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Singing in Denmark

We wound up taking this trip to Copenhagen because my dad was invited by the National Church of Copenhagen to speak at a preaching conference. He had done this before and last year he played a little music for the entertainment evening of the conference. The conference-goers were so pleased with his lectures and music that they invited him back again this year – and they asked him to put together a band to play a full concert for the conference! Dad billed me as the singer, and so we all came out to Copenhagen together. Vinimos a Copenhague porque mi papa fue invitado por la Iglesia Nacional de Copenhague a dar unas charlas en una conferencia de predicado. El ha hecho esto antes y el ano pasado toco un poco de musica como entretenimiento una noche de la conferencia. La gente que fue a esa conferencia quedaron tan contentos con sus charlas y su musica que lo invitaron de Nuevo este ano – y le pidieron que organizara una banda para tocar un concierto completo para todo el mundo! Mi papa me contrato como cantante, y asi todos vinimos a Copenhague juntos.

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My work for the week consisted of singing with dad during two services, one on Tuesday morning and another on Thursday morning, and then singing in the concert for an hour and a half on Wednesday night. The conference organizers put together a backup band for my dad and me with amazing musicians from around Copenhagen, and we were able to get one rehearsal in on Tuesday night. The whole set list was mostly blues with some gospel thrown in and a few folk Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin songs. The venue was inside a church built in the 1600s – so beautiful! I never thought I’d get to sing Me and Bobby McGee in an old European church… Mi trabajo para la semana consistio en cantar con mi papa durante dos ceremonias, una el Martes en la manana y otra en Jueves en la manana, y luego cantar en el concierto durante una hora y media el Miercoles en la noche.. Los organizadores de la conferencia pusieron una banda para mi papa y yo con musicos muy buenos de Copenhague, y pudimos ensayar el martes en la noche. La lista de canciones era la mayoria blues con un poco de gospel y folk de Bob Dylan y Janis Joplin por ahi. El lugar escogido para el concierto fue una igleasi construida en los 1600s – tan preciosa! Nunca pense que cantaria Me and Bobby McGee en una Antigua iglesia europea…

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The concert was so much fun for me and my dad. The band was excellent, the crowd was great and we had the doors in the back of the church open so passersby would stop in for a song or two. We brought 10 of my CDs over to sell and we sold them in about 5 minutes after the show, which afforded us a little more spending money for the flea market (more on that in another post!). The crowd was so gracious and fun to play for – and we met four really awesome girls that I’ll never forget! These girls already knew some of my music because Sophie, one of them, was the daughter of the conference organizer Charlotte. They had already heard my music through my dad the previous year and she came and brought some of her girlfriends – so sweet! El concierto fue muy entretenido para mi y mi papa. La banda era excelente, la gente genial, y se abrieron las puertas de la iglesia para que los transeuntes pudieran entrar si querian escuchar un par de canciones. Trajimos 10 Cds para vender y se fueron en un par de minutos despues del show, lo que significo un poquito mas de plata para gastar en la feria de las pulgas (mas sobre eso en otro post!) La gente que vino era muy amable y disfrute cantando para ellos – y tambien conocimos cuatro chicas muy geniales que nunca olvidare! Ellas ya conocian mi musica porque Sophie, una de ellas, es la hija de la organizadora de la conferencia, Charlotte. Ellas ya habian escuchado mi musica por mi papa el ano anterior y ella vino al concierto y trajo a sus amigas – tan tiernas!
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This was definitely one of the highlights of the trip. I can now say that I’ve played music with my dad on three continents – once in Europe, once in a blues bar in Valparaiso, Chile and of course throughout the U.S. What a life! Esto fue sin duda uno de los puntos altos del viaje. Ahora puedo decr que he cantado con mi papa en tres continents – una vez en Europa, una vez en un bar en Valparaiso, Chile, y claro en varios lugares de los Estados Unidos. Que 

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  1. How marvelous! (I’ll be thinking of you tomorrow night when I make my concert singing debut as part of a choir in the Armenian church, uh, social hall in Cambridge, Mass. Yes, the joy. But that leads to a whole bunch of scriptural quotes, right?)

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