The concert on Thursday night was another great evening. We didn't have a full arena but those that were there were great fans and an enthusiastic crown. I think it was because it was a Thursday evening in the winter. We never know if the weather will let us travel to make plans ahead of time. This year the we lucked out and the weather cooperated. In the past I'd see bus loads of groups coming from all over New England this time the busses were missing.
Being that it was a Gaither Homecoming show the artist just kept coming. Many that we all know and treasure that threw in some new materials that showed us how they've grown. Some new face too that the crowd loved seeing. I had some anticipation knowing that Michael English was taking some time off after his surgery - who was going to he replacement? hmmmm. Russ Taft came out similarly dressed as Bill - Green shirt and a vest. Ahh ha it must be Russ - but they already have Mark as the baratone. And the replacement wasn't Russ it was someone different - Marshall Hall. What a great suprise and treat. Waiting for the GVB to come out kept us on pin's and needles. But the wait was well worth it. They began their set with Alpha and Omega - one of my favorites and just kept going, and going and ... they were everready bunnies. Marshall is as good as he's always is. He took the lead on a number of songs that he's know to lead in the past. Mark continues to be the jokester and I think his voice was stronger, must have taken that ritalin because he was in rare form. Bill had a nice tribute to Gloria who wasn't there but was in spirit. Wes and David traded off on the higher notes. Wes leads on some of the selections are giving him an opportunity to round out as a singer. This mix of talent of the GVB just seem to complement each other so well in every way.
But David was the one I was waiting for. I don't know how he does it, he delights me and the crowd every time I see him perform and there's never a disappointment. David seemed to be nursing a cold, but you didn't hear it in the voice. I didn't see any effidence of the cold untill the 2nd half of the show when all the artist sing and back each other up on their music selections. The tell tale sign of a tissue was all that gave gave it away. Again how does he belt out the music, hit those high notes when not feeling the best? He certainly does come to the show ready to please all of us that came to enjoy the music and message.
I met up with another member of the board at intermission, we had traded phone # so she reeled me into her location. She came with a big group from Cape Cod - now that is a fan. This is the 2nd time we've met at a performance. It was just so nice to see her and her friends again. I tried looking up another member from this board, but I guess it just wasn't meant to be. Perhaps next time we can make a connection. My attempt to find her did give me some fun asking other audience members so I met some very nice participants.
Bill talked about touring around Worcester, I wonder where they went? Worcester has some nice restaurants or mabe they took in the Art Museum. Worcester is what it is, nothing fancy. But we do have a new arena in town - the Hanover Theatre and the lovely old Mechanic's Hall where David's played before. Maybe they were checking them out. I know Signature Sound is coming in May to Mechanic's hall.
It was a late night and a very early morning on Friday, but I'd do it all again for a chance to see this performance. Thank you David and all the artist for a great night.