Again, sorry for the delay on the road stories (the actual events took place on the night of March 13, 2009) but here goes. This was the first official night for our new drummer Brian Scoggin. (we'll do a "Meet Brian" blog later, but in the meantime, hang with me). It was kind of cool, because Andy came to see us off, and give his best wishes to Brian. When we got there, I can only tell you that I basically chased my 2 year old son around Hobart arena until it was time for lunch, then until it was time for nap. We had an extra long sound check, because we here at Casting Crowns have some sort of aversion to actually being prepared, or practicing while at home, or liking when we sound good.(I keed, I keed) Actually, the practice was pretty good, and Brian had played with us before. We were also biting our fingernails, because Hector was headed in from the ATL on an airplane to try to spend as much time with his new son as possible.
Right after soundch-practice, we were greeted by the Mayor of Troy, Michael Beamish. He presented us with pins of the city, and some really fine medals with the city crest on them. I'm thinking of having mine fashioned into a crazy cool medallion. I can tell you, I don't remember if we ever had a Mayor come out to thank us for coming to his city, so we felt pretty welcome. Also, shout outs to Richard for taking some sweet pictures of me and my guitar that you will see on the Vesper website soon, and Catherine for hanging out with us. Prayer time was great, and we got to hear some of Brian's testimony on how he was saved and how he came to play the drums.
All I can say about the night was it did not stink. We had a couple of technical mishaps. For instance, when we started Lifesong, the cool daddy background stuff we usually have on tracks decided not to behave, and we played it sans coolness. But the thing that makes up for all that in any situation is the people who came. The worship was very nice, and we met a lot of cool people, some folks stopped by during the intermission and after the concert to ask about my guitar and get a couple of pictures. By the way, if you have any send them in, and I'll post em.
Thanks again to Troy, and all thier cool peoples, I hope we're back soon. It looks like Ohio likes us, you really like us.
But Love Jesus