As I mentioned in my previous blog post, this year I am focusing on my live shows. 

My normal concert format is to do solo concerts in the church itself.  While I am playing and singing, I am also running a Keynote presentation (Apple's version of Powerpoint) behind me. So when I am playing the keyboard, the right foot runs the sustain pedal and the left foot runs the wireless mouse for the Keynote.  When I play guitar, I only have to worry about one foot.  It does take some coordination and some practice, but I think it is worth it. Personally, I think it can be a little awkward to just watch one person sing and play.  So I have given the audience something else to look at while the show is going on.  Often there is a real interaction between myself and what is happening behind me on the screen, but at other times, it's just kind of interesting "factoids" about Jesus or about the song itself. It also means that I can do less talking during the concert, and let the presentation take some of that.

I have been practicing almost every evening getting the concert ready, and once I have one under my belt, the next ones should require less practice.  

And, of course, the reason that I am doing these concerts is so that people will hopefully know and love Jesus just a little bit more.  They don't have to love me, that's not the point. But I do need to be confident and proficient enough that I don't get in the way.  Sometimes bringing the Gospel to others means hitting that E flat chord correctly!

The first concert will be Monday, and I am very much looking forward to it.

Praised be Jesus Christ, now and forever!

 

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