Every so often (as in, once a week or so) our little family finds ourselves in the middle of an impromptu music night. A guitar or two (or three), the piano, sometimes the saxophone, often a bit of mini-guitar and mini-piano… both of which are played by tiny hands, of course, using music none of us have ever heard before. Sometimes the mini violin comes out, and once in a great, great while, the mandolin, autoharp or banjo will make a guest appearance. But that’s not too often.
We sing our favorite praise songs, favorite hymns (we love our more current music, but we’re still big ol’ fans of teaching our little guys the rich hymns and spiritual songs that have been sung by generations before us), and lots of Patch the Pirate and Sunday school songs. Hand motions are a must. Of course.
But Troy’s absolute, all time FAVE is Mighty to Save, as he first heard it sung by Hillsong. He’s obsessed with this song–to the point of making it WELL known to our church ensembles that “Migh’y to SAY-ve is HIS song, guys! It’s HIS song!” when they’re practicing for a Sunday service. I’m never quite sure whether the appropriate step there is to laugh or be embarrassed or to tell him to zip them lips.
The #1 commodity during our music nights would be (how DID you know??) the microphone.
Note 1: You will notice Merritt’s complete freak out when he realizes Troy is singing the chorus alllll over again. The sky might fall if we don’t get the words right! Goodness. How ridiculous is that big brother of his.
Note 2: Troy told me, upon seeing me getting this video put together, that he and Bubs were being Daddy and “Mason’s daddy,” who happens to be the music director at our church. I’m not sure if that should be taken as a compliment to either, given the faces Troy’s making when he sings (“Mason’s daddy” is usually the one holding the mic and singing) and Merritt’s, uh, amazing INability to keep the guitar in front of him (Troy and Merritt’s daddy is usually the one with the guitar). We’ll pretend he just meant it in, you know, general terms.
Note 3: Across the board, the first order of business here would be to teach those boys a thing or two about staying on key, but, you know, we’re workin’ on it.
So, you know of any churches in need of a music leader? One willing to wait, say, twenty years or so? Lemme know.