The Yesterukes played a program for Broad St. United Methodist Church a couple of years ago. That evening we launched into our toe-tapping opening song. Surveying the audience during that first song there was a heart-stopping moment when we spied a well known classical musician sitting in the crowd. A member of this church, he was head of a college music department and director of two well respected chorales. And here we were on stage, singing and plunk, plunk, plunking away. There was nothing to do but keep singing and smiling. Not sure why, but it made us nervous wondering what he was thinking.
Turns out he is quite a fan of the Yesterukes. He called us a few months ago. Having retired, he is now in charge of the programs for the church senior adult group and he wanted to book us. We were glad to be back at Broad St. UMC again. As we played for the VIM group (Very Important Methodists) yesterday, we told the group that comparing our music to his music is a little like comparing hot dogs to caviar! And it's okay to enjoy both.
There is also quite a connection between the Yesterukes and this church. Several of our members are former members of this church and another was a long time resident of this community. So there were lots of hugs and hand shakes all around. As we play across the upstate, it's great fun to find old friends. We all enjoyed a few hours together, sharing a meal and sharing our songs.
My Heart Stood Still, Rodgers & Hart, 1927