What's up, y'all! I arrived safely back to the states on Monday evening. Much to my chagrin I was greeted by 14 degree temperatures and cloudy skies. Home sweet home. My tour of Asia which included Japan, South Korea, Diego Garcia and Singapore was an awesome experience to say the least. The culture, fashion, people and foods was such an eyeopener for us all. Every event of the tour wasn't rosey, but that's what makes the adventure of touring and the stories to be told that much better. We found plenty to laugh about. It's amazing to see how the power of music transcends language, color and culture right before your very eyes. Seeing people of many different races and backgrounds swaying and dancing to our music was a great feeling. I felt really blessed when after the shows people would approach me to express their appreciation of the message in my music. To God Be The Glory! The troops were also very appreciative of what we were doing and we enjoyed being able to bring a little taste of home to them as well. I must admit that some places were hard to leave because it was so beautiful. The last week of the tour was extremely tough due to the fact I was on a tropical paradise in 91 degree weather sitting on white sand beaches and knowing by the next week I'd be in 14 degree weather shoveling snow. LOL! What I learned about touring multiple countries is that it is definitely WORK! There were times in which I was able to relax and take in the sites, but at the end of the day I knew that the word "tour" was another name for "business trip". I managed to get some excercise in and improve my diet in terms of the type of food I ate for the most part. I had my American fixes, but since the food of the culture was healthier the more of it I ate the better my diet had become. I did gain an additional 10lbs., but anyone who's seen me in person knows it didn't hurt none (smile). Special thanks to Shelby Brown for giving me the opportunity to share my gift and music abroad "live". I am in the process of arranging my thoughts and experiences into a journal. It may be written, audio or video format we'll see. I'll keep you posted. Until next time Be Blessed, alvin

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