Monday, August 11, 2008
NATIONAL NIGHT OUT
4:40 pm edt
Last Tuesday was my first ever public performance. It took place during
the National Night Out hosted by my church - Trinity Lutheran Church, Menasha, Wisconsin.
I was scheduled to perform
between the hours of 4:30 - 8:00 pm, so I set up a schedule to sing three songs each half hour. This amounted to about two
hours of singing in all.
To begin with, I sang the album in order, three songs at a time. It's amazing how much work
it is to prepare a public performance of your own material! I practiced for weeks to be able to sing my songs without forgetting
the words, etc. I also wanted to be sure I could actually have the endurance to sing that long. When the show started, I
still wasn't sure how it was going to come off.
And there was also the issue of nerves. You may recall my learning
experience in Nashville. In retrospect, I wish I had been able to do the National Night Out first, because it really helped
to calm the whole nervousness thing. By the end of the evening I was feeling really comfortable and now I have a much better
sense of how I want to be "on stage."
One of the things I was really pleased with was that my voice held up well.
I wasn't really tired by the end of the night. When I got home (Liz had a class and couldn't stay the whole evening) I was
so happy to greet my wife with a voice that showed no signs of fatigue. And when I woke up the next day, my voice felt fantastic!
I'm thinking: Man, I can really do this! I can't wait to do it again!
I do wish I had a band, though. Singing to
tracks is better than nothing, but I think it would be fun in the extreme to perform with a live group. I pray God will lead
me in that area.
BTW, if you want to hear me sing live, feel free to contact me. All I'm asking right now is for a
free-will offering and travel expenses. So just drop me a line, and let's see what can be arranged, ok?
Thursday, August 7, 2008
8:56 pm edt
It was with great joy that I announced this past weekend that I was accepting
the Call extended to me by Trinity Lutheran Church and School of Menasha, Wisconsin.
We've got a lot of work to do,
but I'm excited to roll up my sleeves and get to work.
The circumstances of my moving here after getting married -
without a Call - without a job of any kind - have so overwhelmingly affirmed God's grace and mercy not only in my own life,
but in that of my wife and the lives of the faithful at Trinity.
The Lord continues to bless me beyond my wildest dreams.
He is so very good!
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
11:18 pm edt
It stands for Experimental Aircraft Association, as it is held every year here in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Liz and I went Sunday afternoon - the last day. It was great! We
got to see a lot of aerobatic flying, as well as a Navy F-22 Raptor! Wow!