Here I go, cheating again!
My special event for September actually happened on August 30th. Oh well, I am not in charge of a musician’s schedule!
|Steven Curtis Chapman in concert|
at Kuss Auditorium in Springfield.
After growing up in the traditional vein of hymns and sacred music, at some point in my life I wanted to have more applicable music in my home and in my car during the week. This is what I wanted my mind and the minds of my children to be filled with daily. This wasn’t necessarily what I felt needed to be sung in church on Sunday mornings, but it was the stuff of everyday life.
I was attracted to several different artists; some more so than others, as in any thing. I don’t know who first introduced me to Steven Curtis Chapman, but I liked his music. I could sing with this stuff, and I did do one of those memorable pieces on “talent night” at church—Lord of the Jungle. I hope everyone has forgotten that one.
I bought many of his albums and played them over and over. They are on the iPod and iPad today. They are relavent to everyday life. His web site calls it Christian Rock, but I always felt there was an acoustical element, making it more “folk.” (That’s what I told my husband anyway!) The songs appeal to old and young. He wrote and recorded I Will Be Here, a standard at many weddings; my daughter’s being among them.
I had seen him at UD during December 1996. I had a 13-year-old who liked his music, and I was about 5 weeks out from sinus reconstruction surgery. Although I LOVED this music, I thought my head was going to explode. It was a wonderful evening with friends, youth and adults alike, and a fond memory for always.
When I saw he was coming to Springfield, his wife’s hometown, I knew I wanted to be there. I have been listening to this guy for a LONG time! So hubby bought me the tickets for my birthday.
SCC has always looked much younger than he was, so much that you wanted to hate him but could not. He is 9 years younger than I. Last time I saw him, he was 34 and looked like he was finally in his twenties. This time, he’s looking his age. His family has been through tragedy (you can google this) and it shows.
My poor husband had to see the rockin’ side of me, and I am not sure what he thought of that. When SCC brought out the banjo for Heaven in the Real World, I wasn’t sure what arrangement we were going with. It was new, but it was interesting! By the second half, we were “saddling up our horses, we had a trail to blaze” singing The Great Adventure. Yes, he sang I Will Be Here; even Jerry knew that one.
We sang worship pieces that I knew from praise team and other sources and ended up with Dive. It was a blend of high-energy, yet resolving to the seriousness of faith and importance of the place God has in our lives. It was worship.
This was special. I don’t do concerts all the time and I don’t do Christian concerts all the time. I hadn’t seen Steven Curtis Chapman in years, and there’s really only one more Christian artist definitely on my bucket list.
Michael W. Smith.
All songs are copyrighted Steven Curtis Chapman.