As some of you may know, this week I was originally scheduled to be in the Dominican Republic and Haiti as part of a missions trip w/ World Vision. Unfortunately, they were forced to postpone the trip due to the recent severe storms and hurricane. They tell me the roads are completely under water, and the areas where we were supposed to go and visit are completely inaccessible.
When I heard the reason for the cancelled trip my first thought was, ‘isn’t that just more of a reason why I should go?’ I can’t stop thinking about what so many people, so many children must be going through in an area that is already in great need, now having to survive more devastation. And this time, people like me who do want to come and help, can’t even reach them.
These recent events have only fueled my desire to make sure the “Something to Say Tour” has something to say about those people, those children who desperately need our help more than ever. I couldn’t think of a better sponsor for this tour, and I can’t wait to see how people respond and say something about poverty, hunger, disease, and the need so many children have!
Well, the summer came to a fitting close last Saturday as the band and I took the stage one last time at one last end of summer festival. Awakening Music Festival in Virginia, just outside of D.C., drew over 7,000 people this year and we shared the stage with Skillet, Newsboys, among others.
And, I say it was a fitting end to our summer concert tour for 2 reasons.
1. It was so hot on stage, the soles of my shoes were melting…
2. It was an incredible festival, great people, and the crowd was awesome!
So, if you are reading this, and you were at the show, then you were part of the last show of the summer for me, and I thank you!
I’m home now, with a great big to-do list as I prepare for the Fall “Something to Say Tour.” Picking t-shirt designs, getting guitars worked on, designing the stage and lighting production of the show. So much to be done in these weeks leading up to the tour, and I hope I can get it all done…
Right now, first things first, I have to take Earl potty. She’s got that crazy look in her eyes… The job of a rock star is never done… Oh, who am I kidding? There ain’t no rock stars in this house!
I have just returned home today from a week of traveling. But this week of traveling has been different, to say the least. The band and I played Disney's Night of Joy on Friday night, but my family and I flew to Orlando a few days early to take advantage of a little vacation time at the Magic Kingdom. My daughter is just old enough now to be aware of what Disney is all about. She got to meet Cinderella, Belle, and Ariel from "Little Mermaid." It was so much fun to watch her interact with these larger than life characters. She loved meeting Mickey and Minnie, and the whole crew. It was crazy! The folks at Disney treated us with such hospitality, and I always look forward to going back!
We played 2 shows on Friday night in a theatre at Disney's Hollywood Studios. The crowds were awesome! So much energy, and the band and I had a blast.
But the fairytale week at Disney came to an abrupt end when I had to wake up at 5 am on Saturday morning, and fly out to Minneapolis. But don't feel too bad for me. What I did on Saturday was just as much fun. We played a concert in the Metrodome, right after the Twins baseball game versus the Tigers. You know I'm a huge baseball fan, so being on the field, meeting some of the players, I love all that stuff.
I will post some pictures as soon as I can. Anyway, that was my week, full of fun, (and a little bit of work) but mostly fun...
Now, it's back to reality, getting ready for the fall tour. Planning our set list, getting the band ready, scheduling rehearsals, stocking up on hair product... just kidding about the last one.
It will be a busy few weeks preparing for the 30 city tour starting to October. Plus, next week, I am going to the Dominican Republic with World Vision on a missions trip. Pray for our safety, as that area has been greatly threatened by hurricanes and tropical storms.
But I can't wait to see what God has in store for me there in the Dominican, and I look forward to writing all about it.