Sunday, September 20, 2009

Crazy stuff...

I was recently listening to a podcast recently ( and the last question they ask at the end of an interview is "What is the most embarrassing moment you've experienced while leading worship or during a show?" As I've listened to a few of the interviews, I thought of my most embarrassing moment and thought I'd share with both of my readers.

I was in Louisville, OH leading worship with my boys Billy Wayne, Dave (bass) and Dave (drums) for one of Billy's weekend retreats. I'm fairly certain is was Saturday night and Billy was giving the altar call. It was one of those sweet nights in worship where the Spirit of God just falls and you are overwhelmed by His presence. I don't know if my eyes came open much that evening because I was just worshiping the Lord.

Billy asked everyone to close their eyes and bow their heads. As he began to pray over and talk to each person in the room, he gave me "the signal" to play lightly while he was speaking. I got the signal and started playing. I was sitting stage right in a folding chair at that point in the night. The next part is a blur.

I remember shifting in my chair to get a little more comfortable and then it happened. It seemed like slow motion to me. The back leg of the chair creeped off the edge of the stage and I was gone! I tried to catch myself, but there was nothing stopping it. I ended up on my back underneath the sound table, feet straight in the air, guitar in hand and I could not get up!!! Keep in mind there was an altar call going on at that moment. When I finally made eye contact with "The Daves" they could not even look at me because they were laughing so hard! Dave the drummer couldn't catch his breath, Dave the bass player just laughed and pointed. Finally, Billy looked back and saw what had happened (keep in mind....altar call) and could not continue the altar call without laughing.

The Daves came over and helped me out from under the table. Billy Wayne tried to keep his composure. Once I made it back on stage, we couldn't even sing or play a song because we were laughing so hard. Luckily, I didn't get hurt, nor did any equipment. It was one of those things that you just look back on and laugh at yourself.

Afterwards, one of the students came up to me and asked, "Did you mean to fall off the stage?" LoL.