The Silver Lining in turning 37

This past weekend was a whirlwind. Let me back up. Over the summer, I took my nephew to a basketball tournament in Springdale, Arkansas. When I got the logistics of the trip together, I saw a post that my friends Drew and Chase aka The Silver Lining were playing a show in Fayetteville the same evening as the opening of the basketball tournament. I hadn’t seen them in a few years but we had kept in touch on social media. I knew that I wouldn’t be able to attend the show, but I wanted to at least go say hello since Fayetteville is so close to Springdale. I was so glad that it worked out that I was able to go meet up with them. We talked about their time in California and their move back to Arkansas and the last time we’d seen each other. I gave them a hard time about never coming to Oklahoma to play even though they were so close. The talk then turned to how I could make it happen.

I had a wonderful experience hosting a house show in August of 2016 and asked if they had ever played one before. I had to get back to the tournament and they had to prepare for the show, so we left it open as a possibility of a fall show. A little over a month later I saw that they were playing in Eureka Springs on a Friday night. So I talked my buddy Blake into go over there with me for the show. The show was at a little coffee shop and was just so much fun. I loved the layout and feel of it and it further deepened my desire for future ventures in hosting events. After the set, we able to visit and the talk turned to them coming to play a house show. We kicked around timing and I remembered that my birthday was falling on a Saturday this year. So I kinda made a joke that if they came on October 21, that they could play on my birthday. Well lo and behold, that date actually worked out for them.

Fast forward all the boring planning stuff to Saturday. I woke up eager to prepare for my friends to arrive. The first house show experience I was nervous about people showing up and enjoying the experience. I knew I was going to love it; but we are all different, and I just wanted it to be an awesome experience for everyone. After what I had observed from that experience, I didn’t have those nerves this time around. I just have to say that I have some of the best friends anyone could ever ask for. I don’t know how I got so lucky and blessed to have such a group around me. Not only those who were able to make it Saturday night, but also those who couldn’t be there for various reasons. The evening started with a feast. People kept bringing food in and helped set it all up. I soaked in all of the laughter. It blessed me greatly to see the fellowship and the enjoyment.

A little after 7, Drew and Chase took their positions and put on amazing show. They did an excellent job of drawing in their audience and making them a part of it all. The banter with the crowd along with the jokes that naturally occurred, made it that much more enjoyable. They played for a little more than an hour and the set was beyond what I could’ve hoped for. The only damper on the evening was Oklahoma’s weather insisted on being on the severe side toward the end of the show. It made it so people had to leave earlier instead of being able to stay behind and visit a little longer after the show.

It was good to have them stay through the night as it gave me the opportunity to be able to take them to breakfast the next morning. It was such a blessing to be able to sit down with them and talk about various things. After breakfast we took a drive around the area just to show them around. I was blessed to have this weekend to spend deepening our friendship. I can’t wait until the next visit with them wherever it might be. I just hope it’s sooner rather than later.

Drew and Chase, thank you for making the trip to make this birthday so memorable.

4 Responses to “The Silver Lining in turning 37”

  1. Paula McLaughlin says:

    Drew & Chase, are our son and daughter-in-law. They are such a blessing, and Iā€™m so glad they have true friends that appreciate them. Thanks for letting them stay the night, with that weather.

    • philip says:

      Thank you, Paula! I’m blessed to know them and that they were able to come. We loved getting to host them and keep them a little longer.

  2. JasonS says:

    It was a blast. Glad you made that happen. šŸ™‚