Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Monday's Epic Post

On the road again, I just can't wait to get on the road again.  The life I love is making music with my friends...on the road again, like a band of gypsies we go down the highways.

Willie Nelson
(See bottom of post for rad video)

I guess we should start with breakfast.  One thing I've done this year is start our days a little later than in the past.  Fringe benefit: I don't have to untape doors at 6am.  Getting up at 6:30 instead of 5:30 is amazing.  The youth also seem to benefit from the hour, as they generally get down here in greater number to enjoy the amazing breakfast our hotel has to offer.  By amazing, I mean I've never seen so many sources of sugar in one place.  Except when I watched Willy Wonka.  The original one with Gene Wilder.  Please don't even mention the other one.  I can't make myself watch it.

Isn't the brotherly love exhibited by Andrew and Simon amazing?  At least brotherly love is what my brother called it when he put me in a headlock or duct taped me to a saw horse.

I'm not sure what gang signs Maya is flashing in that picture.  I think she was trying to make the picture so I wouldn't be able to use it on the blog.  Silly girl.  That's the best way to get your picture on the blog!!!

I shall tell you now a tale.  It's a tale of two Adrians.  Most of you know the sweet Adrian.  Thoughtful.  Kind.  Helpful.  Salt of the earth.  But then there is the other.  This is the one that comes out at breakfast when she gets close to chocolate.  Please, please, please do not try to take her chocolate away.  I don't want to see what happens.

The good news is that we have Wesley back as our bus driver.  I may have mentioned that yesterday.  But today during breakfast we got this great picture of him.  And we didn't ask him to do his best Popeye impression, but I feel like we got one.  Wesley's awesome, by the way.  I think half the kids would have chosen not to come if he weren't going to be driving us.

I can't decide which caption to write for the picture below, so I'll write both of them,  You can vote for your favorite in the comments below.

1. That's me in the corner.  That's me in the spotlight losing my religion.
2. Nobody puts John in a corner.

Our concert was at the Levine Children's Hospital.  This is our second time to sing here.  Last time half the choir wound up in tears.  No breakdowns this year.  I love this venue, though.  A pretty, open space to sing, and the broadcast our concert over the whole hospital.

Shout out to the roadies.  When we arrive at a venue, we figure out how much of our equipment we need, and the youth bring it in.  Paul helps get it all set up.  I like Paul.  He's a great roommate too.

After Carrie introduced us, we started singing.  This concert was a little different because there wasn't really a gathered audience.  Courtney counted 92 folks passing by, pausing for a while, and moving on (or standing there the whole time, as a few did).  We have no way of knowing how many people watched us on TV, but we're told it is a lot.  I'm going to consider that unknown millions.

A few other interesting things happened at the concert.  Uncle James showed up!  Always great to see traveling fans.

It's a shame this picture is sideways.  So suave.  They're standing in front of a studio that produces the video for the hospital.  They have a person on staff to make that happen.

Some of the youth were very excited that Vance Joy was scheduled to appear at the hospital at 1:00pm.  Since we sang at 11:00, they decided we were his opening act.  This is remarkable because Vance Joy is the opening act for Taylor Swift (even though she was not scheduled at the hospital).  Still, many of the youth are claiming that we are indirectly an opening act for Taylor Swift.  I'll leave it to Jonathan, our new communications guy, to figure out how to publicize that.

I'll put in a couple of videos.  One is the whole choir singing their opening number.  The second is a closeup on the tenors.  Take a look at Steven.  He gets it.

The rest of the day was more or less a bus ride.  Three movies.  Two meals on the road.  For the second time in 10 years, there was an incident requiring cleanup in the back of the bus, and I will forever be grateful to Curt for taking one for the team and doing the dirty work.

While on the bus we watched Legend of Bagger Vance.  I. Love. That. Movie.  When it was over I did a short devotional about finding your place in the field--finding your authentic swing.  It's tempting to write the whole devotional here, but unfortunately you'd need to have seen the movie and it would take longer than I have at the moment.

The most important point, though, was that finding the thing you are meant to do is the way to find a job that never seems like work--and that it's never too early or late to start looking.  And, I said, I know that I have found my place in the field when I get to work with and enjoy this youth choir.

Got into my room and found this lovely note from the cleaning staff.  I sure am glad my sheets and bed cover were cleaned just for me.  It gave me pause, though.  I didn't have one on my bed the night before.  Honestly, by 1:00am or so when I get to bed, honestly it might not even matter.

People Served Today: 92  + unknown millions
Cumulative Total: 112 + unknown millions


  1. Did you know that Willie Nelson died?

  2. They indirectly open for Taylor Swift...yes, but I listened to them before they were cool :)

  3. Willie's not dead, it's a recurring hoax. Check snopes.com

  4. John, it's my fav (okay, 2nd fav) joke of all time. Thanks for setting it up for me.