Rockin’ In the Free World

This weekend I once again get to live out a small piece of my childhood dream of being a rock star. My good friend and former bandmate, Matt Evans, will be leading worship for a Disciple Now weekend in Scottsboro, AL and has graciously asked me to join him again along with our buddies Clay and Heath (also known as The Untouchable Rhythm Section–actually no one calls them that, but those guys deserve a title). Each time I have a chance to play with these guys I try to come up with a good idea for a temporary band name. To date my ideas haven’t been taken seriously. For this weekend I submit that we call ourselves The Upper ‘Bama Boys. Chances are the guys won’t go for this one either but it’s worth a shot. It is a great improvement over the other ideas I had for this weekend. My other temporary band name idea was Ear Canal but I decided to scrap it because I felt it failed to capture the spirit of the group. My third idea was Finger Pullin’ Good but that’s just disturbing.

Lyndsay and I are scheduled to arrive at Matt’s home at approximately 2:30pm (‘Bama time) after which we will load up our gear and head over to Scottsboro for set-up and rehearsal. Since Matt, Heath, and Clay are such great musicians, rehearsal will no doubt be an absolute breeze. That is, assuming that I can effectively remove the proverbial cobwebs from my lead chops. It’s rough to move back into that role after so much time spent as a worship leader in which I am basically a rhythm player. But thanks to God’s grace it always seems to be like riding a bike and it all comes back to me after some practice.

Now this brings me to another point. Back in my band days I was quite animated on stage and very nimble to say the least. Now that I am pushing 30, a question has entered my mind: how in the heck was I able to leap that high while still playing the right notes? Maybe I’m just getting too old for rock n’ roll.


Josh H.


5 Responses to “Rockin’ In the Free World”

  1. April 2, 2008 at 5:11 pm

    As someone who knew you when, I loved the energy you had on stage. I don’t think 30 is nearly too old for rock n’ roll. Just look at the Stones – after the nurses help them on stage and out of their wheelchairs, they’re ready to go! Anyone who says Mick looks like an arthritic monkey nowadays is just wrong.

  2. April 3, 2008 at 5:56 am

    “how in the heck was I able to leap that high while still playing the right notes?” simple, you didn’t play the right notes.

    Actually, you did, you play really good.

  3. April 3, 2008 at 3:05 pm

    Thanks for the kind words, man! We’re really looking forward to it!

  4. 4 kev
    April 3, 2008 at 3:50 pm

    Re: “maybe I’m getting too old”

    Have you ever watched a baseball game and seen the first baseman stretch as far as he can so that the throw beats the base runner? Ever seen a first baseman stretch to the point he’s doing a split?

    Yeah, that used to be me. I could do that.

    Today, I’m lucky if I don’t pull a muscle after sneezing.

  5. April 3, 2008 at 6:23 pm

    Thanks for the kind words. I enjoy getting a chance to play with you guys.

    I’m glad i’m not the only one who thinks about temporary (or maybe someday permanent) band names. I can’t remember any of the ideas I have had, but I will occasionally pop out a good one.

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