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Easter on Schweitzer Mountain

This morning at 6:30am, we boarded the quad in the village at Schweitzer Mountain and rode to the top for a sunrise gathering of believers, to celebrate Easter. It was very cold, especially as I tried to play guitar chords. But it was so worth it. It was a wonderful morning that embodied the significance of Easter for me - the victory Christ holds over death. And I can't think of a better way to celebrate his life than by standing among his awesome creation and surveying his handiwork for miles in all directions. I got to participate by leading the group in three songs. As my fingers stiffened and hurt, my mind was so thankful for Christ's love for us.


Ten Out Of Tenn Rocks

At work on Friday, I was listening to 95.3 KPND as I often do. Mr. Johnny Knight, the morning DJ, plays a game where callers have to identify a film from a short audio excerpt. On this Friday, I happened to hear a clip from Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy, and my ears perked up. Piced up the phone, dialed the station, got through, answered correctly, won tickets to a show in Spokane. Awesome! Never heard of the band. Not to worry, there is a wonderful music discovery tool called "the internet." Check it out.

Anyway, I found my way to http://reverbnation.com/tenoutoftenn and was quite excited by what I heard.

The show was Monday at the Alter Knit Lounge in Spokane, and it was incredible! There were way fewer people there than there should have been. About 50, I would say. We had a table right up front and center. The songs were great, the musicians were fun, the chemistry was good, the alcohol was flowing, the kids were with grandma.

I really urge any of you interested in good music to check out this compilation. It'a a group of musicians from Nashville who decided to pool their panache and fan base into a fun tour where each of them plays about 2 songs per night. The rest of the musicians back up whoever happens to be in the spotlight at the moment.

After the show, the band just hung out. They didn't have anywhere to be until 3 or 4 am (bus call) when they'd travel to the next town and sleep in the way. We got to chat with most of them, and give them props for a job well done.

Matthew Perryman Jones finished the night with his new (soon to be) hit Save You. He then proceeded to tell us that he had a song on One Tree Hill that night, so the bartenders turned it on and we all watched together as the song he'd just played, played in the background of the show's ending scenes. He was ecstatic. The other musicians were so happy for him. We were all gathered at the front of the stage, watching the tv. It was a beautiful moment.

Then, to cap it all off, Jeremy Lister grabbed a guitar and we proceeded to sing, in a standing circle at the front of the stage, Bob Dylan's I Shall Overcome. Man, what a night.