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Monday, February 05, 2007

Re:Create Day 1 - Wrap Up

What a night! Word Music Group hosted a great writers night featuring Michael Farren, (from Pocket Full of Rocks) Mike Weaver (from Big Daddy Weave), Adam Agee (from Stellar Kart), Jason Roy (from Building 429), and Mark Roach. There were some really great songs that WILL be featured in some upcoming worship services very soon.

The highlight of the night was the surprise guest: Amy Grant. I could say so much about her set, but let me say a just couple of things:
  • I had a huge crush in Amy during high school. in college, we had the life-size cut-out of Amy (the one from "Unguarded" where she was wearing the leopard-print jacket on the cover...) in our window in the house I lived in with four other guys.
  • "The church" has mistreated Amy Grant. Remember when she was the first Christian cross-over artist? She was labeled a sell-out and her passion for Christ questioned. She was (to the best of my remembrance) the first person to consider herself a Christian entertainer (so that she could reach a larger audience in the end), and "the church" just didn't get it.
  • Amy was very brave to come sing to a group of people from an organization that has pretty much turned its back on her.
  • Amy ROCKED! It was incredible to "see" the voice I've listened to for so many years. It was surreal in a way. The falsetto licks... the pronunciations... it was all there.
  • The last song she sang, a song she wrote to help her memorize Ephesians 6, was like listening to the ultimate culmination of her entire career. It was brilliant.
My final thought it this: I cannot believe that THE MOMENT I stepped out of the room, JVo got his picture with Amy. Dang!



Blogger John Voelz said...

i am telling you, i wish you were there, man. amy thought you were a stalker though. she mentioned how glad she was when you left the room.

February 06, 2007 2:58 PM

Blogger John Voelz said...

p.s. you can see my amy picture at www.johnvoelz.com. it's the one without pat.

February 06, 2007 2:59 PM

Blogger clayburkle said...

boy do you get around. i remember you (well really your blog) from drive'06. i'm watching re:Create from afar, because my boy Ted Williams is down there representing c-bus. track him down and give him a hug for me.

February 07, 2007 7:58 AM

Blogger TopherMax said...

When I gave you my Blog link the other day, I gave you the wrong one. I gave you the old one. You can link to my new blog here.

February 07, 2007 2:41 PM

Anonymous Flugel ONE said...

Interesting comment about Amy being mistreated by trhe church. I vaguely remember that. I also remember many of us praising her for her ability to reach so many because of her branching out into the secular community.
Amy was not the 1st. Many Years before, Pat Boone was similarly ridiculed. He was the Christian "heartthrob" in the 50's. BJ Thomas quoted Pat Boone " I'm not a Christian Entertainer. I'm an Entertainer that happens to be a Christian". There's many of us Professional musicians that happen to be on the same page here. KC, the old trumpet guy... :)

February 09, 2007 9:22 AM

Blogger Pat Callahan said...


You cut me. You cut me real deep.

February 10, 2007 8:53 PM


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