NQC 2013, Day 6: Blazing Pianos

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3:01 Kim Collingsworth will be closing out the Piano event. She started with “I Walked Today Where Jesus Walked.” She ended with “My Tribute” and the crowd responded with a prolonged standing ovation.

2:54 Roger Talley started with “Sweet Hour of Prayer.” His second song was “Take it to the Lord in Prayer/ Everybody Ought to Know.”

2:43 Stan Whitmire was next and commented he never heard “Mary Had a Little Lamb” in his church.  His first piece sounded like “The Lord Prayer.” He talked about going to a Baptist church which used the Church of God hymnal, than a Church of God that did use it, and then a Church of God which had never used the red back hymnal. He started receiving piano lessons from Eloise Phillips when he was 4, and continued for 15 years. He concluded with “Do Right and Come Smiling Through.”

2:27 Gordon Mote sits down at the piano and is talking about music glorifying God. He is talking about Hymns in churches. His church did a hymn sing and he slipped in the back. The pastor saw him and called him up. He said wondered if anyone heard the lyrics he changed…”I once was lost but now am found, was blind…..and I still am.”  He talked about how the hymns were played in the church he grew up in, and led into “When the Roll is Called Up Yonder.” He then talked about how all the different denominations handle their music in different ways. He said he’d play “Mary Had a Little Lamb” in ways the different denominations do. He started with the Baptist version–so well disguised that one wouldn’t know that was what the song was! He followed with a small country church sound with jerky halts between the lines. Next he did a Church of God/ Pentecostal version. It was much faster.  He said the reason he was so confused musically is that when he was young, he thought all songs had to have one of two introductions, which he demonstrated. He then played “Mary Had a Little Lamb” in a Catholic/ Episcopal style. He had Gerald Wolfe laughing! His Black Gospel version was influenced by the “AOH Church of God in Christ” he heard on the radio when he was young. He had the crowd do answer backs. His last was Church of Christ, the easiest one to do…and he left the piano!

2:21 Channing Eleton played something which sounded like “We’ll Understand It Better By and By.” His second song was “Leaning on the Everlasting Arms.”

2:20 Gordon Mote thanked the various NQC crews and the crowd gave a round of applause.

2:11 They called up Josh Singletary, but before he had a chance to start playing, Gerald Wolfe said, “Your tie and your socks don’t match.”  He is wearing what looks like lime green socks with blue polka dots and purple heels and a bright blue bow tie. His first song was “I’ve Got a Mansion Over the Hilltop.”  His second song sounded like “He Hideth My Soul.”

2:00 Jeff Stice said he had been wondering all week what to play and would play one just for his wife.  It sounded classical and hopefully she knew the name of it!  Then Gerald Wolfe asked him to play a gospel tune. Gordon added, “You made your wife happy, now why don’t you make the Lord happy too!”  Stice informed Wolfe that he, like Trey Ivey, grew up listening to Gerald Wolfe. Stice sat back down at the piano and played a tune neither we nor Gerald Wolfe knew. Stice claimed it was “A Sinners Plea.”

1:53 Gerald Wolfe brings on a 14 year old pianist, Timothy Noble, from Howard, Ohio. He played “Great is Thy Faithfulness/ How Big Is God/ How Great Thou Art.”  We believe this may be the 12 year old pianist we heard a few years ago in Green, Ohio, at a Mark Trammell Quartet concert. He is a young man whose name precedes him! Gerald Wolfe said he had been mentioned yesterday and that upon thinking about it, Wolfe had heard of him before! Gerald Wolfe asked Timothy Noble who his hero was, and upon hearing “Jeff Stice,” Wolfe called Stice up next.

1:42 Gerald Wolfe explained that he had requested for there to be just one piano, so the audience can better hear what the pianists are doing. Introducing Trey Ivey (of Legacy Five) who is classically trained. Ivey played “Jesus Loves Me.” Gordon Mote told a story of when Trey Ivey came over to his house and Mote’s 5 year old Ashton “interviewed” Trey Ivey. Then, Mote and Wolfe asked Ivey why he chose to be a classically trained pianist, and why he went Truett-McConnell music school. Ivey closed with “Leaning on the Everlasting Arms.”

1:39 Gerald Wolfe kicking off the Blazing Pianos with Gordon Mote. Gordon deferred to Gerald Wolfe doing the first song (Great is Thy Faithfulness), since Gerald “has more experience.”  Gerald Wolfe said that his piano solo CD is the #1  in funeral homes across the country, to which Gordon Mote replied, “They’re just dying to get your music!”


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  1. So, it’s a parade of piano today…

    • Yes it is! They may have to think of a new name.

  2. Parade of Pianists?

  3. Kim’s first song was, ” I Walked Today Where Jesus Walked”

    • Thanks! We are having trouble editing it in the post, but at least we have an answer in the comments!

  4. Actually, the “official” name of that Showcase was “Blazing Pianos,” which is just about as accurate as “Parade Of Pianos.” To be honest, I’ve never see either.

    • Thanks! I’ll edit the post title. I think everyone’s just used to the old name.

    • Wow! Thank you for letting us know. The official NQC schedule still said “Parade of Pianos” so, we didn’t know about the new name. “The Voice of NQC” kept calling it the Pianorama.