Just wanted to jot some thoughts down about our recent Canada tour (and by tour I mean the two concerts in the Toronto area we just played) and the passing of our beloved drummer, Andy. First of all, NO he is NOT dead, but God has called Andy away from us, so I am lamenting that like a lost relative. The truth is, he lives about 5 minutes from me and I see him at Target and I know we'll hang out at some of the Soul Sister Sally gigs, but I'm having trouble dealing. I tend to complain a little when God brings change, and in my heart I know it would be a sad comment on my faith in Him if I wind up doing the same thing too many years from now to do anything else, but I hate change, especially if everything is going well, and everything has been going very well.
However, the sendoff was amazing. You might think we should have had a concert in Atlanta to send him off, but I doubt we could have gotten the kind of response and warm support that we received from the Toronto crowd. As for everyone, the news of Andy leaving has been pretty abrupt, so when we announced it that night, there was literally gasps from the crowd. I think that speaks volumes about how much Andy has been a part of this ministry. Well, when Mark started talking about Andy and what he meant to us, there was a standing ovation, and everyone in the house was showing love to a laughing sweaty big hearted drummer who has no trouble with talking, but had no words for that moment.
We watched the "Andy Show" from the Lifesong tour, which is kind of like watching a circus parade go by at 80 miles an hour. Andy also did his last drum solo (for me always a highlight) that was full of emotion more than the first one he ever did was full of nervousness. I think Mark asked him right before we played that night, and it has been a crowd favorite ever since. And just before the encore, Andy thanked everyone in the crowd for 6 very great years, but I think he was thanking everyone we have ever spoken to, shook hands with, heard our songs, or has been blessed by anything we have done.
Well, as for me, I have no idea who I'm going to get into trouble now. Who am I going to talk into doing things that I'm too lazy or scared to do myself? Who will keep us laughing, and on tempo? Only God knows, but as for me, Andy is my favorite Casting Crown.
Except for Melodee...and Mark
but not to leave out Hector, Chris and Megan.
Andy is definitely in the top 5 to 7