The Tent

“Everybody ready?” asked the driver, “Here we go…”  The golf cart holding myself, my sister, mom, grandma and another lady bumped down the hill to the big white tent.  I was sitting on the back, facing the parking lot and had to turn my head to see where we were going.  The tent was decorated…

Favorite Son

When disaster strikes, the harsh realities of life rush in.  Our eyes are opened and we realize how blessed we really are.  We stand on the sidelines and watch others go through things that we can’t imagine.  If faced with the same circumstance, would our faith hold up?  What would we do, if placed in…

Spoiled and Spot On

Spoiled.  That’s a good word to describe oneself after a week of walking the beach by day and hearing Gospel Singing by night.  Spoiled?…most definitely.  It’s something I won’t deny happening to me while in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina for Singing in the Sun.  There’s something rejuvenating in being near God’s creation, especially in that…

God Hath Met With Us

The band played as I and a stream of other people walked from the exhibit hall to the main auditorium.  Four thousand people would be in that room for Friday night’s concert at Singing in the Sun.  Right then, the voices of those thousands were singing a medley of both old and new songs lead…

Something Different

The sun was past its zenith, the tide was out and the waves reached out to touch our feet as they sank in the sand while we walked along the shore.  To the pier and back; that’s as far as we would go.  Stretched out on beach towels and chairs were people trying to soak…

BFA and Birthdays

The Meramec Music Theater in Steelville, Missouri has a concert series every year for Gospel Music.  I was happy to be at the first concert this year in March with The Whisnants and also April’s concert with Brian Free and Assurance.  What made BFA’s concert extra special, was that it happened to be on my…

Pink Monkeys and Backslidden Guitars

Every seat in the Main Street Music Hall was sold on Saturday night…as it was last year.  The Booth Brothers were the featured artist for the closing night of the Great Lake of the Ozarks Gospel Sing and 1000 fans were in their seats and ready to go when Todd Foreman walked on stage.  After…

The Lesters and The Pat Barker Quartet?

Ah, yes.  I know you’re just dying to know what the title of this post is referring to…but alas, you’ll have to read the review to find out!  (I know, I’m mean.  LOL)  It was the second night of the Great Lake of the Ozarks Gospel Sing and if you haven’t already guessed, The Lesters…

Tornado Sirens and Gospel Sings

A shrill wail howled outside the hotel window.  Peeking between the curtains, I noticed a darkening sky.  Then the announcement blared over the loudspeakers, “Seek shelter immediately.”  I would’ve called the front desk, but when I checked in the guy behind the counter informed me that the hotel was changing phone systems, so the phones…

A Crowd That Talks Back

In Southern Missouri, winter should have be over and “done with” by the end of March.  Unfortunately, it wasn’t.  Bitter temperatures still clung to the air and cut through our jackets.  Yet, what we call the “desolate winter” concerning the amount of Gospel concerts one can attend between Thanksgiving and Easter was breaking.  For example,…