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KIDSCORNER: Madison Easter
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It’s 1995. The hybrid scent of sweat and mosquito repellant is in the air. Shooting on Homecoming Kids Camp Out is almost finished and we’ve had an amazing time. Every night after shooting, all of the kids go back to the hotel and have pool parties. The “grown-ups” really made major efforts to make sure the kids had fun. Being a part of that video series allowed me to make lifelong friends and experience the filmmaking process. Being a huge movie buff, this was right up my alley.

My fondest memory of the Homecoming Kids’ videos has got to be from the day we shot “God Loves to Talk to Boys While They’re Fishing.” If my memory serves correctly, it was hotter than fire that afternoon. Mr. George and I sat on that creek bank for a length of time that I could not even begin to accurately describe. Sitting there, we had nothing to do between takes but talk. (It may surprise you, but a 65 year old and a 7 year old can discuss a pretty wide variety of subjects.) I remember him sitting there, talking with me, and giving me an “Andy and Opie” memory with a little twist of the lights and cameras of Hollywood. We carried on conversations like a grandfather and grandson. That’s basically what Mr. George, Ms. Vestal and Mr. Jake felt like to me. Traveling up and down the road, going from arena to arena, all a kid has to do is bounce from bus to bus and absorb road stories sprinkled with a few life lessons. The groups on tour are your family. We sat in the sun, sang our song, waited for the cameras and lights to move around, then sang our song again and again. It was an awesome experience that I’ll carry with me forever.

Now, it’s 16 years later. I’m married. My wife and I dated for six years and have a two-year-old black Labrador named Bruce. I am traveling full time, performing with my parents, Jeff and Sheri Easter, playing guitar, mandolin and providing backing vocals. I am having a great time on the road. Between stage performing and studio work, I really enjoy reading, watching television, “tweeting” (@maddyfatty), shamelessly promoting my Twitter page and collecting records. I’m a huge vinyl junkie. I also really love keeping in touch and talking about Homecoming Kids’ memories with other Homecoming Kids like Amber Thompson, Ricky Free, Chaz Mason, Jasmine Christmas, Aly and Mallory Sykes and Patience Randle. We all really want to pitch the idea of a reunion video; not really sure if there’s a market for it, though. Does “Homecoming Kids and Their Kids” sound catchy to you?