Variation on a theme

In response to your letters about organists at church I had to share this tidbit: While visiting in Canada a few years ago, we walked into a small church located just off the street. It was very hot and humid that morning and threatening rain. The pianist was playing the prelude when there was a loud clap of thunder followed by a downpour. The pianist very deftly changed from the prelude he was playing and interposed several lines from the song “Stormy Weather.” Without stopping, he then returned to his original music. Since I had played that song many times when I was in high school, I recognized it immediately. I am not sure many other people realized what the pianist had done, but I considered it to be a clever and talented move.

Donna Holmquist
Omaha, Neb.

September 2010


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