Man, 5:00 came extra early this morning, since we rolled in from Florida last night.
When your kids are 4 years and 9 months, there’s no such thing as “taking a vacation”. Don’t get me wrong – we had a wonderful and memorable “family trip”, but Jennie and I are now officially ready for a vacation…
But at least it was great to see two sweet bands that were gelling well – and little did I know that a party was going to break out.
Now I knew we were in for a Rock ‘n Roll treat with this week’s Worship Leaders, but I guess I hadn’t planned on the bands joining it – or the crowd for that matter!
Danny Dukes (on East) and Chrystina Fincher (on West) were both put on this planet to one thing: Rock and Roll for Jesus.
And that is exactly what they did today.
I told someone after the 9:00 AM service that I wanted to tie Danny up in a bow and take him home.
Danny’s not a virtuoso vocalist, and some may raise an eyebrow if they hear him soloed in the studio. And that’s OK – he’s not ignorant of that. Instead, he has the rasp of a Rock veteran – seasoned and substantive. A melange of Joe Cocker, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Ronnie Van Zant, Brian Setzer, Bob Seger, and John Fogerty.
But to truly appreciate Danny, he must be witnessed.
He has a natural, contagious energy and charisma that oozes from the stage. It’s a youthful vibrance and effervescence that is unabashedly joyful. You want to follow him. You are engaged by the twinkle in his eye that you somehow discern starts deep in his soul, and is a mere reflection of his love for his Savior.
And through it all, you actually expect nothing less than this salt-and-pepper haired 50 year old to be wearing faded Chuck Taylors. Which he does, of course.
And Chrystina’s no slouch either! This week’s tunes also played to her rock strengths as well. While she is certainly capable of a tender ballad, she rises above the crowd when she gets to put power and “oomph”.
Let’s put it this way – one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen her do is “Rock and Roll” by Led Zeppelin for DRIVE conference and also for Married Live Live.
Robert Plant would be proud 😉
And I don’t know if it was the combination of folks on stage just vibing with each other more than usual, or what, but I’m pretty sure there were some times I looked on stage and saw some of the guys having too much fun 🙂
Yep – I was actually pretty jealous I wasn’t on one of the stages this week…
How Great Is Our God
These are 3 fun, kickin’, meaty tunes that played to the strengths of the leaders. I’m real happy we did that set, even if it may have been a bit dated.
We finished off Andy’s series “Letters To The Next President” today, and set up the sermon with a bit of a thought provoking tune found deep in the recesses of iTunes. That search feature comes in handy every once in a while.
It was a country tune called “Hey Mr. President ” by the Warren Brothers. Nope, we’d never heard of them either. But it’s worth a listen – pretty good lyrics (although a tad sappy…)
It ended up being perfectly suited for Danny’s voice, plus Jeremy Moyers was playing electric this week, so we had him bring his pedal steel rig.
Jeremy’s a steel veteran, having recorded and toured with lots of major label country groups, including a multi-year stint with Lonestar. So needless to say, it was as authentic as you get, and it added a ton to the tune. So big props to him, ’cause he’s the only one in our camp with that gear and those chops.
East Band – Danny Dukes, Mike Hines, Jeremy Moyers, Ashley Appling, Richard Meeder, Trammel Starks, Dee Dee Maillian
West Band – Chrystina Fincher, Jayce Fincher, Mike Gleason, Danny Howes, Danny Grady, Scott Meeder, Mike Bielenberg
What led YOU to worship this week?