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Excerpts from Jason Hewlett’s blog:
US Troops Tour – Kuwait
Wow, the days are just zipping by.
We left Bahrain on Saturday morning and finally got to drive around the city to check out what we hadn’t seen.
Traveling with Dan Clark is like jet-setting the world with the “Catch Me If You Can” guy, remember that movie? Even if we don’t know what we’re doing or where we’re going, Dan has the itinerary and is so skilled in this travel game that we end up in First Class due to his Diamond Status and world travels, or in the SkyClub Rooms prior to flights. It has been so funny to Dean, David, and I, we continually wonder if we’re allowed in, or if we just waddled behind Dan like 3 ducklings leaving the swamp for the golden pond beyond the fence line. David and I just sit there looking at each other nervously giggling at the feeling of disobedience, like two kids who just snuck into Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory and found the Kit Kat pre-wrapping station unattended, and wondering if we legitimately and honestly got in and can eat the buffet spreads, as Dan announces it’s all legal, it’s legit, Go Eat Boys! And then we are safe to grab a plate.
We flew on GulfAir. I saw David filming me doing the nose wiggle for the 13 or so baggage collectors scrambling to win our tip money all of a sudden gawking in shock in the airport and acting like we were all best friends after I made them smile.
The Shows have gone incredibly well. On top of that, we have had another chance to do a Fireside for a non-denominational group on base, about 40 showed up and learned that we Mormons consider ourselves Christians, as we testified of our devotion and love of our Savior, Jesus Christ. That was Saturday night. Sunday we attended a small Church service and then had the opportunity of performing for a very full house according to the standards of these types of shows (even though nearly every other seat was not filled). It’s interesting that Dean, David, Dan, and I have all become accustomed to performing for thousands of people, packed houses, and yet here we are in front of 15 one afternoon, and maybe 100 in the evenings, and yet we all go all out with every story, song, routine. Because we are honored to be here and we are professionals doing this without pay for a higher cause: To Spread Joy and Love to our Troops.
We perform for those who are willing to lay down their lives for strangers.
We attempt to inspire, through song, dance, comedy and motivation, young men and women from every corner of our great Country America The Beautiful in a way that is unprecedented. In the few shows we have done we have been told by entertainment weary event planners, who constantly beg artists and managers to come over here, to send ANYBODY decent, that this is the Greatest Show for the Troops they have ever witnessed. They have said it on camera, they say it with a hug and tears.
And then the line-up begins. Air Force, Marines, Army, Navy….either in fatigues or simply their relaxation clothes….and in perfect form line up to shake our hands, take a selfie, have a moment to express their thanks to us. To us? Are you kidding me? We are in awe at their humility and gratitude. As they say “thank you for taking the time away from your families to come over and let us forget what we are going through and possibly having to face in the near future” it about rips your heart out.
We ALL live in neighborhoods where there are families of Military.
If you want to share with them a gift because you read this Blog then go buy a few copies of David Archuleta’s albums and give them to those families to lift their spirits with his incredible gift. Go toDan Clark’s web site and buy some of his motivational, inspirational stories, books, CD’s that change the lives of millions. I also have DVD’s available, that would bring a smile to anyone watching, whole families together, because it’s clean comedy.
Last night’s show was incredible. We did the same set as prior and may change a few things up in the next act, but our time in Kuwait has been eye-opening, the heat searing, the wind and sand blowing non-stop, the tears flowing as we see these great soldiers committed to our safety the world over, and it has already changed my life and I haven’t been on this trip even one week.
Excerpts from Dan Clark’s blog:
Dan Clark’s Military Tribute Tour
In the past, whenever I’ve been given this sacred privilege to fire up our military troops, I have been a one-man show, traveling with a three star general and an entourage of security and VIP assistants. But today I was traveling into harms way with no security and taking three friends with me: David Archuleta, Dean Kaelin and Jason Hewlett. Yes it is my tour – I was asked by Armed Forces Entertainment to put it together. It is called the Military Tribute Tour: An Evening of Music, Comedy and Motivational Theater. David is a Sony Music Recording Artist – an American Idol super star finalist who wowed millions of viewers every time he sang. He could sing the phone book and bring a man to tears! Dean is the most incredibly talented musician on the planet and is David’s musical director, guitar and piano player on tour. Jason is the most unique comedian/entertainer I have ever known.
I proudly boast it is my tour, but today at the airport I sensed a feeling of responsibility, mutual respect, support, and shared ownership of the tour from not only my three fellow performers, but from their families.
Our 90-minute performance is in a Variety show format with me serving as the Master of Ceremonies. I begin the show with a humorous monologue and an entertaining inspirational story that sets the tone for David Archuleta to come on stage and sing, “Bridge Over Troubled Waters.” I then introduce funny man Jason Hewlett who does his impressions of the Raptor, Rock and Roll Band Journey, and his experience at the dentist learning to pull his crazy faces. This rotation is repeated with me addressing the issues of resiliency, PTSD, divorce, sexual assault, substance abuse and suicide prevention.
Yes, I deal with these issues in a tactful, entertaining way, but the inspirational music and comic relief provided by David and Jason is necessary and awesome to complete our total mission and long-range purpose of this tour! On the second rotation I address the significance of example and walking on higher ground, followed by David’s performance of his hit single, “Crush,” and his version of John Lennon’s “Imagine.” Jason then breaks into his impressions of Michael Jackson, Guns and Roses, Lady Gaga and Led Zepplin. And the rotation continues until David concludes our show by singing, “Hero” and “Bring Him Home, ” with an encore of “Be Still My Soul.” Seriously, I believe we are going to touch some lives forever!
As we do our best to pay tribute to our military troops and their families with 18 up close and personal thank you shows in five countries, may I challenge you to also do what you can to elevate your show of support to our troops and their families at home and a broad. God bless them. God bless America!