An amazing week with some amazing people. Being given the opportunity to share a stage at least twice a day with some great friends/musicians for a week is just great. Even if that stage is located in Butlins and you're getting the worst nights' sleep you've had in a while on a mattress that should have been thrown in the bin at least 20 years ago. I can't actually begin to describe how awful these mattresses were. All that was left of them were the springs. Horribly uncomfortable. But anyway. I digress...
For those who aren't familiar with Spring Harvest and what they do, its essentially a big ol' christian holiday. Have a look at http://www.springharvest.org/ if you'd like to find out more.
Led by the wonderful Lynsey Berry, the band (Dave Holden, Ciara Titchener, Ben Trickey, Bubba McCarthy) and myself led worship at Iscape, the Spring Harvest Youth venue every morning and evening for the week. It was extremely tiring, and we were all really worn down by the end of it, but it was a brilliant experience. We even managed to bust out a couple of Isreal Houghton tunes by the end of the week! (But with Ben Trickey on the MD mic, is that any surprise?!)
Although I was playing Lapsteel and Mandolin for the majority of the week, Ben and I were given the opportunity to teach a masterclass in Guitar within a Worship context. We invited the 30-ish young musicians to explore the differences between playing a regular 'gig' and playing in a worship band, as well as some common sounds and arrangement techniques within contemporary worship music. We also got some of them to have a blast through our rigs at the end. Very rewarding experience, if anyone reading this was there - please leave a comment about how you found it, I'd love to hear your opinion!
Here's a few shots from the phone...
In other news, it was unfortunate to hear of the passing away of Baroness Margaret Thatcher today. It was also extremely unfortunate to see the torrent of hatred and disrespect that appeared on social media sites afterwards.
Now, I'm no expert on politics, nor the era of British history in which Thatcher was at the helm. I have a basic understanding of what state our country was in, and some of the things that Thatcher saw fit to do about it at the time. A friend of mine summed up my thoughts on the matter in a far more eloquent way than I could hope to in my own words;
Forget the simplistic caricatures: Maggie Thatcher did some things that were abhorrent and some that were good (as anyone who lived through the sclerosis wrought by 1970's Trade Unionists using their positions to fight the so-called "class struggle" will agree.) Like all politicians she was corrupted by the power she sought to use for good, but unlike any politician since, she stated loud an clear where she stood and left the voters to decide whether or not to vote for her. She-devil or Goddess? Neither: just a woman in a tough job.
There also seems to be a large case of what The Daily Mash have, hilariously, summed up HERE.
Whatever your opinion on The Iron Lady, let's have a bit of dignity and show a bit of respect for her, and keep her family and friends in our thoughts and prayers at this time shall we?
I'll leave it there for now...