I know, I know, "A Update" is bad grammar. I should've said "An Updates." But let's not get all persnickety, okay? Point being, your date is about to be up.
So, since we last checked in, we were launching a Kickstarter campaign to fund our new album. Because of the overwhelming support of our supporters in supporting us, we raised far more than we had hoped, and we were able to take a little bit of time off while Michael recuperated and regained his strength. Though he will continue a chemo-therapy regimen until December, the doctors have done a marvelous job of limiting the side effects. That treatment, by the way, is preventative in nature, with the aim of preventing a return of the cancer they removed in the surgery.
Since all that, we've played a few concerts, and the band has fared quite well. The day after the 4th of July (a.k.a. July 5th), we played in a town called Minerva, OH, which sounds like a mispronunciation of maneuver Ohio, which sounds political, but we all know better than to mix politics with A Update. The next day we returned to Camp Mar-Lu-Ridge, in Maryland, where we had a very fun time playing for campers and parents.
Then, in mid-July, we headed to the city of New Orleans for a large gathering of Lutherans and had a marvelous time being "citizens with the saints." It's a good week when you can play the Superdome twice without having to be tackled by some 300 pound linebacker. The youts who gathered accomplished some amazing things that week, including donating almost 1,200 pints of blood, collecting enough money to build over 100 wells in developing nations, and--though it sounds kind of weird--donating a lot of hair. Amazing what 33,309 people can do together . . . for instance, be equal to the population of New York City in 1790.
Next up, we're returning to one of our top 10 favorite provinces: Saskatchewan! Looking forward to some summertime in the True North. Meanwhile, hope you're staying cool, will consider coming to one of our upcoming concerts (or even hosting one!), and if you're looking for some summertime reading, there are liner notes in our new album, which you can buy here.
Consider your date to have been upped.