July 8, 2014
So with July 4th weekend, most of our musicians were out of town so we didn’t have practice as usual. So Darren and I ended up sitting in our tiny kitchen going through the set. I stuck yogurt-covered pretzels on sticks with strawberries and blueberries – giving me a huge sense of red-white-and-blue satisfaction (like I was a productive Martha Stewart Mum, of which I couldn’t be further from) whilst we sang together.
The significance of this is that I haven’t been singing for 6 months. After getting sick at the beginning of the year and losing my voice in a big way, my singing voice has not recovered and I’ve been trying to give it rest. This is a ridiculous notion really since I have a 3 year old and a 5 year old at home with me, so I am talking all day and I have to say everything a million times of course, so I finally gave up with the ‘resting my voice’ approach and sang to my heart’s content. Certain songs and ranges are really rough but others seem okay. But it was so great to sing through our set – –
Oh How I need You (All Sons and Daughters) / Everlasting (New one of ours) / Holy Spirit (Newer one of ours) / Oceans (Darren and I play it mellow and acoustic instead of Diva-ish – I can’t swing that) and Future Past by John Mark McMillan which is absolutley getting to us in a very good way lately.
The back door was open and the mosquitos were coming in but we felt a new freedom to worship together in the simplicity of that setting. I think we’ll do that again, but next time I want a drum to bash.