Will’s concert last Saturday evening went well. Sometimes as a parent you step back and just ask, “Where in the world did that come from?” My favorite pieces that he played were improvisations on several hymns, including, Savior of the Nations Come, Be Thou My Vision, Lord, Keep Us Steadfast in Thy Word, and Alleluia, Sing to Jesus. Also, I enjoyed his playing Bach’s In Thee is Gladness, a joyful burst of sound in that dark church. Many times, I don’t get to hear what he is practicing in the basement, so to hear the final result is always interesting.
I have the recording of the Bach piece which I’d like to share, but non-techno Mom has to wait for son to turn it into an individual mp3 from the digital recording. At the end, he was asked if he had an encore in his pocket somewhere. When he whipped out with the opening measures of the Widor, it drew laughs from the organists in the crowd. (Pretty big pocket if you have the Widor in it!) He played it from memory and then told me in the car that he was glad he hadn’t forgotten it as he hadn’t played it in a while. (Well, yes, it is a good thing!)