Saturday, March 30, 2013

Good Good Friday

Had a very interesting Good Friday, with two crucifixions!
I had arranged to meet a friend for breakfast, so we walked down to a local cafe and had delicious French toast with berries, yummy!
                                                         (photo from
My cousin (I think I've mentioned her before, opera singer) offered me a ticket to the St. John Passion in the National Concert Hall: she was performing in it. Her Mum, who is my 1st cousin, was using the other free ticket, so it was a chance for us to meet up and catch up.
 We had a sandwich and coffee beforehand, and a lovely chat. She showed me video on her phone of my 87 y/o uncle, her Dad, dancing to Ceili music in his kitchen. He is passionate about Ceili music, and seeing his face light up as he danced (with his walking stick) was hilarious!
This photo of the Passion rehearsal was on the facebook page of the NCH:
My cousin is 2nd from the left in the front, with her legs crossed! I always find it funny that they wear jeans in rehearsal, then look so completely different when dressed up!

The St. John Passion was fabulous: I don't want to use the word enjoyable in relation to a religious event, but I loved the music and found it quite emotional.

I had to rush off straight after the concert, as I was playing with the band in a little church on the outskirts of the city. It's an African community church, in an industrial estate unit, and the contrast with the Concert Hall was immense! They had a few Gospel choirs, very lively music, and a very graphic enactment of the Passion, including a crucifixion (rope, not nails, though they did hammer several times on the ground to mimic the nails going in, and the "victim" did yell very loudly).
We played some beautiful hymns, and the congregation were really appreciative of our music, even though it was totally different to their own.

Eventually got home about 10.00! It was probably the most eventful Good Friday I've ever had!


  1. I think it's OK to say that you enjoyed the music of the Passion even if it was somber. What an interesting contrast for you. The second sounds rather more gritty and 'human' than the first. And , of course, French toast is always a treat.
    Happy Easter!

  2. That French toast is already having me think about breakfast tomorrow. :)
    Sounds like you had a Good Friday experience in contrasts.
    Hope you had a wonderful Easter Mimi!

  3. Sounds like a GREAT Day! Happy Easter my friend (sorry I'm a little late)

  4. What a great way to spend the day. And that French toast has me drooling!

  5. Sounds like you did indeed have a good Good Friday. That French toast picture look wonderful!

  6. That sounds like a perfect way to spend Good Friday! A very busy day by the sound if it.
    The French berries made my mouth water!
    Maggie x

    Nuts in May

  7. Dear Mimi, it seems you had a very eventful day, in the name of music.;) Hope you had a great Easter as well. Ours was sunny but bitterly cold, can not wait for it to really warm up, spring is way behind this year.;)
    Have a lovely weekend,

  8. Is everyone in your family talented??? I bet y'all are a concert when you get together!