I got the news today that our piano man who plays our music on Sunday is leaving the Boise First Congregational Church of Christ. He has been an amazing blessing to the entire church community for a very long time.
He is chasing the dream of fulfilling the opportunities he has been working so hard to find. We will miss him. He is intense and playful. He started teaching my daughter Hannah piano until school started and we realized there was a crevasse between her school and Randy’s availability. So we said, “Next summer we will start again.” It never happened. Life moves so quickly and children learn everyday where they feel best. When it came down to it, Hannah wanted to learn to play guitar. So it goes.
Randy is leaving our church for some wonderful things. We will miss him. I want to tell you my favorite Randy story. One Sunday we were all feeling happy and light-hearted. Instead of the last song scheduled to be played Pastor Kim looked to Randy and said, “Play something up beat, something dance worthy.” She then suggested “I Feel Good” by James Brown. There was this moment and he laughed and said, “I swear it must be the only song I don’t know!” Pastor Kim laughed and stood and sang out the first verse, then looked at him. He shrugged. We were all laughing by that time. Being me, I knew the song and wasn’t going to leave Randy or Pastor Kim hanging so I stood up and started clapping the rhythm and both Kim and I began to sing, “I feel good!, I knew that I would…” I realized most people there only knew the song from a stool softener on television instead of the real musician but we persevered, Kim and I and the congregation at least started to clap (except my two youngest who were trying to become invisible and hoping Jesus would sweep them away to the “That is not MY mother doing this!” place with their heads down and eyes closed tight, praying it was going to over soon. Randy still not knowing the song was able to fake it (like all professional musicians can) while Kim made it up to the top of the sanctuary doors.
I will miss you Randy. May your road to success be short and everything you hope it will be. As noted in our church new letter.
New Opportunities in Las Vegas
It is with mixed emotions that we announce that our beloved Church Musician and Artist-In-Residence, Randy Coryell, has discerned that God is leading him into new opportunities in Las Vegas. Randy will leave Boise at the end of July, and accept three new adventures there:
+Music Producer for GMT Studios, based in Hollywood
+Music and Talent Producer for “Grant a Chance for Wounded Veterans” (A show Randy created)
+Composer of game show music for new shows for the Game Show Network
+(and possibly) Play piano at the Venetian Hotel and Casino on the Strip
Randy will live with his brother, and look for a UCC church to be his home church in Las Vegas. But he says he will always think of Boise First as his church home. Randy is “excited beyond words – nervous, thrilled and honored to be able to use his talents in this new way.” He attributes his recent brush with illness and death as the “wake up call” that prepared him for this new adventure.
Randy’s last Sunday at Boise First is July 26th. Randy will perform a concert that Sunday evening (probably at Boise First), and we will have a reception for him following the concert. If you would like to make a cash contribution toward a gift for Randy, note on your check that it’s for “Randy’s Gift”.
We wish Randy all the best as he embraces his new life in Las Vegas, and thank him for his faithful service to the ministry at Boise First!
Dedicated to you Randy…