Music Performance at Its Finest | “Glory”

Sunday night I watched my favorite LIVE music performance that I have ever seen. John Legend and Common performed “Glory” from the feature film, Selma along side a very large group of BGVs for the choruses and what I believe a perfect directors cut.

This performance hit a perfect 10 on all of the following areas:

  • Lyrically/Musically (the song makes me tear up each time I listen)
  • Lighting (beautiful use of lighting in the house and static choices)
  • Scenic (that bridge and screen together was $)
  • Staging (positioning of BGVs throughout the performance)
  • Camera Angles (screens shots below of some of my favorite)
  • Audio Mix (better than the Grammys performance… ironic)
  • Choreography (cadence of BGVs walking under the bridge)

I could go on for hours chatting on why this performance could be a teaching moment for so many in this type of production field. But because it did not have all the flashing lights (can we say the Atomic 3000 one trick pony… #hiphop #grammys) many did not see the genius behind this performance and all the details that made it so good.

Thank You For Noticing!

A few days ago I received an email from a fellow staff member. And it may be one of the best emails I have ever received. The email only took him a few minutes to write and send, but it made a world of difference for me that day. It has been a long few weeks and long hours the last two. At times you wonder if anyone even notices the 16 hour days casino online adding up. But then I get an email like this and it helps more than you may ever know.

So thank you my dear friend!

Hey Mike,

I tried to find you earlier just to say how amazing the production team is.  So many days and nights in the past couple of weeks I have seen that team working feverishly to get everything up and running for the new campuses.  For me, it was eye opening just to see how important you guys are to help make things happen around here.  You all are often literally behind the scenes and you never stand up to say “look at us”.

I just want you to know how much respect I have for you guys for what you do day in and day out to meet deadlines, produce amazing videos, change sets, help the band, and on and on…..THANK YOU!!!!!!!

The Story I Never Told

Last week I did something I have not done since my older brother Chris past away in a hospital in Bristol, TN. And that thing was talk about it with anyone in detail. Up to last week the only person I have talked to about the week was my wife Kirsten and that was limited in detail. I just don’t verbalize things out loud like, but instead keep it to myself and find personal time to reflect. But that all changed this past week as I finally opened up for the first time and it so happened to in front of a camera as well.

We finished a teaching series where we had been discussing moments when we have an encounter and how it forms and shapes us. (Encounter, Formation, Expression) We were discussing the idea of a possible story to set up our pastor to wrap up the final week. At that moment I felt like this could be the time I finally share my story and my encounter with God during that tragic week in 2009. So I threw out the idea to the team and just how my story could play into the three areas. I then took myself out of the equation/room and let them pressure test my story and decide for themeselves. The team decided they liked the idea and then took it to the next level and pitched the idea up the chain. The project was green-lit and after two interviews and a three day trip to VA the guys put together a very emotional piece.

I have watched it twice and probaly will not watch it again because it’s so personal. But I hope you take a few moments to watch it and can recall an unforgettable encounter yourself.  Then take a moment to look back on how it has formed you into who you are today.