Three NQC Items
Three items related to this year’s National Quartet Convention:
- The NQC Office announced earlier this week that the NQC week Friday broadcast (September 13th) will be made available to the public for free viewing.
- The Mark Trammell Quartet announced that they will give a portion of their Wednesday night (September 11th) set to the original Couriers—Neil Enloe, Duane Nicholson, and Dave Kyllonen. Expect to see the groups performing “Statue of Liberty,” probably together, as the wording of the Facebook post would indicate a joint performance; after all, it’s a patriotic holiday, Enloe wrote “Statue of Liberty” and the Couriers introduced it, and the Mark Trammell Quartet recently recorded the song (to the Couriers’ track, no less!) It is the Couriers’ retirement year, so it would be an emotional moment anyhow. But throw in the respect Trammell has for the Couriers, the impact they have had on his life and ministry through the years, the power of the song, and the fact that it’s a national holiday, and it would be the safest prediction of the year to say that it’s a guaranteed highlights-reel-of-the-week sort of moment.
- I don’t expect to be there in person, making this the first convention I’ve missed in several years, but I do plan to cover the events of the week via the webcast. For the last two or three years, I have done a mixture of covering some days from home via the webcast, and others in person, tapping out posts in a cheap hotel room somewhere at 2 A.M. Far and away, the webcast-based posts, where my focus is completely on writing a good blog post and not on the thousand and one other good things that happen convention week, are far and away more read and discussed.