Ugghhh…. Holidays are great and all, but they sure do get you off your schedule. Seems like Tuesday and Wednesday are just for playing catch-up for what you couldn’t do on Monday.
Are you with me, people??
OK, well, here’s a look at this past Sunday….
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Every once in a while one of my hair-brained, off the cuff comments actually becomes a reality. Y’know when you say something expecting a laugh, but are delighted when people actually say “Yeah – that’d be fun!” That’s what happened this past week.
As we looked at Andy’s 4-part series “Staying In Love”, we had margin to put in specials 3 of the 4 weeks. So two of them were love songs (“Faithfully” week 1, “L-O-V-E” week 2). Week 3 was consumed by celebrating the graduating High School seniors, and we wanted something special for the final week.
So I threw out the idea of a cheesy lounge/wedding singer doing some schtick and some wonderfully classic/horrible love songs – complete with the powder blue tux.
Well, that idea stuck – as long as the right person was available. And, by God’s mercy and grace, he was!!
Brandon O’Dell is an unbelievable talent – actor, comedian, writer. He writes for The Re:Think Group, acts professionally around town, and is one of our KidStuf hosts.
Imagine a taller, lankier Steve Buscemi who loves Jesus, and you’ve got Brandon…
As the concept progressed, it turned into Brandon – as wedding singer Chet Maxwell – rolling out his “audio cart” to the middle of the stage. A rolling audio rack, complete with mixer, CD player, and the coveted tape deck all the way at the bottom.
“Chet” introduces himself and the series, “They’ve asked me here today…” Then proceeds to do the verse and chorus of 4 of the greatest (cheesiest but recognizable) 80’s love songs.
The Power of Love – Huey Lewis
I Just Called to Say I Love You – Stevie Wonder
Hello – Lionel Richie
I Will Always Love You – Whitney Houston (oh, yeah – he did the big key change into the out chorus!!)
What sent the whole thing over the top was the idea to use wretched MIDI tracks, easily found for free on the Internet. They end up sounding like a child programmed them on their Casio. Wonderful. Horrible, but wonderful…. 😉
The whole thing was a big hit!
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God is Alive
Glory to God Forever
Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)
East Band – Steve Fee, Matt Adkins, Heath Baltzglier, Brandon Coker, Jared Hamilton
West Band – Chrystina Fincher, Steve Thomason, Jayce Fincher, Danny Grady, Doug “Slug” Mitchell, Trammell Starks