X-Alt will be going back to Riverbend Maximum Security Prison this Sunday, to provide the music for a Sunday Service. As I have said before, it is a life-changing experience for those who take part.
I am so, so, SO happy that Katy Seale will be joining us. We have missed her “high lonesome” voice when we’ve done these prison trips.
(Personal aside to Katy: what happened to you this week was awful, just awful. I am so sorry, and I can tell you that I am never going to look at that particular person the same way again)
We are also taking contraband. 🙂
It’s taken a lot of arrangement (and some hilarious non-phone phone conversations), but Ginger will be coming with us. I had been thinking of this for a long time, and when I heard her sing at the Blogger Karaoke Bash, my wheels started turning. Normally we go to the prison with a skeleton crew, and here you have this woman with an incredible voice and a heart for those in prison – well – let’s just say I was “convicted”.
Interestingly, this time we have less of a skeleton crew, so we will have quite a contingent. We will truly make a joyful noise. add in “Happy Jack” (a prisoner with a poweful voice) , and they’ll hear us downtown.
Last night we rehearsed, and there was a point in the evening when I was almost driven to tears. To hear the sounds of these dear people who are family to me, in their usual beautiful harmony – to hear it in an entirely new way is a gift indeed.
Thank you Ginger, for giving your talents to glorifying God with us Sunday, and thank you, X-Alt, for indulging this old man in a vision he’s had for some time.
I can’t wait till Sunday.