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Back, after a short pause

Posted by countrydirt on Sunday, December 21, 2008

So here is my second blog entry!

Today, I played the mandolin.  Sorry, no recording as it was in church for our "Family Christmas" song celebration.  We had 20 separate folks or acts singing today.  Our little bluegrass band, Up Yonder, played I Wonder as I Wander and What Child is This.  I know it had something to do with the unceasing prayers since our practice last night, but God nailed it for us.  Our fiddle player, Leah Peebles, nailed it all,  our real picker, Brad James was so solid that it was fantastic,,  Our bass player, Ross Mayfield,, the first born of my loin, was beyond awesome.  The twin guitars of Mark Peebles and Cody Camilli provided the most amazing backing.  So, it was up to me to come up with a few lead breaks and some solid chopping to keep us on time.  God is great, He made it happen. My lead was solid, my chopping was tight.  God blessed me and others today.

3 comments on “Back, after a short pause”

rot-n-dobe Says:
Sunday, December 21, 2008 @4:11:26 PM

that sounds great! i played guitar at a church once with my instructor and another student. we worked on silent night for weeks to prepare. we were like the nineth to perform. we played flawlessly but unfortunately everyone played the exact same song! was getting alittle redundant by the time it got to us.

Jammer Says:
Sunday, December 21, 2008 @5:31:34 PM

I think is is so nice when Churches have members play music. My grandmother is a member of The Old Regular Baptist Church (I hope I spelled that right!), and they have a lot of great singing in the Ralph Stanley style, but they wont allow any instruments. When she was younger she would often be in the kitchen and would suddenly start singing some of the most God like singing my ears have ever heard. Your blog post reminded me of all of this.

Personally I feel more at home in a Church that allows a little playing of the instruments, be it piano, guitar or whatever works out. I hope to find the right Church soon. Right now I'm not sure which local Church to attend. But, I'm sure someone will direct me there, as we have plenty nearby. - Peace, - Terry

countrydirt Says:
Monday, December 22, 2008 @3:44:32 AM

Our church is a Southern Baptist congregation.  Alot of singing, but mainly with piano or cd accompaniment.  Our band is newly formed (since July) and I am new to the mandolin (since August)   Our ages range from 50 down to about 35 - except for that son of mine who is 17.  I've known the real banjo picker since about 1980, the main guitar player since this summer and the fiddle and other guitar player since October.

I've been playing and singing in churches for about the past 5 years - mainly guitar but occasionally the banjo.  So, being in this band has been fun.  I thought our name ought to be Called Up Yonder, but the preacher just calls us Up Yonder which is a fine band name and really indicates what we are. 

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