Memory Monday – The Steve Miller Band

Lately, I’ve been enjoying a new podcast from a blogger friend of mine from Canada. His name is Stacey and you can check out his blog site… and his podcast, Stacey Robinsmith Is A Dad In The Burbs.

In episode 8 he spends a few minutes talking about the Steve Miller Band concert that he went to recently.  Hearing his account brought back my own Steve Miller Band concert experience.

It was April of 1996. My wife, who was my fiancee at the time, and I had really good seats to see The Steve Miller Band at Hilton Coliseum in Ames, IA. Back then, it was the go-to venue for all the best concerts.

The show started off really slow. We didn’t recognize any of the songs. Then Steve mentioned that they were taking some time to play some of their new tunes. The crowd wasn’t rude… but they really weren’t that receptive either. They wanted to hear the hits.

By the time they broke for an intermission, my wife and I were really bored and hoping the 2nd part of the show would be better. I figured it had to be because we were more than an hour in and had yet to hear any of the songs that put them on the rock n’ roll map.

Being in a college town, there were several Iowa State college students sitting right in front of us. They were just as bored as we were. “This sucks, man. We should leave and hit up some parties,” said one of them. His buddies agreed and they were gone.

What they didn’t know is that they left minutes before The Steve Miller Band took the stage for a second set that was basically a live version of their greatest hits. The Joker, Jungle Love, Space Cowboy… they didn’t leave a single hit out.

The crowd, that was sleepy in the first half, was up, dancing in the aisles, and singing along.

On the drive home, my wife and I both remarked how disappointed those college kids would be if they knew what they missed out on.

Have you ever been to a concert that started out slow but finished strong?

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Album Review: Girl Going Nowhere By Ashley McBryde

It hasn’t even been out a month but Ashley McBryde’s Girl Going Nowhere album has quickly become one of my favorites. McBryde is an excellent songwriter with a knack for writing relatable songs. When she sings them with her powerful voice magic happens.

I’ll be honest Ashley McBryde wasn’t even on my radar until she stopped by my radio station recently to hang out, share some stories, and sing a few songs. She was funny and engaging. The type of person you’d love to sip some whiskey with around a campfire swapping stories and songs.

McBryde either wrote or co-wrote all 11 songs on her debut album. I thought I’d share a few of my favorites on it.

Girl Going Nowhere – This title track is awesome! It’s a see, I told you I could do it anthem whose message is don’t let anyone step all over your dreams.

Radioland – As a guy who spent a lot of time listening to the radio growing up, there’s a lot in this one that I can relate to.

Southern Babylon – This one is interesting. It’s bluesy, sexy, and seductive. I don’t know of any other female country singer that could pull this one off. McBryde does it effortlessly.

The Jacket – This song’s opening riff reminds me of a Tom Petty song and then it works into a sentimental journey. Makes me wish I had a jacket or two to give to my daughters.

A Little Dive Bar in Dahlonega – I love the message of hope in this song. It’s a reminder that bad things don’t always have to end badly. You might have heard this one on the radio as it’s the first single from the album.

Andy (I Can’t Live Without You) – This starts out like a bitter love gone wrong song that eventually works its way into a tender story of real, honest love. With just a guitar to back her up… this one really showcases McBryde’s voice and her ability to tell a story and bring emotion to a song.

El Dorado – This song makes me want to turn the radio up, roll the windows down, and cruise.

What’s your favorite Ashley McBryde song?

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Weekly Verse – Grace & Peace

Social media drama. I see it daily. You probably do too.

Most times when it shows up in my newsfeed I don’t know all the players involved so I’ll follow along to see the final destination of the drama train. Someone will usually throw a popcorn GIF into the comments as if to say, “I’m not going to weigh in. I’m just here for the show”.

The whole situation is like an “internet train wreck” that you don’t really want to see but feel compelled to sneak a peek at.

On the other hand, it’s uncomfortable to work your way through a contentious thread when the social media drama involves a lot of people you know and respect. The popcorn GIF isn’t as funny when a majority of the participants are acquaintances, friends, and neighbors battling it out with snarky comments and differing opinions.

It’s threads like this that I always want to comment on but never do.

There’s really no way to win in a social media situation like this. With all the emotion present, you’re not likely to change anyone’s mind… and you open yourself up to attack… even if you try and walk that fine line down the middle of the disagreement.

At the end of the day… when the drama dies down… and everyone moves on to the next “internet train wreck”… you hope that all involved can forgive and forget. That they won’t be as rude to each other the next time they see each other in person as they were online.

At the end of the day, you pray for grace… and peace among friends.

“Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior. Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.” – Ephesians 4:31-32 (NLT)

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