Monday, December 10, 2012
ACCM - Dec 10 - The Gift of Music
When we finally opened presents on Christmas Eve, I was a little surprised and a little disappointed to find the album was "Sing a Hymn with Me" by Tennessee Ernie Ford. Just what every girl that age wanted for Christmas, right? I know Daddy loved gospel music so I felt it was partly because he wanted it and probably teased him about that as well. The truth is, I enjoyed it and enjoyed listening to it with him; I listened to it even when he wasn't around and I did sing along with Tennessee Ernie Ford. As you probably have guessed, I still have it with my collection of records and it is priceless to me now.
Daddy couldn't carry a tune very well so he would just listen. Since he was a preacher, I asked him about why he didn't sing at church when the Bible says "to make a joyful noise." He told me then he couldn't sing, but he loved to listen. That speaks volumes because the singing at most of the small country churches where he preached wasn't always on key or on tempo, but it was heart-felt.
A memory also associated with this gift of music is how we would listen to the "Old Time Camp Meeting" on the local radio station as we drove to Lawn, Texas where he preached for the Church of Christ for many years. I can remember other times when he would listen to gospel quartets and his foot or hand would be quietly keeping time with the music as he smiled and often closed his eyes in enjoyment.
"I Love to Tell the Story" is also a favorite hymn on the album. I requested it to be sung at Daddy's funeral because he did love to preach The Gospel and tell the story that meant so much to him.