Saturday, February 23, 2008

A Night on the Town - The Promised Details

My Wordless Wednesday post went up late the other night so here are the details I said were forthcoming.

Who: Third Day

Venue: The House of Blues - Sunset Strip, Hollywood, Ca

Of course you could have (or should have) gathered as much from the original post! But in this case there's a story behind the story.

Christmas 2006. Third Day came out with a Christmas cd titled Christmas Offerings. One of the tracks, Merry Christmas, written by Third Day's guitarist, Brad Avery, tells his family's story of going through yet another Christmas without their daughter. Like us, they were waiting and waiting for the referral of their daughter in China. Needless to say the song deeply touched us and captured the essence of our experience. Julianne was so touched, she included the lyrics to the song in our Christmas card/newsletter that year and then again here. Well, as it turned out, Brad and his family were part of our travel group to China. In fact, our daughters grew up together in the same orphanage.

So knowing I was going to the concert this week, and thinking I might get the chance to see Brad again since the venue was so small, I brought a couple pictures of Lily and the picture of Brad and his daughter I took. The picture was taken minutes after we met our daughters in China for the first time. I arrived to the House of Blues early. While waiting for my friend to arrive, I entered a door that I thought would lead to the venue's restaurant. It turned out to lead to the backstage dressing rooms. I walked down the hall following the sign to Third Day's dressing room. Brad was not there so I went back outside. I decided to go back in moments later and soon found Brad. We got to talk for a while and update each other on the progress of our daughters, reflect back on the China trip, and talk about the band's tour. It was nice to reconnect.

As for the show, they sounded incredible. The small setting made it very personal. They really focused on worship which was very meaningful. They played some new material that will be on their new cd (released later this year?). As I told my friend it was a night of good food, good company, and a good show.


5 comments:

Green Eyed Girl said...

That is so awesome! Glad you got to reconnect with him and update each other.

Melissa said...

WOW...sounds like an amazing night!!

I really like Third Day...but I can't recall this song...will be checking this one out :)

Karly said...

Oh, what a story! Loved reading it!

Val said...

Brad's daughter is beautiful!
Happy to hear it was a great time! I am looking up the song now...

Dillo said...

Ironically, according to the Third Day blog, Brad is going separate ways from Third Day and will no longer be with the band! Which is strange, because I remember thinking he looked rather out-of-it and not in sync with the group....And I remember thinking; I wonder if they'll be around forever as a group.....
WOW!