Thoughts from the Control Room

This past weekend, I worked an event in Oklahoma City and found myself just thinking random things. I generally have a few thoughts run through my head during an event, but I never capture them. With this event, I made a conscientious effort to track such thoughts. Most of them are useless, but here is a running thought line, nonetheless:


Production is fun.

There really is nothing better than being in a secret room watching the whole production unfold. It's just this glimpse into a world that few really understand. It is probably one of my favorite places to be.

Having a great team is vital to a great production. We have built a team of people who know what they are doing, and for that I am grateful. I had to work a separate event for the morning of this one and they didn't miss a beat. Such great work by Nick, Josh, Jenny, Kyler, Sarah, Richard, Jessica, Stephen and Jake.

The phrase "Encroaching in on her hair" can only be made relevant in the context of head room.

"Cinnamon rolls?" - Stephen Kramer

"This music is a little sexy, I'm not sure how I feel about this." - Nick Warnock

"I sat on the stool and I broke the stool...I don't know if it was already broken." - Josh Lowder

Speaker requests can be unique at times...not that they are uncalled for...just strange sometimes.

As long as nothing goes wrong, productions can be fairly easy. As long as nothing goes wrong. When something goes wrong, how you handle it is essential. One hour in...all is good.

A random debate: Is Kurt Cobain the last great Rockstar? Kyler said it was Steven Tyler...a collective sigh followed.

"If you're not angry, you're not doing it right." - Sarah Archer, in a comm conversation.

Although there is a ton of preparation and setup for events...there can also be moments of downtime...those are often the best moments for conversation. Theology, technology, sports, hopes, dreams...anything can come up.

Bathroom needs always come at the most inopportune times.

Sometimes talks turn toward movies...sometimes the later it gets, the more delirious we become.

An empty venue a few hours before the event is my favorite time. As we roll in for day two, the calm before the storm is my favorite part. The silence. It is beautiful.

Dealing with a click track is fun at times.

Somehow the phrase, "Getting jiggy with it," became part of the production crew's lexicon.

Trying to decide where a speaker shops can be a fun game to play.


All in all, it was another great event. The team did a tremendous job, as usual, with nothing too crazy happening. Everything mentioned above was legitimately said or thought about...nothing too amazing, but a little insight nonetheless.

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