Thursday, December 12, 2013

I'd like a show of hands, please . . .

Who else has been directed to begin accompanying Christmas carols - as the room plunges into total darkness?

Tonight was the second time.  I'm on the opening chords to "O Come All Ye Faithful", and down the lights go, until I can barely make out the chords. Fortunately, it was only me and the singers, who had the dimmest candle/light sticks on the planet.

My first attempt at blind playing was a few years back: as the lights dim to nothingness, as only two candles gleam, the pastor nods at me to begin "Silent Night".  I smile grimly and begin, hoping I selected the correct key (if not, it'd clash delightfully when the orchestra joined me at the top of the song).

Our job is uniquely stressful - and sometimes a layer of random 'you want what?' is layered in as well.  Be prepared*.  

*Seriously.  Have portable lights in your car.  I do, but noone told me the lights would go out during the show.


Rhonda Berlin Music said...

This happened to me at Christmas Eve service. Fortunately, my husband was playing trumpet and remembered to bring his little light. He walked over & clipped it above my hymnal while I was playing. He's a keeper!

Billie Whittaker said...

Nice, and congratulations! Always good to have someone with you who is prepared :)