I have three friends from church who play in a band with me. The whole thing is kinda surreal. I mean we started out thinking we’d just play a little music, if we got good enough maybe… MAYBE play for a church service now and again.
Three years later we’ve put out a CD, got it placed on iTunes!… gigged around a little and made some people happy with our music. And yes… now and again we play for our church during a Sunday service.
It’s pretty amazing when I think about that and all we’ve done with this band of ours.
Well, a couple of weeks ago we had gig… another outside gig. Seems like the only place we play is outside. It was a benefit for three girls whose families needed financial help after their daughters got into an ATV accident. It was the furthest we’d ever traveled to play a show. About 50 miles away from our homes.
Little Fawn (my 16 year old daughter for any new readers) came along with us just to kinda be there, plus I handed her my camera so she could get some pics of us.
There was a lot going on. It was held at a restaurant that sits right against the banks of a lake. There were hot girls in bikinis and fellas with ripped abs coming in off the lake. There was a silent auction going on inside as well as a garage sale happening in the parking lot. A fishing tournament had started earlier in the morning and people were tracking that.
Anyway, I say all this to let you know we weren’t the only thing being given any attention. So as we were playing we could tell there were only a handfull of people really listening to us so we thought we’d drag out a song that is kind of a favorite of ours although most certainly unknown to anyone outside a UU church.
And so here’s the memory, that I pray lasts me till my dying day.
The song we decided to pull out is a popular UU hymn that uses words by the Sufi mystic, Rumi.
We play it as a round and as we got into the singing part… particularly MY singing part, Little Fawn was singing along to herself. I could see her, as she peered into the camera’s monitor to see the most recent picture she had taken, singing along. She was busy… somewhat distracted as she pressed the buttons, moved back and forth through the pics… deleting one, saving another… and singing… with her daddy.
She knows all the words. She knows the melody. And it means more than I can describe that she likes it enough that she couldn’t “keep from singing”. (part of the title of another popular UU hymn)
I am forever grateful for that moment when I looked up at just the right time to see my baby girl singing this song with me in a place where it probably never has been heard or ever will be heard, again.