Randall is a premier musician, singer & songwriter and flies slightly under the radar. I was hoping for ~100ppl and the nature of how things go it could be anywhere from 50 to 200ppl. We had about 30. We were smacked by a HS basketball game, another church's winter carnival, a HS play; plus the usual ambivalent attitude for friday night events.
There's almost too much to get words to, without going 5 pages. So here is a list of slightly organized thoughts:
- I was generally a mild RG fan 4 days ago. Great music, but I like to sing along sometimes and his jazz-ish style makes that tough. Great kid's music. I didn't always "get" the songs. I am now a BIG fan.
- Soundcheck went miserably. The church system wouldn't pickup his guitar. Many tries, & some frustration. We ended up putting a mic in front of the guitar and it came thru well. We discussed this over late-night eggs & basically when things get frustrating you may not be trusting God.
- I lost my voice the night before the concert. It's almost back, 2 days after the whole thing. Conversation was tough. Jason did an excellent introduction (thanks).
- It was very much a house concert (talking back & forth). Ups & downs to that.
- It must be tough being on the road for a musician. Randall stayed at our house & we were intentional on he can talk with us, watch TV, play games or hide in his room as he pleased. He's slightly lactose intolerant, so lasagna roll-ups and a cheesy egg casserole for breakfast might have been tough. Some lactaid saved the day.
- Also being on the road and shuttled is draining in aspects other than being away from family. It isn't a case of "always under the microscope", but certainly aware that the "camera is on" for a majority of your time.
- Randall & I talked much about music, Christian music, his music, kids music. Family. Writing songs for other people. C.S. Lewis. Theology & life. It's hard to say we talked when I didn't say too much.
Right now just a feeling of "I can't believe I was able to be a part of all this."
Thanks, Randall. Thanks, Becky. Thanks, Center Presby Church. Thanks, Hebron Church (for the intro end to the tour and the warm-up adult concert) and Mike & Heather.