I am an accompanist. I play the piano and the organ. I have had many opportunities to play for people over the years. Here are some of the more memorable.
1. I accompanied a contestant in a county beauty pageant.
2. I accompanied the musical “South Pacific” in high school.
3. I joined a rock band for all of a week until my mother said it was not proper for her teenage daughter.
4. In the early 1990s, I played at a funeral for a 12 year old boy who had died from AIDS.
5. A little while later, I played at a funeral for a younger boy who had been fatally shot while playing with friends and a gun.
6. I have played numerous times under an air vent and had my music fly all over the place during the performance.
7. I have played for an opera singer.
8. I once accompanied a singer who was so nervous that he burst out laughing halfway through the piece. None of us knew what to do, so I vamped a few measures until he regained his composure.
9. I have often been asked to accompany singers and musicians at solo- ensemble competitions in middle and high schools. The most memorable was the one I missed because I was given bad driving directions. Amy, I apologize yet again.
10. A couple of times, I have been asked as I walked in the door to accompany people. Those have been a bit hair raising for me as I sight read through the performance.
11. I accompanied my son as he sang at his grandfather’s funeral.
12. I can still remember the first wedding I accompanied, but the most nerve-wracking was playing for my little brother’s nuptuals.
13. I started playing for congregations in church out of necessity (lack of other available talent) when I was 13. I still remember the butterflies I felt the first time I turned on the organ and began the prelude.
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