We played at Lifest up in Packer Country last night. Osh Kosh, Wisconsin! We flew in to Midway in Chicago and drove up for the festival. Had a quick soundcheck...actually we never got to play anything at all, so it was more of a line-check where you just make sure that everything's working and you can hear each instrument in your ears. So, come time for the actual performance, we really couldn't hear clearly. This is not a slight on the monitor engineer at all, as he only gives us what we ask for...we just didn't have enough time to find out what we wanted. So I heard a befuddled muddle of sound in my in-ear monitors and couldn't tell what key I was even playing in. Which doesn't matter...unless you have to SING! (Which is what I do if you didn't know.) So yeah, I think I was singing a half step higher...or lower...than the actual key for most of the songs. Beside sounding horrible, it was awesome!
We drove to a Giordano's back in Illinois and enjoyed deep dish pizza goodness then headed to the hotel. Right as I was about to crawl into bed for 4.5 hours of precious sleep, I saw it. My phone had a message.
"Nathan Lampone (12:40 am): He's in Jesus' arms. He made it to his birthday"
July 11th, my friend Tom Lampone turned 52 years old and 15 minutes later began a face to face conversation with Jesus. I took off in the middle of a downpour this morning in Chicago and as we burst through the puffy summer clouds and saw a glorious sunrise and blue skies I thought of Tom and his transition to Life, angels escorting him to meet his Savior. His God. What a mind job.
If you would, pray for his wife, Patty, his kids Nathan and Tia and all those who love him, we will miss him.