As they passed out the songbooks, the emcee announced, “We borrowed these from the Senior Center…” That’s when we knew we had been bamboozled.Although we might have felt some obligation to attend the church’s chili cook-off anyway, it was a stroke of genius when the committee chair asked my husband to judge, thus securing the whole family’s participation. They said there would be a talent show after the meal. Maybe not our first choice for a Saturday night, but we could sit back and enjoy the accordion playing and card tricks, we figured.
Then, as quick as you can say, “zipa-dee-doo-dah,” the evening was turned all around on us. Before a single act had taken the stage, the gal at the piano banged out the intro and, despite my husband’s best effort to wave off the song books, we were swept up in a sing-a-long against our will. The music segued from that deliriously wonderful day to the fairy godmother’s “bibbidi-bobbidi-boo.” We felt none of the mythical Disney magic; we had hoped, like most talent shows, that audience participation would be limited to texting in our votes.
Admittedly, I could not help but laugh at my husband’s chagrin, and I sang louder and more expressively to add to his misery, but the real entertainment for me was in my mind. I imagined all sorts of more entertaining alternatives to our current predicament. Imagine if the pastor had come in dressed like Jiminy Cricket to sing Zipa-dee-doo-dah. The only way to follow that up would be to have been for the choir director to throw on a tulle skirt and grab a wand for Bibbidi-bobbidi-boo. Instead of the hard knot of anxiety we all felt in our core in seeing that Hakuna-matata was next in the book, we would have felt wild anticipation for which old friend was about to come out dressed like a wart hog. It wouldn’t have mattered that most of us were off-key. It wouldn’t even have required any talent. It would have, most certainly, made for a memorable and entertaining program.
So, church event organizers, I just thought I would share this tip for the next big event. If we can’t bring the talent, let’s bring the costumes.
Kenaniah the head Levite was in charge of the singing; that was his responsibility because he was skillful at it. 1 Chronicles 15:22