Elevation Worship Part Nine.
We had got a good seat, there was excitement in the air, this was shown by the huge crowd that had gathered at the Big Church Day Out. The sunny hot weather began to change and it got cooler and cooler. Other Artists came onto the stage and wowed the crowd. When Tauren Wells came on, he was very good live and I loved singing along to his fab song All My Hope, which on the YouTube video features Crowder, it was beautifully sung. It also started to drizzle, and along with the cooler weather some people left! Brollies went up and coats came on, that was a shame. But it didn’t matter to me everything was still alright, because it was now raining it had gotten darker and the rain got heavier, so by the time Elevation Worship, came onto the stage at 9pm as the main attraction of the night, some parents had left with their little ones. To be honest if I wasn’t a fan I would probably have gone too. Tonight, was the grand finale, the only reason why I was at the event, I was unable to buy a souvenir t-shirt, as they didn’t bring any. But what I was about to hear and see would not be able to be taken away from me. I was looking forward to seeing my two favourite band members and hear my six favourite songs. I had seen one of my favourite band member earlier at the radio interview on the UCB Stage, but the one I admired the most was not at the interview, but I suppose all nine or so members could not fit on the small stage, it made sense to bring out just four for the interview. None of the members of Elevation Worship have names they are unknown, unnamed, which it quite frustrating, as it’s nice to know a bit about the person who is singing your favourite songs, but hey I’d see them both tonight and video them on my phone.
So, after a small advertised break, Elevation Worship was introduced and came onto the stage at the exact time as in my programme 9.05pm. I was, chuffed to bits. I quickly scanned the stage to see if I could see them all and to my utter dismay only four band members were there. He was not there, the one I’d come to hear. Yes, I was gutted. I was gutted even more when they sang new songs! Who goes to a concert to hear new songs? Nobody, you go to sing along to hear what you love to hear and been listening to. The Singer who sings two of my favourite songs on the live videos on YouTube was there, he sings Grateful and He Is Lord, but my favourite Singer on Earth, was not there, on YouTube he sings my absolutely favourite songs, Do It Again and Yours (Glory and Praise) he was not there. That was a shame. I sang along to their other songs, but I felt I was having second best, as The Best wasn’t there. And to add insult to injury the rain came down, and it was freezing! I was just wearing layers of linen, so that taught me, to be cool in my linen and tie dye, I was cool alright, but not how I’d expected to be.
I’ll never use the word disappointed, as that would be the wrong word. I was just sad. I was asked, “Will you come again next year?” By the two ladies in my group, my reply was every time, “Are you going to book Elevation Worship to sing again next year?” Their reply was always the same, “An Artist or Band isn’t usually invited back the next year, many years usually pass before they are invited back,” So, I didn’t say yes and I didn’t say no, but in my head, it was no.
There are SO many things we can’t control, we can expect and hope and plan and dream, but we can never know the outcome. I was sad but I didn’t let the group know who I came with. They were not really fans, and didn’t seem to be that impressed, but I wasn’t impressed either, for my favourite singer wasn’t there, nor did they sing my favourite songs. What would be the point of going next year, what band or artist could grip me that much that I would drive 200 miles to see them? Only Elevation Worship.
Tomorrow we would be going back home, and little did I know that two horrible things would happen tomorrow, it is just as well we don’t know the future, I shudder each time I think of the one and the other, I should have had counselling for, as it still affects me to this day.