The first and foremost job I had today was to go over to St. Paul Lutheran Church and play for their 9:00 a.m. service. I went early enough so to have time to run thru all the music I was to play. I chided myself after playing the first piece for not getting over there sometime last week to re-familiarize myself with their piano. Unless one is exceptionally gifted on a keyboard, each and every instrument requires some getting used to before being able to comfortably play it. In spite of my having an upright piano I use for practicing, it’s enough different, just as every other make and model of pianos are. It’s sort of like stepping into someone else’s vehicle and driving it off to the grocery store. You know you can drive it, but it’s just enough different.
All went relatively well with the exception of my not paying close enough attention to the order of their service. I found that I’d nearly forgotten to play a song when it’s time arrived. Believe me, I jumped out of my pew and over to their piano like greased lightening. What made me all the more angry with myself was that I’d started it in a different key signature. Thank goodness I migrated over to the appropriate key without having to stop and start all over. I definitely learned several lessons today that are now permanently hard-coded into my memory.
They really are a delightful group of people over at St. Paul, and I certainly don’t have a problem playing for them from time to time. What I’ve found to be touching, is that they’re all so personable. One of them mentioned before their services began how surprised she was to see how early Easter will arrive this this year. I mentioned that I figured as much since Ash Wednesday is this week. I can’t ever remember Easter Sunday being on April Fool’s Day. Do you? Seeing how our winter weather doesn’t seem to want to warm a little, it wouldn’t surprise me if we still have snow on the ground that day.
I’m sure many of you are watching the Olympic Games which recently started. I normally watch them, but as I said before, I’m not going to pay any attention to it this time around due to all the political maneuverings that are taking place this time around. If it’s not the Russians, its the North Koreans. I’m still very disappointed with the Olympic Committee for allowing the Russians to play considering all the doping they did with their athletes at the last Olympic Games held in Sochi. Looks like it’s all about money and power instead of fairness. Many believe the Russian athletes are getting a bad rap, but why aren’t people talking about all those many athletes from around the world who played fairly last time and lost because the winning “decks” were stacked against them by the Russians? If I were one of those Russian athletes who won unfairly, I’d be exceptionally ashamed of myself all the way into perpetuity.
While working this afternoon on another project, I wasn’t surprised to receive several calls from Realtors asking about the availability of several of my listings. Both times I had to say, “Sorry, it’s sold.”
Before St. Paul’s services started, a gentleman whom I know mentioned that he and his wife are causally looking to “bump up” in housing, but can’t seem to find anything in their price range. He’s finding that selling his home won’t be a problem, but finding one they like in their price range is going to be the hard part. It looks like there’s going to be another shortage this year with homes in certain price ranges. Let’s just hope the market starts opening up when the snow’s gone. Do have a pleasant evening.