After a year of attending services at the Vineyard Church of Ann Arbor, Tom and I decided to audition for the Vineyard Worship Team. Complete with acoustic and electric guitars, a bass, a keyboard, drums, and vocalists, the Worship Team was one rockin’ band, and we were thrilled when we were accepted into this group of talented musicians.
We each participated once a month, practicing on our own at home during the week, rehearsing with the team on Saturday, and sharing music with the congregation on Sunday. Will and Hallie loved singing along with us when we practiced at home, and on Sundays, we always picked the kids up early from Sunday school so they could listen to the music and watch Daddy play the keyboard or Mama sing. Fellow church-goers enjoyed (they told us so) watching Will play air guitar and sing along to the songs, and Hallie was known for shouting out “Daddy” or “Mama” as soon as she saw us on stage.
Many years ago I saw the movie Mr. Holland’s Opus. I didn’t enjoy it very much, mostly because I find Richard Dreyfuss to be a bit creepy, but I did love a simple and beautiful statement made by Mr. Holland.
“Music is supposed to be fun. It's about heart, it's about feelings, moving people, and something beautiful…I will use anything within my power to teach these kids to love music.”
A life full of and a love for music are gifts; gifts we have thankfully been able to give, with the help of our families and friends, to both Will and Hallie. Over the course of a day they’ll listen to Raffi, the Beatles, Michael Jackson, Lady Gaga, and Bob Marley, and they sing and dance to every song like it’s going out of style. Here are a couple clips of Hallie strutting her stuff with Tom while he prepares for a Worship Team rehearsal – she may not know the words, but you can tell she loves the music.