Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Glory and Honour to Him!

It was quite a day! Another first for me!

The morning was pretty normal, filled with computer work and calls. However, my friend T invited me to lunch with her at her home. Since she needed help with her computer and e-mail, I gladly helped out. Thank you T, for a great time of food and fellowship; I'm glad I could help you.

What I am about to say, will either make you laugh or be upset with me. Hmmm...okay. I'll tell you! I am a contestant in Bluesfest Idol 2010, to be held here in Windsor, this coming July!

A couple of days ago, I saw on Facebook that organizers of Bluesfest Idol 2010 were looking for contestants. At first, I thought it was a silly thing for me to think about doing, for I am not young anymore and I am not an entertainer. Still, the thought wouldn't leave my mind.

I prayed about it and decided to audition. This might not seem like much to some people, but it was a major action in my life, to be sure. I've always loved to sing. The trouble was that if I knew someone was listening, I couldn't sing. Terror filled me.

When I was young, on three occasions, I was offered a chance for a music career, by people who heard me sing, when I didn't know they were listening. I couldn't do it. Fear is a terrible thing. However, now that I am a born-again Chrisitian, God has released me from the bondage of fear; fear is sin. Praise God! I now enjoy singing for my Lord, before groups of people!

How did this happen? Well, God used my friend M, who now lives in Florida, to help me. For a time, M had been a Karaoke hostess. After finishing my dinner one night at a restaurant, I ran into M arriving; we hadn't seen each other since I had returned to live in Windsor, so we were excited to see each other. M convinced me to stay and encouraged me to sing. Thank You, Father, for using my friend M to help me!

Another reason I was hesitant about auditioning, was because the auditions are held at restaurant/bars. While I have lunched with friends or clients at places like these, I don't frequent them in the evening, when mostly drinking takes place. In addition, the thought of going somewhere like this without Gordon, was heartbreaking. Still, I could not get it out of my mind, so I went.

For moral support my co-worker/realtor friends C and M, met me at Tecumseh Roadhouse on County Rd. 42 between Lauzon and Banwell Rds. at 7:00 pm. It smelled wonderful walking into this restaurant/bar. Families were dining; they have a children's menu. People everywhere, including my friends enjoyed their meals. Since their prices are good, you may want to try it for yourself.

Prior to auditioning, all contestants warmed up with singing Karaoke; most of us sang two songs. Then we had to sing two different songs for the audition. I could tell that some people were prepared, for they had friends who had participated in last year's contest. I hadn't sang these songs in at least a dozen or more years, for I haven't attended Karaoke in at least that long. Still, I made out okay.

God sure works in mysterious ways. I noticed that when I sang before and during the auditions, that some people really never paid attention and kept on talking, etc. However, later I sang one more song, before I left. I sang Sarah McLachlan's, 'Angel' to honour Jesus and Gordon (for I had written my lyrics for them). Not her version that was viewed on the Karaoke monitor, but my own re-written version that honours Jesus. When I sang my version of 'Angel', I noticed that people stopped talking and paid attention to my singing. On my way out, people complimented me; all the glory and honour goes to Him!

Now, I know for sure that the song I will sing at the finals, if/when I make it, will be my God honouring version of 'Angel'. First, I will have to make it through quarter-finals and semi-finals. If God wills it, it will happen. If He doesn't, it won't. So, I won't worry about it. It's all up to Him. Still, before any of this can happen, I must decide on two or three songs to sing that are suitable for my voice. I'll be praying about this, for sure.

My true heart's desire is to sing for a large crowd, a song/songs that will be God honouring. Am I looking to win? Well, if I did, it would be nice, for I would win the right to record a song; guess what I might want to record? lol However, I would be happy just being able to honour God with my singing, to a group such as the thousands of people who will be attending Bluesfest Idol 2010.

Hopefully, the excitement of it all won't interfere with me relaxing and being able to sleep, tonight.

Until next time...