Music and Me-Part 8

23 May


Judy Wills

In addition to the choir in Seaford Baptist Church (Virginia),

Seaford Baptist Church ( Old Sanctuary)
Seaford Baptist Church (old Sanctuary) Choir

I also played the piano some, and sometimes the organ (again).  One of my joys in playing was when the other pianist and I played two-piano duets during the offertory.  We usually pulled a piano in from the choir-practice room, set it near the main piano, and we played next to each other.  We had some fantastic arrangements of hymns, and the congregation always enjoyed those times.  I had a couple of books that were for piano-organ duets, but I re-arranged the organ part so I could play the piano instead.  That was so much fun!  I’ve not been able to do that in the church we are in now.  I just have to remember and enjoy the times I have had.  God has been so gracious to me, and I am grateful. 

Perhaps that is why I have always enjoyed the two-piano recordings we have of the team of Ferrante and Teicher.  Hearing them play together is how I actually discovered how stereo is supposed to sound!  

That came about when we were living in San Jose, California, in 1965.  We had arrived in June for Fred to begin his meteorology study at then-San Jose State College for the Air Force.  He took a summer class, then had a few weeks between that class and the regular semesters classes.  He wanted to “unwind” some, so decided to actually build our stereo system.  He spent many hours wiring and soldering together all the parts that he needed to make the system work.  We purchased two speakers and set them on either side of the doorway.  Our first record purchase was a Ferrante and Teicher album.

Photo Credit Google search

I’m not sure why we purchased that, as I had no idea who “Ferrante and Teicher” were!  One day I was sitting on our couch – probably crocheting something – and listening to that album.  And then I heard it – the piano sound came out of the left speaker – and then another piano sound came out of the right speaker – bouncing back and forth!  I was amazed!  You must remember – this was wwaaayyy back in 1965 – the dark ages to some!  And if I had heard stereo before that – I didn’t realize it.  I was delighted!  We purchased quite a few more Ferrante and Teicher albums throughout our lifetime.

It actually reminded me of some of the antiphonal singing we had done in our large church in Fort Worth, Texas.  Some of the choir members were placed in the balcony, with the majority of the choir in the choir loft.  The larger choir would sing something, then the smaller choir would echo.  It was a great sound.

I think that about finishes my thoughts on Music and Me for now.  If I think of anything else, I’ll write about it later.  I hope you have enjoyed this little side jaunt through my music memories.  It has certainly brought to my mind some things in my life I had forgotten – and that’s a good thing!

~~~~~~~~~~The End….for now~~~~~~~~~~

Judy is living in Central Florida with her retired U.S. Air Force husband of 50+ years. Born in Dallas, Texas, she grew up in the Southwestern United States.She met her husband at their church, where he was attending the university in her town. After college and seminary, he entered the Air Force, and their adventures began.They lived in eight of our United States, and spent six years in Europe, where their oldest daughter was born. She was a stay-at-home mom for many years .

  Judy has always been involved with music, both playing the piano and singing. Always interested in exercise, she was an aerobic dancing instructor, as well as a piano teacher for many years, and continues to faithfully exercise at home.

After moving to Central Florida, she served as a church secretary for nearly nine years.Her main hobby at this point in time is scanning pictures and 35mm slides into the computer. She also enjoys scrapbooking.She and her husband have two married daughters and four grandchildren, including grandtwins as well as a great-grandson. She and her husband enjoy the Disney parks as often as possible.

One Response to “Music and Me-Part 8”

  1. divoran09 May 23, 2021 at 7:20 am #



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