Let me explain, this is not a request for hire, this is a chain of thought on being in a band and level of commitment. Our current drummer has mentioned that he will be leaving us after the week of 3 Valentine’s Day gigs we have. So we will need to hurry and find a drummer for the Match and April gigs and so on. And this is not a dig on the drummer, as every person is entitled to come and go, we have no contracts. But I wonder why we have had four drummer’s in two years. We are a good, drama free band except for two drummer’s evil wives, one wounded drummer and one drummer who only wanted to play Christian music. The rest of the band gets along beautifully and the two drummer with evil wives got along beautifully with us too except, of course, for their evil wives. So is it drummers? Is it us? Is it a lack of commitment? All these questions. And here we sit with a deadline for having to go through it all again. Everyone wants Wil back (we miss you, Wil), but they say they will only have him back if he divorces his evil wife so that is no good. We loved Steve, but he only wants to drum at church. We loved John but again the other evil wife. We love Troy but he has visions of grandeur in a better paid band (good luck). So, we will do what we have always done… stick together as a band family and pray for a new drummer if and when the time comes and God bless us every one.❤
The good: Our band family had a great family gig today at the mall’s food court. There was singing, dancing, congo lines, great stuff. And my kids could come to it and have a blast and participate. They knew all the songs and played Morocco and egg shakers. It was a blast and I killed those congo songs, just saying. Pays to have gone through a reggae phase. Lol
The bad: Missed my friend today a lot and band family no longer with us. I wish there was a way for me to turn that off but for now, I feel it hard and do the best I can with God’s help.
The ugly: Got a bit lost on the way home and ended up very tired through Winter Haven. Oy. Must to printout my own directions and not rely on following someone. Lol
But all in all, a tired but great day and gig. Glad to be home. Headed to the shower and then bed. Church tomorrow with my kids!!! I have a lot now… my two and the big bunch from church. Momma first and foremost. 😄❤
So our band has to sandwich a violinist soloist at a Christmas party. They called and want to use our PA, as they don’t have one and want extra speakers and to sound great and and dedicated sound man (for free of course) and everyone get their an hour earlier for them and a million things we don’t even have as professional musicians. They want to be “Headliners” and make a name for themselves. And this is a small Christmas party. And I laugh. Divas. Haughty. Demanding. My immediate thought was if they had such high demands, why not get their own PA and hire a soundman. And an agent and butler and cheuffeur and press secretary and so on. Laughing still. They are lucky they spoke to me after God calmed me down and filled me with peace and joy.
I thought of this and realized these clowns are a lot like us sometimes when we live our lives. We think of self-promotion , what we need, fight for our wants, demand things of God while doing our best to prove we are the most important thing in the universe. And God must just laugh at that level of irrational diva mentality and pride. He, Creator of everything we know and don’t even know. And here we are fleas with our little instruments instead of acknowledging God’s superiority and asking for help are like a diva toddler screaming “Treat me better! I am most important!” As if breathing and the choice of salvation and talents we have were not gift enough. Laughable. Pathetic. Silly. 😄❤
Our band had another great gig tonight. We pulled off a bunch of new songs and it was so much fun! Two Saturdays in a row we giggled and more gigs coming up soon. Love this busy gig time of the year. It is so fun to play either my band family. Of course, we always talk and wonder about those of our band family who have chosen to leave us for whatever reason. Everyone in the band asks about our past drummer and how he is and old bass player and so on. It is sad and we miss them. Thank God, though, that we can rock on and still live making beautiful music together in the purest sense. 😄 I love what we do and also love the extra money. Bonus! 😄 Thank you, God, for our band family and being able to play out. All good things come from God! ❤
In our band, we play oldies rock (and variety) tunes. One of the songs we do that has always given me grief on my organ lead was Runaway. It was our old drummer’s favorite song, so it sticks out in my head and I always got it right on the repeat but always screwed it up the first time. It plagued me. But something happened. I was led to study it. It sounds pompous, but I rarely study a song, just play it, make it happen. So this is not on any planet my norm. And for the first time ever, I easily and smoothly and perfectly performed the lead both times and can do so without complication or stress every time. I could play it now for you. Lol So, this was my gift. I don’t give myself glory for it was so out of character to think of figuring it out that I know it was a gift from God. A rock song? Yes. Because it was a stress for me and I asked for help and He helped. So it was more about God’s provision and answer to prayer and less about what He was helping with. God cares deeply about us, about me, about you. He loves specific humble prayers and requests. He loves surprising us with creative answers. And it was a moment of sunshine in an otherwise impossibly busy and stressful day. Well done, Lord God! I love you!❤❤❤
So, as I am allowing someone else who wanted to play the piano in the church band, I was freed up with time. And never fitting in at all sitting in a congregation, I asked where there was a need. And I am in children’s ministry. So now I am a 2nd and 3rd grade Sunday School teacher and am starting up a children’s choir. This morning we sang one praise song just to get our feet wet in front of the congregation. It was fantastic. The kids did great and the people encouraged them a lot afterward. That is the best thing you can do for your children… lovingly encourage them doing well and I might add what most adults are afraid to do. So that was beautiful. And Wednesday we start choir practice for the Christmas musical. I am super excited. Kids are amazing, even now in the midst of difficulties we never had. It is such an honor to work with them and help lead and encourage them and get really good truth lyrics locked in their heads to help with bad times. How many times God reminded me of truth from a song from childhood. To allow another generation to have that same luxury and experience is fantastic. I am super excited God trusted me with that. He is so good! ❤
How sweet it is to get together and play music together!!! We have such a great band family. Some are with us, some just wish they were, but we love them all and hold them dear to our hearts. And oh how sweet it is to play music together!! Love my band family so much!! Thank you for yet another blessing, God!!! Everything good comes from God!! ❤