Thursday, September 23, 2010
Country Music in the Kingdom
I try to keep this blog about my personal life, but I have to add in a quick work-related story. (This also explains why I haven't had time to blog this week.) This week the Kingdom's three posts hosted a country music band from the US, Thom Shepherd & the Nashville Songwriters. Their performance was my first event, and, needless to say, I spent much of the Eid week worrying and planning and what-if-ing. I was control officer for the band, which involves pre-planning and logistics as well as escorting them and facilitating everything during their stay. As soon as they arrived at the airport with all their luggage, I breathed a big sigh of relief, and everything went swimmingly from there. The performance was amazing, and guests, musicians, and our staff all had a wonderful time. The band has been blogging and taking lots of wonderful photos and video, so please visit their site to learn more (http://jerryv-backtosaudiarabia.blogspot.com). I of course owe the lion's share of the credit to my amazing colleagues, who also put in countless hours to make this a successful program. The band is having a similarly great time touring the rest of the Kingdom right now! So the short version of the story is that I truly have one of the greatest jobs in the world, getting to meet wonderful people like these and contribute to cultural exchange in a myriad of ways. I've gotten lots of email, phone, and verbal responses to the concert, which have all been overwhelmingly positive and excited. Here's to many, many more wonderful events!