It was interesting to prepare for and sing for the concert in the park last night in Papillion. A couple of things were different from my typical weekly musical endeavors.
The weekly Music With a Mission on Tuesdays at Table Grace from 1 until 2 tends to be pretty spontaneous, depending on who is there, and I never really know what is going to happen. Take for instance yesterday; a regular customer requested that I sing The Sound Of Music. He then proceeded to sing in his falsetto the “ahh-ahhh-ahh-ahh” which caught all of us off guard entirely, and had everyone in laughter followed by tears of joy for minutes to follow. Still a day later, I find myself chuckling about the moment.
The concert last night was a two hour endeavor, with an hour of set up ahead of time and an hour of tear down afterwards. My brother, Chris (who is also the Pastor at TriPoint Baptist Church, and co-owner of the coffee house) played drums and Steve Pera played Cello and Bass. I interwove stories of Table Grace Café and the history of the songs I have written into the two hours, and also somehow managed to spend some time encouraging the people listening to practice listening deeper in their own lives. I mentioned how special it was to have Chris playing with me again because when we were young, we were in our family band called “Simone Chris and the folks” for several years. Chris then later said, “playing with Simone feels like coming home”; pretty special moments. There were many people that wandered over from where-ever they had been, and by the end of the night I suppose around 40 people or so had come and gone. There were also two water fountains/water falls that kids were playing in the entire time.
This coming Sunday’s concert at 4 p.m. at Morningstar Lutheran Church will be an entirely different event altogether too. Hope and Alexandra are talking today about which songs they are willing to sing and play. Venue and audience always seems to affect what the concert ends up being. The Holy Spirit leads in a variety of ways when it comes to the music and message. It is a blessing to have music, laughter and people in my life. Thank you to all of you!!