One minute, he's singing about overpriced coffee. The next, he's talking about how things aren't the way they used to be. Then, he's singing about the unfailing love of Jesus.
A lot of gears shift when you're in the presence of comedian/singer Tim Lovelace
, but if his long career is any indication, his audience is more than up for the wild ride. With his latest CD/DVD release, Living in a Coffee World
, Lovelace blends his many appealing ingredients into a delightful package.
The beans are ground and the water's hot, so it's a good time for me to throw eight songs at Lovelace.
You released your new comedy special on National Coffee Day! Was this planned?
The release date was actually chosen before realizing it was National Coffee Day! That realization was brought to the attention of the record company by the ever-alert Senior Director of Marketing at Provident/Sony, Carol Roundtree. The StowTown and Provident teams, along with Bozeman Media, worked hard to get marketing in place to coincide with National Coffee Day. God's timing is amazing!
You do a lot of different things. What is the common thread throughout your various pursuits?
I have a passion for life. I absolutely love God, my family, my audiences, songwriting, playing instruments and making people laugh. The common thread is that I really want to see people experience the joy of life!
What was that night like at Lee University? What will people come away with after watching your DVD?
We had a wonderful time at Lee University. Everyone on their team was extremely easy to work with. I hope those who watch the Living in a Coffee World DVD will not only laugh themselves silly, but also be inspired to encourage young people regarding issues like bullying. I also hope, in the serious moments, people will realize how much the Composer of Life really loves them.
What inspired the Living in a Coffee World title/theme?
I had been wanting to write a comedy song about coffee for a long time, and this project just seemed like the right time. Although I write almost all of my comedy songs myself, I felt like this one would be fun to write with my co-writing friend, Lee Black. We had a day of hilarity while writing "Coffee World," but I do not recommend drinking boiling hot coffee while laughing hysterically! Once the song was written, I played it for my wife, Mary Alice, and she thought it would be a great title for the new DVD & CD, so here we are.
Have you ever ordered one of those multi-syllable coffee drinks, or are you a Folgers kind of guy?
I have tried a few of those multi-syllable, high in calories, fancy schmancy, whipped-cream-topped drinks. Although my wife and most of my friends enjoy those elaborate concoctions, I still prefer extremely hot, freshly brewed, black coffee--period.
You mix comedy bits with non-joking songs like "Choose Happy." Is it tough to balance when people are to take you seriously, and when they shouldn't? How do you walk that line between your music and your jokes? You've done it for years! What's the secret?
That is a very good question. The truth is, sometimes I'm not sure how I segue from a zany story or song to a serious song; I just find myself there. I do, however, pray about the set list before concerts, whether it is a church service, a country or bluegrass show or a corporate event. I am acutely aware that every single audience is unique and, as a result, my set list always varies. I do my best to read the audience and adjust if necessary, but the transitions usually happen without much conscious thought.
Who are some musicians and comedians who have inspired you over the years?
Some of the many musicians who influenced me are Ray Charles, Hovie Lister, Chet Atkins, Merle Travis, Charlie McCoy, Earl Scruggs and Buddy Rich. Some of the comedians who influenced me are Red Skelton, Steve Martin, Dom DeLuise, Victor Borge and Jeff Foxworthy.
What's next for you? How can people be praying?
We're doing the Living in a Coffee World Tour this fall. Please pray that, through all of the family fun, I will be sensitive to the Holy Spirit, say the right things and sow the right seeds. I really love people, and I want them to have a great night of laughter. I also want them to leave inspired to find their purpose and passion, in order to experience more abundant living that only comes through a relationship with the Father.