Tuesday, January 26, 2010

The Unassuming Sing-Along That Morphed into a Concert

Like everyone, the situation in Haiti left my family filled with sadness - and an overwhelming desire to Do Something. So, my husband came up with the idea of hosting a fundraiser. I made chili and soup, and invited some friends to come over for a sing-along. Neither of us play instruments, so we asked our musically-inclined pals to bring instruments if they so desired.

We were
thrilled that our dear friend's son, Ian, was interested in participating - with his guitar! He then told us that his drummer buddy, Angelo, would also join us. This was going to be great!

Well, on Sunday evening the guys showed up..... with all of their equipment! Every time I turned around they were shlepping in another case.

So, we set them up in our "family room" and they put on an amazing show. The musical offerings included songs by Pete Seeger, Radiohead, Dolly Parton, Elvis Costello. I had to pinch myself! We sang along and I even caught my hubby inching closer to the microphone. (Don 't deny it - I saw you!)

The addition of friends playing the sax and bass guitar made it even more amazing. Not only did I get to sing along, they let me play the tambourine. I was on a roll until, unfortunately for me, I was upstaged by Lynn and her crazy harmonica skills. Oh well.

In any case, we raised a good amount of money, collected supplies, and had a great time to boot!

Thank you to our friends for all the generous donations. And a HUGE thank you to Ian and Angelo for donating your musical talents to make our fundraiser a success. Thank you, thank you! We couldn't have done it without you!!

And these fantastic mu
sicians are even available for weddings (Hint! Hint!). Well, at least until they hit the big time! And I can say I knew them when.......