Second Reading is page 62, 3rd song, First Stanza, First word: Micheal, row the boat.
Open my eyes, Micheal, row the boat.
The word of Sing Out Publications. Let it be so.
Now Sing Out can be a bit dated in language, SO lets look at the word in more contemporary language: Open my eyes, MIKE, row the boat.
Or perhaps more simply: Open Mike.
The scripture today tells us about Open Mike.
Let it be so!
Now some of you might have expected a third reading… Many of you I think that the scripture tells us to Open Mike Delaney. But I can assure, that is not in the text. We are NOT to open mike Delaney. We’ll leave that to the doctors!
No, all of you here who think that Open Mike is about Mike Delaney have been lead astray by bad preaching.
Open mike is actually about MICROPHONES. Did you know that? A big part of understanding scripture requires that you understand the context. Open Mike is really Open Microphone.
Microphone: Phallic object that makes you louder.
And that is what Open Mike is about, being louder, getting your voice heard. The scripture today is reminding us that humming in the bedroom is fine, strumming in the kitchen is fine, drumming in the bathroom is fine, singing is the car is fine, as long as your windows are shut. You can sing in the shower, or play your music while you knit or mow the lawn, or pee, or eat (although please not with food in your mouth). But in the end the good book tells us OPEN MIKE. You’ve got to amplify that music and get out in PUBLIC.
And because it the good book DOESN’T say OPEN MIKE DELANEY—that means of course that you can be in public in other places than Java Joes in Jamaica Plain. Not that this Open Mike isn’t the best one, of course, but the scripture is telling you to get out in Public, any public and stand up next to a microphone and LET THE MUSIC be heard.
Can I hear: “let it be so”
Some of you have heard the word and are living the word. Thank you for signing up.
But some of you are sitting out there murmuring that your music is ready not ready to be heard—some of you are thinking you don’t have the right gift to share next to a microphone. OF COURSE YOU AREN’T GOOD ENOUGH.
Does the scripture saying anything about GOOD open Mike??? NO. These words are calling you to share what you’ve got. Surely you all have heard some less than stellar music at an open mike?
As bad as you are, you’ve got to join in. We have heard the words of the good book and they are telling you, begging you, asking you, downright demanding that you get yourself to an Open Mike.
So what is a poor musician to do if you are afraid to stand next to a Microphone, afraid to obey the good book and offer your music out loud? Let me tell you a story.
I knew a musician once that was afraid. He died and went to music hell for failing to follow the words of scripture.
Hmm. OK, here’s a more encouraging story.
Another group of musicians decided that it would be easier to make music in public if they did it TOGETHER. The good book likes TOGETHER. Why on page 59, song two, first stanza together is the ninth word. On page 238 it’s in the refrain 3 times. On page 261 its in the first song. Together is a good word from the good book.
So this nervous group gathered together and called themselves “Safety in Numbers”. They got together, practiced twice, and next thing you know there they were, following the words of scripture by playing at an OPEN MIKE.
This is what the good book is calling you to do.
Now I’ll tell you a secret that the members of “Safety in Numbers” may not know. There were a few people who talked a bit behind their back. One or two people called them “two big for the stage” (I think that once there were 28 on the stage) and I’ve heard rumor that they were called “a lot of basses and drum”. But they followed the word. And that is good.
In fact they got good! They got so good they changed their name to “New England Weather”. Now you may be thinking that a name like New England Weather implies something dreary, rainy, grey, drippy, stormy, and wet as New England Weather. It makes you think they’d have songs all about rain and snow and hurricanes. You’d expect a group named New England weather to have songs about the silence of the sea, holes in rivers, flooding of towns, wading in the water. You think: It’s gonna rain today, and immediately it pops into your mind—New England Weather.
But it’s not true. In fact there music is so varied that if you wait a few minutes the music will change! New England Weather, this group that finally got together and sang out in public, their music is varied, and bright, just like the weather today. You might wonder how they got so good?
Because they followed the word of Sing Out Publications. They listened to the word OPEN MIKE. They came out into public, shared their music. Oh, and because they practiced!
All of you here today, listen to the word of scripture: Open Mike. Often!
And you too shall be ready to release a CD.
Let it be so.