So this weekend was action packed!!! I had a lot for the time that was allotted for “the weekend.” None of it was dull….
So one of my college buddies had sent me a message over Facebook about a month ago. Said he needed a tutorial on some guitar electronics and also a fresh approach to playing guitar. (Skip to Friday…) He picked me up from work and we jetted over to the church for a glance at his new effects processor, a Line6 PodXT pedal board. I must confess, I did like it. After only a few moments, it was fairly easy to navigate. We spent a couple hours on programming and trying sounds that he would need for his upcoming “gig”. Afterwards, we trailed back to the CityView Loft to grab some MEAN grub (that my awesome and fantastically super Lovely cooked up for us) and some ZZZs. Saturday was a 2.5 hour guitar lesson that began with a Mountain Dew, some Reese Cups, and a Coke and ended with loud guitars and one dead voice…mine. We thanked each other and he drove off back to his homestead.
Soon it was time to get ready to go to the Gov’s house for the quarterly birthday dinner. (It’s a long story, but a brief glimpse at this confusing epic…I, by marriage, and now related to a former Governor of Alabama. Our collective family is so HUGE that we get together 4 times each year in order to make sure that we don’t miss anyone’s birthday.) So Saturday was the Birthday Dinner for the Jan., Feb, and March birthdays (mine included). I had never played my guitar and sung before for that side of the family in the nearly 5 years that I’ve been married to Lovely. So I promised that I would play. Within a song or two, I had nearly 20 people singing Lynard Skynard’s Freebird with a couple of the kids holding their cell phones up like they were at a concert. In between songs, I played bits and pieces of requested tunes like the intro to “Stairway to Heaven” and “On the Road Again.” Also there was a generous amount of songs played by James Taylor and also a requested “I Can Only Imagine” by MercyMe. After this, my voice was shot. We had a BLAST!!!
On to Sunday, we had an awesome time at church with a challenging message based on Mark 6 and Luke 4 and respect and honor to God and the blood of Christ. There was also the heart-felt worship time. (Downloads of sermons will be uploaded soon. Click here to link to download page.) I’ll divulge into my thoughts on the sermon a little later…another blog entry perhaps…
This weekend was fantastic and wonderful gift. I was surrounded by all of the things that push me and encourage me. I had plenty of time with Lovely and Lil’ Bear and loved on them. Old friendships updated, family gatherings, and plenty of playing music.