Monday, July 27, 2009

Never Been A Newbie

I am forty-seven years old.

During these forty-seven years of life, I have never been the "newbie" in a band or musical ensemble. Never.

And just to prove that point, I am hereby going to take you on a pictorial musical journey so that you can experience along with me my long-running foray into non-newbieness.

The first step on the journey is when I was in my early teens and my friend, Lorrie, and I wrote, played guitar, and performed together. (By the way, you MUST promise not to laugh at my hair in these pictures!)

In my later teens, my two younger sisters and I performed together for several years.

When Steve and I got married (I was nineteen, he was twenty-three) he and I, along with my younger sisters traveled and sang together. (The four of us lived FULL TIME in a 31 foot RV. Since Steve had been raised in a family of all boys, he definitely deserves a medal of some sort.)

After taking a two year break from the road, we started up again with Steve and me, my sister, Debbie, and her husband Randy.

Then it was just Steve and me as a full time duo.
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I was four months pregnant with Sarah in this photo.

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Steve hamming it up for a Garth Brooks style song we wrote.

In the studio recording, "Like A Blanket." The majority of the guys in this picture (all professional studio musicians) either donated their time or gave us a discount on the session since we recorded that CD to give away to cancer families.

The final product of that recording session. (Ordering info is on the sidebar.)
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And to go back even further in our musical history journey, I just couldn't resist posting this picture of Steve in one of his early (pre-Becky) bands. Isn't he just the grooviest dude ever? The plaid pants are especially wonderful.

After spending fifteen years spent traveling around in various musical permutations, we left the road and spent 4 1/2 years at First Assembly in Smithfield, where Steve pastored and we headed up their worship band. I happily and encouragingly welcomed various newbies to the band, all the while so thankful that it wasn't me who was new because being new is so scary!

This is actually a band rehearsal, which is why I have my shoes off and Steve is sitting down.

To sum up that whole musical journey, I just have to say that there's something very comforting about being the old-timer in a musical group. It was a role that I liked because it didn't make me feel intimidated or scared or mushy in my spirit. ("Mushy in my spirit" is a theological term.)

But then it all changed. My "never been a newbie" status was obliterated forever when I was asked to fill in on the keyboard at our home church. Now let me just say that I have been listening to this particular worship band for eight months now and I have been so impressed with how good they are. And then they ask ME to fill in on keyboard?

Miss Never Been a Newbie?

Miss Insecure Piano Woman?


I was a bit nervous (understatement) while driving to the rehearsal Wednesday night. Happily though, the first person I spoke to was the lead guitar player who remembered Steve's and my group from the early eighties. As it turns out, he and his band had played a mini-concert at a particular church as sort of an "opener" before Steve and I and our group sang. How old did THAT make me feel to be discussing music from the early eighties? Yikes.

At any rate, the rehearsal went fine and everyone there was very friendly to ye olde newbie. To be honest, I had actually been losing sleep over the whole deal because I just wasn't sure I was up to the musical level of this band, and I could just picture myself crashing and burning in fine newbie style!

But lo and behold, I survived.

I arrived at the church yesterday at 8 am for another rehearsal. Then at 9 am, the first of two services started. You can see from this picture that I was really rippin' it up on the ol' keyboard.

Look at me go!

And look me again! Am I fabulous keyboardist, or what?

Oh wait. You mean I was actually supposed to be playing?

Oh right. That.

Although the morning turned out to be very enjoyable, I must say that I was very relieved when we finally left the church after the second service. It's just really a lot of pressure being a newbie after forty-seven years of non-newbiness!

But I did it! Hooray!

And of course, I had a brownie to celebrate. One cannot successfully become a newbie without a brownie (topped with ice cream) to mark the occasion.

And you can quote me on that.

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Anonymous said...

I'm so proud of you! I knew you'd do wonderfully because you always do! I guess I'll just have to keep looking up to you. :-)

Love, Deb

Anonymous said...

Pray for Stellan, He is in bad shape right now.

Sue G said...

Okay, Becky, I did not laugh at your hairstyles in the photos.

Does crying count?

Seriously, my friend, you are home again. Right where you belong. And no threat to your gentle vocal chords either. Brava!

I am assuming by your lovely face in the last two photos that you are feeling better? Glad to see, er, know, er, believe that.

Random said...

I love Steve's plaid pants! I hope he kept those... it seems like plaid is getting more and more popular again these days. In fact, during my move to Pennsylvania, I'm trying to find as much plaid furniture on Craigslist (yay, the site for people without money!) as I can.

Speaking of money issues, I'm sure you've already heard of this, but I found it the other day and thought that you might be interested if you hadn't. That said, I hope it never becomes useful or necessary for you:

Pam D said...

Those plaid pants might have been an unfortunate choice, but the man wearing them wasn't! You have made such a great team over the years, both on stage and off. And Becky, somehow I feel sure that the worship band was a little nervous to have someone of YOUR caliber playing with them; they probably went into a huddle before you came in and made sure that they had their "A" game on! Bet it felt good to be up there...

Anonymous said...

I am obviously catching up with past posts. But I just had to say that I do NOT remember signing a release for that photo of us playing guitars and singing to be posted! :) Be careful what photos are floating around out there, people. You never know when they'll come back to haunt you!! :)

Good for you, Becky, for stepping out of your comfort zone and being the newbie.
hugs, Lorrie

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