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HAD A GREAT TIME TODAY PLAYING AT A NURSING HOME.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Hi everyone. Today the Sisters in Harmony from the church played a 30 minute program at one of our nursing homes. We had a pianist, a lady who played the dulcimer and me on sax. We each take turns playing a song and here is my list. Oh, the residents got to guess what the song was each time we played.

1. Alexander's Rag Time Band--- Written in 1911
2. Blueberry Hill-- --written in 1940
3. Pennies From Heaven
4. Can't Help Falling In Love by Elvis Presley
5. Beer Barrel Polka (Chorus only)
6. What A Wonderful World. This one hit the charts again in 1988 when Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong , who traveled the world bringing American Music to audiences everywhere, recorded this song of universal harmony . His song was made popular once again by the film, "Good Morning Vietnam, " and later Columbia released a new Willie Nelson album under this title.

We always go to each resident in the room and speak to them and give them a hug. One lady called me over to her and whispered, "You play beautifully. I can tell you play from your heart." That meant so much to me that she could tell that I do indeed play from my heart. It was such a joy, as always to see how they enjoy music and some like to sing along, which we encourage them to do.

The after that I had a rehearsal with the Joyful Tones that went well too. We practiced for the next two Sundays. It's sad that our group will dissolve after Christmas Eve. because 3 of us from the group are leaving after the service that night. Poor Martha, our regular pianist/organist, who is in her 80's, will be back to being the only one playing unless Austin, the drummer, decides to stay on. It's his father that is the board chair and did nothing to help Pastor Doug.

Sisters in Harmony is the one that plays at a nursing home. That group will also dissolve after we play the Christmas Program for them on Dec. 3. We play every other month. There are only 3 of us and the pianist and I are leaving. The lady who plays the dulcimer is in on this too and supports our board chairman, Jim. She and her husband love the secretary and believe every word she said. I can't understand why, but they do. The church cannot survive without the generous support of many who are leaving. Only God knows what will happen to His church. I do know that God will not bless a church that is full of strife. I hope to continue to play for them on my own, or sometimes take my pianist partner along when she retires so we can play things together, not each instrument on their own as the head of the group had us do. I'll just have to pray and wait to see what God wants me to do.

I think I've gone on long enough now. Thanks for reading this blog as I share feelings that are going on during this time. emoticon emoticon

Love,
Elayne

  
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LILYPUDGE 10/20/2014 7:57PM

    You were a real blessing to all those residents! Thank you for your gift and heart! emoticon

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JUDITH316 10/20/2014 1:31AM

    Elayne, I'm so sorry to hear this, one thing for sure you do play from the heart and touch so many lives as they hear the music you play! emoticon I'm so sorry to hear the Church is going through so much strive and dissention, that should not be, it sure grieves the heart of God seeing His Church being pulled apart. My prayers are with you and all the members. My heart is touched reading this account. I'm sure you and your friend will be a great blessing as you visit the Nursing Home with your music! emoticon emoticon

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LINDA! 10/19/2014 8:12PM

    Praying for the church. I have been through a church that had severe problems and had to leave.

I am so happy that the residents of the nursing home enjoy your beautiful music. emoticon

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KERRYG155 10/16/2014 10:12PM

    I can tell by the way you speak of your instrument and music that you play from the heart and that always comes through in the music. Sorry about the church. We have lost several families because the minister decided to try just one service at 10am rather than one at 8:30 and a second at 11 after Sunday School. At that time they also dropped the coffee time in between church and Sunday School and stayed open until the second service started. I miss that visitation time but don't think that's enough to make me leave my church. We haven't had anything real serious like you have, though.

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MILLISMA 10/16/2014 9:57PM

    Still think it's so sad what is going on. Thrilled that you go to the nursing home to play. You have no idea how much it means to the folks there. Music is so important and many don't realize the wonderful affect it can have on folks. You are so kind to be doing this. Kudos to you!!!

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MOM2ACAT 10/16/2014 12:16PM

    That is a wonderful thing to do; not only playing but visiting with them too!

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JOYINKY 10/16/2014 9:42AM

    A wonderful day all around yesterday! You and your friends made it so! God has a plan, just take it one day at a time. You are blessed and bless others.

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ZRIE014 10/16/2014 12:59AM

  sound like you had a great time

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NELLIEC 10/16/2014 12:53AM

    I'm glad your program at the nursing home went well.

It is very sad when a church has severe dissension! I am praying still.

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HERE WE GO AGAIN.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Hi everyone. Please pray for my church. Some people have managed to block our Pastor every step of the way from leading his flock. I kid you not. One lady, our church secretary didn't like him from the get go a year ago and made it know to him even though he is her supervisor along with the board chair. The board chair has never had a role in leadership in his life but has obstructed everything Pastor wanted to do for the good of the church. Pastor wanted to bring the church back to it's regular traditions as the Disciples of Christ church was founded. They told him the didn't like him wearing his robe, he couldn't have 2 readers for scripture readings on Sundays as it would take too much time and they didn't want to go over an hour. The secretary made up serious, bold face lies about the Pastor and attacked his family, his integrity and his ethics. She would call and check that he was where he said he would be. One day he told her he was going to the library and we have two here in town. She called one and since he wasn't there she lied and said he lied to her when he was at the other library. What gives her that right to check up on him and to disrespect him all the time and get away with it. I don't understand. He has done nothing to her.

She took over a hour and a half of a board meeting and did nothing but tell one lie after another about the Pastor and the chairman didn't stop her. Pastor's wife was sitting there and heard all of what was being said. I felt so sorry for her.

Well, after much prayer and talking to his family, he has handed in his resignation effective the end of the year. Christmas Eve will be his last Service there.

I have prayed about this situation as well, and I am also resigning from the church and all I do as a member as of Christmas Eve. I can not and will not stay in a church that pushes out one of the best Pastors this church has ever had. We have had 6 pastors in 10 years. What does that tell you? This church is or will no longer be meeting my Spiritual needs when Pastor Doug leaves.

Many are very upset that he is leaving, but the few that made it so difficult are "surprised" that he didn't stay and fight. Fight what and whom? Why should he have to do that. Our Regional minister said that if the church won't let him lead, then he has no choice but to leave.

So I am asking God to bless the members of the church and help the trouble makers to be weeded out and help the church grow once again. The Bible says that God will not bless a church that has strife. Yes, I need to go too. emoticon

  
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JUDITH316 10/20/2014 1:43AM

    Elayne, I'm so sorry to hear this account, as I said in your previous blog posting this should not be, God is surely grieved with a Church that is full of strife and dissention, my heart goes out to the Pastor and his family, only less than 3 years ago our Church went through a similar situation where our dear Pastor was attacked, he left, the good thing about this situation is the District was brought in and some of the problem areas have been weeded out and the Church is running better, our new Pastor who has worked with the District has certainly helped to turn things around. I only hope the ones who are causing all this strive will be either transformed or be weeded out if they are not willing to be lead by the leading of the Lord. My prayers are with you my friend, it isn't easy going through a Church Split, I've been there so can fully know what you are going through. Bottom line; I stand with you in friendship & prayer emoticon

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OPALMOON 10/13/2014 10:19PM

    Dear Elayne,
I am so sorry to read about all the trouble going on in your church. It goes to show that 'politics' is a alive and destructive in places where religion and the values associated with it aren't given priority or practiced by office holders (i.e. the secretary) who are there to serve the community they are part of....rather than tearing it down and acting in such a way. It is easy to see why there have been 6 different pastors in 10 years! I will pray that the church is restored to harmony.
It is no wonder and completely understandable that you and Pastor Doug are resigning. I agree with what others have said - that the secretary should have been made to stand down (obviously years ago, but at the very least now!), and the chairman as well. I feel for both Pastor Doug and his wife, being put through such a terrible time.
I am praying for them and your family to find a new spiritual home which is in line with all of your values, and where peace, kindness and community spirit reign.
Many blessings and hugs,
Nattacia

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NELLIEC 10/13/2014 3:52PM

    I will be praying for both you and the church you are leaving. Such a sad situation!

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SIOL55 10/13/2014 2:57PM

  Wishing God's will upon your church.

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LILYPUDGE 10/13/2014 2:23PM

    Your tale is so sad. I pray that you find a better church home which will feed your spirit rather than drain it.

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 10/13/2014 1:43PM

    Elayne, So very sorry for all the strife that is going on in your church caused by one very unhappy lady. She probably needs to find another church and quit causing trouble. Sounds like she wants to be the center of attention for some unknown reason and may need some "help". Sorry also that your chairman didn't stop her and let her continue telling her lies. How AWFUL!!!
Prayers that you find a church near to you where you will be happy and enjoy a new church family. I would definitely be looking for another church after all the drama and don't blame the pastor nor you for resigning. It is a shame that things have gotten so out of control there.
May God continue to bless you and Pastor Doug...where ever life and God leads you both.
Prayers for all.
Blessings and hugs,
Helen

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JOYINKY 10/13/2014 11:26AM

    I'm sorry for this strife Elayne, where ever you choose to move on to will be blessed to have you as a member. It occurs to me that this is a letter that should have been shared with your congregation. A few, should not determine the path of the many. Do not let it cloud your holiday season. emoticon

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ANOTHERMOMOF2 10/13/2014 10:49AM

    So sorry!

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BELTONWALKER67 10/13/2014 9:32AM

    So sad when the church members have no say in how the church should operate and those few in charge do what they want rather than what is best for church. Sorry, you are losing your pastor and your church home. Wishing you the best in your search for a church that will bring you peace. emoticon

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KERRYG155 10/13/2014 9:31AM

    Wow! The church secretary needs to go-immediately and NOT given a good recommendation. If your church has a district superintendent he/she needs to be involved now and the situation explained. The chairman who refuses to do his job needs to be removed and a new chairman seated. Two readers are not going to take any more time than one reader reading two scriptures-that's just a dumb thought. We all know most church services are scheduled for an hour but sometimes go over-people should understand that-good grief!

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GABY1948 10/13/2014 9:00AM

    I'm praying with you, Elayne. I am so sorry but this is yet one more sign of these end times. How sad!

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PURPLESPEDCOW 10/13/2014 8:13AM

    It seems that some people don't understand what the church stands for and deserve to be left behind. I hope you find a new church that makes you feel at home.

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RASPBERRY56 10/13/2014 6:57AM

    That "secretary" is a blot on the good name of all *professional secretaries* regardless of whether secular or religious/spiritual..........sheesh
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One word - *karma* - and may it bite that person you-know-where! I mean, *really, now* - *disrespecting a person's FAMILY by bringing the FAMILY into her drama for NO REASON WHATSOEVER*???????

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I apologize for the strong tone (I have been "spiritually challenged" for many years, sad to say - long story that I won't bore anyone with)........but all that having been said, I truly feel for your plight and am sorry that you feel you have to move on - but, of course, it is so important that you follow your head and heart (or whatever moves you the strongest) and do what you need to do for *you*! I have no doubt that you will be blessed in whatever you do and wherever you go!

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TWEETYKC00 10/13/2014 5:54AM

    I hope everything works out, hugs.

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ZELLAZM 10/13/2014 4:21AM

    Elayne, it's so sad when the church fights against itself! I'm sorry you have to move on and I'll be praying you find a new church home where you will be blessed and have the opportunity to share your gifts as well.

I'm so behind on blogs! Enjoyed catching up on yours with your bio and all the wonderful musical experiences you shared. Keep on playing!
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PART TWO OF MY BIO.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Bio continued. Part two.

I was playing in a Praise band at Church where Gary was the director. The band decided they wanted to write their own operetta telling the Christmas Story in modern day times. So, "Mary, Joseph and Louie " was born. It took place in New York City and involved a cabbie and a bread and breakfast and a barn. The cabbie's fare were two people named Mary and Joseph. We all wrote a song for the operetta. I have never composed a song in my life, but I was about to do it now. God and Gary helped me through the process. There was a vocalist named Sheri who also worked on the song with me. She wrote the lyrics and I wrote the music. I had her sing the song as she had a great Roberta Flack kind of voice and style. The name of the song is "All The Dreams." It was a love song from Mary to Joseph and it was sung while they were in the taxi trying to find a place to bed down for the night. It gets better. Arjay wrote the narrative which pulled all the songs together into a story. Opening night was Christmas Eve, Dec. 24. It just happened to be our wedding anniversary, so I dedicated this love song to Arjay for our anniversary have to look for the word sheet and I'll print them later on in my bio.

As time went on I began to market myself and my first paid gig was at Barnes and Noble on Dec. 14, 1997. I also was booked for Walden Books and Ruby Tuesday. Ruby Tuesday cancelled at the last minute.

In 2000 we moved to Zephyrhhills and I had an agent for a while and was booked at Gospel Fests, pizza parlors and such. I became The Gospel Sax Lady. However, I didn't renew my contract with my agent after he began wanting a percentage of my tips even though I wasn't getting paid a certain amount. These were also bookings I got myself. Another life lesson learned. Promote oneself!

Then circumstances changed and my Asthma began to act up and I became disabled and was receiving disability payments. Now, even though my Dr. said playing was good for my lungs, we both knew that the people at the SS office would never understand my being able to play and still be disabled. So, I stopped playing out in public and only played in my church as I believed God would protect me and He did. He knew I was playing for him and him alone. I always give God the Glory. The good news is I just received a letter from SS stating since I am fully retired as of Sept 14, my birthday, I no longer am eligible for disability benefits. I am now on regular Medicare retirement benefits. Yea!!! This means I can now play out anywhere I want. Because I'm free now, a friend and I have a paid gig in a band on New Year's Eve! We are so excited. We'll start working on the music in October. They play a lot of country but had also said we can play what we like too. We like the oldies but goodies. So we can mesh the two together since the leader of the band said we will be the meat and potatoes of the band.! My friend Debbie and I hope to market ourselves next year as the Grace Notes . Deb is retiring the end of Dec. This way we both can continue to play for God's glory, be it religious or secular.

I'm looking forward to sharing my talent God gave me in new circumstances. I'd like to close with the last phone conversation I had with my dear Dad the day before he died 2 yrs. ago this past
August. He said, and I quote, " I'm so proud of you and so happy that you are continuing to play your sax and bring joy to others. That's what it's all about. Keep playing Elayne. Keep playing. " Of course I promised Dad I would keep playing as long as God gives me the breath do so. I also thanked Dad for all he has done for me and told him that if it weren't for his private teaching I wouldn't be the saxist I am today. His answer,being a very humble man, " You already had the talent to begin with and all I did, along with your school teacher, Mr. Pelton., was help to cultivate that talent you were given by God." I will always love my Dad and I miss him so.
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So there you have my bio. Hope you enjoyed it.

Love,
Elayne

  
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JUDITH316 9/29/2014 1:23PM

    emoticon Elayne for sharing your story, you are blessed indeed and your gift of music is such a blessing to all who hear you play, It's wonderful that your Dad inspired and encouraged you along the way... What a rich heritage and blessing for you & your family and yes, to us who have the privilege to hear you... emoticon

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KERRYG155 9/28/2014 9:19PM

    You had a great dad. I believe that as long as your music is making people happy it doesn't matter what genre it is. I love most all music and we heard one fantastic clarinetist last night at the symphony. Keep up the work you are doing for and with God.

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GABY1948 9/28/2014 4:06PM

    Elayne, that is a great story! And God has blessed you with a gift so of course you will keep on with it for as long as He wants you to. I wish I had such a gift but alas, no musical gift.

Your dad sounds like a wonderful man. Like you, I was blessed with a wonderful dad, he was the light of my life until I met my DH now.

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MOM2ACAT 9/28/2014 12:42PM

    I loved reading your story! Looking forward to hearing more about the Grace Notes too, wishing you much success with that!

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WILLOW49 9/28/2014 12:42PM

    Thanks for sharing your story with us! What a wonderful one it is!
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MILLISMA 9/28/2014 11:42AM

    Great story, Elayne. Thanks for sharing your life with us. Glad that started playing your sax again. It not only brings you much joy but spreads joy to others. God bless and have a wonderful Sunday.

hugs....Mary Anne

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JOYINKY 9/28/2014 9:03AM

    Keep playing Elayne! What a gift! emoticon

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OPALMOON 9/28/2014 4:39AM

    Dear Elayne,
Thank you so much for sharing the wonderful story of your life and the overriding part music plays in it. I am so glad for you that you are free now to play wherever you can, so more and more people can be blessed to hear you share this inspiring talent. I love the words to "All the dreams" - it is a story of the love you and Arjay share as well, for that is how it felt to me on reading it. May your life and those who come to know your music playing continue to be blessed. Belated good wishes for your birthday and the year ahead also (sorry I missed it!)
Big hugs to you, Arjay, Max and your loved ones.
Love, Nattacia

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MY BIO IN TWO PARTS.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Hi everyone. I've been asked to do a program on my bio for a Sisterhood that I belong to. I am honored to do so. I was asked to focus on my music, so I did. I'll add these to my blogs in sections. I'll label them part 1 and 2. Here is Part 1..

.MY LIFE AS A SAXIST.

My life began on Sept. 14, 1948 in a hospital in NE. Pa. Because I decided to show up two months early, I only weighed 2 lbs and 6 oz. and was the length of a ruler...just 12 inches long. I was then placed in an incubator for 2 months until I reached 5 pounds. While in the glass “tank” I began to show my love of rhythm by tapping my foot against the glass and was given the nickname of “Thumper.” My other known title became “Princess of the Nursery.” I was born to a Mother who sang in the choir and had a beautiful soprano voice. She would sit with me on her lap at the piano and recorded in my baby book that my first note on the piano was C. So, my love of music began. Mom would always warm up her voice with Mozart's “Alleluia” so I learned to sing it along with her. To this day I love that piece.

Mom divorced my biological father when I was 5 and married a wonderful man when I was 6 who was a music teacher and band director. From then on I thought of him as Dad and he adopted me, so we really were a family. When I was about 7 or 8 I took an interest in the piano so Dad bought me the red Thompson beginner book for piano. He started giving me lessons. After about a year I just didn't want to play piano. I really hated practicing. So the next thing was I wanted to play flute like Dad did. I was about 9 then. Dad talked me out of the flute and rented a silver alto sax. He felt I would have more fun with the sax. Well, here's how my first lesson went. Dad told me to just put the mouthpiece in my mouth and blow. I did. What came out sounded like a wounded duck. Dad turned to my Mom and told her that If I practiced I would be good. Dad later told me most kids can't even get that much of a sound the first time. So my sax playing began.

I wasn't the only musician in our family growing up.I had 2 brothers come along and they later each played instruments. Robb played trumpet and guitar and Doug played trombone and drums. Our merry little band grew. However, I am 9 and 10 yrs. older than my 2 brothers so in time I got married and moved out. That was a mistake. We divorced 2 years later.

Anyway, I played sax in the school band, orchestra, dance band and marching band. For my 16th birthday my Dad bought me my very own brand new Conn Starburst sax, which I still am playing today .In my junior and senior years I was playing first chair, first part in all of them. I tried out for Regional Band when I was a sophomore, but didn't make it. Sight reading was my downfall. However, Dad worked with me and I made Regional and State Band and first chair, first part in both competitions in my junior and senior years of high school. Dad was a judge of the saxes but of course had to disqualify himself because of being my Dad.

Fast forward to 1980 when my new husband, Arjay, of just 4 months and I moved to Fl. I had my sax stored in my in-law's home and decided I wanted to play again. So they shipped it to me. I began to play in a non-denominational church band and loved it. Gospel Sax was great. But I was only doing it because I liked to play. Then the pastor and the band and congregations split and didn't tell me! I showed up to play and there was no band or pastor. What? Yep, that really happened.

In 2000 I started going to the Lutheran church in Town and Country where I was singing in the choir and met Gary Griffith, the music director. When he learned I played sax he encouraged me to come and play along with the choir on the hymns, so I did. It was then I realized that God was speaking to me to do Music Ministry. I didn't know where to begin and Gary became my mentor. After he heard me play he encouraged me to go public. I didn't think I was “good “ enough, but God and Gary did. By that time I was playing soprano sax as I had 3 herniated discs in my neck and wasn't able to hang the alto around my neck. The we discovered I could play the alto with a sax harness that reminded me of me of something out of Fredrick's of Hollywood, but I didn't care. I could now play both Alto and Soprano saxes.

Here are the words to All The Dreams.

All the dreams I ever wanted,
All the dreams I ever dreamed,
All the wishes one could hope for...
Are You.

All my life I have longed for you,
All my life I have prayed for
All the things that God would bring in You.

Chorus:

You are my love,
My gift from God above,
In all my life, in all my dreams
I could never have dreamed
One as wonderful as you.

Reprise:

All the dreams I ever wanted,
All the dreams I ever dreamed,
All the wishes one could hope for
Are You.

I'm sorry I don't have a way to play the song.

  
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JUDITH316 9/29/2014 1:31PM

    emoticon for sharing, you are such a blessing to me, I appreciate and so enjoy your music, it's wonderful that Gary Griffith, the Music Director took time to mentor you and encourage you on with your music, thanks for sharing the lyrics of the song ..

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MOM2ACAT 9/28/2014 12:40PM

    My sister had a similar beginning; she was born 4 months early and weighed a pound and a half; she spent quite a few weeks in an incubator also.

By the way, I am a Lutheran also! Until I started high school, I went to a Lutheran school from kindergarten to 8th grade.

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MILLISMA 9/28/2014 11:40AM

    Love the words and wish I could hear the tune.....beautiful!

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My Bio

Sunday, September 28, 2014

My life began on Sept. 14, 1948 in a hospital in NE. Pa. Because I decided to show up two months early, I only weighed 2 lbs and 6 oz. and was the length of a ruler...just 12 inches long. I was then placed in an incubator for 2 months until I reached 5 pounds. While in the glass “tank” I began to show my love of rhythm by tapping my foot against the glass and was given the nickname of “Thumper.” My other known title became “Princess of the Nursery.” I was born to a Mother who sang in the choir and had a beautiful soprano voice. She would sit with me on her lap at the piano and recorded in my baby book that my first note on the piano was C. So, my love of music began. .Mom would always warm up her voice with Mozart's “Alleluia” so I learned to sing it along with her. To this day I love that piece.

Mom divorced my biological father when I was 5 and married a wonderful man when I was 6 who was a music teacher and band director. From then on I thought of him as Dad and he adopted me, so we really were a family. When I was about 7 or 8 I took an interest in the piano so Dad bought me the red Thompson beginner book for piano and started giving me lessons. After about a year I just didn't want to play piano. I really hated practicing. So the next I wanted to play flute like Dad did. I was about 9 then. Dad talked me out of the flute and rented a silver alto sax. He felt I would have more fun with the sax. Well, here's how my first lesson went. Dad told me to just put the mouthpiece in my mouth and blow. I did. What came out sounded like a wounded duck. Dad turned to my Mom and told her that If I practiced I would be good. Dad later told me most kids can't even get that much of a sound the first time. So my sax playing began.

I wasn't the only musician in our family growing up. I had 2 brothers come along and they later each played instruments. Robb played trumpet and guitar and Doug played trombone and drums. Our merry little band grew. However, I am 9 and 10 yrs. older than my 2 brothers so in time I got married and moved out. That was a mistake. We divorced 2 years later.

Anyway, I played sax in the school band, orchestra, dance band and marching band. In my junior and senior years I was playing first chair, first part in all of them. When I expressed an interest in competitions, Dad bought me a brand new gold toned Conn Starburst sax with real pearl keys. It's the same one I'm using today! I tried out for Regional Band when I was a sophomore, but didn't make it. Sight reading was my downfall. However, Dad worked with me and I made District and Regional Band and first chair, first part in both competitions in my junior and senior years of high school. Dad was a judge of the saxes but of course had to disqualify himself because of being my Dad. So I've had my Conn sax since I was 16. I have since named her Allyson.

Fast forward to 1980 when my new husband, Arjay, of just 4 months and I moved to Fl. I had my sax stored in my in-law's home and decided I wanted to play again. So they shipped it to me. I began to play in a non-denominational church band and loved it. Gospel Sax was great. Then I learned the hard way how life can be. I went to play one Sunday not realizing there had been a split among the church and Pastor. The band leader, Brother George, left and formed his own church and took the band with him and didn't tell me! I showed up to play and there was no band or pastor. What? Yep, that really happened.

I started going to the Lutheran church in Town and Country where I was singing in the choir and met Gary Griffith, the music director. When he learned I played sax he encouraged me to come and play along with the choir on the hymns, so I did. It was then I realized that God was calling to me to do Music Ministry. I didn't know where to begin and Gary became my mentor. After he heard me play he encouraged me to go public. I didn't think I was “good “ enough, but God and Gary did. By that time I was playing soprano sax as I had 3 herniated discs in my neck and wasn't able to hang the alto around my neck. The we discovered I could play the alto with a sax harness that reminded me of me of something out of Fredrick's of Hollywood, but I didn't care. I could now play both Alto and Soprano.

  
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DIANESKATZ 9/30/2014 2:45PM

    From tiny beginnings comes great growths!
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KERRYG155 9/28/2014 9:11PM

    I'm glad you found your place. with the help of God and Gary. I think I have that same piano book in the bench. lol I tried to get my grandkids interested in playing but GD seemed to think it would just happen in a few minutes. I told her to just play around with it but that only works when grandpa is not home so she hasn't ever really played it. My grandson took guitar lessons and then started clarinet in the junior high band but had to stop when he couldn't attend the summer band camp. I know it was a disappointment. He was excited today when he found the guitar strings I had purchased months ago and planned to get his sister's guitar ready to play so they could practice together. BTW this grandson was born 10 1/2 weeks early. He was pretty big, though, at 3lb 14oz and 17 ox. He would have been a monster baby at full term. He also stayed in the NICU for 2 months before going home-he had weak lungs and developed a bone infection in the rib they broke doing cpr at birth.

Keep on making music and making people happy.

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JOYINKY 9/28/2014 8:57AM

    Looks like you were truly meant and guided on this path of music ministry! emoticon

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