I made my debut on the Pipe Organ at my friend Josh Moore's wedding yesterday. I have a new respect now for those quirky characters sitting behind that big ole' thing. I mean, there is always something that seems to go wrong for them. Now I know why. I felt like some sort of Wizard over there pushing buttons, pedals, shifting around…
At first I thought I was low man on the totem pole as far as the cool-factor went. Not that coolness matters or anything... sheesh. Anyways, you had Derek Webb singing a tune that Josh wrote, you had Cliff Danielle and Derek singing one of their golden oldies, you had another one of Josh's rockstar friends (wearing shades because you know how bright it gets in those sanctuaries) playing a Keith Greene song that brought tears to all... and then... there was the Pipe Organ. I always thought that if I ever get suckered into... I mean, asked to play the organ there is no way in crap that I will be putting those slippers on or taking my shoes off. In college, it was the piano-majors favorite thing to make fun of- those weird little shoes. Well folks, the boots came off. If you don't know what your big boots are doing half the time, as my wife likes to remind me after nursing her freshly injured toe, the worst place for you to be is sitting at a butt-massive organ at a wedding.
Josh wrote a piece for his bride and it was sort of like a Bach and Beatles mix. It was extremely cool. Just "imagine" if Lennon or Paul would have written a wedding processional. Fun. So now I can say that I jammed with the Caedmon's crew accept... on the... pipe... organ. Nevermind.
Me and Gabe and Aaron S. also played Jesus Joy of Man's Improvising. Or as Josh named it afterwards, "Tourettes Jesu."
Beautiful wedding and congrats to Josh and Elise.