So today I played a funeral, it was good, but kinda surreal! As a musician(who never turns down work) I find myself in all kinds of company, today was proof of it. Picture this(insert Sophia from Golden Girls quote here),Slick (from WWF) doing the eulogy and the family of the deceased as musically rich as Fort Worth can get! As the family processed in, I saw a few familiar faces and immediately put the ‘tighten up’ on-you don’t want to get scooted off the organ seat! lol Anyway, the decedent’s brothers are musicians and singers I used to play with a few years ago. Better than that, her brother taught Kirk Franklin(his nephew) to play the piano…say whatever you want, that’s interesting! Anyway, her cousin was a recording artist and was on the Malaco record label for a few years. All in all, there were a few other people that I knew but I just want to mention these few. As you know, church is HILARIOUS and I just gotta mention this-At the end, I was playing I’ll Fly Away and then out of nowhere I hear this voice…(yes I thought it was coming from the casket :() but somebody in the church was singing a totally different song! They were so loud that I changed songs(By and By) for a chorus,pulled out a few more drawbars and proceeded with I’ll Fly Away. If you gon’ just burst out into song, please let it at least be the RIGHT song!!!!!
As the funeral concluded, another musician approached me and made a few comments…”I enjoyed your playing, etc.” Then blew away by saying “you’re a musician’s musician. I didn’t really know how to reply other than the usual “to God be ALL the glory” but it did put a minor spring in my step! lol So, we all know people we can bestow this compliment on so let’s take some time and share what we really feel about our fellow musicians! Quit hating, and quit holding back good words-they both equal the same thing!
I reached my tag limit, but I wanna shout out to all my facebook friends, true musicians-keep up the good work!