Last week we played in Wildwood Florida, about 1 hour north of Orlando. I did my student teaching at nearby Leesburg HS in college (where they filmed Waterboy) and one of my students, John, was the promoter for the show! He said when he realized that I had been his teacher, he had to bring me in! Very cool. And my teacher, Mrs Elton even left a meeting early to come and catch the show: great little reunion time. I accidentally played my harmonica upside-down, so now I have a piece of glow in the dark tape letting me know which side is up. Awesome. I'll keep practicing: new instrument for me.
Then we drove to Toccoa, GA where I actually WENT to college (Toccoa Falls) and played for their campus preview, where interested High School students get to hang out at college for the weekend. I played during Campus Preview 10 years early, went I was supposed to open for Cindy Morgan and Satellite Soul, but their management never gave me permission to actually open, so I did a show in the cafeteria and on the green in the center of campus instead. So 10 years later, I finally got to actually play for Preview and enjoyed playing to a "home town crowd" that packed out Grace Chapel! My Band said it was the most show they'd ever played with me! Thanks TFC!
Then we played for a youth convention in Dalton GA the next night, which is always interesting because the people aren't really there to hear a concert: they're there for the conference, so maybe a small percentage even care that you're there. Which is always a good reminder of why we do what we do: to proclaim the truth of God's love for us: and point to His worth. And we did that, and the conference attenders seemed to have a great time! Great crowd!
Then the "Nashville Show" That's when you play in or near Nashville, if you didn't figure that out. That's when the people in the "industry" come out (hopefully) to see you. It's always a little nerve wracking because it's easy to feel like you're being critiqued, but thankfully we work with very loving people that I consider my friends and I was probably the most relaxed on stage as I've ever been.
We had a day off Monday and Sarah and Daniel and I hung out with Bebo and his family until our 10pm bus call last night. Now we're in Parkersburg, WV ready to sound check for tonight's show! Always a pleasure!