The Rev. Casey dunsworth

serves as Associate Campus Pastor to the Belfry, the Lutheran-Episcopal Campus Ministry to UC Davis

and as Program Director for LEVN, the Lutheran Episcopal Volunteer Network.

The more eloquent words I promised.

On Thursday, May 5, I will be in San Francisco experiencing Ron Pope in concert. This is an opportunity I've been anticipating since the moment his voice came out of Jocelyn's laptop speakers during finals week my junior year of college. It's amazing to me how I actually know every word of every song. I'm going to be that person at the concert, who knows what song is next after two strums on the guitar. I'm going to cry probably the entire time.

There's something about the lyrics to his songs that has drawn me in. I have a very specific association for each song, and it's really only fitting that it's this year that I'm seeing him. This year when so many of those memories have been cast aside or forced out by extenuating circumstances and things beyond my control.

And I'm nervous that I won't be able to cope. All that emotion in one room in once place at one time with all of those strangers. But it's what I love so much about Ron Pope -- how much he makes me feel. When listening to him sing I just can't help but feel everything all at once. It's so heartfelt. When he hurts, I hurt. There's a force at work that is undefinable.

He was the first musician to whom I ever applied my "spiritual affinity" terminology. There's a connection between my soul and his voice that I cannot begin to express. Sometimes I feel like a total creep for saying things out loud like that...but if I were a musician, to affect someone the way he affects me is exactly what I'd hope for.

Things will never be the same.

Love love.