Picking a Pianist Nominee
My sisters also have a subscription to Singing News and decide between themselves who they will vote for in the Fan Awards. They had a difficult time deciding who to vote for for Pianist. They decided first that they would vote for someone who was alive.
They narrowed it down to Kim Collingsworth and Matthew Holt. But they hadn’t heard either live and so couldn’t decide.
So they decided to solve the problem the Moravian way: by lot. In Colonial days, the Moravians were known for taking Proverbs 16:33 literally; a Moravian man’s wife would even be picked by lot!
My sisters decided to place both names in a hat and pull one. But since that would be too few names, they decided, they would put all ten names in the hat and pick either the first or the last.
The first was Roger Fortner, and since they wanted to vote for a pianist, they decided they would go with the last.
Matthew Holt’s name came out third or fourth, so he was out. They had pulled out quite a few names–but hadn’t counted exactly–when Kim Collingsworth’s name came out. That could be the last one, they thought, but decided to check in the hat one last time first.
So into the hat they went and found another name: Adam Crabb. They couldn’t believe that they’d actually vote for a Crabb, and so they decided to check the hat again.
As it turned out, there was one more name in the hat. Roger Bennett.
I had told them I was going to vote for Roger one last time to honor his family, but they had told me they weren’t going to vote for a dead man. I guess God had other plans.