Dear Diary . . .


When I was young, I told myself that I was going to sing, and I was going to be associated with top-notch singers. It would have been nice to have become one of those singers, but I guess I should have set the bar higher while the window of wish-granting was open.

At 30, I can now look back and see that I hit the target and met my goal — some of my best friends are people you know and have in your CD players. Grammys, Doves, millions of CDs sold, performances at the Ryman, Carnegie, A Prairie Home Companion, videos on CMT and GAC, the list could go on for days. I’m glad these people are my friends.

In this video, a few of my friends and I are riding around Washington D.C. (shot about a week ago), and singing. Disfrute!

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Went great! The campus is beautiful right now. Had coffee with Nancy and one of her students, then went to see George Makowski for a moment. I miss it here.

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I won’t gush over DC for this post today.  If I let it go on too long, it’ll just be boring and everyone will think God help us if I ever go on a big trip!

After a long weekend with very little sleep, I woke up with a sore throat two days in a row.  I have this ridiculous trait that does that to me if I don’t get enough sleep.  So after Karen went to work (which is earlier than most of you are even awake) I went back to bed.  Sore throat’s gone for now.

Another beautiful day today in middle Tennessee.  I don’t think I ever want to leave here.  I went ahead and kicked on the air at my office.  When it starts hovering close to 80 degrees I figure it’s going to be uncomfortable for anyone who walks in the place.

The newscaster gave one of those teasers that baits you into watching out of fear that the warm weather may go on a short vacation soon.  I guess we are due a blackberry winter.  The grass is starting to grow as if it were mid-May so some colder weather will be nice to slow that mess down.

We leave for Florence, Alabama, Friday morning.  I’m still gathering information for the lecture I’m giving at the University of North Alabama.  It’s going to be on the historical-critical approach to 1 Corinthians.  So far I’ve spent a lot of time with Bart Ehrman’s Lost Scriptures and Jesus, Interrupted.  They’re must reads if you plan on becoming/remaining a Christian.

Besides content, the main things on which we’ll focus are the 3rd letter to the Corinthians, and the fact that Paul probably didn’t write any of the three books (letters).  Hopefully, the students will leave with a better understanding of a proper approach to the bible as a whole which will, in turn, help them study individual books without trying to connect one book to another as if it were a part of some larger story.

If anyone has any ideas for last minute research, bring it on!

Congratulations to all the Duke fans!  I lost interest when Tennessee lost to Michigan State.

Also, a huge shout out to my brother, Shane, who finishes his 28th year of life today and begins his 29th!  He and his wife have had a big year so far with the announcement of the soon-to-be-a-taxpayer, young ‘un named John Michael Mustain; due date: July 20th!

“Now usually I don’t do dis, but, uh, go ‘head on break ’em off with a little preview of the remix . . .” – the great philosopher, R. Kelly

Just putting up a quick pic’ to show the end of a great weekend in Fairfax, VA. From left to right: Chad Bahr, Josh Martin, Yours Truly, Paul David Kennamer, Jr.

I’m too tired to write much, but more is to come, minions.

Today was the peak day for the Cherry Blossoms, and it was amazing. Our president flew overhead while we looked at them–another surreal moment. At one point I was able to turn to one side and see the White House, then to another to see the Lincoln Memorial. As the Washington Memorial came into view, I immediately looked for and found the Capitol and took a deep breath while I soaked in what was all around me. Monticello, the Pentagon, the Smithsonian, Monticello, and on and on it went. It was a good day. I wish Karen had been with me.

This weekend I get to add another city to the list of places I’ve sung.  While Ive sung in Virginia before, I’ll actually be in Fairfax this time; totally new to me.  It’s actually somewhat of a Valor reunion since Paul David Kennamer, Jr. and Chad Bahr will also be singing. 

Just for grins I’ve compiled a list of states in which I’ve had the privilege to sing:

  1. Pennsylvania
  2. Maryland
  3. West Virginia
  4. Virginia
  5. North Carolina
  6. South Carolina
  7. Georgia
  8. Florida
  9. Alabama
  10. Mississippi
  11. Louisiana
  12. Texas
  13. Arkansas
  14. Oklahoma
  15. Colorado
  16. New Mexico
  17. Missouri
  18. Kansas
  19. Illinois
  20. Kentucky
  21. Tennessee
  22. Indiana
  23. Ohio

It’s sad really.  I’d vainly hoped that the list would be longer, but oh well.  I should count my privileges/blessings instead of being envious.

If you hear of an opportunity for a state that isn’t listed (well, any state really), please let me know!

For those of you who wondered about my speaking/singing schedule, here are the next few months as it stands now.  If you’re close by, come see me!

April

  • 4th – Fairfax, VA (singing): each morning service, Fairfax Church, www.fxcc.org
  • 9th – Florence, AL (speaking): University of North Alabama, 10 a.m. “Historical-Critical Approach to 1 Corinthians”
  • 28th – Florence, AL (speaking): University of North Alabama, 10 a.m. “Historical-Critical Approach to Revelation (pt. 1)”
  • 30th – Florence, AL (speaking): University of North Alabama, 10 a.m. “Historical-Critical Approach to Revelation (pt. 2)”

June

  • 18th – Huntsville, AL (singing): closed event

August

  • 14th – Owens Crossroads, AL: OC Church, this is an event with Broken, my nationally-recognized a cappella group

I’m not actively seeking new dates, but you’re welcome to give it a try.  At this point, I don’t really want to book anything musical without Broken, and I prefer speaking dates that are not religious in nature.  I know it looks like I’m doing religious lectures in April, but trust me, they’re not.  They’re bible related lectures in a course called “The Bible as Literature” in the English Dept at the University of North Alabama.

Lastly, keep your eyes open for an update about a slough of new speaking engagements in the fall (between 24-40, actually).  I’ll tell you more about that as things develop.  In the meantime, I hope to see you at one of the scheduled events.

This is one of the three that haven’t yet opened their eyes. They should be weaned and leaving soon, at least I think so. They’re much more mobile and curious.

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