Week 1 – European Summer Tour 2015
The night before we were flying out for the tour, just like usual, we were up all night packing, cleaning and getting ready. Our 4 bags (always at the absolute weight limit) were stuffed. One had the sound system, one had our CDs, one had our clothes and one had some instruments and art supplies for our children’s workshops.
We had an early morning pick-up on May 15th and then flew out of Nashville, Tennessee to Frankfurt, Germany via Atlanta. When we arrived we picked up our rental car and drove to Mannheim, Germany. Our friends, Dee and Eva and their sweet boys, were the first familiar faces that we saw! What a great welcoming committee. These boys were born after 23 weeks and 6 days in the womb and now they are 3 years old and running around with the biggest smiles on their faces. Miracles, I tell ya!
We played our first show of the tour the very next day, May 16th. Our friends, Sebastian and Stephanie, were getting married. The best man, our friend Jürgen, wanted to surprise the couple and have us play music for the reception. Well, Sebastian thought he was going to surprise the best man by inviting us to the wedding (he didn’t know that Jürgen had already organized for us to come play music). Funny the way that worked! Sebastian and I were at the World’s Fair/ Expo 2000 in Hannover, Germany at the Pavilion of Hope. For the next few years Sebastian brought Jürgen to my summer concerts in Germany and we all became friends.
We drove to Wetzlar, unloaded all of our gear and spent some time with our long time friends, Ilona and Berni and their boys. There is an awesome lady named Natascha who for the last two summers has let us stay in one of her beautiful houses in Wetzlar, Germany. It was so lovely to be greeted by this house & fruitful garden again…a peaceful and beautiful home-away-from-home. Let the summer begin!