Thursday Thirteen: Musical Experiences

>Thursday-13 #21:
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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10 thoughts on “Thursday Thirteen: Musical Experiences

  1. >I've been on the edges of rock bands a few times, and even on stage a couple of times. I didn't tell my Mom. :)

  2. >I soo enjoyed reading your list as I can relate with many of them. No. 13 is what started me off too, and blimey! we're about the same age then. But I was truant; always thought I like the piano but the piano does not like me. Happy Thursday! Love your list!

  3. >I envy musical talent. The extent of my musical experience is 1 year playing the flute in the school band. Great T13.

  4. >That's pretty cool to be able to say that you have accompanied all those people. What a great talent you have. Happy TT.

  5. >How lovely to be able to share your talent and love of music in such a wide variety of settings. Here's to many more ;–)
    Hugs and blessings,

  6. >I can't even begin to imagine how you got through playing while your son sang at his grandfather's funeral. That had to have taken nerves of steel!

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