Last Sunday, I took a little road trip to visit my grandmother, Gigi, who lives about two hours away. She was being honored as the oldest living member of her church and was lighting the Advent candle for the season at the United Methodist Church she has attended for decades. Naturally, I wanted to be there to celebrate with her. It was a beautiful service. The choir dedicated a song to her and the preacher said a few words as did my uncle. Although she couldn't express it, I know Gigi was moved by the effort.
Music has always been a huge part of Gigi's life. She was an incredible pianist and often played both the organ and piano at her church. But seeing as I didn't go to church too often, I mostly remember what she played at home, a mix of 1930s and 1940s tunes played by ear and gospel music from her Post-It filled hymnal. I also have some really fuzzy memories of her band practice in the living room when I stayed with her as a young girl.
While she can't remember who I am anymore (just a vague sense of familiarity), she can still sing and recite song lyrics. I'll ask her about a song or start humming something and she'll pick it up. It's truly incredible. The human mind never ceases to amaze me.
Today's music mix is a collection of songs she loved combined with those I used to ask her to play for me. Enjoy!
Any guesses at which song was her number one favorite and which one I asked her to play most often?
The First United Methodist Church in Marlin, Texas where Gigi has been a member since 1929.