I am sorry for the light posting here lately. I am doing my best to keep writing, but it is a bit of a challenge at the moment, mostly due to the Atlanta live taping here in about 40 days. After that, things should slow down dramatically and I will start posting arrangements and stuff again.
A quick update on the live taping. I made a very tough decision about two weeks ago to change producers. The producer is the most critical person working on the show because she is pretty much in charge of everyone including set design, lighting, cameras and audio. In theory, her job is to take a zillion things off my plate so I can focus on music. In real life, I am afraid it is not quite that simple because I still have plenty on my plate: promotion, hiring musicians, etc.
Because of some things that I won’t discuss here, I became uncomfortable with my last producer and switched to Kim Ryan White. It was a great decision for me and I am sleeping a lot better. Kim is experienced as anyone in Christian concert live tapings and she gets what I am trying to do.
Some of you might be interested in the behind-the-scenes of something like this, so I thought I would share the schedule. The actual schedule is very detailed but it boils down to something like this and yes, it does take three very full days to pull this off.
Wednesday – Aug 8 8am – 10pm: Set up lights, scenic, and audio
Thursday – Aug 9 8 am: Tune piano 10 am: Tech prep 2-6 pm: Rehearsal 6-8 pm: Audio fixes from the rehearsal 8-10 pm: Video wiring
Friday – Aug 10 8:30-noon: Video setup 12 pm: Tune piano 1 pm: Makeup 3-5 pm: Dress rehearsal 5-7 pm: Dinner/makeup touch ups 7-9 pm: Concert 9-11 pm: Take down everything 11-??: Audio fixes (in case I need to fix concert mistakes)
There are a lot of details and a lot of people involved but the good news is I don’t have to worry about 90% of it. Basically, I just show up to play. That is a beautiful thing.