I didn’t know what to expect.
I’ve sat in on touring shows before but never for a band that lit up the soundtrack of my childhood.
Here’s what I learned from being lucky enough to serve as a violinist in the Dave Eggar Orchestra for two tour stops of the Foreigner Orchestral Tour: kindness begets curiosity about the stories of others which in turn begets enthusiasm. The result is an energetic, joyful experience with a high level of excellence and the capacity to touch hearts.
Credit for creating a positive working environment is due to Dave Eggar and Chuck Palmer who arranged the orchestral parts and fostered an environment of fun and mutual respect in their music director/conductor roles. Every person in Foreigner also made real efforts to connect with all of the other musicians, including those of us who were only there for a short stint of the tour.
This tour was the answer to all of the hundreds of times in my life I have scream-sang “I want to know what love is…!”
I will always look back on this as an example of the magic that transpires when people set out mindfully to lead with love.
Top right: A radiant backstage photo of Iowa musicians Matt Manweiler, Marita May, Caitlin Thom, Natalie Brown, Maggie Williams, Kristian Svennevig (and me) and touring musicians Evie Andrus and Katie Jacoby.