Tonight, after work, was worship night band practice. I feel like it went pretty well. We went through the majority of the songs, had some dinner, recorded a song, made up some funny songs, and did some dancing. Musicians really do make the best friends! They won’t laugh at you for making up a weird song or singing a song for no reason other than wanting to. They’re crazy, silly, artistic, and fun to be around.
Oh and my particular worship band is filled with amazing people who are some of the most encouraging people I know. They wouldn’t give up on me and they are convinced that I am amazing and need to say that I’m amazing. I don’t think I’m amazing. I try really hard though and put my heart into what I do so maybe they can see that and think that’s amazing? I’m not really sure. But I am in awe of them.
I’m proud of Kyle aka Prince Charming for learning an amazing solo on his harmonica and for being so kind and encouraging and offering his house up for practices. I’m so proud of Crystal for playing her guitar while leading worship and helping us with harmonies and just being a generally great person to be around. I’m proud of Lindy for always encouraging me and giving me gentle constructive criticism to help me learn and grow. Not to mention the fact that she has an amazing voice that I just love singing with. I’m super proud of Jason for jumping in and helping out with the band but also for offering up his home so generously and giving me rides to his house from work. He’s a totally understatedly awesome person. I’m proud of Roni for playing with us but I’m super proud of her for being willing to sing a song with us this coming Sunday!!!! She sounds great and I know she’s going to be great. And I’m super proud of Bruce for being willing to play rhythm on my acoustic guitar for a song and generously allowing me to play his awesome electric guitar. Next up, he’ll be singing and so will Jason! I can hope at least.
I couldn’t ask for a better group of people to practice with and grow with as a leader and as a worship band. It feels like we’re family. 🙂
There’s nothing else to really say at the moment. I’ve been getting way too few hours of sleep lately and it’s starting to effect me. I can’t wait to sleep in on Saturday. Only one day left of work!!! I’m hoping that Brandi, Bruce, Roni, and Lindy will all be able to get hired on at work. I want all my friends surrounding me! Hahaha and the Vineyard is slowly taking over my workplace. Work was okay today but not great. I was really tired and I was doing kind of boring work but, I did get to go to a meeting, and I get to work with great people so at least that makes up for not having an amazing day like I normally do. Still, my worst day at my current job is still better than my best day at some of my prior jobs. Gotta love that!
Time for bed now. Crystal, if you’re reading this, my vocal warmups wouldn’t download. I’m going to have to get them from you on a flash drive tomorrow. 😦
Peace, love, and listen to Cold War Kids,
Oh my word! Snow Patrol never ceases to amaze me! They are always so great in concert! I just had to get that out of my system right away since I’ve been sick and haven’t been able to post anything in quite a while. I guess that’s okay since I had the whole being sick excuse.
Back to Snow Patrol. I always fall in love with Gary’s voice every time I hear him. The way he talks, the way he moves, the faces he makes, and the obvious fun he has when on stage all comes together with the fun the other band members have performing – especially Paul – I just can’t get enough! They are some of the best performers I’ve ever seen, and I’m kind of a concert junky!
So, my awesome Snow Patrol Saturday started with me, Brandi, and Dustin leaving town at 3:45am. We ran through McDonalds for coffee and food and hit the road. We arrived in Santa Barbara around 6am, drove around until we found the venue, pulled into the parking lot and saw a tour bus! We then saw the police cruiser also in the parking lot and decided to park in the neighborhood and take a nap. We napped until 9am and then decided to stake our place in line. Brandi and I ended up being the first two people in line!!!! Unfortunately, Dustin was sick (with what I ended up getting) and slept in the car for a few more hours. We made friends with the next two girls (Michelle and her friend) to join us in line and grabbed some food with them after the line started getting longer (around 11:30am) and we had woken Dustin up to hold our place in line. Dustin ended up ditching us around 1:30pm and it ended up being just me and Brandi in line the rest of the day. There was a girl there from Korea who was really cool and a woman named Jill from Canada who spoke like she knew the band like they were good friends.
There was also another girl who Brandi and I saw at the last SP concert at the Palladium and thought she was kinda loud and annoying but she actually ended up being really cool! As the time neared for us to enter the gates and make our way up the MOST HORRIBLE HILL EVER, she generously offered to help save places at the rail so all of us who waited for all day in line would be up front and not people who were just pushy and persistent. I ended up talking to her about God and Thrice and concerts/music in general once we were all inside along with a lady behind me who looked no older than 32 but who was actually 40-something. Gave me hope for my future concert going that I won’t look totally dumb at concerts in 11 years. Turns out that, as hard as I try, I still make snap judgements about people that are totally unfair to them. If I had remained ignorant and mean (in my head) towards this girl, I never would have gotten to talk to her about Snow Patrol and Thrice and Brand New and God. It was a good, humbling reminder that I need to keep an open mind about all people and that concerts are a really awesome place to talk to people about God in a natural way without being pushy!!! I really hope she ends up listening to The Modern Post (Thrice’s lead singer’s new worship music band). Maybe this is the beginning of God working in her life?
Lissie opened for Snow Patrol. She was amazing! I didn’t think I’d like her based on what I had hear on Spotify. Well, mostly it was the one song she had on Spotify where she talks about taking a drink of tequila before singing. I had this bad impression in my head about her. BUT she turned out to be really talented and her band was awesome. Not quite up to par as far as performances go when comparing her to Snow Patrol…but there’s really no competition. Snow Patrol is and probably always will be, the absolute best live band I will see. I got to stand front rail, slightly to the right of center which worked out better than dead center because Gary tends to go to either side of the center up to the very edge of the stage to sing. It’s awesome. Only bummer…he didn’t go into the crowd. But hey, I have something to look forward to next time, right? LOL. My next goal is to meet the band AND to see them at every California concert they play next time they’re on tour.
It was a tiring but very amazing day. After the concert, Brandi and I met up with Dustin, Corrie, Matt, Taylor, David, Kelli, and Jason and went to dinner. Brandi and I shared the most disgusting mac and cheese on the planet. Taylor and David bought me an awesome blue hoodie for my birthday present. Then Dustin, Brandi, and I drove home. We got back around 3:30ish am and I woke up the next day with a massive headache (no, I did not drink at the concert) and sick.
What an amazing first concert of the last 365 days of being in my twenties. I truly felt like a young 29 for those 24 hours and full of life and adventure. Now, here’s some photos from the concert. I’ll post more if my other photos ever upload to Facebook.