What I did this weekend:
First off the weekend started with a bit of a let down. Earlier this Fall I applied for an Artist Grant through our local Arts Guild, and was SO SURE I'd be the recipient of some grant money that would provide some needed funds for equipment, maintenance, and the start of a solo project, but it was not to be. I received my "rejection" letter on Friday. Thankfully, I had some busy days ahead to keep my mind off of the rejection and keep me moving forward doing work I love. Here's a brief synopsis of what my weekend looked like:
Saturday was spent recording with the Philips Sisters down at a lovely home studio in Wake Forest, after the session I taught a couple of drum lessons here at my home studio, and then rehearsed with Thad Cockrell and his band for a show next weekend at the Pour House in Raleigh.
Sunday morning, I played at the Chapel Hill Bible Church, and saw the spirit of God move over the congregation and the worship band...man it was pretty intense. The congregation was asked to come up front and stand near the platform and sing together for the last hymn. It was such a powerful moment and ended with many of us in tears...It was so neat to hear so many voices joined together like that - and so close. Usually the space between the platform and the congregation is so far that I can't tell if the congregation are singing, but with them up close - it made for a pretty intense ending to a wonderful morning of worship.
After church, I taught a couple of drum lessons, and then headed off to Emmaus Way for an evening service there. Christa Wells was sitting in tonight which was a treat! I'm looking forward to hearing the podcast on Wednesday when it gets posted over on the Emmaus Way site. Christa sounded great, and I thought our little "band" (Wade on vocals/ acoustic/ bass, Justin on electric guitar, me on drums) supported her well, though we only played one of her songs. The rest of the songs were ones we had done before by EastMountainSouth, Sarah Groves and Maria Mckee. Christa joined in on these as well, adding keyboard rhythm and pads along with some wonderful vocals. I changed up my drum kit set up a little bit tonight - using a Djembe with an attached snare contraption (ala Jay Bellerose), that I could switch off and on depending on if I wanted the Djembe to sound like a "snare" or just a regular hand drum. I liked the sound a bunch and to feature it on one of my "Tricked Out Tuesdays" drum loop posts.
I was telling a few people early today that my experience at the Bible Church was one of those, "you should have been there" moments...rare and unrehearsed where a lot of cool things just happen. It was pretty remarkable, and it felt as if God was in our midst. There were moments like that tonight at Emmaus Way too. I really thought tonight's set was one of our most powerful nights of music at Eway...and I'm glad I was "lucky" enough to be a part of both of these services today!
Tomorrow, I'll be teaching my usual lessons and then later on rehearsing with Luego for our show in Charlotte, on Dec. 4th. This will be my first time playing with Luego, and I'm looking forward to it!
I'm really thankful for all the opportunities I get to play music. I don't take any of this lightly. Creating, playing and collaborating with others, in other words - making music - is something I treasure so much. It's been a busy weekend, and I've got a couple of busy weeks coming up - but I'm so thankful for the work, and the joy that I experience working with so many talented folks.
As always, I'm on the lookout for more opportunities to make music...why don't you contact me about your next project? I'd love to help you out howvever I can. Oh, and if you haven't tried leaving me a message using Google Voice - give it a try...just follow the directions below!