Okay, time to tell tales on my good friend Aaroneous. (Don’t know why I was remembering this just now, but here we go…)
He and I were on a worship team together some time ago, and we were playing some new song for the first time in church. (Don’t ask me what song, I don’t remember now.) Not only were we having to concentrate on the song because it was new, but it was also in E-flat, a key we almost never played in. I was leading from the piano, and Aaroneous was behind me playing bass and doing BGVs (that’s “background vocals”, for you not-in-the-know, non-musical types). 🙂
Anyhow, as we ended the song, we went into one of these charismatic free-worship moments where we play a chord progression and people just sing their own spontaneous songs to the Lord. And because the song we’d just played was in E-flat, the chord progression was in… E-flat (which we almost never played in). So even though we were being all worshipy, we were having to concentrate harder on our playing, because of playing in E-flat and all.
All of a sudden, I hear Aaroneous crack up laughing at himself. And when we finished with the worship segment, he told me why….
He was trying to sing to the Lord and play in E-flat at the same time (a key we almost never played in), and he was concentrating so hard on playing the right notes that the song that spontaneously flowed from his worshiping lips was:
“God, we praise You in E-flat!”
Now, that’s REAL worship, folks.
I don’t think we ever did that song again. Probably wouldn’t have been able to sing it with a straight face.