the Hancock UCC U2charist - televised!
As y'all know, on Tuesday evening I played lead guitar and did the vocals alongside drummer Elisa Lucozzi and bassist Roseanne Hebert at Hancock UCC in Lexington for a U2charist with entirely live music.
I didn't know until shortly before the start of the prelude, though, that the service was to be televised (on local cable) and recorded to DVD. *Gulp!* And on my first public outing as a lead guitarist too -- which I was trying to do while also doing lead vocals!
There were some additional challenges as well. Various technical issues meant that I didn't have a vocal monitor as such; we were using our monitors as a P.A. system to project the vocals and drums into the congregation. Even my guitar amps were angled primarily for the congregation to hear; the direct sound out from the amp hit me at about knee level. Guitar cut out during "Sunday Bloody Sunday." My microphone cut out during "Walk On." I missed a chord or two, I'm pretty sure.
In other words, it was rock and roll! I reminded the perfectionist part of me that U2 themselves often have things go awry, and sometimes (e.g., Bono's unplanned and very lengthy plunge into the audience during "Bad" at the original Live Aid concert at Wembley) the Spirit's worked powerfully through it.
I'm still not entirely sure I'm going to watch the DVD. I'd rather judge the evening by what I saw of the congregation's experience of it than by a recording. And by what I saw in the congregation, it was a very, very good night. A packed house pledged their voices to the ONE campaign and gave generously to Oxfam for relief of extreme poverty, and by the end of the evening, I don't think there was a single person in the congregation who wasn't on their feet and singing their heart out.
I'll be posting more about the experience and what I learned from it (yes, I've been doing U2charists for almost five years now, and I'm still learning!) at the U2charist resources page.
I kid you not.
And the winner of the "oddest press release title of the week" award is:
"Grizzly Adams Releases New 12 Volume Biblical Series."
Apparently there's a company called "Grizzly Adams Productions," which I suppose were the folks who gave us that loveable family-friendly series about a same-sex couple, one of whom was a fugitive for murder, who were into leather and "bears." Or something like that. And now they're putting out a 12-volume series on the bible (in which I hope they hyphenate things correctly). Ah, Grizzly Adams ...
Will & Grace notes
I'm watching Will & Grace now, which I haven't always done consistently, but I think I've got the series finale in mind now. If it isn't this, then I dare say that I think my finale would be better.
I think that Grace does NOT go through with her proposal to marry Will's honey, because the series ends with Will moving to Canada to marry him -- perhaps with a note that this is a marriage of convenience so they can stay together with the potential to develop into a marriage that's real and honest on every dimension.
I say this for a few reasons. One is that why would they make the guy a Canadian instead of, say, a Mexican, except that Canada is a country in which marriages are marriages are marriages (o paraphrase Gertrude Stein)? Also, wouldn't it be a much better finale if Will and Grace stopped living together in a permanent way because Will was going to a place where the life he's wanted for himself was not only fully possible, but also fully visible?
Will moves in the finale to Canada to embrace true love and full citizenship without compromising honesty and integrity, or I owe every one of you a beer. A virtual one, at least!
hope they show this in the U.S.
Maggi Dawn posts on a British series that I hope they'll show in the U.S. (on public television? BBC America?) eventually. It's called The Monstery, and in it six volunteers live as part of a Roman Catholic Benedictine monastery for six weeks to what a Benedictine way of life might have to offer people today.
I think that Benedictine spirituality has never been more needed that it is today. In this age of Extreme Makeovers, Extreme Sports, and extremely polarized politics in the church and society, Benedict could reintroduce balance as a virtue, as well as sabbath, moderation, and prayerfulness while working, so although I'm a Franciscan by temperament, I've devoted a significant amount of energy to encouraging parishioners to explore Benedictine spirituality. My Monastery is a Minivan is one book I recommend a lot to busy parents. For Benedictines out there, what got you on a more Benedictine path? What have y'all found helpful in encouraging others to explore?