I was a Christian rock guitarist, helping lead crowds to worship the Lord, in a past life. (I mean “in a past life” in the colloquial ‘a number of years ago’ sense, not the literal Eastern reincarnation sense.)
Signing autographs was always a weird ritual. We tried to be ministers more than rock stars, but signings are a must when you sell CDs and posters, which is a must when you want to put gas in the van, which is a must when you want to return home. Continue reading
The Cool Fam got its start in Gainesville, FL when I met Cool Mum at the University of Florida. In the ten years that followed, we dated, got married, and had Cool Boy. And I spent many evenings, weekends, and summers on a stage cranking out Christian rock music with my band Six Days From Sunday.
Four years ago, our family moved to New York City with the hope of finding direction in our lives. But the places and people of Gainesville will always be part of us, and it was good to see them again this weekend.
The band, with our friend Rob filling in on drums, was set to lead worship at a church on Sunday, so we practiced on Friday evening.
After practice, the guys decided to get a new perspective on the church. With my fear of heights, I politely declined with a “No freaking way you’re getting me up there.”
I’ve tried to teach the Cool Bros well. When someone does something nice for you, you say Thank you. When someone tells you Thank you, you say You’re welcome. I need to practice what I preach.
A friend posted this on Twitter:
I am guilty beyond measure. When someone thanks me, I’ll spit out a No problem! or a Sure thing! I might even lame out with a You bet! but rarely a simple and appropriate You’re welcome.
I think this condition started because of my band, Six Days From Sunday. We led music at various churches, camps, youth retreats, college retreats, and pet retreats across the country. When leading music, we guided the audience to think about and honor God, not to entertain. The thought of entertaining the crowd was actually a bad thing, that we were distracting people from focusing on God.