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Sun Oct 26, 2014, 12:58 AM

Hope I didn't choose the wrong pew for this OP [View all]

But at least it does touch somewhat on doctrinal differences. I posted this on another website too after something on the radio brought back memories of a very happy moment in my life. One that ended somewhat painfully but not enough to destroy the joy.

I wrote:


Prairie Home Companion is one of my favorite radio shows. NOTICE TO ALL FANS: next week is the annual Joke Show.

Back to the present... tonight they had a great accapella (sp?) gospel group belting out 'On That Great Gettin' Up Morning'. Those guys really rocked. I don't know how anyone sits still when they hear that song done well. While many if not most fundies object to dancing, especially to gospel tunes, they sit in a different pew from mine. After all, didn't Miriam and David both dance before the Lord? According to the Bible at least, David wasn't exactly overdressed either.

It reminded me of a happy/sad occasion in my early 40's. I decided to participate in a fundraiser talent show for a school by spoofing Dylan's 'Maggie's Farm'. Due to scheduling rehearsal was held only just before showtime. People were milling around warming up when a bluegrass band started to sing that song accapella. I wasn't in costume yet, and their music revived my inner hippie - in seconds I went twirling around the room. They got into it and the faster they sang, the faster I danced. By the time they picked up their fiddles, I was almost a whirling dervish. Freest I ever felt. Other people started clapping in time, and it was an authentic celebration.


This wasn't the first time I ever ran afoul of fundies. The so-called director showed up, flew into a snit, and tried to block my way. I just danced around her and kept going. Spirit had me too strong, and she was too slow to corner me.

By the time it trailed off and I got dressed for my planned performance, I learned she'd convinced the principal that the pitchfork - w/o which it's impossible to spoof 'Maggie's Farm' - represented a lethal weapon and so he'd confiscated it. This in a rural community! I guess he was fundie too. So I refused to go on and stormed out, trailing more than a few other performers in my wake. It ended painfully, but I'd do the whole thing over again given a chance. That was still one of the sweetest moments of my life.

So yes, every time I hear 'On That Great Gettin' Up Morning', I'm going to dance at least a little jig if I have to lean on a walker to do it.

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