Hello friends. Unfortunately this blog post officially closes out my stint with Philmont since it will be my last. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed sharing my thoughts in writing to all you guys dedicated enough to follow our band’s blog. There’s a select few of you I can’t thank enough for continuously reading and commenting on each one of our blog’s every week. You are wonderful people. Thank you for your support. It saddens me to have to retire the weekly viral video postings as well, but hopefully you can find another trusty resource for some epic youtube finds. Continue to pray for a replacement for me since Philmont is still in a transitional period. The band seems to be making some good progress in finding a new drummer and narrowing down options.
My final show could not have been anymore perfect as well as my weekend with the band altogether. As I mentioned in my previous post, this show was very special to me because the show was booked by a woman who had a very big impact on my spiritual life and whom I had been employed by for a summer camp three years ago. This weekend’s show was in West Virginia for a winter retreat with over 800 rowdy students in attendance. Philmont and our good friends, Wavorly, both took the stage to a packed house with an amazing light show and a more amazing sound crew. We were so blessed to be playing in such an awesome facility. Coon, of Wavorly claimed he wished every night’s show could be like it was that night. I wondered how I would feel as I progressed through what would be my final set with Philmont. Yet to be honest, the hard-hitting reality that this was my final performance didn’t really set in until our last song in the set, “I Can’t Stand to Fall”. I definitely got a little emotional. It’s a moment I can’t fully explain. I was trying so badly to soak up everything that was happening in the final moments of my final show that I actually had what was almost like an outer body experience. My muscle memory seemed to kick in and finish the song for me as I glanced around and took in my surroundings. Whether it was watching my fellow bandmates play their designated instruments, or the view of the crowd from behind the drums, or the flashing lights shining on us – these were all things I didn’t want to forget. The song seemed to have ended as soon as it started and with my final cymbal crash, I was done. Though it was an emotional moment, what really made shed some tears was being immediately met after the show by my wonderful girlfriend, Sara, who has been along during this crazy ride with Philmont in its entirety, saying how proud she was of me and how much I’d accomplished over the years. I am overfilled with thankfulness at what a blessing of a final show it was. It was truly an unforgettable night.
We capped off the weekend with an excellent day of snowboarding at the Winterplace ski resort then hit the road, stopping for a farewell dinner at my favorite restaurant for my favorite meal, Honey Chipotle Kickers at Chile’s, where we shared laughs and funny stories all before heading home. It was then that I completed my final driving shift ever in our beloved bus, Burnie – The Road Warrior.
So this concludes my final post on the blog. It’s been an honor and a pleasure to be a member of Philmont and experience all that I’ve gotten to do. I’ve been signed to a major label, recorded drums on an internationally released album, visited foreign countries, met many musicians I’ve always looked up to, heard our songs on the radio miles away from home, been in a few music videos and seen them on TV, and have made many new friends from all over the country and even some across the sea. It’s been a thrilling adventure that I will always cherish.
I can’t say it enough, but a sincere thanks to all who have supported both me and the band over the years! You have all been a blessing! As a final word of encouragement, stay strong in your faith and never give in to the lies the World throws at you. God promises a more fulfilling life. Always turn to God in all circumstances and he will never fail to offer peace! (Proverbs 3: 5-6)
Goodbye and God bless you all!
Did you really think I’d forget? OK GO deliver’s yet another super creative music video in “This Too Shall Pass”. Pretty amazing. Hope you’ve enjoyed these web gems as much as I’ve enjoyed posting them!