A bit late to blog on this, since it is almost a week ago now, but I went to TWIST Brisbane last Saturday. For those who don't know, it's a music ministry conference.
There was some great singing and I came home with some new music and CDs for both the older and younger members of our family. Aidan's favourite song of the moment is "Nothing Else Matters" . If you haven't heard it before, have a listen, it's really good!
I went to the piano workshop in the afternoon session. The context of my piano playing at church is that I am the "second" pianist, the other one being a music teacher who is very very good. I am a pianist who likes to be given a piece of music already written out for me, that is, improvising is not my thing at all. Since I never did much music theory when I was learning to play, chords (other than the very basic ones) were also beyond me until fairly recently. So a workshop where the main message was "chords and improvisation" was a bit of a challenge. But I am working on it. I think there is always more to learn from those who are more experienced than me.
When I went to church the next day full of excitement and told our music team co-ordinator how good it was and that we should all go next year, the response was "We all went to that already as a team a few years ago." A little discouraging and I didn't have a good comeback...but I enjoyed it anyway and thanks to those who made it happen in Brisbane. Sydney has just been a bit too far for me to go in the past. And I now have some cool new songs to play.