If one had a blog, today would be a good day to write something; in it.
Today, I had the great pleasure of meeting Brandon Garrett, age 26, from Kansas City, Kansas (USA.) What a time! At 11:00am Divine Worship Service at New Community Seventh Day Adventist Church, the colors were flying from the piano out into the sanctuary. What a praise was sent up!
It all started after I arrived for the second time at 10:30am for Praise Team Rehearsal. Pastor Mark Paris approached me as rehearsal ended and said that we had a visiting musician from one of his previous churches in the Central States Conference. As it turned out, except for one song, on which solo-ed, we did 2 keyboard duet accompaniments throughout the entire service. It was a longer one –even for us, due to communion. Except for one song, he played real piano.
Brandon has a lush, flowery style, and he plays beautifully and wonderfully –in spite of me. Although he was my guest, I am NOT Marion McPartland. The grand piano is slightly out of tune (with the Roland RD-700SX digital stage piano,) but we did fine. I mostly played left-hand bass on the digital piano and light accompaniment with my right hand. We played mostly old tunes. To play all these old church songs with a 26-year old man was extremely refreshing for me. I’m sure the congregation really enjoyed this special music, also.
We switched for the Doxology, and I had left the digital piano split with left-hand bass. When he played that keyboard bass behind, my piano, I thought I’d taken off and gone to heaven.
He did his solo right before the sermon, Your Grace and Mercy, accompanying himself. He had a spoken intro (banter.) Good job! I played along and brought the drummer, Kenneth Boykins, in on the second verse. Good times.
Mr. Garrett was in Denver to “Audition” for the position of Minister of Music at True Light Baptist Church in Montbello. We had a meal after church. I answered his questions about the church music scene in Denver. Of course, I could only tell what I know… Smile.
Other songs today:
We’ve Come This Far by Faith
Glad to Be in His Service
Glory, Glory, Hallelujah (Since I Laid My Burdens Down, Art Reynolds Singers version)
The Lord Is Blessing Me Right Now
Praise God from Whom All Blessing Flow
Jesus Loves the Little Children
Your Grace and Mercy
Falling in Love with Jesus
At the Cross
Down at the Cross
The Blood With Never Lose It’s Power
I Know it was the Blood (two separate versions –one minor)
A Perfect Sacrifice
Yes, Lord, Yes
What a Fellowship
Pass Me Not