Djembe Thanksgiving – Part 3

January 22, 2010 at 12:33 pm 2 comments

Djembe Thanksgiving
Part 3:
Oy! Logistics, Permissions and Switzerland, Oh My!

Read Part 1: The Drummers and Joe
Read Part 2: Kurzweil Jeff
Read Part 4: A Joyful Chaos!
Read Part 5: Drums In Church — Some Concluding Thoughts

The week before Thanksgiving, we were able to arrange a one-hour time slot in which everyone could rehearse at The Mother Church.  Let me tell you, with all of the drummer/nurses’ on-call schedules, the teaching and performing schedules of the Berklee guys, the scheduling of the church and its musicians, including travel schedules, tech crew and administrative folks, this was no easy feat.

We blazed through that one-hour Friday night rehearsal and got through a lot of things – but we clearly couldn’t cover it all in that amount of time.  It went well, but afterward, there was concern about the overall readiness of this endeavor.

Would everyone really know what to do during the service?  Would we have enough time to manage the logistics of moving 10 people and the drums into places without causing major traffic jams in a fairly small space – not once, but twice during the service?  Would the African drums playing in a reverberant hall be overpowering?  Could we solve all of this and more in one final 90-minute rehearsal?

The answers to these questions and more, a number of inquiring minds wanted to know…

It was suggested that we have another rehearsal before Thanksgiving, but it was virtually impossible to get everyone together.  I knew that we would have to be extra-organized, and we would problem-solve issues via group email, some conference phone calls and prayer (and not necessarily in that order).

So that’s what we did.  I was so aware of the calm, strong thinking of the Christian Science nurses. They were about their Father’s business, and they knew it.  I drew great inspiration from their beautiful example and expectation of harmony.

We also had another problem to solve quickly.  There was a copyright question for the use of the Nigerian Hymn to be sung as the third hymn.  It’s another long side story, so I will give it to you in a nutshell:

We have to have copyright permission to hand out song sheets in our church services.  Once our church administrator tracked down who to contact for this permission, we learned that the copyright office was in Switzerland, and the only person who grants permission was on vacation and might not return in time.

Meanwhile, we were rehearsing the hymn anyway, knowing we might not be able to use it and would have to make a last-minute switch.  But more importantly, everyone  — the Readers, managers of the services and musicians were all convicted in their prayers that this hymn had been divinely inspired and it belonged in this service.

We all left that Friday night rehearsal with prayerful expectation for permission to be granted.

Three days later, after many emails, phone conversations (and yes, prayers!), our friend in Switzerland returned to her office and gave us the permission.  The song sheets were created.  The musicians were informed and we all knew precisely what we were doing.

Now… to just put it all together on Thanksgiving morning!

This concludes Part 3

Read Part 4: A Joyful Chaos!
and also…

Read Part 1: The Drummers and Joe
Read Part 2: Kurzweil Jeff

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Mr. Kanamori’s “Children Full of Life” Djembe Thanksgiving – Part 4

2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. arlie  |  January 22, 2010 at 8:41 pm

    Wow! Only you and your determination could have pulled off the extra ordinary performance at Thanksgiving. Love Ya’ Arlie

    Reply
  • […] Read Part 1: The Drummers and Joe Read Part 2: Kurzweil Jeff Read Part 3: Oy! Logistics, Permissions and Switzerland, Oh My! […]

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