Four months after his last No. 1 party -- for co-writing Joe Nichols'
"The Impossible" -- Lee Thomas Miller returned in triumph Wednesday (March 19) to the BMI headquarters in Nashville to celebrate
another chart-topper, Terri Clark's "I Just Wanna Be Mad." Miller co-wrote both these
hits with Kelley Lovelace, who showed up at the party to cheer him on. (Lovelace belongs to ASCAP, BMI's major competing performance
"You think you'll never get one of these, and then it happens twice," Thomas marveled, holding up
his No. 1 trophy. "This has been a magical song."
"I Just Wanna Be Mad" was originally put on hold for Sara Evans to record, but when she ultimately passed on it, Mercury Records' Carson Chamberlain, who'd
had his eye on the song from the start, snatched it up for Clark. Byron Gallimore produced it for her.
to thank his wife first, Thomas observed, "Sometimes I get up here and thank everyone else I've ever known." He alluded to
the frequent disappointments and downturns songwriters face, noting, "The truth is, most days don't end up like this." He
said the song, which is told from the point of view of a woman who's still simmering from an argument with her mate, was more
about his own temperament than his wife's.
Clark, who wore her trademark white cowboy hat, spoke briefly at the end
of the ceremonies. "I've had the pleasure of writing with these guys a lot since [recording] 'I Just Wanna Be Mad,'" she said,
"and they're two of the most deserving guys in the business." This achievement marked Clark's first return to the No. 1 spot
since "You're Easy on the Eyes" topped the chart in December 1998. "I didn't know that I was ever going to be a part of one
of these [No. 1 celebrations] again," she told her well-wishers, "and I'm enjoying every minute of it."