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Accidental Careeers.
How I got roped into playing in yet another church.
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Oliver
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It was inevitable that my wife would tell someone that I played in a praise band a few years ago when living in Ct. 

I did not want to continue in the local church for several reasons.  First, the congregational musical talent level was very high.  They have a great choir of 20 and sang some difficult music.  Second, the choir director was obviously conservatory trained.  A real winner.  And last, the organist who ruled over it all.  She was retired from 28 years as Chapel Organist for the Fort Bragg military base which meant she played ANYTHING in ANY key at ANY tempo by ANY composer and she did all this with ease (Argggggggghhhhhhh).

But the hounds were at my heels.  I finally decided that I would "audition" with the organist.  (I'm sure she had gentle ways to kiss off hopeful musicians and the pain is short lived.  Then it's all over.)

So, we played for about 1/2 hour and the Choir Director and Organist then had a little pow-wow.  (Uh-oo)  Then the Choir Director shuffled over and said very quietly and politely  "You can play here any time you want."  (Good Grief!)

They must let anybody play in church jimi-hendrix

Let the games begin.

When you come to a fork in the road, take it.

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KindaScratchy
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July 25, 2012 - 8:34 pm
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Congratulations, Oliver! That's quite an endorsement...it tells us how great thou art!

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When the work's all done and the sun's settin' low,

I pull out my fiddle and I rosin up the bow.

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Picklefish
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Its a great place to play.

"Please play some wrong notes, so that we know that you are human" - said to Jascha Heifetz.

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That's all cool Oliver! You can play. You are the only one that responded to my blues pentatonic scales and you even recorded yourself playing to them. And did well!

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Oliver
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Well, thank you. 

I do not remember a favorable impression at the time but the subject was new and I think most members were not confident to do anything.

I still go back to the scales whenever I find appropriate backing.

The idea of the scales opened some new possibilities for me.

When you come to a fork in the road, take it.

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How nice that is, Oliver. You must be very proud of yourself.

That would / could nerver happen to me, I don't attend Church  facepalm. My only hope is to street play.  I can just see me now, a 70 year old man sitting in the "Great Lakes Crossing" mall on a three legged canvas stool playing for tips. They would either throw money,  clap or throw me out.  b-slap

     

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Oliver
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Well at least you might wind up on YouTube.  (I also might suggest that church is warmer in the Winter dancing

It usually turns out that progress on the violin simply exposes a whole new set of challenges.  I can bask in my success but only for a few days.

When you come to a fork in the road, take it.

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Wow, that's quite a compliment! 1st-place1st-place1st-place

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