Alaska Bound

Dink.  The crew member handed back my passenger ID card as I stepped onto Holland America’s ms Westerdam for the first time.  The feeling of being on a ship again was exhilarating!  Pulling my carry-on luggage behind me, my mom, sister and I weaved around the hallways of the ship to our stateroom.  This was…

Beacon Park 2015

The grey clouds hanging above the hotel seemed to grow darker as noon approached.  The moment I stepped in the shower, the tornado sirens blared their warning of woe.  Not exactly a good day for an outdoor Gospel Sing, eh?  But over the years, both the fans and proprietors of Beacon Park learned to conquer…

Lake of the Ozarks Gospel Sing – Part 2

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not unto your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.”  – Proverbs 3:5-6 Every evening Todd would open the concert with prayer and a short Scripture reading.  The familiar verses above were the ones pondered Friday night.  “When…

Last But Not Least

The time on my iPhone read seven o’clock.  From the lobby, I could hear music begin in the auditorium through the speakers wired into the foyer.  As the past two nights of the Truthseekers Homecoming, we were looking forward to another wonderful line-up.  The guests for the evening were Greater Vision and The Mark Trammell…

Last Days at Sea

Fifteen minutes after we returned to the ship, The Paradise left Cozumel.  The idea of being on a seven hour excursion when you’re only in port for eight hours can cause some anxiety, but since it was a Carnival excursion it was Carnival’s responsibility to get us back to the ship.  Therefore, they couldn’t leave…

The Sun, the Sea and the Singing

This year I had a mission.  There was something I wanted to see, but it wasn’t just a port of call or an artist singing my favorite song.  I wanted to see the sun rise over the water.  Of course, there are photos online of such things, but I wanted to experience it in person. …

“Where Y’all Going?”

The Paradise glided along the waterway, slowly leaving Tampa behind.  On two decks in the front of the ship, passengers stood watching the city disappear and the water unfold before them.  Though this was only my second Singing at Sea cruise, I had a feeling that this part of the trip would become tradition.  There’s…

Who Said Egg Nog Wasn’t Good?

The second stop on the Home For Christmas Tour happened to be Vilonia, Arkansas…not too far from Branson.  So…why not! From the beautiful day before – when we sailed off into Table Rock Lake with highs in the sixties – we experienced frigid weather in Arkansas.  It was so cold that you could set Egg…

Home For Christmas on the Belle

I stood on the top deck, leaning on the rail and looking below.  A man on the ground was uncoiling a rope the thickness of my arm on the dock – it was almost time to sail!  Ever since the Singing At Sea cruise in February I’ve been looking for an excuse to be out…

CD Review: Home For Christmas – Mark Trammell Quartet and Whisnants

Home For Christmas was released in November 2014 by The Whisnants and Mark Trammell Quartet as the group’s first joint recording together.  There are twelve songs on this CD: four from the Whisnants, four from MTQ and four where both groups sing together.  This project combined traditional with modern, family harmony with quartet singing and…