Hi! Would you guys like another post about how busy I am? Great! I’m pretty sure that’s all I have to talk about these days.
Tonight is the first night I’ve been home for the evening with no guests in eight days. Eight days! That is out of control. This past week was GMA (Gospel Music Association) Week, which basically means that everyone connected to Christian music is in town for a whirlwind of interviews, showcases, parties, meetings and general insanity. Both of Aaron’s bands were in town all week and we were all running around like chickens with our heads cut off.
Aaron and I drove up to Clarksville to see the guys play at some kind of town festival thing. Good crowd, fun hang out time with a couple of other band and all the Airheads you could eat. Very nice.
The band (and two wives and two kids) came down to Nashville to settle in for the week. I took the wives on a sweet tour of homes where we decided to just buy one big fancy house for all of us to live in.
After having our first youth service in ten months (which, yay!), I hosted the families at our house while Aaron took the guys to an interview. Then we tried really really hard to go to a wine tasting party with Sheryl Crow, but alas, it was not meant to be.
Monday was showcase day! You may remember last year, when I declared Aaron’s showcase day one of the best I’ve had. And I stand by that. This year he did it again, this time showcasing Danyew as well. It was the first time I’ve seen him play live, and you guys, it was pretty freaking great. (Shameless plug: download the ep for $5! Totally worth it! ‘Close Your Eyes’ and ‘Turnstile’ are my favorites.)
Now, obviously I am biased. But I have seen the band play a bajillion times, and I’m pretty sure the show on Monday night was the best one I’ve seen. Part of it was definitely the (packed!) club atmosphere, but they were just on that night. Which was good, since the place was full of managers and bands and radio guys. We finished the evening with dinner and pint night at Flying Saucer, and to top it off the booking guy picked up the tab. Excellent.
Tuesday I actually had to work, which was kind of a bummer as all I wanted to do was sleep all day. But! Since Tuesday was the only night the guys had off, we loaded up and went to the Nashville Film Festival to see Hands On a Hardbody. Do you know about Hands On a Hardbody? It’s a documentary set in east Texas about a contest where a dealership gives away a (hardbody) truck to the contestant who keeps their hand on it for the longest period of time. It is amazing, and you need to stop reading this blog, go find a copy, and watch it immediately. They showed it on the big screen at NaFF and it brought me so much joy. Here’s a clip of my favorite character.
Wednesday was a crazy work day for me. It is already the busiest day of my week, and this Wednesday was extra special because one of my senior girls was with me all day for her Senior Shadow Day. It was super fun to have her around all day, and it was really cool to get to show her what I do all day. Regardless, I’m pretty sure she still thinks my job consists of leaving facebook comments and looking for new ways to embarrass teenagers. The guys had a label party that night, and afterwards we ended up, again, at Flying Saucer. I love that place.
Thursday! Thursday was the big day. The band was nominated for three Dove awards – Best Rock Album, Best Video, and Best New Artist. By this point in the week all of the wives and girlfriends and children of the guys had made their way into Nashville, and I spent most of the day running us all around town looking for last minute performance shoes and lip gloss and double-sided tape. We got all dressed up and made it to the Grand Ole Opry just in time to sit there for the SIX HOUR duration of the Dove Award preshow and telecast. Holy pajamas.
They performed (I can’t find video, but here’s a pretty sweet picture) at the beginning of the show, and biased or not, they were great. Christian music is the land of bland midtempo blahness, and they brought some seriously needed energy to the room. They didn’t win anything, but just in the last twenty-four hours Aaron has gotten a ton of response to their show. So we are counting it as a win.
Overall it was a great, if crazy week. I am tired, and Aaron is about twelve times as tired as I am. But they did what they came to do, we all had a good time, and we looked great, if I do say so myself.