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AVA181: "Why do you need the music in front of you, you did quite well on that last verse without it" Lance writes: Hi there Vidas. Love your daily posts. Today's one (AVA176) has a double significance to me, as our current Vicar likes the hymns SLOW. We are a combined parish, and he visits us once a month. At other times we have one of his "associate" priests minister to us, and they gladly follow the organist. The other occasion was with our previous Vicar (pre amalgamation), and I miscounted the verses on the last hymn - finished one verse short, closed the hymn book, ready for the recessional voluntary, when Fr David's stentorian voice called out "one more verse to go Lance!" Fortunately, the hymn was one that I had learnt early in my organ-playing career (at secondary school), so I just chimed in again, as I had played it so many times over the years, much to the Vicar's amusement, as he said to me after the Service, "why do you need the music in front of you, you did quite well on that last verse without it." Ahhhhh, praise from a man of the cloth. Cheers and best wishes. Lance

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