I’m a dancing fool

August 3, 2008

Frank ZappaI wasn’t going to tell this story, because drawing attention to myself was not the point.

Two weeks ago, I played bass for Sunday worship. We did Matt Redman’s song “Undignified” which draws its words from the time one of King David’s wives rebuked him for dancing in worship, and he retorted, “I’ll become even more undignified than this!”

In my book, if you’re going to do a song, you’d better mean it. So as I hammered out the bass line, I starting prancing (I can’t call it dancing) along the length of the back of the stage. Finally, I dropped to my knees, then got on my back, and started spinning in circles. The spinning caused me to become unplugged, but I never noticed — I was busy. One shoe unexpectedly went flying through the air, so I deliberately followed it with the other one. As I followed its path I thought, “Oh no, it’s going to hit one of the singers!” Thankfully, the shoes made a good arc just over their heads, dropping in front of the stage.

And that is the end of my story.

Jon Reid

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As an American missionary kid who grew up in Japan, I'm a child of two cultures, while not fully belonging to either. This gives me a sightly different view of the world.

17 responses to I’m a dancing fool

  1. The beat goes on, but I’m so wrong!
    The beat goes on, but I’m so wrong!

  2. Man. You’d better watch yourself. Haven’t you seen the South Park Butter’s Tap Dance Tragedy episode?

  3. You are my (worship) hero, man!

  4. Aki: Nope. And how can I, if I can’t find it on YouTube?
    Randall: Says you, from a safe distance — wait until I bean you on the head with a shoe.

  5. Haha, here’s the South Park clip, thanks to Aki!

  6. I am ashamed of you. I can’t believe we’re friends. 🙂

  7. I’m telling you man, you need to come up here and show them how it’s done. They’re just so… so… TAME! ;D

  8. Set it up, Randall. I know from experience that pastors particularly like my style!

  9. My goodness!

  10. Hey, anytime you want to plan a trip to Boise you just say the word! I am sure I could hype your skills to our pastor and get you a guest appearance. Plus first-class accommodations at Chez Phelps!

  11. I’m so in awe that I got to play with you. Crossing the boundary from LEADING worship to WORSHIPPING in front of ppl is awesome.
    Count me in on that Boise trip 😉

  12. Tom, since you were the leader, I’m just glad I didn’t get you into trouble! Ah, but as you said, when the pastor’s away…
    I like the distinction you draw between “leading worship” and “worshiping in front of people.” It’s kind of like the bassist of Delirious says: He was asked in an interview, “Which is better, performance or worship?” He replied, “Either is good, but both is better.”

  13. I wish I had been there.

  14. Amy, you always seem to miss my memorable (I won’t say finest) moments.

  15. After the first one, you were just WAITING for that other shoe to drop (or fly, as it were)!