Saturday, August 30, 2008

Celebrate Freedom! Hot Lanta

It's not too often you stay in a hotel in your hometown. But we played at Celebrate Freedom in Atlanta tonight and have to fly out to Peoria early tomorrow. So instead of three of us driving an hour home and then again tomorrow morning, we just got a hotel in between the Festival and the airport. (which actually I think Celebrate Freedom paid for, so that's extra cool)

Tonight was the first night I ever played at a festival IN THE DARK! I usually get the 2pm-4pm slots but today, for many reasons (none of them being my 'deserving it' as some very kind people complimented) I ended up with 30 minutes at 9:15pm, right after the illustrious Luis Palau spoke. That was enough time for six songs. Perfectly, I have six singles that have gone to radio if you don't include Christmas songs, and if you DO include "Create Again" which goes to radio next Friday (Call your Station, ask them to play it!)

Give It All Away
Matchless (with Blessed Be Your Name tagged on to it)
Give Me Words To Speak (followed by a lot of Na Na's - great job Atlanta!)
Create Again
Watch Over Me
My Savior My God

I had a deficit of -00:01 left on the clock even after the crowd sang one more chorus of MSMG then we hit the last, not bad timing.  What a blast!  Thanks for singing along!

Friday, August 22, 2008

Alaska Encore

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!