I’ve mentioned that Matthew is in the children’s choir at our parish, St. Rita’s Church, and there has been a tradition that the choir performs a little children’s concert on Christmas Eve, and in the past the choir has performed “Little Drummer Boy” with one boy playing the drums. Well that boy has graduated and Matthew is the only boy in the children’s choir, and he so desired to take the mantle of the drummer for the song.
So you would think the choir would practice this at least a few times before the performance? The music director planned to practice it twice, but she forgot the drum sticks for the first practice, and so all that was left was one practice. As it turned out I went early to pick Matthew up at that practice and heard his first attempts. Matthew kept screwing up. He's supposed to keep time for most of the song but his impulse is to go with the rum-pum-pum pum rhythm of the choir. And to make it more complicated on the third verse he is supposed to shift and join the rum-pum-pum pum, and then return to the slow beat for conclusion. Yikes, that's a bit much for an eight year old, and he only practiced it once. So we practiced it all weekend at home.
He had three performances altogether: The Christmas Eve concert with the children’s choir, with the adult choir at the 10:30 Christmas Day Mass as the communion hymn, and at the 12:30 Christmas Day Mass back with the children’s choir again during the communion hymn. I videoed the first and third performances, and as it turned out the one I didn’t video was the flawless one. Though I he played slightly better for the third performance, I think the video of the first came out better, so that’s the one I’ll post.
So here’s Matthew on the drums with the children’s choir on “Little Drummer Boy.”
I have to admit, I love that song, even though it’s kind of schmaltzy. I always choke up on the first time I hear it during each Christmas season. The thought of having nothing to give Jesus but one’s talent as best as one can perform is very touching.
After the third performance, the pastor mentioned Matthew by name and he got a round of applause.
By the way, our altar was beautifully decorated with a new nativity set, I decided to take a picture.
It’s a small, humble church, but we’re proud of it.