Ryan Stuart is the man.
And you add some other real men on stage, and it’s a ridiculous display of awesomeness.
We’re in week 2 of Andy’s “Staying in Love” series, and we opened with the old jazz standard “L-O-V-E”. Michael Buble, Nat King Cole, Natalie Cole, Frank Sinatra, and countless others have done versions. We actually used Natalie Cole’s version as a road map for our interpretation.
Ryan sand lead, with jazz masters John Carrozza (piano), Scott Meeder (drums) and Steve Florszykowski (upright bass) along side. And I was super proud of Steve Thomason and Brad Long on guitars keeping up – jazz isn’t normally their gig, but you’d never know it!
This tune was a giant winner because we only attempted it knowing we had the RIGHT PEOPLE FOR THE JOB.
DO NOT throw something like this at your young emo rock band. They will fail.
That’s one of the joys of having a deep, rich pool of players. You use the right people at the right time. Think of your players and singers as a toolbox, and choose wisely.
And Steve F. on upright bass is not one of our regular players. He plays regularly at a different church – which is super cool – and we’ll try and book him when we need to use his particular skill set (in this case, a killer upright bass jazz player).
Think of that as renting a specific tool from the Home Depot for a day.
Here’s a view of the opener (live in East) being fed to West. The giant High Def screen in the middle, with the IMAG on the side screens.
Eddie Kirkland joined the aforementioned aficionados and led worship in the East, while Seth Condrey led in West.
Seth did a lot of leading for us in the Spanish Service, and did a great job in the West.
Hands of the Healer (Eddie Kirkland tune that we’ve been doing for almost a year)
Jesus Reigns (new Todd Fields tune, on his soon-to-be-released CD)
Those are both gooood tunes. They’ve both got interesting, intelligent melodies verses. Meaning that they might not be the easiest to pick up right away, but have enough substance to keep you interested and excited as the song lives its life as a corporate worship tune.
The choruses of both tunes, however, are great. Easy, catchy, and rich with meaning.
Joining Seth on West were Mike Hines, Danny Howes, Wayne Viar, Richard Meeder, Mike Gleason, and Keith Thomas
Here’s the West, live…