Keep a lookout for this guy.  He's going places!  Logan's CD is scheduled to come out this Spring.  See the schedule below to catch upcoming performances.  

Our good friend Cary Laine has landed a spot on The Voice!  She's on Team Adam.  We're pulling  for her.  Be sure to check out her jouney.

 

Thoughts and Thanks:

Recently my cohorts (pictured below) and I visited with some dear old friends to make some sweet new memories.  Click this month's blog below to see how things went.

 Wordpress Know The Hope Blog 

 

Morgan and Dad Morgan and her Dad

 

 Schedule:

 

Hello,

Happy February!  We are ready to come out of the deep freeze of winter.  Hope this finds you warm and well.  Here's the latest:

News: 

Logan Blade's been in the studio, working on his new CD.  As a songwriter, I'm excited to have a few cuts on his upcoming project.  Hearing Logan's story gave the song "Don't Give Up On Me" a whole new meaning.  It was an honor to record the duet with him.  Wishing him and his family all the best this year! 

See the schedule below to catch upcoming performances.  

 

Thoughts and Thanks:

Webster defines flexibility as a ready capability to adapt to new, different, or changing requirements.  Flexibilty was definitely our "word of the month" for January.  Snow days had us arranging, and then rearranging, appointments that were meant to catch us up from December's hiatus.  last week, Morgan said "I'm full of January.  Turn the page."  Agreed.  ;-) But all that said, I have to give Allison the prize for being our most flexible family member so far this year.  To hear her story, visit Wordpress Know The Hope Blog.

 Allison modeling as a living statue

 Allison's Shining Moment

 

Schedule:

 

Hello,

Hope this is the beginning of a very Happy New Year for you.  Here's the latest:

News: 

Logan Blade's been in the studio, working on his new CD.  As a songwriter, I'm excited to have a few cuts on his upcoming project.  Hearing Logan's story gave the song "Don't Give Up On Me" a whole new meaning.  It was an honor to record the duet with him.  Wishing him and his family all the best in 2014!

Pictured below:

Studio Buddies -- Recording day at Mainframe

Front Row:  Samuel Rees and Logan Blade,

Second Row: John Rees (GodsChild Records) & Tony Ray Jones (co-writer)

Back Row: John Swaim (co-writer)

Studio Buddies at Mainframe

Thoughts and Thanks:

"God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change." - Reinhold Niebuhr

Until I let go of my plans, I never get to fully see God's plan.  But I'm learning, always learning, to let go and make room for His perfection.  To read more, please visit this month's blog.

January Know The Hope Blog

Hello,

Wishing you a Happy December and a Blessed New Year!   Here's the latest:

News: 


This month the youth from Project 22 will be performing a Christmas Concert to give back to our community.  Please see the schedule below.  Thank you!

 

Thoughts and Thanks:

I love the hustle and bustle of the holidays.  But balance is everything.  Sometimes we need to be absent to stay present.  Click here to read December's Know The Hope Blog.

 

 Black Friday 2012   Rest Time

 Black Friday Frenzy                                              Busy Relaxing

Schedule:

 

Tuesday December 17th

6:30 pm Project 22 Christmas Concert

 Hendersonville Church of Christ Youth Hanger

107 Rockland Road Hendersonville, TN 37075

 

 

Until Next Time,

Know The Hope!   

Tammy Vice

 

Hello,

It's the month of Thanksgiving.  As I count my blessings, I think of you.  I thank you for listening to the music, and supporting our family's efforts to increase disAbility awareness and understanding.  Here's the latest:

News: 

The autism spectrum continues to shine this month.  I'll be helping out at two great events; "Artfully Aware" and "Songwriters for Autism Awareness".  Both events will feature the talents of some young adults on the autism spectrum. Check the schedule below for dates and details.  

Thoughts and Thanks:

"Sometimes a flower blossoms out of season.  Patiently we wait for what He knows.  God has sent this rose here for a reason, so the world will be amazed at how it grows."- From the song "Blue Rose"

Our Blue Rose turns twenty this month.  It has taken Morgan, and autism, a long time to teach me that communication is SO MUCH MORE than words.  It can be heard in a melody, seen in a piece of art, smelled when we're baking, tasted in a treat, and felt through her gentle "head bumps" and hugs. 

As we celebrate Morgan's 20th birthday and how far she's come, I also celebrate how much she's helped me grow over the years.  We are both forever learning what it takes to communicate and understand each other, and the world around us.

Here are some pictures of a song Morgan and I recently wrote for our upcoming visit to the beach.  Click HERE to listen to a preview of "A Best Day at The Beach".

Kite DrawingA Best Day at The Beach Picture       

 A Diamond Tail Kite Drawing                A Best Day at The Beach Drawing

Song Lyric  A Best Day at The Beach Lyrics

Practicing our song                           Song Lyric

Schedule:

Hello,

Fall is knocking on our doors.  Just love the cool breezes in the morning, and can't wait to see those beautiful Tennessee leaves show off their colors.  Hope this finds you all doing well.  Here's the latest:

News: 

I'll have the honor of backing up Logan Blade for a couple of autism events this month.  He is an amazing young man, and I'm always thankful to share the stage with him.  Check the schedule below for dates.  

Thoughts and Thanks:

In the past six months I've lost a little over forty pounds.  Some of you have asked if I’m ok.  The answer is Yes!  I’m feeling much healthier and very grateful.  All it took was prayer and a little elbow grease. ;-)  Here’s the story:

Romans 12:1 "...Make a decisive dedication of your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and well pleasing to God, which is your reasonable service and spiritual worship."

The pages on the calendar continue to flip and fly with life’s events. Morgan will be walking (or dancing) down the graduation aisle with her senior class buddies next June.  She will turn 20 in November, but autism continues to keep her my "forever child".  Allison will complete her Masters in May and walk down the wedding aisle next September.  All of that to say, I am a VERY blessed and busy mom.

 Although our body is supposed to be a temple, mine was feeling a bit more like a rundown duplex.  ;-) After several failed attempts to lose weight and get back in shape on my own, I sent up a sincere prayer for help.  I wanted to be present again to enjoy my family.  As a caregiver, I knew I’d have to go about things a little differently.  Trips to a gym and extended special needs childcare were not within my budget or time constraints.  

Allison said “If you want to lose weight, there’s an app for that!”  I began using “Lose It”, a free app that helped me easily keep track of calories and exercise.   Treadmills are just boring, so I purchased a “Zumba” exercise DVD to get me motivated and moving. Morgan has started joining me to exercise.  She wears her hula shirt and does her own thing while I attempt to teach my body new ways to bend. Picture it in your mind and chuckle, because I will not be providing that photo here. ;-)  It’s been fun!  And we are both enjoying better health.  By far, my biggest and best tool has been prayer.  Today I pray for your good health, happiness, and all the healing that love and laughter brings.

 

                        Mom and Girls Christmas 2012

                 Then - December 2012 Allison, Mom, and Morgan

Wedding Dress TeaserSenior Year Sept 2013

  Now - Sept 2013             Wedding Aisle              Graduation Aisle

 

Schedule:

Hello,

It's September and everyone is back to busy.  Hope the warm evenings bring you a little backyard time to chill.  Here's the latest:

News: 

 I'm honored to be among the nominees for this year's USAGEM songwriter of the year.  Thank you USAGEM.  

Songwriting is one of my absolute favorite things to do.  Although I enjoy "solo-writing", co-writing helps me continue to learn and grow.  I sat down recently with Tony Ray Jones at Backwoods Recording Studio to talk about co-writing.  Click here to listen to the interview.

Thoughts and Thanks:

"Let's think of something to do while we're waiting." - Fred Rogers

Morgan is all about putting events on her calendar.  Her enthusiasm is contagious as she talks about every detail she's looking forward to.  However, there can be a fine line between expection and obsession.  Obsessive Compulsive Disaorder (OCD) is my daughter's ever present companion.  I have seen it steal her joy on many occasions.  Sometimes it will have her so focused on a future event that she's unable to see the fun that's right in front of her.

Any of us can get so caught up in tomorrow's possibilities that we miss the sweet simple pleasures of the here and now.  In my ongoing quest to help Morgan learn how to wait with joy, I've been given an unexpected gift.  Whether it's learning to draw our favorite characters, watering a flower to help it grow, testing out a new recipe, or watching a fire burn under the stars, I've found there are countless wonderful things to enjoy while we're waiting.  Once again, I am thankful for Mr. Rogers and his words of wisdom. ;-)

Drawing Fun with Morgan Drawing Fun With Morgan

 

Schedule:

 

Friday Sept 27th - Hendersonville, TN

Hendersonville First Baptist Church

Buddy Break

Private Event

 

Tuesday October 1st - Nashville, TN

Performing with Logan Blade  - Details TBA

 

Saturday October 5th  - Nashville, TN

Autism Speaks Walk 

Performing with Logan Blade - Details TBA

 

Until Next Time,

Know The Hope!   

Tammy Vice

Hello,

Summer vacation is coming to a close and the kids will be back in school soon.   Hope you've all enjoyed some time with family and friends.  We've still got a little time left to celebrate those last few lazy days in the sun.  Here's the latest:

News:     

This month is the 2nd Annual "I Am What I Am Festival".  Morgan Vice is the official Ribbon Cutter this year.  Thanks to our friend Terry Blade, she has her very own pair of customized scissors made  just for such occasions as this. ;-)  I'll be singing a few songs, and telling our family's story.  Our good friend Logan Blade will be performing.  My personal favorite!  And you won't want to miss Kacey Smith She's an up and coming country artist who's making some Nashville noise.  Lots of great entertainment and family fun.  Hope to see you there!

Thoughts and Thanks:


Life is always changing, always offering new beginnings.  I remember when Allison came into my life and changed everything I thought I knew.  Being a mom for the first time was scary and amazing all at the same time.  The love I felt when they first put her in my arms helped me begin to understand the love God has for all of His children.  Nothing makes Him happier than to see us enjoying the life He gave us. Nothing makes me happier than to see her joy.  Here she is below in the palm of her Papaw's hand.  Below that is a young man asking for her hand.  Wishing them both all the joy that life and love brings!

Papaw and Allison Handstand Walking on Air - Then

Allison's Proposal Walking on Air - Now

 

Schedule:

 

 

  

Hello,

Happy July!  Snap, Crackle, Pop!  According to Morgan, it's time for fireworks, watermelon, and corn on the cob.  Hope your summer is something to celebrate! Here's the latest:

News:     

This month I'll be joining friend and co-writer Richard Trest at Mt. Denson Church in Springfield for an evening of original music.  Looking forward to this.  It's been too long since I sat down with this guy.  He has a Big Heart, and Big Talent!  Richard is the owner of Ri'chard's Louisiana Cafe, which is also a great place to enjoy some original tunes, and some good cookin'!  Check them out.     

   

Thoughts and Thanks:

I believe all people, regardless of our age or disAbility, have a basic need to be needed.  Everyone has something to offer, and we need to know someone values that. 

OK, my teenage daughter has the art of complaining down to a science when she doesn't want to do something.  But I see a sense of pride in her when she accomplishes something worthwhile on her own.  When I ask her to help with meaningful chores around the house, she'll smile and say "We have to work!" 

I've had the privledge of working with other young adults over the years who are all willing and able to offer something of value to an employer in their community. 

I was reminded of that while watching this video recently.  I hope you'll take a moment of your time to view it, and think about sharing it with an employer in your community.  You can watch the Video here.

Schedule:

 

Sunday July 14th - Springfield, TN

Mt. Denson Presbyterian Church

6:00 pm Second Sunday Worship Writers Round

Richard Trest,and Tammy Vice

 

Thursday August 15th - Nashville, TN

The Radison Hotel Nashville Airport

National Church Conference for the Blind

Featuring:  Connie Lea  and Tammy Vice

Saturday August 17th - Shelbyville, TN

2nd I Am What I Am Festival- Music Festival for Autism

10:00 am till 10:00 pm - Bedford County Ag Center

2014 Midland Road  Shelbyville, TN 37160

Morgan Vice will be officiating with the ribbon cutting!  Woohoo!!  And our favorite guy: Logan Blade is scheduled to perform. It will be a great day with several performers, and events for the whole family.  A portion of the proceeds go to ASMT.

Until Next Time,

Know The Hope!   

Tammy Vice

 

Hello,

Summertime, summertime, sum sum summertime!  Hope this finds you all warm and well.  Here's the latest

News:                         

Logan Blade, Made his debut at the Opry, singing with his hero, Josh Turner.  Thank you Josh and Stacey McCloud at Fox 17 news for this moment!  Check out the video

Thoughts and Thanks:

JOY - The emotion evoked by well-being, success, or good fortune or by the prospect of possessing what one desires.

WONDER- The quality of exciting amazed admiration

This week my mom and I the blessing of seeing a young man on the autism spectrum achieve his dream, singing on the Opry stage with his music hero, Josh Turner.  The crowd erupted in a standing ovation!  The announcer said it was another “Opry Moment”.  People will be talking about this for a long time to come. 

While we went to the Opry, Morgan's Papaw had taken her fishing.  When I got home, I saw that same joy and wonder in her eyes as she talked about her fishing trip.  They caught “Big ones and little ones. It was lots of fun!”  I wish I had a picture of that moment to share, but Papaw was too busy baiting the hook and helping with the catch and release. ;-)

I’ve been allowed to see some really BIG blessings.  I’m so grateful for that! At the same time, I hope I never lose my sense of wonder and joy over the little miracles God places around me every day.  Making a special note here to keep my eyes and my heart wide open!


 

Schedule:

 

Hello,

It's already May and Summers on the way!  Hope this finds you all warm and well.

News:                         

I've been telling you about a very talented young man for a while now.  I'm excited about Logan Blade, and you will be too once you see the featured report on Fox 17 News coming up on May 2nd.  Entertainment Reporter Stacy McCloud was very taken by Logan and his talents, and did an extensive interview.  Thank you Stacy!


Thoughts and Thanks:

Having a daughter on the autism spectrum, who also has OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder), has sent me on some interesting scavenger hunts.  Her high school prom was coming up, or as Morgan called it "The Cinderella Ball".  She requested a "Cinderella Blue" dress.  I smiled, said a little mom prayer, and promised to do my best.  As I searched through the racks at a local outlet store, there it was!  The blue satin was puffing out along the floor line.  I pulled it out, inspected the sequened bodice, and the price.  This was it!  Said a little thank you prayer.  The evening was a success.  Her sister Allison escorted her, and she had lots of fun.  That evening as Allison was helping her out of the dress, she asked if I had noticed the designer's label.  It read "Morgan4Ever".  I just love how God pays a attention to the details.  ;-)

Allison and Morgan Prom Pic Allison and Morgan Prom Morgan's Cinderella Dress Label Cinderella Dress label


Schedule:

 

 

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Hello,

Happy April!  Hope this finds you doing well. 

News:                         

April is National Autism Awareness Month.  The Autism Society of Middle Tennessee has some great events going on this month and ways for you to spread a little awareness.  To find out more, visit tnautism.org 

 

Thoughts and Thanks:

 Morgan Cutting the Ribbon for the 2012 Bluebird Round

Morgan turned 19 this year.  Here she is, opening last year's Autism Awareness Show at the Bluebird Cafe'.  Our buddy , Richard Trest is on your right.  That guy on the left is Stephen Lee Veal.  I first met him and his wife, Julie, through an NSAI songwriters' group in Mobile.  Morgan was just 3 years old then, running around Papa Doolies Coffee shop while we played a writers' night.  Julie asked if I needed a hand, and I asked her what she knew about autism.  She smiled.  That's when I found out they had a daughter on the spectrum who was a young adult.  They became dear friends.  When our family held the first autism benefit at the Bluebird in 2001, Steve and Julie were there.  And they've been making the trip up to Nashville every year since.  When I sit down again this year and look to my right, I know I'll hear the sweet music of a lasting friendship.  Thank you Steve and Julie!

Schedule:

 

 

Hello,

March is blowing in.  Come on Spring!  Wishing your family good health and new beginnings.

News: 

The date for our Annual Breaking the Chains Benefit is April 9th.  Check the schedule below for details.  A BIG Thank You to The Bluebird Cafe' for continuing to partner with us for twelve years now, supporting autism awareness in our community.  You Rock!

 

Thoughts and Thanks:


Perspective.  It's been said we all see the world through a different lens. Recently Morgan attended an art class with some of her buddies.  The instructor stood on the stage, giving directions as he painted the sample.  The students all saw the same painting, heard the same directions, and yet each painting was very uniquely it's own.  Ok, I'm a mom, but I thought all of the paintings were as remarkable as the artists who created them. 

Just another little reminder to me that we are each "fearfully and wonderfully made.  His works are wonderful.  I know that full well."   Psalm 139:14

 

Morgan's Owl Painting 2013

 Morgan's Owl 2013

 

Schedule:

Hello,

It's time to flip those calendars. Happy February from our family to yours.

News:

The date is set for our Annual Breaking the Chains Benefit. Check the schedule below for details. A BIG Thank You to The Bluebird Cafe' for continuing to partner with us for twelve years now, supporting autism awareness in our community. You Rock!

 

Thoughts and Thanks:

A few minutes before, I was sleeping in a soft warm bed. Now I am kneeling on the cold hard ground, holding a wrench and waiting for Rudy to yell instructions from under the house. The ice line to our refrigerator had sprung a leak, an easy fix. My first thought was Yeah! Not a busted pipe. There was a time when I treated everything like it was such a big deal. I used to say, Why Me! Now I think about how blessed I am and all the joy I've been allowed, and I say, Why Me?

I'm thankful for easy fixes, small inconveniences that remind me to check my perspective. And I'm very thankful for that guy under the house. ;-)

Allison and Rudy Christmas 2012

Allison and her Dad (the guy under the house)

 

Schedule:

Saturday March 16th - Petersburg, VA

Shiloh SDA Church Disability Awareness Program

Details TBA

Tuesday April 9th - Nashville, TN

The Bluebird Cafe'

Twelfth Annual Breaking the Chains Benefit for ASMT

Logan Blade will be featured on both rounds.

Early Round 6:00pm Tammy Vice, Stephen Lee Veal, Tony Ray Jones, and John Swaim

Late Round 9:00 pm Les Kerr, Jerry Salley, others TBA

 

Until Next Time,

Know The Hope!

Tammy Vice

 

Hello,

Wishing you all a Happy and Healthy New Year!  Here's the latest.

News:

Logan Blade's CD is available now on CD Baby.  He did a great job on the project.  Yeah Logan! I hope you'll take a moment to check it out.  You'll be glad you did.

"Pieces of Hope" is about our family's walk with autism.  It is playing on select radio stations.  The song is available on Itunes , CD Baby , and other various outlets.

                      

Thanks:

 Morgan's Hat Display Morgan has an impressive hat collection.  As we were hanging them on her new hat tree, I was reminded of all the hats I'm blessed to wear; daughter, sister, wife, mom, friend, disability advocate, singer, songwriter, speaker,... Each role brings it's own responsibility and opportunity for joy.  I'm so thankful for the variety of hats God allows me to wear and I hope to wear them well.  My life and my heart are FULL.  I couldn't ask for more.  Thank you all.

 

Schedule:

Saturday March 16th - Petersburg, VA

Shiloh SDA Church Disability Awareness Program

Details TBA                                                        

 

Until Next Time,                                                                                                              

Know The Hope!   

Tammy Vice

 

Hello,

Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle all the way!  Here we are at the end of another year.  Soon we'll be ringing in a new one.  Our family wishes yours a peaceful and happy holiday season.  Here's the latest:

News:

"Pieces of Hope" is about our family's walk with autism.  It has gone out to select radio stations.  The song is available on Itunes , CD Baby , and other various outlets.

 

Logan Blade's CD is in the finishing stages now! Two of the cuts on the project are "How God Measures a Man" and "A Mother's Heart".  Thanks for the cuts Logan!  I can't wait to hear your project.  I had the pleasure of hearing this young man on the autism spectrum sing at a benefit recently.  He's pretty amazing and reminded me once again to Always Assume Ability. Visit this youtube link to hear him singing Long Black Train.                                    

Thanks:

They are the pinch hitters, the minutemen and women that come to the rescue on a regular basis.  They are the ones who hand out those extra treats when mom and dad aren't looking. :-) Grandparents are a gift to their grandchildren.  They are a gift to moms and dads as well.  I am thankful my parents play a major role in the lives of our daughters.  To grandparents everywhere who go "To Infinity and Beyond" to care for your grandchildren, thank you for all you do.  We just want you to know you are Stars in our sky! You are a Harbor in our ocean!

Christmas Morgan with GrandparentsAllison and Grandparents in Santorini Harbor

 My Stars                             My Harbor


 

Schedule: 

Hello,

Happy Novembrrrrrrr!  The temperature has really dropped here in Tennessee.  Time to bundle up with a warm beverage, fuzzy slippers, and start marking holi-dates on the calendar.  Here's the latest:

News:

According to the Center for Disease Control, Autism affects 1 in 88 individuals.  Do you know and love someone on the autism spectrum? 

"Pieces of Hope" is about our family's walk with autism.  it goes out to select radio stations this month.  The song is available on Itunes , CD Baby , and other various outlets.

In other news - I had the pleasure of hearing a young man on the autism spectrum named Logan Blade sing at a benefit recently.  He's pretty amazing and reminded me once again to Always Assume Ability.  He's got some exciting news coming up.  I'll tell you more next month.  Visit this youtube link to hear him singing Long Black Train.                                    

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cThYuM2lwRU 

 

Thanks:

When our daughter Morgan was first diagnosed with autism, we were devastated as we wondered what the future would hold.  We went along picking up "Pieces of Hope" wherever we could find them.  We had no idea at that time what a gift and a blessing Morgan would be in our lives.  She's taught us more along the way than we'll ever be able to teach her.  It's been hard at times, but we wouldn't trade our family's walk with autism for anything. We're more thankful for the things that really matter.  And because of that, we're able to give out "Pieces of Hope" to other families.  Morgan turns 19 this month.  Happy Birthday sweet girl.

 

Click here to see Dad and Allison welcoming

Morgan into the family 1993

 

Schedule:

 

 

Hello,

Happy October! I love the Fall, with its cool and crisp evenings.  I hope you all get some time to sit out under the stars and take it in.  Here's the latest:

News:

I'm headed down to the beach this month to join some old friends and new ones for the Pensacola Beach Songwriters FestivalIf you're in the area, visit their site to check out the schedule.  We'd love to see you there.

Thanks:

Allison turned 25 this September.  We celebrated her Quarter Century in the world with a weekend trip to Chattanooga.  I'm so thankful we had this chance to catch up and spend some time together as a family.  Life goes by way too fast.  It was nice to step off the world's merry-go-round for a couple of days and enjoy our girls. 

Allison, Rudy, Tammy, and MorganAllison & Morgan getting at the Aquarium

Chattanooga Vacation First Stop     Chattanooga Aquarium-Getting a fish eye view

Allison & Morgan with the PenguinsAllison and Morgan

Chiling with the Penguins         Day Two Chattanooga Choo Choo Hotel


 Schedule:

Hello,

Happy September! I hope this finds you all doing well. Here's the latest:

News:

Tabula Rasa is Vanderbilt School of Medicine's Journal of Medical Humanities. The journal is published annually. "If Only" is featured in this year's addition. The song was co-written with my dear friend, Blythe Corbett. This is the first time Tabula Rasa has accepted a musical entry. We are honored it was chosen to be a part of the 2012 journal.

 

Thanks:

In August, Morgan and I were happy to be part of the first annual "I Am What I Am Festival" to benefit Aut2BeKids and The Autism Society of Middle Tennessee.

Morgan and Tammy Vice onstage at I Am What I Am Festival 2012

This was a day to celebrate the people we love on the autism spectrum. Morgan sang out loud and proud. I am so thankful God brought her into my life. If you'd like to hear a bit of her performance, visit us Here and Here on Youtube.

 Schedule:

Hello,

You can't tell by the heat, but summer is coming to a close for a lot of our kids! So kick back while you can and take a deep warm breath before it's gone. I hope this finds you all doing well. Here's the latest:

News:

Tennesseans will now have the opportunity to purchase a license plate that will benefit local autism organizations that serve our community! For details, please click on the link below.

Tennesse License Plate

Just found out I'm among the nominees for USAGEM Songwriter of the year. Thank you USAGEM family for the nomination.

Thanks:

Our local Independence Day celebration is a must on Morgan's calendar every year. I don't know what's brighter, the fireworks or her smile.

Morgan enjoying the fireworks 2012Hometown Fireworks 2012

A Great BIG Red, White, and Blue Thank You to the city of Hendersonville, Tennessee!

Schedule:

 

Hello,

Happy Independence month!  I hope this finds you all doing well.  Here's the latest:

News:

Tennesseans will now have the opportunity to purchase a license plate that will benefit local autism organizations that serve our community! For details, please click on the link below, or visit tnautism.org

Tennesse License Plate 
 

Thanks:

I had the privilege of co-writing some songs with Blythe Corbett for her latest SENSE Theatre Project, "Circus Del Se'".  It was a treat!  And something unexpected happened that I am even more thankful for.

Have you ever been driving along for miles, thinking you're making good time, and then you see a sign that lets you know you're going the wrong direction?  It's not a good feeling.  But seeing the sign gives us the opportunity to turn things around...                  

Hello,

It's Sum sum summertime! I hope this finds you all doing well. Here's the latest:

News:

It's time for SENSE Theatre Camp again. Here are the SENSE Theatre Kids performing "Showtime", written by Ed Bazel and Blythe Corbett. Playing in the background are members of the Nashville Philharmonic Orchestra, directed by Emelyne Bingham. Recognize the Butterfly Queen on the far right? That's my Morgan.

SENSE Theatre Kids performing

Thanks:

I call you husband, and Father. The girls call you Dad, and Papaw. We don't know what we'd do without the two of you. We are headstrong independent women who have it all together. Ok, sometimes we lock our keys in the car, or get ourselves in a pinch. When that happens, you're the first ones we call, because we know we can always count on you. HAPPY FATHERS' DAY. Love you lots!

  

Hello,

Happy May!   I hope this finds you all doing well. The weather is really warming up, and the music is cooking.  Here's the latest:

News:

"Breaking The Fast"; produced for the SENSE Theatre event, and a clip of Morgan opening the Bluebird event are now  posted on our Youtube Channel.

 

Thanks:

We want to thank everyone who came out to support the ASMT and SENSE Theatre benefits for autism awareness month.  To quote a line from the song, Pieces of Hope, "You know it's people like you, the ones that prayers are answered through." 

Schedule:

Sunday, May 6th, 2012

Saddle Up

Autism Equine and Artistic Expression - 2:00 pm Till 5:00 pm

1549 Hillsboro Road Franklin TN 37069 USA 615-794-1150

Saturday, May 19th

Saunders Ferry Park - 5:00
Private Event

Autism Awareness presentation


 

Saturday, August 18th, 2012

Bedford County Ag

I Am What I Am Music Festival - 10:00 am till 9:00 pm

2118 Midland Road Shelbyville TN 37160 USA 931-684-7077

Come out for LIVE auction! LIVE BANDS! FOOD! Activities for
Kids! Mud Trucks! Petting Zoo! Car Show! Bull Riding Competition! Motorcycle
Rides! Acoustic Stage! Country, Bluegrass, Classic Rock, Contemporary
Christian, Rap, Folk, Alternative rock, & Heavy Metal Rock!

Proceeds go to the Beford Count Association for Exceptional
Children (BCAEC) &

The Autism Society of Middle Tennessee (ASMT)

Brought to you by The Ghost Ballerinas & Elympic
Entertainment

 

Until Next Time,                                                                                                              

Know The Hope!                                                                                                                                     Tammy Vice

Hello,

I hope this finds you all doing well, and enjoying the Spring. April is Autism Awareness month, and we have some great events planned. Here's the latest:

News:

"Coffee Baptism" was recently released to radio on GodsChild Records. Thanks to the stations who are giving it a spin. We hope it wakes you up and brings a smile. Kudos to Lynn Fox, my co-writer on this one. Fun song!

This month is All Things Autism. Morgan and I will be hosting the Eleventh Annual Breaking The Chains Event at The Bluebird Cafe' to benefit ASMT.

Morgan and Mom at the Breaking the Chains Event for Autism Awareness

Last month I told you Morgan and I were cooking up something special. We will be performing our first co-write at the SENSE Theatre Benefit with a special video presentation. Blythe Corbett collaborated on this one with us. The title is "Breaking The Fast". It tells about one of our favorite routines; cooking Saturday morning breakfast.

Details for both events are in the schedule below.

Thanks:

I'm thankful for the little things that are beyond coincidence. Morgan has some unique interests. Lately she has really wanted to see a ribbon cutting ceremony. We always aim to please, but I wasn't sure how we were going to pull this one off. Then early Wednesday morning, the ticker running under the local news said there would be a ribbon cutting ceremony at the new Sam's Club, just around the corner from our house. We not only got to see it. Thanks to the manager, we got a front row seat. To see this video moment and others, visit our Youtube Channel; tbvice

Schedule: 

Hello,

I hope this finds you all doing well. March is blowing in, and we are gearing up for an exciting Spring.

Here’s the latest:

News:

We’re preparing for two special autism events in April. Morgan and I have also been busy cooking up a little surprise. More to come later…

Upcoming Dates

222 Fifth Ave S. Nashville TN 37203 US [map]

Performing songs co-written with 4th grade students from Battle Ground Academy

106 Bluegrass Commons Blvd. Hendersonville TN 37075 US [map]
Price: Private Event

Buddy Break is a FREE respite program designed to give caregivers of kids with special needs (VIP KIDS) a break from their ongoing care-giving responsibilities for three hours one night a month. VIP kids can make some new buddies, have fun playing games, hear and see great children's stories, videos, music and more while giving their caregiver a much needed break!


214 Castle Heights Ave. Lebanon TN 37087 usa 615-444-5563 [map]

Details TBA

4101 Hillsboro Rd. Nashville TN 37215 US (615) 262-0883 [map]

The Eleventh Annual Breaking the Chains Benefit Concert for Autism Awareness will take place Tuesday, April 17th, at the Bluebird Cafe, 4104 Hillsboro Road, Nashville. Admission to the early show is free, but donations for ASMT will be accepted, as we pass the BIG LOUD HAT! Tickets for the late show are $10, with proceeds going to ASMT.

The Bluebird Café is one of the world’s preeminent listening rooms and the venue has gained worldwide recognition as a songwriter’s performance space where the “heroes behind the hits” perform their own songs. Each year our family has had the privilege to put this event together to thank ASMT for all they do for the community. Here are the details:

Round 1 - 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m
Tammy Vice, Stephen Lee Veal, Richard Trest, and Naoise Sheridan

Round 2 - 9:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Les Kerr, Jerry Salley, Wood Newton, and Karen Staley

For more information and to reserve tickets visit The Bluebird Cafe Reservations suggested. Seats go quickly.

2400 Blakemore Ave. Nashville TN 37240 US 615-322-7651 [map]

Details TBA

Hello,

Apologies for running a little behind.  Happy New Year!  We started it off with a bang.  Or at least it felt that way.  I've been in the hospital, having a kidney stone removed.  All is well now, and we're looking forward to an exciting 2012.

NEWS:

Miracles Happen is at #7 on CMW Charts.  Congratulations to good friend Ann Hartmann for landing the #1 spot with Sack Of Stones!

THANKS:

As much as I love the job I've been entrusted with, being a caregiver can be overwhelming at times.  We think the world will crumble around us if we 're temporarily unable to do our job.  When I found myself in the hospital,

     Hello,

Can you believe we're wrapping up another year? Holiday lights are starting to pop up throughout the neighborhood.  The outdoor foilage is turning to gray.  But inside there are shades of red, green, gold, and silver.  We hope this season finds you peaceful and in good health.

News:

Melanie Walker is releasing "What The King Didn't Know" to radio for Christmas.  This song was not originally written as a Chirstmas song, but because I saw a situation where someone small was being bullied. It was so unsettling.  I couldn't get it off my mind.  As I stirred it around in my thoughts, I was reminded of a small child that made a big difference.

While you're out there shopping, give a gift of encouragement.  All songs are available on iTunes and cdbaby .

Thanks:

It has been a busy year, full of challenges and opportunities.  Through it all, my family has been there reminding me why I do this.  Its about encouraging and strengthing families, and individuals with disAbilities.  It's about finding and celebrating the gifts that EVERY life has to offer.  Too my family, and every individual I've had the opportunity to work with this year, A GREAT BIG THANK YOU!!  You have blessed me more than you know. 

                               Christmas Decorating Crew 2004     Then and Now        Christmas Decorating Crew 2011

 

Hello,

Ten months down, and two to go.  The holiday season, and 2012 are fast approaching.  We wish you all a happy and healthy season.  

News: 

"Miracles Happen" went to #7 on the CMW charts.  A big thank you to the stations who get the music out there.  We appreciate you!!  

Thanks:

As a parent of a child with special needs, I believe that all children enjoy the Arts and the opportunity to express their creativity.  This month I want to send out a special thank you to VSA Arts of Tennessee & Target for making that possible for some students in our community.  

      Also a BIG thanks to John Rees of GodsChild Records for partnering with me on the project.  And Last, but certainly not least, I'd like to thank Patty Daniels, her students, peers, and staff for giving it their all.  Working with you was a ton of fun!!!

 

Hello,

It's a chilly weekend as I'm writing this.  It's marshmallow roasting time in the backyard.  I love the Fall.  I hope you're enjoying a new season.  Here's the latest.

News:

Miracles Happen was recently released to radio.  Thanks to the stations for playing us.  We appreciate you.

Thanks:

I've often said how much I enjoy an evening in the backyard under the stars.  Life can get so busy.  I'm grateful for those times when we can slow down and regroup.  Here's a marshmallow moment from the past.  Watch to the end for a treat:                                       Bert and Morgan's Kazoo Jam 

 

Hello,

It's back to school time for some, and back to work for this mom.  As we get our Fall routine rollin', I hope this finds everyone well.   We have lots going on this month.  Here's the latest:

News:

I recently had the priviledge of collaborating with SENSE Theatre's Blythe Corbett on a few songs for "Earworms", her new one act play.  The songs will be performed by Abby Easton and Kerrick Coble.  The play will be presented at University School of Nashville's 2nd Annual New Play Festival on September 15th (5:00 pm), 16th & 17th (7:00 pm) along with six other one act plays written by USN student playwrights.  All plays are under the direction of Catherine Coke. Tickets are $5.00 at the door.

 

Hello,

 

You can't tell from the temperature, but summer is almost over.  I hope you've found a little time to spend in the sun or under the stars, enjoying what's left of the season.  Here's the latest:

 

Thanks:

 

Trent Jeffcoat and I spent the past week teaching the music portion of VSA Art's Cowboy Culture camp.  I always enjoy working with Trent.  He's one of the good guys. ;-)  And what a great group of students!  We had fun singing some traditional cowboy tunes, and writing one of our own.  I especially enjoyed working with the adult group.  Ms. Shirley made me a picture of a butterfly.  I thought that was very sweet of her, and I'd like to share that with you.  Thank you Ms. Shirley!

Hello,

Happy Independence month!!  Here's to the second half of a great year.  We hope this finds you enjoying a warm summer breeze.  Our ears have finally stopped ringing from the cicadas.  Things have quieted down just in time to break out the fireworks.  Here's the latest: 

News:

My girls are taking the spotlight this month.  Morgan is featured in the summer issue of Vanderbilt Children's Hospital Magazine  She has practically grown up at Vanderbilt, which she refers to as the "Hospital Hotel".  We appreciate all the doctors and staff who make us feel right at home. 

Allison has just accepted a position at Tennesse Tech as a Coordinator for their Positive Behavior Supports & Inclusion Program.  Woohoo!!

Double Thanks:

Allison just got back from a Mediterranean Cruise with her grandparents.  What an incredible gift!  Thank you mom and dad.  All I can say is grandparents help hold up the world. Proof below:

 

Mom holding up Allison holding up the tower of Pisa

While they were on the other side of the map, Morgan and I were here participating in SENSE Theatre Camp .  We had a blast! It's a wonderful program for kids on the autism spectrum.  A BIG thank you to everyone involved. Below is Morgan with two of her camp buddies, Mary Francis and Sarah Elizabeth.  It takes a lot of work to be a star.

 

 Mary Francis, Sarah Elizabeth, & Morgan at Sense Theatre Camp

 Schedule:

Monday, July 25th, 2011


Summer Art Institute - 9:00 am till 12:00 pm 25th - 29th
Volunteer State Community College

 

1480 Nashville Pike
Gallatin, TN 37066
USA
Contact: Lori Kissinger 615-826-5252

Price: $35.00

VSA Tennessee is offering its 9th annual art institute at Volunteer State Community College.  The focus of the Art Institute this year will be the Cowboy Culture.  This is a fun and educational week for children with and without disabilities.  VSA does offer scholarships for children who cannot afford the $35 fee.

 

Thursday, August 4th, 2011


Tammy Vice - 9:00 pm
Sumner County Fair

221 Fairground Road
Gallatin, TN 37066
USA
615-452-2536

 


Thursday, September 29th, 2011


Songwriter's Night - 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Forest Hills Baptist Church

2101 Old Hickory Blvd
Nashville, TN 37215
USA
615-373-8074


Ann Hartmann, Tammy Vice, others TBA

Until Next Time,

Tammy Vice

Know The Hope

www.tammyvice.com

 

Hello,

I hope this finds you doing well.  Cicada's are screaming in Tennessee, and so are the kids.  School is out for summer and we have lots going on.  Here's the latest.

 News:

I'll be presenting at the Disability Megaconference this month, teaching at VSA Arts Institute in July, and performing at the Sumner County Fair in August.  Details for all events are in the schedule below. 

Thoughts & Thanks: 

Congratulations to our daughter Allison, who has just finished her first year of teaching.  I have the greatest respect and admiration for you, and all those who choose this profession and do it with heart.  A few favorite quotes...

Hello,

I hope this finds you all doing well.  Spring has finally arrived in Tennessee.  And things are hoppin'.  Here's the latest.

News:

April is National Autism Awareness Month.  On April 26th, we'll have our 10th Annual Breaking The Chains Benefit to support The Autism Society of Middle Tennessee.  Check the schedule below for details.

Hello,

 

I hope this finds you well.  What crazy weather we've been having.  We are happy to leave the snow behind and feel March bringing in a little Spring warmth.  Here's the latest:

 

News:

 

"So that They'll Believe" was released to radio in February.  Thanks to all our radio friends for getting the music out there.  We appreciate you!

      This month I have the priviledge of being a part of a benefit for     SENSE Theatre, A Stage of Hope For Children With Autism.  I am excited about their summer theatre camp.  Being the mom of a teenage daughter on the autism spectrum, I can tell you that drama comes naturally.  ;-) I think this camp is a great opportunity for our kids.  See the schedule below for details.

 

Thanks:

 

Webster's dictionary defines community as a group of interacting people living in a common location that is organized around common values.  It is derived from the Latin communitis (cum,"with, together" + munus,"gift"). 

 

I sat on the bleachers last weekend, watching The Raptors (our special needs sports team) play basketball. Dad's chased them up and down the court.  Mom's, grandparents, and friends cheered  them on.  Afterwards it was time for a pizza party and awards.  As I looked around the room at all the familiar faces I've watched grow up and grow old together, I was reminded of how blessed our family has been with the gift of this community.  Thank you Hendersonville!

 

Schedule:

 

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011
Sense Theatre Benefit - 7:00 pm
Blair School of Music Turner Hall

2400 Blakemore Ave.
Nashville, TN 37240
US
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Price: $50.00

Join us for a very special evening as the Nashville theatre and musical community come together as one to support SENSE Theatre – A Stage of Hope For Children With Autism.

 

Click here to purchase: TICKETS

 

Featured performance by:

 

* Franc D’Ambrosio - The Phantom of the Opera
* Michael Valcour - Former SENSE Theatre Participant
* Tammy Vice - Nashville Song Writer & Parent Autism Advocate
* The Least of Your Worries - Winner Nashville Battle Of The Bands
* Tim Creavin - University School of Nashville Theatre Guild

 

SENSE Theatre is a unique theatrical intervention research program designed to improve the social and emotional functioning of children with autism and related neurodevelopmental disorders. Proceeds benefit the SENSE Theatre Summer Camp – in collaboration with Vanderbilt Kennedy Center and University School of Nashville.



Thursday, March 24th, 2011
Communication Based Applications for IPad & IPhone - 6:30 pm till 8:30 pm
Vanderbilt Kennedy Center

110 Magnolia Circle
Nashville, TN
USA
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Price: ASMT Members Free / Non-members

In this ASMT workshop, Ms. Marylee Perkins will highlight the iPad, iPhone, and Dynavox technology systems. Mrs. Tammy Vice will speak to how her daughter, Morgan, uses her iPad and how it compares to her previous Dynavox device.

 

Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) includes all methods (other than oral speech) that are used to express thoughts, needs, and ideas. People with severe speech or language delays rely on AAC to communicate with the people around them. Electronic devices and their applications (a form of AAC) help people to express themselves, increasing social interaction, school performance, and feelings of self-worth.

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Friday, March 25th, 2011
Buddy Break - 6:30 pm till 9:30 pm
First Baptist Church of Hendersonville

106 Bluegrass Commons Blvd.
Hendersonville, TN 37075
US
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Price: Private Event

Buddy Break is a FREE respite program designed to give caregivers of kids with special needs (VIP KIDS) a break from their ongoing care-giving responsibilities for three hours one night a month. VIP kids can make some new buddies, have fun playing games, hear and see great children's stories, videos, music and more while giving their caregiver a much needed break!


Saturday, March 26th, 2011
Writers in the Round - 7:00 pm
Cody's Pub & Eatery

1201 Twelve stones Crossing
Goodlettsville, TN 37072
usa
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Price: no cover / reservations suggeste

Hosted by Harold Hill:  Like it on Facebook

 

In the 7:00 pm round; Ann Hartmann, and Tammy Vice



Tuesday, April 12th, 2011
VSA Arts - 11:00
Schermerhorn Symphony Center

1 Symphony Pl
Nashville, TN 37201
US
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The students in the Next Step program at Vanderbilt will be performing an original song co-written with Trent Jeffcoat and Tammy Vice, as part of the VSA Arts program.



Tuesday, April 26th, 2011
Tenth Annual Breaking The Chains Benefit - 6:00 pm and 9:00 pm
Bluebird Cafe

4101 Hillsboro Rd.
Nashville, TN 37215
US
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The TENTH Annual Breaking the Chains Benefit Concert for Autism Awareness will take place Tuesday, April 26, at the Bluebird Cafe, 4104 Hillsboro Road, Nashville. Admission to the early show is free, but donations for ASMT will be accepted, as we pass the BIG LOUD HAT! Tickets for the late show are $10, with proceeds going to ASMT.

The Bluebird Café is one of the world’s preeminent listening rooms and the venue has gained worldwide recognition as a songwriter’s performance space where the “heroes behind the hits” perform their own songs. Each year our family has had the priviledge to put this event together to thank ASMT for all they do for the community.  This year should prove to be extra special. Here are the details:

Round 1 - 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m
Tammy Vice, Justin Wade Tam, Trent Jeffcoat, Stephen Lee Veal

Round 2 - 9:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Les Kerr, Benita Hill, Wood Newton, Jerry Sally

For more information and to reserve tickets visit The Bluebird Cafe


Until Next Time,
 

Tammy Vice

Know The Hope

www.tammyvice.com

Hello,

Well we are still in the deep freeze of winter.  Children are hoping for more snow days, while moms & dads are praying for Spring.  ;-) I hope this finds you all warm and well.  Here's the latest:

News:

Please check the schedule below for a very special event coming up March 8th, a benefit for SENSE Theatre. -  "A Stage of Hope For Children With Autism"

"So That They'll Believe" was released to Christian radio this month on GodsChild Records.   I've been given so many blessings in my life.  It's the reason I sing.  Thanks for listening!

Thanks:

I've always said that songwriting is my therapy.  It's my way of musically journaling life; the pain, the joy, the hurt, the hope,...  When words aren't enough, the music fills the space in between.  

I'm thankful for every opportunity I've been given to share the craft of songwriting with others.  Below is a pic of Trent Jeffcoat and myself with some of our "co-writers" in the Next Steps at Vanderbilt program taken at a recent Arts event at VKC.

 

 Schedule:

Friday, February 11th, 2011
Buddy Break - 6:30 - 9:30 pm
First Baptist Church of Hendersonville

106 Bluegrass Commons Blvd.
Hendersonville, TN 37075
US

Price: Private

Buddy Break is a FREE respite program designed to give caregivers of kids with special needs (VIP KIDS) a break from their ongoing care-giving responsibilities for three hours one night a month. VIP kids can make some new buddies, have fun playing games, hear and see great children's stories, videos, music and more while giving their caregiver a much needed break!

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011
Sense Theatre Benefit - 7:00 pm
Blair School of Music Turner Hall

2400 Blakemore Ave.
Nashville, TN 37240
US
Price: $50.00

Join us for a very special evening as the Nashville theatre and musical community come together as one to support SENSE Theatre – A Stage of Hope For Children With Autism.

 

Click here to purchase: TICKETS

 

Featured performance by:

 

* Franc D’Ambrosio - The Phantom of the Opera
* Michael Valcour - Former SENSE Theatre Participant
* Tammy Vice - Nashville Song Writer & Parent Autism Advocate
* The Least of Your Worries - Winner Nashville Battle Of The Bands
* Tim Creavin - University School of Nashville Theatre Guild

 

SENSE Theatre is a unique theatrical intervention research program designed to improve the social and emotional functioning of children with autism and related neurodevelopmental disorders. Proceeds benefit the SENSE Theatre Summer Camp – in collaboration with Vanderbilt Kennedy Center and University School of Nashville.

Thursday, March 24th, 2011
Communication Based Applications for IPad & IPhone - 6:30 pm till 8:30 pm
Vanderbilt Kennedy Center

110 Magnolia Circle
Nashville, TN
USA
Price: ASMT Members Free / Non-members $5.00

In this ASMT workshop, Ms. Marylee Perkins will highlight the iPad, iPhone, and Dynavox technology systems. Mrs. Tammy Vice will speak to how her daughter, Morgan, uses her iPad and how it compares to her previous Dynavox device.

 

Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) includes all methods (other than oral speech) that are used to express thoughts, needs, and ideas. People with severe speech or language delays rely on AAC to communicate with the people around them. Electronic devices and their applications (a form of AAC) help people to express themselves, increasing social interaction, school performance, and feelings of self-worth.

For Reservations: contact The Autism Society of Middle Tennessee at asmt@tnautism.org                   

Saturday, March 26th, 2011
Writers in the Round - 7:00 pm
Cody's Pub & Eatery

1201 Twelve stones Crossing
Goodlettsville, TN 37072
usa
Price: no cover / reservations suggested

Hosted by Harold Hill:  Like it on Facebook

In the 7:00 pm round; Ann Hartmann, and Tammy Vice

Tuesday, April 12th, 2011
VSA Arts - 11:00
Schermerhorn Symphony Center

1 Symphony Pl
Nashville, TN 37201
US
The students in the Next Step program at Vanderbilt will be performing an original song co-written with Trent Jeffcoat and Tammy Vice, as part of the VSA Arts program.

Until Next time,

Tammy Vice

Know The Hope

www.tammyvice.com

Thanks:

Communication is something many of us take for granted.  I know I did until autism took away our  daughter’s ability to tell us her basic wants and needs.  A few years back we purchased a speech generating  device.  With time and lots of training, Morgan’s communication skills grew.   Now she is speaking in sentences!  The down side is that these devices are extremely expensive, putting them out of reach for so many who need them.  It was a major battle for us to make this happen for Morgan.   Without the help of some angels, it would not have been possible for us.                      

The good news is that the IPad & IPhone are now including communications apps, making them a communication device for a fraction of the cost.  Morgan has moved on to the IPad, and she LOVES it.  I don’t have the words to tell you how much it has meant to our family to have Morgan be able to communicate with us.   I’m even more thankful to know these new devices will open that same door for many more families.

We had a great time visiting with some of our Mobile buddies last week.  I thoroughly enjoyed doing The Lunch Hour with Steve Jenks on BamaDixie 106.1 FM

This week, Morgan and I are chillin' and staying out of the heat (upper 90s) until school starts.  We did go by our church fitness center to play a little ping pong and racket ball.  Although the way we play it, it's more like dodge ball. ;-) 

Thank goodness for air conditioning!!

Stay cool,

Tammy

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

WBMH Bama 106.1 FM Classic Country

"The Lunch Hour" hosted by Steve Jenks - 12:00 till 1:00 om

Grove Hill Alabama USA

 Listen Live while Steve and I visit and play a few tunes from the new project. 

 

More Than Just Getting By is now available

for purchase on CD Baby!!

Tammy Vice: More Than Just Getting By

We just mailed the new CD to CDBaby.  They'll be available online soon.  We LOVE CDBaby!!

The new CD's are being manufactured now, and will be available in the next few weeks.  WooHoo!

 

Here's one of our daughter's quotable quotes:
One of Morgan's favorite authors is Dr. Suess.  There's a book called "Put Me In The Zoo".  The character wants to be in the zoo, and he shows all the things that he can do.  At the end of the book, the children tell him; "You should not be in the zoo!  With all the things that you can do, the circus is the place for you!" 
 
As Morgan was fixing her breakfast this morning, she chanted "You should not be in school. Oh no, you should not be in school,..."  I asked her if she'd prefer the circus.  She said "Oh Yes! The circus is the place for you!"
 
Smiles,

I've been thumbing through all the great pictures from those who entered the Cover Art contest.  Now I know why I hold a guitar, and not a brush.  ;-)

We're in the studio today laying down tracks for the last three songs on the project.  Then soon it will be on to graphics.  I look forward to seeing entries for the cover art.  Check out the contest on the website.

Last night while singing at Ri'chard's Cafe, I received a very pleasant surprize.  The staff at the Country Music Hall of Fame presented me with a beautiful Hatch Show print, honoring me as Volunteer of the Year.

What a sweet gesture.  I love these folks, and I can't say enough about what a wonderful program "Words and Music" is.  I'm thankful to be a part of it.

We had a great Thanksgiving.  Nice having Allison home for a visit.  Now we will allow Jason to put up his Christmas Screen saver at the office. 

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