Yesterday I think I saw more performances than any one person should be allow in one day. The day started meeting up with Phil and hanging out with him and his brother. After a while Phil needed to sound check so I left and wandered around until I found myself at the venue where Jars, Third Day and Switchfoot were going to play later in the night. I said hi, sat there a while watching my phone battery die and then left.
INO Records was hosting (I don’t know if that is what it’s called but it sounds good) a showcase with a handful of their artists, including Phil so I went that way to catch that. I think these little showcase things are fun simply because the artists played two or three songs each and then there was another one. Addison Road, Phil, Sara Groves, Caedmon’s Call, Derek Webb, and The Afters. It was awesome to see some of those folks play and hang out a bit.
After that ended Wes and I walked a few blocks over just in time to catch the beginning of Swithfoot’s set. Now I have see a lot of shows in my day, and I have even seen Switchfoot a few times, but last night they put on, what could quite possibly be, the best live rock show I have ever seen. They blew me away. They have come a long way from Chem 6A that’s for sure. Unbelievable entertainers and if you haven’t seen them, now is the time. They are about to head out on tour with Jars, and Third Day and the show is pretty amazing.
It had also been a while since I had seen Third Day so it was cool to see them play some new stuff. And by the way, Mr. Mark Lee, brought his “A-Game” last night. A genuine rock and roller that guy is. There were even some new things he was doing on old songs that blew me away. They put on a great show as always.
About half-way through Third Days set I walked back out to the back of the room and saw a group of the cool-kid bloggers. Randy and his wife were there, along with Anne and her husband, Chris and Heather but no Carlos. They had all come over from the Compassion Dinner and stopped in to see the show. I felt like the geek in high school that was waved over to the nice popular kids table. Come on, we all know the feeling. It was cool to hang out with them for a bit and talk loudly about blogs. All very, very cool folks. When that ended it was about time to head home, but I ended up talking to Anne and Chris in street about blogs, and “the industry”, and books and critics. We talked way past our bed times and then I headed home, but it was cool to get to know them a little better.
All in all, a good day. Today I’m not sure what the plan is yet, but I’ve got some diapers to change, I do know that.
Okay, here’s the deal. I don’t know everyone in the Christian Music Industry. Not by a long shot. There are tons of people I have never met, and tons of people that I may never meet, but I wanted to try something this week. Pretty much everyone in the industry is here this week and I may or may not bump into a few of them.
So what I want t know from you is, if you could ask one Christian artist one question what would it be? Comment the artist and the question in the comments and I will try to track down that artist and ask your question. Who knows, it could be fun.
What do you think?
This week is a busy time here in Nashville. Everyone that lives here can attest to that. It’s GMA week and even if you don’t have anything you have to do, everyone from the industry is here doing things they have to do, and it’s like a big reunion.
So far I have managed to keep my calendar pretty open but I know that it will fill up fast. Yesterday I had a great lunch (meeting) with Spence about blogging and social networking and all that. I love talking with people that “get it” and I don’t look like a crazy person when I am talking about blogging. Today is pretty free, but I have a lot of things to get done before the weekend. Then tomorrow, I will be headed to Chattanooga to hang out with these guys and their crew and answer a few questions. These guys will be there too so I’m excited about that. Then on Saturday I will head to Jackson, TN where these guys and these guys are playing a show together, so that will be fun. Stay tuned because I heard that there might be some MercyMeTV stuff going on that day. Sunday I have a meeting with one of those mass text messaging companies to talk about… well… mass text messaging, and Monday there are a few different options of things that might happen. That will start the week, and from there I’m sure it will get busier.
I know a few people have contacted me who are coming to town for GMA Week, but if you are in town let me know on my contact page. Maybe if we get enough people here we can do a blogging dinner get-together type thing. You know a big group of us.
Have a great morning.