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2008&General&GMA Week23 Apr 2008 12:21 pm

as i’m sitting here now, i realize that i didn’t spend much time talking about what went down yesterday at all… well, part of that is because it was a blur and part of it was because i was trying to get the make-up entries done, which pushes back current entries, creating more back-up entries and the cycle continues… so here today is what happened yesterday…

09:00 – 11:30 interviews with Stephanie Smith, Warren Barfield, Brandon Heath, Brooke Barrettsmith, Fireflight and Krystal Meyers… yeah, a six block… that’s the blur… i did also chat a bit with Third Day in the middle there, but it was off the record, though i also got the record, if you know what i mean…

11:45 – 12:10 Lunch and cooling off in the hotel…

12:30 – 02:00 interviews with Chris Taylor, Jadon Lavik and Thousand Foot Krutch

02:10 – 02:30 quick chat with my co-workers, heading down to the press room to get ahold of a publicist with hopes of relocating an interview…

02:30 – 03:00 emails, etc while sharing a table with JR, Da T.R.U.T.H and their peeps…

03:00 – 04:00 interviews with esterlyn and Hello Kelly

04:45 – 05:45 FOB-FOB… flat on back, feet on bed…

06:00 – 07:00 Dinner

07:00 – 09:30 Inpop / Midas Showcase… Hosted by Jimmy Needham, featuing Julian Drive, Article One, Paul Colman, NewWorldSon, Rush of Fools, and Superchic[k]

10:00 – ??:?? unwinding with the NBA playoffs, The Office and whatever else was on…

How’s that?

peace… love… bdg…

2008&General&GMA Week23 Apr 2008 02:33 am

The last make-up post involves one of the highlights of the week’s event every year: The Songwriter’s Showcase… i would’ve done this one earlier, but i didn’t have the list in front of me… last year this event was hosted by Mark Schultz and Mandisa, but this year, they went with Bart Millard and Mark Hall of MercyMe and Casting Crowns, respectively…

Bart opened the night with a stripped down version of “Bring the Rain” which is up for song of the year and then Mark Hall rejoined him onstage and they introduced the first of three sets… included in set one was Cindy Morgan, Mike Weaver (Big Daddy Weave), Everyday Sunday, and Rush of Fools… Cindy was easily the best of the bunch, scoring the first “wow” moment of the night with her unedited version of the Point of Grace hit, “How You Live (Turn Up the Music)” and Everyday Sunday seemed nervous and/or starstruck as they introduced and performed “Wake Up! Wake Up!“…

after a pretty humorous interlude with Bart and Mark, the second group came out on stage… Chris Tomlin and Louie Giglio started this group off with “Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone“… now, i guess i didn’t explain this very much, but the idea is that the songwriters come out on stage and perform the songs even when someone has made it famous… it’s generally an acoustic version of the song, rougher, and often more authentic and moving… anyway… Brandon Heath performed “I’m Not Who I Was” and he sounded very true to the recorded version, which seems to mean that he’s as authentic on the album as he is in person…

and then came “wow” moment number two… Steven Potaczek comes out on stage and he kind of looks like Andy Kaufman with his hair and no one seems to have a clue who he is or what this song, “How Big Can Small Be” is going to sound like… as such, not too many people were excited to see him walk over to the piano, but once he started playing, everyone was captivated… Steven and his wife are part of the 1000 Generations team and apparently won the songwriting competition at this past year’s GMA in the Rockies… it’s clear why…

Following that was Joel Lindsay and Sue Smith with what was apparently a big hit in the Southern Gospel world, but a song that did nothing for me, “He Erased It“… and then came Toby… i’m not sure i can rate it as a “wow” moment, but Toby came up and kicked into the opening verse of “It Takes Two” by Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock before performing a very cool version of “Made to Love“…

More Mark, more Bart and then more music… Group three was solid… Sanctus Real, who came out last year and blew me away with an acoustic version of “I’m Not Alright,” returned with “wow” moment number three, an acoustic version of “Don’t Give Up“… followed quickly by “wow” moment number four: Leeland and Jack Mooring performing “Tears of the Saints“… simply amazing as always… Natalie Grant’s latest hit, “In Better Hands” was given a nice treatment by the trio of writers and “By His Wounds” was introduced by David Nasser and performed by Mac, Mark, Travis Cottrell and Shane Everett…

Mark Hall closed out the night with “East to West” and mentioned something about our lives being nothing but a closed fist in Heaven… something i still cannot quite decypher…. Anyway… a great time was had by all…

peace… love… bdg…

2008&General&GMA Week22 Apr 2008 04:01 pm

Sorry about the flood of entries, but last night, i couldn’t keep a connection actve for very long and i ended up just shelving a bunch of entries before i finally turned in for bed… just one of those nights, i guess, which started with, yes, missing Robert Randolph and the Family Band… they didn’t show up and Jars of Clay played instead which is fine, but, since i’ve seen them before, i finished up my chicken fingers and headed out to try and catch the INO acoustic showcase that featured Sara Groves, Caedmon’s Call and The Afters among others…

The Bourbon Street Blues is a club that happens to be on a rather seedy alley… i actually walked past it, because i didn’t see their sign behind all the signs for showgirls and, believe it or not, nude karaoke… even if i were into visiting those types of places, i’m not sure that even sounds like a good idea… anyway… moving past that i came to the club as Sara was clearing out and heading over to her other performance… Despite missing her, though, i did get to see Derek Webb with Caedmon’s Call sing a few tunes and i saw The Afters play their mini-set… both were quite good…

After that, i headed back over to the Wildhorse Saloon and got there in time to catch the Switchfoot portion of the Music Builds show in its entirety and i must say, the’ve come a long way sing the last itme i saw them… when they were done, we decided to take off and get out of the sweaty, packed club, bypassing the Third Day set… i got back to the hotel pretty early (11-ish) and struggled to get some work done while the connection kept dying out… i’ve just noticed that the pictures did in fact upload last night and you can see them all at Flickr… hopefully, i’ll be able to add some descriptions and such later, but at least you can see them… off to another set of interviews… more on today, later…

peace… love… bdg…

2008&General&GMA Week22 Apr 2008 04:00 pm

peanut butter jelly time, peanut butter jelly time, peanut butter jelly with a baseball bat… okay… after dinner we had the choice between the traditional worship service – this year hosted by Michael W Smith and featuring Israel Houghton among others – or the new tradition, which is the Peanut Butter and Jelly, hip-hop on the rooftop party featuring many artists from Syntax Records and Illect Recordings… Chris and the gang went to the Ryman, while i climbed the stairs of the McKendree Center…

It was absolutely great to be able to see JustMe and Sintax.the.Terrific perform finally… i feel very good about that… it’s always good to see the whole illect crew and even without a suite this year, it’s still something of an oasis in the midst of the whirlwinds that surround conferences like this… i walked in as PageOne and DJ Because were working on their set and got to see all of Just Me with MC Till helping hype the crowd and then Sintax… Next up was Soul P and then the Syntax cats took over and kept things rolling.. elsewhere in the building, i happened upon T-Bone crushing some barbells in the weight room while i took a call… all in all, a good night of hip-hop…

peace… love… bdg…

2008&General&GMA Week22 Apr 2008 03:59 pm

Since i’ve written a handful of album reviews for CCM magazine, i was invited to a Salem sponsored celebration of the 30 years that CCM has been in print… i headed down to SATCO (San Antonion Taco Co.) for some free nachos and some chatter, how-do-you-do’s and i suppose what they call in the biz, a bit of schmoozing…. Not much of a schmoozer, i didn’t expect to stay too long, and had planned to hit up PF Changs with Chris and a couple friends…

It turned out to be a pretty good time, rather encouraging to realize how many people are at least aware of who i am in this world… and i was glad to have stayed long enough to see Jay (the most recent editor of the mag) present a plaque that included the cover of the first issue and a cover of the final issue as well as some words of thanks to John Styll, current GMA President and original editor/creator of the mag… really touching event actually… they had cakes with the covers printed on them as well and i took some pictures, but i’m not entirely sure if they’ve loaded up online just yet… my connection seems to be acting up tonight…

peace… love… bdg…

2008&General&GMA Week22 Apr 2008 03:59 pm

Going back in time a bit… registration went pretty smoothly, though it was in a different place than it has been… in fact, a lot was different – even beyond the revamping of all the resteraunts (one sold out and became a Quiznos)… it was an interesting day leading up to that point… it was as if i had met up with an old friend, but didn’t have anything to talk about, leaving us drenched in awkward silence as we try to remember what it was that we liked about each other…

see, the first year i came down, i was welcomed with a warm embrace… i was at what seemed at the time like the top of my game… i had justsigned on with CMCentral, there was talk of revival, and all seemed to go quite well… last year, my second GMA, was shrouded in sympathy, hope and the excitement of meeting up with friends… my situation had apparently been the talk of the town shortly before my arrival and it seemed that it was a year to re-establish myself, reassure my contacts and move on…

this year, it started out really slow… i almost felt out of place amongst the unfamiliar faces… i expected it though, and i figured that it would work itself out… it has and i’ve officially caught my stride, sore legs and all, but i just wonder if there will come a time when i’m the strange cousin that no one wants at the reunion, but everyone knows they have to invite anyway…

Anyway, at registration, i met up with Chris from The Bridge and we caught up and people-watched for a while, spotting lots of fun folks, artists and otherwise… said hello to some of the folks that i work with at my dayjob and moved on… and now, we’ll move on…

peace… love… bdg…

2008&General&GMA Week&interviews21 Apr 2008 05:08 pm

One more interview to go, and i had to break plans and run back up to the hotel for another cooling off… now that i’m up here, i’d be lying if i said that part of me doesn’t want this interview to get cancelled… it’s nothing personal, because i really do want to speak with Matt Brouwer, but it’s so very comfy up here… i could almost curl up for a nap… right… now…

anyway… i have to say that i’m pretty happy with the events of the day thus far… the five-block of interviews went well and even though i felt a little like a doctor, running behind schedule, i really wasn’t… the clock in one of the rooms was about 6 minutes fast… and the day is just beginning, really… Robert Randolph and the Family Band!… i’m just really excited about this concert… which makes me slightly nervous about whether or not it will work out…

welp. time to transform and roll out as my boys would say… more later…

peace… love… bdg…

2008&General&GMA Week21 Apr 2008 01:14 pm

So that went pretty well… i’ve always enjoyed Grits on one level or another and it’s good to catch up with them… as always, they have “big things planned”… so, as promised, no more punches to roll with and i’m back up here in the room cooling off with a cup of half frozen Dr. Pepper with the a/c cranked… seriously, it’s probably in the 50s in here and it’s awesome…

lunch was yummy and i have a few minutes before i’m needed anywhere else and i’m watching another segment of Sportscenter as it repeats in endless loops… The Predators lost their final playoffs fame yesterday and a lot of traffic around here was quite disappointed…

well, i have a few things to prepare before i head out again… i’ll be trying to work things in here and there and i’ll get some fun stuff posted asap…

peace… love… bdg…

2008&General&GMA Week21 Apr 2008 11:56 am

slight fog of being tired, slight buzz of excitement, yep… i suspect i’m ready for the first batch of interviews…

there seems to be a lot going on in Nashville this year… in my hotel particularly as there’s always a flashmob of tourists from England or somewhere that breeds a similar accent… made breakfast a bit of an adventure since it was quite crowded and loud… but there was plenty of bacon, cinnabuns and coffee to go around, so i’m not really complaining… i headed back down to my morning interviews which, after a disappointing cancellation with Derek Webb, meant BJ Harris, a classically-trained illusionist and Mike Farris… then a two hour break…

Well, i got to the BJ interview a few minutes early to find him locked out of his hotel room (i’m sure there’s a joke there – an illusionist locked out – but i’ll pass) and then headed down to the McKendree Center to interview Mike… only to find out that Mike’s sick and he cancelled his interviews about ten minuted before i got there… Rolling with the punches, i headed down to the press room to see what there was to see before heading up to my room for some down time, time to wake up, time to relax, time to write…

Then my phone rings, or sings as the case may be, and yadda, yadda, yadda… i have an impromptu interview with Grits now in about a half hour… then, i’ll hustle back up to the room, cool off in this glorious a/c and eat some leftovers from last night’s PF Changs for lunch, before resuming my normal schedule with a Chris Sligh interview…

oh, nice… Sportcenter is using Paramore’s That’s What You Get as a backdrop for Top Plays…

anyway, i’ll have about five back-to-back interviews starting at 12:30 with a little room to breathe after that… so, we’ll see how much i’ll get written… i’ll do my best…

peace… love… bdg…

2008&General&GMA Week21 Apr 2008 02:01 am

i’m entering the twentieth awake hour of the day right now… granted it was a 25 hour day for me with the time change, but i’m tired… i think i mentioned that before… many apologies for the lack of consistent updates today, but silly me apparently didn’t shut down my laptop all the way this morning and the battery drained sometime between Dulles Airport and the hotel…

since i’m tired, i’ll just make some promises before i turn in… i promise to write some updates tomorrow about the following: registration, people watching/celebrity spying, Salem @ SATCO, Peanut Butter Jelly Time (take TWO), and the songwriter showcase… and that’s just the make-up entries… i’ll also be interviewing illusionist BJ Harris, Mike Farris, Chris Sligh, Salvador, Needtobreathe, Paul Alan, Ayiesha Woods and Matt Brouwer during the day and hopefully, cross my fingers, seeing Robert Randolph and the Family Band in concert with Switchfoot and Third Day tomorrow night…

but now, i must sleep…

peace… love… bdg…

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