“Of all the wonders of nature, a tree in summer is perhaps the most remarkable; with the possible exception of a moose singing “Embraceable You” in spats.” ~Woody Allen
I do love Woody Allen!
What brings up this quote? Well…On Sunday night I have that dreaded experience of once again taking center stage to sing (as an act of my own) and I do think that spectacle has all the beauty and charm of a moose singing “Embraceable You!”
St. Vincent de Paul hosts an annual event at St. Anne’s Church in Tecumseh to raise a free will offering for the many good works that they do. Their dynamo, Louis Gouin has been remarkable at recruiting talent to sing at this thing. For the laugh component he recruits me! And as much as I do not relish the thought of singing alone with the comfort of friends and an appropriate beverage, I would not say no to Louis Gouin.
Last year’s event was a musical extravaganza and was enjoyed by all who attended. I would encourage any of you who are free on Sunday Evening at 7:30 pm to join us at St. Anne’s in supporting a great cause and enjoying an unbelievable show. They had me sing last year after Lee Asciak, whose voice could rival Andrea Bochelli – and I am not kidding! No pressure for me right? …but I have humour on my side, I made fun of Mr. Asciak suggesting that I was nervous no longer because of the obvious lack of talent that preceded me…brought on great laughs. It was a good night with something for everyone’s musical taste.
So take some time on Sunday evening for a night of good music and fun and support a wonderful cause as you enjoy the Musical Musings of those who support St. Vincent de Paul.
The motto of St. Vincent de Paul is “Serviens in spe”…”to serve in hope.” The Society’s motto reflects its global nature and the Society’s desire to serve the hope offered by Christ to all. SSVP’s webpage says that “Vincentians are called to alleviate suffering and its causes, serving everyone, regardless of race, creed, gender, opinion or age. Poverty doesn’t always or necessarily involve being in need of material goods. We are all poor in one way or another.” I am impressed with the work that SSVP is doing nad have heard personal accounts of the meaningful ways that people’s lives have been changed by the serving hands of the folks who work and volunteer at this great organization. I am not a singer and it makes me nervous to perform, but it is a small offering and a very small sacrifice to do this for a group that does so much for so many. I only hope that you have the time to come on Sunday and show your support with your presence and with whatever offering you can bring…that may be a prayer of thanks and it may be a monetary gift for the cause…it may be both. Most of all bring yourself to this great musical event!
Learn more about our local SSVP by clicking here
I agree that the St. Vincent de Paul is a wonderful organization helping people. I have purged my closets many times to give away the size 10 clothing I kept in the hope of…..Unable to attend, we will pray for you to sing well. And on that note, I do chastise you for such false modessty. We hear you sing every Sunday at St. Mark’s and you have a great voice. Okay, you are not a “professional singer” but your likening your voice to a moose is going to set back the many who sing and don’t come close to your ability. I DO know that you have excellent comedic timing and am sure you can get quite a few laughs. I have sometimes thought that you could do stand up comedy. So sing for the cause and sing well—as you do!