One of the most common questions I get at concerts is “so what is it like getting to travel on that bus?’ I think if every artist was honest the answer to that question would be “not very enjoyable.” So why would anyone do this job? Well, let me explain.
My family just returned from a quick little get away to Pigeon Forge. We originally were going camping at the request of my daughter. She turned 16 on March 23rd and I was in Canada. So I told her that when I returned we would get away for a few days and celebrate her birthday. I was truly shocked when she said she wanted to go camping! But you have to understand that her version of camping is not the norm.
Those of you who know me probably realize that I am not the tent camping type. So when Kylie says camping, she really means get an RV. So I rented a trailer and we were all set. That is until my wife found out that our rental agreement clearly stated no pets. We then set out to try and find someone to keep our beloved dog Chewy. When no one could be found my wife and Kylie decided to skip the trailer and get a pet friendly cabin.
All seemed to be great. We are used to last minute changes in plans and we as a family are very good at just going with it. What we didn’t realize was that because it was a holiday weekend, all the cabins were booked. But once again my wife came thru and found a place for us to spend a few days.
When we arrived at the cabin we quickly realized that it was not what we were used to. It was considerably smaller, and it had a lot of residences around it. We generally try to find something that is somewhat isolated and we love to open all the windows and enjoy the view. That was not possible with this cabin. The view consisted of five single wide trailers and three private residences. So needless to say the windows did not get opened and the only thing we did on the deck was cook.
But here is why I shared this. WE HAD A BLAST! Yes you read right. We had an incredible time together playing games, enjoying the fireplace, talking, and just enjoying the blessing of being able to be together. I am blessed with a family that enjoys each others company so truth be told, that cabin was perfect for us for that trip. We focused on the fact that we were together and everything else seemed unimportant!
That is the best explanation that I can give for what it is like traveling on a bus. It’s a small space, there’s no privacy, we don’t really get to see anything but the venue, and every exit really looks the same, BUT IT’S STILL THE GREATEST JOB ON EARTH! I can only speak for our bus, but I can assure you that most of the people who are privileged enough to get to sing Southern Gospel on a full time basis would agree.
Everyone on this bus knows why they are here. It’s because we know this is what we are supposed to be doing! We are called to this life. Each of us realize just how truly blessed we are to get to do this. So everything else seems unimportant! We also get the bonus of people who share with us how our music has touched their lives or helped them thru a difficult time. It is truly a humbling experience! What an incredible thing to be a part of.
Stay tuned for the next blog when I will share with you a few of the reasons I feel that right now is an exciting time to be in Southern Gospel music.
Until next time…..