When I was in Sweden this last September, my friend and I decided to go to church one Sunday evening. Our Cathedral has undergone a big renovation — that was going on while I was visiting last year … most of the interior was covered in plastic then. Now, the grand opening took place in May, if my memory serves me right, and now, our church also ‘sports’ a brand new organ.
It’s placed in the chancel, it’s digital, was built by organ builder Ruffatti in Padova, northern Italy. This Sunday, when my friend and I had decided to go, was the big inauguration of this new organ. We arrived early as we figured there would be a great deal of people, and boy were we ever right! The church was filled to the last seat when it started.
We noticed this OB bus from Radio Sweden when we walked from the car, but didn’t think much of it. However … before the concert commenced, the dean told us all that this concert was being recorded by Radio Sweden and we were asked to keep extremely quiet … if we needed to cough or sneeze , it was suggested that we’d do so up our sleeve. Lisa and I looked around us and noticed we were seated right beneath one of the microphones that had been rigged up. You can actually see it to the right in this picture! We made sure our cell phones had the sound turned OFF. The organist [Frederik Sixten], who is apparently quite famous in Sweden if you’re into this type of music started to play. I have no idea what it was but it sounded very serious and …. ‘heavy’.
For, maybe ten minutes, we managed to keep a straight face … keeping up appearances, but when the second piece started, we looked at each other and just shook our heads a little in desperation … moving around, uncomfortably in the pew. A young girl was standing beside the organist, changing pages. When he was about to start the third piece, he grabbed a new bunch of notes from a pile he had on top of the organ.
I typed on my cell phone «See that stack of notes he has there on top of the organ?! He’ll work his way through all that before we can get out of here» and held it up in front of Lisa. She read, looked at the organ and I saw right away how the laughter was building up …. and in myself too! That hysterical, unstoppable kind of laughter when you know you have to be quiet as a mouse! I don’t know how we managed, we couldn’t look at each other … I remember thinking to myself that I have to relax somehow and think of something else as I couldn’t just stand up and walk out of there.
All this reminded me of a Seinfeld episode … the one about the Pez dispenser. They certainly managed to pin-point all the common little things in life..