I had the privilege of going back to Seattle and hopping on yet another Holland America cruise ship (the Oosterdam this time...pronounced (OH) as in "toast") This time, not with the band but with some good friends in the business, Bebo, his partner in crime Gabe Scott who plays ever instrument ever invented, Matthew West, comedian Bob Smiley, former Newsboy Phil Joel, CCM great Wayne Watson and myself. Solo artist style. Those of us married brought our wives and even Matthew, Emily, Phil and Heather brought their kiddos, who just brightened everyone's days.
I've played with my band for so long that when I had to do 75-90 minutes by myself, I nearly had a nervous breakdown on stage. I need to relearn how to stand on stage and feel comfortable with the inevitable silences that happen when there's no Scotty backing me up with the beautiful sound of harmonizing whales.
Speaking of whales, we saw a school of orca and a pod of humpbacks fishing for Herring with their bubble nets. Our tour guides were even amazed!
Thanks to Jon Robberson for inviting us on the cruise and for the photos!