Wayfaring Stranger

CSS Reboot ... well not quite

I have spent a few hours off and on (over a few nights) trying to adapt a new template to my blog. The template was created for "another blog site" (aka. wordpress). The "other" template I am copying is "peaceful rush". I thought the "garden path" image at the top would fit my "Wayfaring Stranger" moniker quite nicely.

As for my blog name, I never blogged the change from my old moniker. But since most of my postings were before/during/after my Russia trips, I changed the old title to something more apropos. I.e. something to more closely reflect the missions focus of this blog. After all, when I created this site I knew nothing about what I wanted to talk about. And, as it turns out, missions has been my focus.

So, for those of you who do not know what "Wayfaring Stranger" means; it is from a song. If the lyrics do not help, post a comment and I'll explain more. Lyrics:

I am a poor wayfaring stranger
Travelling through this world alone
There is no sickness, toil or danger
In that fair land to which I go

I'm going home
To see my mother
I'm going home
No more to roam
I am just going over Jordan
I am just going over home

I know dark clouds will hover on me,
I know my pathway is rough and steep
Beauteous fields lie right before me
Where weary eyes no more will weep
I'm going home to see my father
I'm going home no more to roam
I am just going over Jordan
I am just going over home

I'll soon be free from every trial
This form will rest beneath the sun
I'll drop the cross of self-denial
Come back home with God
I'm going home to see my savior
I'm going home no more to roam
I am just going over Jordan
I am just going over home

I guess the lines I like best are "I'm going home to see my father / I'm going home no more to roam". That's it in a nutshell for me. This life is great. This life is sweet. But this life is nothing in comparison to where I am going .... wanna come!!??

The King vs. The Slow Hand

What does the title mean? Well, let's just say I had the opportunity to see the following two artists:

B. B. King photo
Eric Clapton photo

For those of you who don't know, that's B. B. King (King of the Blues!) and Eric (Slow Hand) Clapton, respectively. I saw BB at the end of January at Bass Hall in Fort Worth and I saw Eric at the end of February at the American Airlines Center in Dallas.

BB was WONDERFUL! We ticket holders had quite a scare, B. B. was hospitalized a few days before the concert: On January 26, 2007, while on tour, King was hospitalized in Galveston, Texas due to a low grade (100.4) fever after a recent bout with influenza. He was released on January 27, after an overnight stay. He was scheduled to resume his tour, with his next performance on January 30. [wikipedia.org] Jan 30 was the night that I HAD TICKETS! I feel really lucky that even though BB missed/rescheduled 2 or 3 concerts, he choose MY NIGHT to get back to the tour! It was a spectacular night. The crowd was a little "slow" (i.e. didn't chime in on songs when they should have) but they got there on time and sat down and enjoyed the show. Though described as "slow", they really did recognize BB's songs, clap when they should have, and even called out to the band between songs. I only wish I'd had tickets for a show in Mississippi or New Orleans; I'm sure the crowd dynamic would have been much sharper.

Eric was "Wonderful Tonight" as well. The show was delayed for 30-45 minutes due to a false fire alarm (sirens and trucks and firemen, oh my!). Unfortunately that shortened Robert Cray's opening set. But Eric and band was in top form. They performed some new material before ripping into the tried and true classics. But don't get me started on the crowd. During Cray, I can understand people arriving late and talking and moving around. After all, some people don't like the opening acts or need to eat dinner or get stuck in traffic, not to mention the fire department delay. So I ignored all that and enjoyed the opening act anyway. But when people were chating, arriving late, coming in, going out, or eating during Eric's set; that irked me a little.

Crowd aside (it's their loss), it was a GREAT night! Among the classics Eric did was "Running on Faith" and "Wonderful Tonight", two of my favorites. And they did "Layla" and others, which may not be in my top two, but they were awesome songs with lots of technical musical talent. It was fun to watch the crowd and, as in BB's concert, I thought it might be a better experience somewhere other than Dallas. But with BB the obvious choices were Mississippi or N.O. But with Eric, where are the obvious choices? Back in England perhaps? I don't know.

Robert Cray was not only the opening act but closed with Eric in the encore! Eric and band played the first song and the lights dimmed and came back up with Eric and Robert side by side for "Crossroads". It was a wonderful ending for a wonderful tonight. :-)

What I do know is: (A) I have been a fan of both BB and Eric for a long time and I will always remember both concerts and (2) I got to have a fun evening out with fabulous company.

More info:

Reviews at GuideLive:
B. B. King
Eric Clapton
Background information:
B. B. King
Eric Clapton
Robert Cray
Robert Cray photo