Mississippi part deux

So it turns out that the gig in Mississippi was a state-wide event. There were about 1000 college students there representing 30 campuses from around the state. It was good to see the guys in the band. It’s been a while. I miss playing music and travelling as much as we used to. I wish there was some way I could start a band or be in a band here in Georgia. It’d be weird, though. My current band has been together since 1998 and we’ve had the opportunity to travel all around the United States. We’ve played so much and are so used to each other’s style we can go longs periods of time without practice and still pull off gigs like we never missed a day. It’d be weird learning to “gel” with other guys. We’ve been slowly moving to this point we’re at now where we don’t gig but every once in a while. It’s at an all-time low with only 6 events for 2006. I knew we were slowing down, but 6? Man, that’s not a lot at all. And now for the first time, I think, we have nothing booked on the calendar after this past weekend in Mississippi. It’s kind of strange.

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sweet land ‘o mississippi

I’m going to Mississippi this weekend. I’m playing a gig there at some college in Brandon. I haven’t been able to play a gig in forever it seems. I think my last one was in February in Arkadelphia, Arkansas. My job wouldn’t let me take vacation for the two gigs we had in Florida and Arkansas this summer due to the fact that the first 90 days I’m there is a probation period. Probably wouldn’t look to good asking for over a week off right after getting hired, anyway. My flight leaves early tomorrow morning.

i am special

i was the “special music” at church last sunday night. i was signed up without being asked, but kinda just let it slide. it’s been a long time since i’ve sung a “special” at church. i don’t like to do it, really. i’d rather be the musician in the back. i’ve played piano a couple of times, but that’s it.

at first, i was just going to play a little diddy on the piano and not sing like i have done before, but for some reason decided to sing and play the acoustic guitar right before going to church. as soon as i started singing, i began to just sort of let my self go and i lost myself in the words and the worship. it was the first time i’ve really completely let go of everything around me–the performance, the people, me actually playing the instrument–and just focused on the actual worship itself. as a musician, i usually tend to keep a little focus on making sure i sound okay, but this time i just closed my eyes and it was almost like i wasn’t even playing. i remember singing and playing, but then i don’t. i can’t explain that. it was one of the greatest worship experiences i’ve ever had and it would’ve never happened if i would’ve backed out like i initially wanted to do when i found out i was signed up.

i am special

i was the “special music” at church last sunday night. i was signed up without being asked, but kinda just let it slide. it’s been a long time since i’ve sung a “special” at church. i don’t like to do it, really. i’d rather be the musician in the back. i’ve played piano a couple of times, but that’s it.

at first, i was just going to play a little diddy on the piano and not sing like i have done before, but for some reason decided to sing and play the acoustic guitar right before going to church. as soon as i started singing, i began to just sort of let my self go and i lost myself in the words and the worship. it was the first time i’ve really completely let go of everything around me–the performance, the people, me actually playing the instrument–and just focused on the actual worship itself. as a musician, i usually tend to keep a little focus on making sure i sound okay, but this time i just closed my eyes and it was almost like i wasn’t even playing. i remember singing and playing, but then i don’t. i can’t explain that. it was one of the greatest worship experiences i’ve ever had and it would’ve never happened if i would’ve backed out like i initially wanted to do when i found out i was signed up.

shane and shane

i went to the shane and shane concert in marietta last friday. it was pretty good. i saw them once before in new orleans. i was on the fifth row center in new orleans, but here i was kind of off on the side, so i didn’t get the full sound experience. it was difficult to hear shane everett’s voice. once again, though, it was like listening to a cd.

scruggs style

I had never heard this term until a month ago. I played bass for a bluegrass music service at church and had my first up close real-life look at a banjo player. I’ve never seen anything like it. This guy was fast. I found out later that he’s a local favorite in the woodstock, marietta area up here in Georgia. I never saw any bluegrass in New Orleans, but it’s really popular up here I’ve found out.

Of all the instruments I ever thought to learn how to play, the banjo was not even on the list. Well I was so impressed with this guy, that I decided I wanted to try it out. So I found out that my church owns an old epiphone banjo. I am borrowing it right now and I am learning to play “scruggs style” made popular by a man by the name of Earl Scruggs, the guy who played the banjo for the theme song for The Beverly Hillbillies. I didn’t know there were styles either, but there’s also another style called clawhammer, which I’m not too interested in as of now. I’m going through Earl Scruggs and the 5 string banjo. Wish me luck.