Monday, September 01, 2008

Hello Love

I don't believe in luck. Period. It doesn't exist in Toddworld. Good luck. Bad luck. It doesn't matter. I don't put any stock in it.

But if I did believe in luck, I would have to say I got pretty lucky this last week.

I entered a contest from a radio station. I don't do that very often. (If you don't believe in luck, it doesn't make much sense to enter contests.) I did it on a fluke. I didn't think anything would come of it. But dadgum if I didn't win. What did I win, you are wondering. I won tickets to a Chris Tomlin pre-release mini-concert.

Chris Tomlin's new CD, Hello Love, hits stores tomorrow. He was in Tulsa on a promotional tour. I won tickets for Lisa and I to go see it. So we did the bad parent thing and pulled the boys out of school and hauled our family across the state.

I love Chris' music. I love listening to it, playing it, singing it, praising to it, worshiping with it. And to see Chris live and sing and praise right along with him makes it that much sweeter an experience.

This was a limited attendance event. There were only 300 people in attendance. So this was definitely an intimate experience. It was held in the historic Cain's Ballroom north of downtown Tulsa.

Chris only had a guitar player and keyboardist. It was only acoustic guitars, no electric.

Chris came out and played 4 previous released songs to get everyone in a right frame of mind and spirit. Then he began to share about the new release. He played a couple of the songs live and a couple he played through the speakers because they needed to be heard with the choir and full instrumental accompaniment. He ended with a few more songs from previous albums.

The total concert was only 1 1/2 hour. But it was well worth the trip across the state. I wish it had been a little longer. And I loved hearing the stories behind the songs. The extra bonus was that everyone in the audience received a copy of the CD plus got the chance to have Chris autograph it and get a picture taken.

One of the fun providential moments happened when we pulled up. We ran into a colleague and friend. He had also won tickets. So we had an spontaneous, impromptu double date.

Of the new music, Jesus Messiah has already gotten airplay on Christian radio stations. But some of the music has been played on the Passion tour which is on college campus across the world.

One of the great new songs is God of This City. The CD is worth it for this song. I can't recommend this new CD enough. Plus there is a limited edition Worship Leader version that includes a second CD that has chord sheets and music as well as videos about the music for all of the songs.

And if you get the opportunity, go see Chris Tomlin. He will be in Amarillo in February. I wonder what the weather will be like?