Saturday, August 31, 2013

Swallowing bugs and honoring civil rights

A good attitude is always preferable when accidentally swallowing a bug. Rather than be grossed out about it, maybe you just call it protein and move on? But how do you deal with a tasty bug treat when you are mid-song in an outdoor performance? Well, Julie showed us it can be done gracefully. No one had any idea that she had just downed a little bugger...she continued on like the pro she is. Only afterwards did she humorously share her experience and ask pardon for a quick drink of water before moving on to the next part of the program. Which gave Kami and myself...and the audience...a moment to sing "There was a young lady who swallowed a fly....."

Our last performance in our busy singing summer was in Clinton for a High Priest group summer social at a local park bowery. Kami's aunt and uncle set the whole thing up and hosted us well. And though we don't usually like to eat a big meal right before singing (hard to get those notes out sometimes when you have a newly full belly) how could we pass up dutch oven chicken and potatoes?
It was an especially enjoyable performance...we had a fun audience and Kami had a lot of family members there. Besides the bug incident, another moment that stuck out at me was when we sang "Blackbird"...a song by John Lennon and Paul McCartney written in reaction to racial tensions in the United States back in 1968, specifically the black people's struggle in the southern states. It's a neat song and we've thoroughly enjoyed singing it throughout the summer...but this just happened to be a special day. It was the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech. So to have the opportunity to share the history of that song and the history of that day before we sang, was also really neat.

It was a great way to end the summer....
(This is Kami's mother, Becky. She has been our biggest fan from day one. And we trust her enough to not only tell us how great we are but also be honest about the things that didn't go so well or that we need to change. We love her!)

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