Michael was back from Nashville in high spirits, and we quickly realized why. In the 3 working days he spent in the studio, he was able to write and record 3 brand new songs! One of the songs is a solo by John, with the choir joining on the chorus in a quasi round fashion. The second song has a very upbeat tempo, and might be the most vocally challenging songs in the entire music to date. It requires a broad range, and demands that the vocalist jump from one octave to another in a single beat. Very tough, but very entertaining! The third song was also fairly quick, and adds even more depth to the song list of the performance.
When we had just finished rehearsing the new songs, Michael called up Robert on the phone to let him hear what we had already accomplished with the new material. Robert was very impressed and was very excited about what he heard. Then he dropped a bomb on Michael... Robert told us that Deke Arlon (of Sanctuary Productions) had just told him that he wanted to meet the cast, and was thinking of flying into St. Louis to meet us. Naturally, we were all very thrilled to hear that, and are hoping that this indeed does become a reality. It would be so awesome to be able to present this to Deke for the first time in the place where it all began. We await details with eager anticipation, all the while rehearsing for that moment. Whether it happens in Michael's basement here in St. Louis or in a theatre in Nashville, we are planning on blowing everyone away with the Message in the music. God is so Giving and Wonderful!