There have been countless times throughout my life that I’ve found myself saying, “I feel like I’m in a movie”. I have so many stories that are so completely far fetched, so outrageous that they amaze even me! But the incredible thing is that they’re true and many of them I wish weren’t. But this night with all its twists and turns is one that I think I’ll hold on to.
It happened this last week at my latest gig. For those of you that were there, you probably need not read further, and while I’ll do my best to explain it, I know that I’ll leave some part of the story out… cough.
The evening started much like any evening, the crowd was quiet, I was struggling with getting my sound system just right, trying to get rid of that annoying buzz sound, when in came the first four girls of what would eventually blossom into a bachelorette party. I was pretty stoked, parties mean people and well, I dread those humbling moments when you realize that you are playing for people who can’t hear the difference between you and Eddie Murphy. (If you don’t know why I’d make this comparison, watch this video… it’s hilarious). I soon realized that this bachelorette party, was one of ‘those’ bachelorette parties, if you know what I mean. It seemed like every pause between songs was filled with another term for a male’s reproductive parts. Now I could go into detail, but let’s just say the ‘cops’ came and things got really rowdy for awhile… it wasn’t 5 minutes after the ladies exited the lounge, that two Catholic priests came walking into the bar.
No, this isn’t where I go into one of those stereotypical religion jokes, where I tell you what the Baptist said to them… no, they really did come in and plopped right down in front of me.
Now, while it may have presented an uncomfortable situation for some, I know these two priests. I know them to be incredibly down to earth and authentic with the way they share the Gospel, real JPII-like disciples. It was with that in mind that I saw opportunity and ran with it. What happened next, was priceless. As the entertainer, I wanted to acknowledge their presence and relieve the tension of having a couple of ‘elephants’ in the room, so, I playfully invited one of them to come up and sing the next tune with me. At first, there was a moments hesitation, but when I introduced it as Johnny Cash number, it was on like the Donkey Kong.*
Father Meinrad Miller has some pipes on him and “The Ring of Fire”, well, I’ve never heard it sung with such… ‘reverence’. Having Fr. Meinrad and Prior Jeremy Heppler there enjoying my music was so validating for me. Now this may happen again at some point in my life, but it will never take me off guard like it did that night, and in life, it’s in those moments of surprise when things end up turning out really good; that life is so much fun.
*A phrase to denote that it’s time to throw down or compete at a high level; something is about to go down. The use of the comical video game character Donkey Kong provides comic relief but the phrase itself has greater or more significance than simply; its on. (urbandictionary.com)