“This is not the 77’s” announced Mike Roe as he took the stage at Cornerstone Festival 1997. “…though they are all here,” he continued, referring to band-mates Mark Harmon on bass guitar and Bruce Spencer on drums who joined him on stage. Indeed, Roe had been the frontman for the band The 77’s, performing at nearly every Cornerstone Festival since the first one in 1984. This show, however, was different from the normal rock shows featuring the Rolling Stones/Led Zeppelin influenced sounds. The midnight concert featured mostly Roe’s solo work, with a couple familiar songs at the end. While Spencer and Harmon were on stage with him, there were a bevy of additional musicians on stage also to augment the sound.
Here’s a clip from the midnight 1997 show, featuring some acrobatics by one of Roe’s percussionists in the middle of the song:
Now that my children (and for some of you, your children) are starting to get a little older, I have decided it’s time to take some proactive measures to protect their identity and likenesses from random Internet creeps. I am changing my policy regarding photos taken of children on my Flickr site. Please note that, to my knowledge, no photos on my site have been used for nefarious purposes, but I want to get ahead of the curve and be prepared.
STARTING TODAY ALL FUTURE PHOTOS THAT INCLUDE MY CHILDREN OR YOUR CHILDREN WILL BE PROTECTED ON FLICKR AND ACCESSIBLE ONLY TO FRIENDS AND FAMILY.
Other photos such as concerts, sporting events, and such will continue to accessible to anyone.
What this means to you:
If you already have a Flickr account and you are a contact with me, you are all set! You won’t need to make any changes, you will be able to see photos as you were before.
If you have a Flickr account, but you are not a contact with me, please add me as a friend. Even if you don’t know me well, I’ll usually gladly add “friends of friends” and such. I promise I’m only marginally creepy.
If you don’t have a Flickr account, it’s easy to set one up and it’s free. Just go to http://www.flickr.com and get started there. Additionally, if you have a Yahoo ID, you can tie your Flickr ID and your Yahoo ID together and you are good to go.
If you do not wish to set up a Flickr account, you can access the pictures via a Guest Pass. After an event, I will send out a URL link that will link you to my Flickr site using a Guest Pass and you will be able to view pictures through that URL. If for some reason I forget to send out a link or you can’t find the link, feel free to e-mail me and I’ll be glad to send it to you.
In addition, this doesn’t change any rules as far as posting to sites like Facebook where my photos are already restricted to friends only. You may also take this as implicit permission from me to post photos of my children on sites like Facebook.
Normally, I am a big proponent of openness on the Internet and don’t have a lot of qualms with what random people do with the content that I publish to online sites, but it never hurts to be a little more careful when it comes to my children. I hope this doesn’t inconvience you too much and if you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.
When Rich Mullins first played at Cornerstone, it didn’t appear that it would be a good match. Cornerstone Festival has always been on the more progressive side and Mullins seemed to have the mainstream CCM image. On the contrary, Mullins came to Cornerstone and made it *his* festival. In the years that Rich played at Cornerstone, he was ubiquitous on the festival grounds, eating meals with others next to the Gallery stage, tromping around in his shredded jeans, showing up at friends’ concerts (and sometimes showing up on stage with them in guest appearances.) and talking with everyone and anyone. In 1997, Mullins brought with him with newly written musical Canticle of the Plains. The musical was written about the life of St. Francis of Assisi, but in an odd twist, set in the Old West with Cowboys and Indians and such. Mullins had only a bit part, a gun-toting cowboy with a girl on each arm in a bar, but his once-in-a-lifetime musical with a full cast of actors featured a unique performance different from the standard performances at the Gallery stage.
Rich Mullins also had a Main Stage slot at Cornerstone Festival 1997, introducing to the crowd a new set of songs that he was writing for an album that he simply titled Ten Songs About Jesus. Here in this clip, he performed one of the songs:
Unfortunately, the album was never completed as a car accident took Rich Mullins’ life later that year in September. Rich’s band, named A Ragamuffin Band, took up the demos that Rich had recorded and finished the album, titling it The Jesus Record. They performed most of the album the next year at Cornerstone Festival 1998 at a tribute concert to Rich Mullins that I was fortunate to attend.
At Cornerstone Festival 1997, Rich Mullins made many guest appearances, showing up on stage with Third Day, Caedmon’s Call, and This Train (maybe others, also, but those on the ones that I have audio/video evidence). Here’s Rich joining This Train for “Great Atomic Power”. Years later, bass player Mark Robertson told a story about how the piano was seriously messed up and caught Rich by surprise during their show. “If anyone has seen the video, I hope they can’t read lips.”
There are quite a few clips on YouTube from Adam Again’s performances at Cornerstone in 1995 and 1997, so I had trouble choosing which one, but I eventually settled on “Deep” because of the intensity of the performance and the nice position of the camera angle, catching Greg Lawless close up on guitar.
Adam Again toiled in obscurity for most of their career, but at Cornerstone they were something of a legend and performed there several times. Sadly, I never had the chance to see them in concert when Gene Eugene was alive, but I did get to see the tribute show to Gene at Cornerstone 2000 (which we will discuss in more detail in a future video post.)
For now, enjoy “Deep” from Cornerstone Festival 1997:
The Choir was the very first band to play at the very first Cornerstone Festival in 1984. In the ensuing years, the band became a fixture at the festival, playing on main stage or on the midnight Gallery stage slot year after year. In 1996, the band released the album Free Flying Soul and announced that the tour would be their last. The show on the Gallery stage in 1996 was important because it was widely assumed that this would be the last time to see The Choir live in concert. Thankfully, this was not the case as The Choir returned to Cornerstone just a few years later. Though they don’t tour much anymore, the band still makes occasional appearances at the festival, including a performance at this year’s festival.
The 1996 Cornerstone Festival show by The Choir was filmed for release by the band on VHS. The tape has since gone out of print, but saxophone/lyricon player Dan Micheals has posted clips of the tape to YouTube. Here’s one of my favorite songs by The Choir, “Consider”
I love the audio and video quality of this clip. I love variety of camera angles including the camera focused solely on Steve Hindalong to get his quirky facial expressions as he plays guitar. I love seeing Wayne Everett hunched over the percussion adding more thunder to the drum break. I love Dan Micheals marching around the stage with the lyricon. I didn’t get to see The Choir until 2001, but I’m glad I can see some rare footage as they reached the end of an era in their history.