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Sunday, July 16, 2006

Bluegrass Jam

No, that's not something you spread on bread. It's an event at New Song Church in Reynoldsburg. On the second and fourth Fridays from 7-10, they hold a Bluegrass/gospel jam session. They welcome acoustic stringed instruments and the harmonica. I've gotta say, I've never seen so many banjo pickers in one room. There is a section for the audience, a section for the musicians, and the stage in the center. They rotate through the musician section and everyone gets a turn at the mic.

I took my autoharp out for a test drive on Friday, and while I didn't get up on stage, I did play along. But, I've been informed that you only get one time on the bench. Next time I have to get up and play with the rest. I'll be ready.

It's kind of weird going to an activity at a different church. It was fortunate to run across some people that I know. There is a family who was there that I know from baseball; one of the kids was on a team with one of my sons. Another older sibling worked with the other son. Turns out the kids have a bluegrass band including guitar, banjo, mandolin, and fiddle. Really, everyone there was friendly, and I had a good time. I'm planning on going next time, and I'll be ready to play.

Something like this might be fun at Logos--without the bluegrass. But I don't feel comfortable trying to start a group right now. Maybe down the road. Right now at Logos, I find myself doing a whole lot of sitting on the outside and looking in. Not necessarily because I want to, but because that's apparently where I need to be right now. It's kind of nice going to a new place where I'm not tempted to do anything more than show up. I know that sounds weird. But the things at Logos that I really feel a burden to be involved with, I've not been able to do. By hanging out somewhere as a guest, I'm not part of the community, and I have no responsibility to be involved at a deeper level. It goes against what I've been taught about using my spiritual gifts, but seems to be where I am supposed to be right now.

In the meantime, I'm learning some bluegrass / gospel tunes and getting ready for next time.

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Music to Keep the boredom away.

One of the things about the boredom of my job is that I can listen to music. My autoharping led me to CD Baby, where I purchased my Brobdingnagian Bards CDs. CD Baby lets you listen to clips from CDs, and there are pages by theme, style, etc. So, I'll find something interesting and listen while I work. Some of it has been just a little weird, but here are some of my favorites--with or without the autoharp.

Graphic Recliner
ECOSSE: The Auld Alliance
Gene Moore: I Give Up