Hahahahaha! I just had the best set that I ever played for and I am filled with so much joy!
Rehearsals and sound check were smooth and that is worrying sometimes because I am just scared that I will be unable to replicate it in the real set. This set, I did not replicate it at all and that is good. The first song was a little difficult for me, because I kept feeling like we were rushing, so I kept bobbing up and down so as to keep time, but we reached a very nice tempo, but I cannot really keep it cause I was unfamiliar with it!
Then I actually blundered on a fill for one of the slow songs; I started the build up too early! Somehow or another my reflexes took over and changed it to quite a nice dynamic fill! Then I recall, at one part doing the build up when it is supposed to be a full groove then a decrescendo. However, it worked out quite well! The drop of dynamics are always great, we pulled out well and it sounded great!
I also recall when it was the altar call, I decided not to play because it felt like a tender moment. Then they repeated the verse almost like a license for me to play! So I did and I realised that the cajon is such a beautiful instrument! It is able to add dynamics well, yet still being soft enough to not hinder the atmosphere. I am so glad I bought Hazel. It is not by chance that I bought a $99 splash then a $350 cajon! They compliment each other so well! The splash is loud enough for me to do swells and have sustain. 10 inches splashes are really a beauty. I find 8 inches like Leb’s has too little sustain for the job. It may be good for short accents so it can be used differently compared to a Drumset, but a 10 has much more versatility to it! My cajon has enough bass and snare to do a great job. So much body and attack! Then on top of that, my cajon is much lighter than the other cajons that I have ever used! This duo is really nice! Thank you Lord for blessing me!
The silence was good. I remembered I had something I wanted to do with the youths if I ever got to MC. I wanted them to give God a minute of silence or a silence offering. I knew how easy it was to be loud and crazy and hyped up, but it was difficult to be still and quiet. So I wanted to do that. When I heard that PJ wanted to do that, I was very excited! The past few weeks hasn’t been good. It has always been days of tiredness and stress. I was very stressed about serving today as well, cause I still had so much work to do. It was VERY nice to, like they said, to take all your worries and burdens and throw it away. When they off the lights, I saw Choo and Daniel kneeling down. I wanted to as well. So I took off my earphones, stood up from my cajon went to the side and kneeled. This was an act of surrender. That naked I came naked I go. It was good.
After “One thing remains” I was supposed to die down to no cajon again, but I dunno why I played the bass on the 2 and 4 and was better for the transition to the other levels of dynamics!
The second last song was supposed to end high then we straight away go to the last song, but we did not because Eugene came up to the stage already, because we ran over time. Then we got told that the last two songs are going to be exit songs. There must be some misunderstanding because Shavinn said, “did you all think it was over? It’s not! We are going to let it go now!”
Then the last song, “Freedom we know”! WOW! Hahahahaha! Oh gosh, after playing that song I can’t stop laughing and smiling! I was very scared for starting the song because I am scared that I would start the wrong tempo then we play it too fast. Thankfully, it only happened in sound check. During the song we simply played and worshipped God. I stopped caring about if I sped up or if I slowed down. I simply worshipped God. Of course I still took note of the punches of the special beat in the song and made sure that it was on time! Being able to hear the different instruments individually was very encouraging to me as a musician. I was able to hear Daniel’s bass lines then loved the guitar’s plucking and the keys’ lines. The energy from the congregation was so much that the entire worship team was panting and laughing! After I saw how many people were jumping in the first chorus I was very encouraged! That led me to stand up during the stop start for the song—something I only ever saw Josh do! I have no idea why playing cajon the same way would be so tiring! Haha! Perhaps I was so excited that I started playing harder and moving around more! I wanted to jump, but I could not! I saw Daniel jumping up and down with his bass seeing him worship was awesome! Everyone just smiled and laughed after the song! I really liked the tight ending with everyone crashing out! I think I hit my cajon with all my strength and that felt REALLY great! Sounded really nice!
Lord, I want to worship you like this every set! It was VERY refreshing and my joy overflowed! Thank you God for giving me rest and joy even when I am in such a difficult season! Thank you Lord!