My mother doesn't get up to Indy very often - and usually she has to return home on Saturday night - so she's never heard her "precious baby" (that would be 46-year-old me) sing with the Praise Band at church. (Okay, she doesn't really call me "precious baby", but "Nut Job" just doesn't have the same ring to it.)
Just kidding, Mom!
(She's used to this sort of nonsense, having watched me grow up and all.)
So yesterday I finally remembered to bring my digital recorder to church AND (more importantly) to actually hit the "record" button. (I've managed to remember to bring the thing for several weeks now - this was supposed to be a Mother's Day gift, after all - but then I always leave it in my purse at the back of the church. I usually remember it about a third of the way into the second song.)
The audio file here is not of the whole Praise Band. Suzie wasn't there on Sunday, so I sang lead on one song and harmonized on the other two with Mike singing lead.
There are a few - ahem - issues. Although I am singing harmony on the first two songs, I am louder than Mike because the digital recorder was sitting right in front of me. This is annoying because I thought it would just pick up what was coming out of the speakers.
Hey, what can I say? I'm a dumb-ass.
We also rearranged the physical set-up, so the drums are right behind me now. I suspect that I may be a trifle flat on the first verse of the first song. But if you can get past that, it should be okay.
The other thing is that In the Sweet By and By is right on my break and at 9:15 in the morning, I am not as vocally limber as one would wish. So I hit a few clinkers. Which is not to say I don't make mistakes elsewhere. I just don't remember them. And, no, I haven't listened to this recording because if I do I'll freak out and not post it.
Not that clinkers matter to the mommies of this world! The pitch-impaired still sound like angels to their mommies.
It's the rest of you poor suckers I'm worried about.
The good news is that you can just hit the stop button (unlike the poor people in the pews) if you don't like it.
So here it is: All the Earth Will Sing Your Praises, Trading my Sorrows, and In the Sweet By and By as performed by the Rosedale Hills United Methodist Church Praise Band. LIVE.
Oops... I almost forgot!
Happy Belated Mother's Day, Mom!!!
I love you.