After a nine-month hiatus from doing concerts at our farm, I’ve decided to start back again with weekend shows beginning in September (on a Friday & Saturday night), and also in October, November, and December. But even though I will be doing two shows per weekend, they won’t be the same kind of storytelling.
Each Friday night of this series will be a night filled with Songs. I’ll share the music that we’ve written and recorded through the years, along with some of the hit songs I’ve written and lots of others that you might have never heard before. But on each Saturday night, I’ll be doing something completely different. For the first time, I’ll put the guitar down and instead, spend the evening sharing Stories. Some will be intimate stories I’ve written through the years in memoirs, or in my blog, and some will be other things I’ve penned, thoughts, or just observations from the life I’ve lived and the story God’s given us so far.
Evenings of storytelling without music, is something I’ve been wanting to do for a long time. And earlier this summer in the travels I’ve been on and events I’ve been speaking at, I began experimenting with doing them, and I have to admit, the experience for the audience—and for me—has been profound. There is something about the power of stories told by the people who’ve lived them. They have a way of touching us all deeply in ways that almost nothing else can.
These weekends will give me the opportunity to share two parts of storytelling that I love: the songwriter/singer side of me… and also the author/writer part, which I’ve never had the chance to share live before. Although different, they complement each other and I think for the folks who decide to come for both nights, I think will be a unique, life-giving experience for all of us. The dates for the “Songs or Stories” concert series are September 8 & 9, October 20 & 21, November 17 & 18, and December 14 & 15.