Hymn Sing Taping at Indian Trail Baptist Church

Shuttle buses maneuvered through the parking lot to let folks off at the church doors while guys in neon yellow vests directed even more cars to various areas of the lot.  I stood watching from inside the church windows and thought, “Where are they putting all of those cars?” Just that morning, my friend and…

Singing At Sea Cruise | Friday

It’s the last day of a cruise, how do you spend your time?  Plan every hour down to the minute and pack in as much as you can?  Find a chair on deck and relax? I’ve found that the answer varies from cruise to cruise, and this year, I took a more relaxed pace on…

Singing At Sea Cruise | Thursday

Thursday morning, my alarm went off at an ungodly hour.  The only thing that kept me from hitting the snooze button was three excursion tickets to Chichen Itza predominantly displayed on the counter in front of the mirror.  Now that was worth getting up for… Unfortunately, the Windjammer wasn’t open at 6:00 am to eat…

Singing At Sea Cruise | Wednesday

Sea days.  Some like to sleep in, some like the fact that you don’t have to be anywhere and can just relax, and then some like to use the extra hours on the water to see as much singing as they can.  This year, the latter was me. My host group had a private concert…

Singing at Sea | Tuesday

Tuesday dawned. It was the first full day of my fifth Singing at Sea cruise and I was looking forward to the first port of call on the trip – Key West, Florida.  But before we could explore the southernmost point of the U.S., my mom and I went up to the Windjammer and had…

Singing At Sea Cruise | Monday

Tampa, Florida dawned bright and sunny the day I boarded Brilliance Of The Seas for the 2018 Singing At Sea cruise. Though it felt strange to be wearing a sleeveless blouse in February, it felt rather good to be somewhere hot.  (When I left home that week, it was 15 degrees.) I’ve been a big…

The Mark Trammell Quartet in Silva

I think we can agree that the best way to start a new year is with Gospel Music. Surprisingly, when 2018 rolled around, I didn’t have to wait long to find a concert to attend.  In fact, I only had to wait five days.  That’s quite unusual for Missouri.  We’re known for having ice that…

A Christmas Spectacular at the Fair Barn

The sun sank behind the hills of North Carolina, causing the lights inside the Fair Barn to cast a warm glow on all who entered the historic building in Pinehurst. It was the last day of November, an official start to the holiday season and a time for the community to come together for a…

Greater Vision – Burlington, NC

New Hope Baptist Church is known for being the starting place of the Burlington Revival – a three month revival with Evangelist C.T. Townsend that took place two years ago…which people are still talking about.  In addition, fans of Gospel music will recognize Burlington as the hometown of Greater Vision’s tenor, Chris Allman.  But, the…

Girls and Guitars Tour – Greenwood, SC

The doors opened at six o’clock for the Girls and Guitars concert in Greenwood, South Carolina at Rice Memorial Baptist Church.  Though the sky had darkened and the temperature turned chilly, it didn’t keep folks from lining up around the building.  And it’s no exaggeration to say “lined up.”  The line ran the length of…