On Friday night at the Women's Retreat at St. Stephens Lutheran Church in Williamsburg, we worked on the offertory anthem for Sunday morning. The Old Testament reading was from Ezekias--time to get out the songs about bones! We did not do "Dem Bones Gonna Rise Again"; we did "Dem Bones, Dem Bones, Dem Dry Bones." It had opportunities for 3 percussion instruments: the guiro, the sticks, and a shaker.
The people playing the instruments on Friday night weren't going to be at the 8:30 service. I thought my mom planned to go, so I volunteered to play the instruments. Even though it made for a long Sunday morning, I was glad I did.
When we did the quick rehearsal Sunday morning before the 8:30 service, I learned I had mixed up the instruments, but I regrouped. I spent much of church looking at the music and visualizing myself doing it correctly. And I did!
Someone commented afterward that I looked like I was concentrating on getting those instruments right. Indeed I was. I was playing with 2 of the best musicians I know, my mom and Karen Ives, and I didn't want to let them down, even though it's a volunteer choir.
The song has been in my head for days now, and if you'd like it to be in yours, the early service was recorded. You can see me playing to the far right of the screen. My mom stands beside me, and Karen is at the piano. Go here and go to minute 53.40.
Or watch the whole service--it's worth your time.
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