Now that the funeral service is all over, let me say it was an adventure finding a pianist.
Our fabulous pianist was already committed to rehearsals accompanying students practicing for solo competition. Many other capable pianists were involved in a piano contest at the local university. After talking to our pianist, from 9:15 am to about 2:00 pm, I called 5 methodist churches, 1 Christian (Disciples of Christ) pastor, 1 Presbyterian elder (who happens to teach piano to the Entertainer), Mid-Life Rookie, multiple musicians whose numbers I received as possible suggestions, and one of my best friends that I’ve known for 14 years who suggested another pianist that I’ve known for 15 years. I had already called her but my friend said, “I’ll call her. She’ll call you back in a minute.” And she did and she did.
We worked together on staff all those years ago. So I had no worries about her skill or her flexibility. And she played and sang. As a matter of fact, she’s the one that suggested the songs — that were perfect. And, before the service, when I said, the other job that you didn’t know you had is to pray that I don’t say something stupid. She said, “You won’t. You’ll be fabulous. Well, here …” and she grabbed my hand and prayed right then and there.