I had the opportunity last Saturday to sing and have great fun in participating in a gospel concert as part of a pay-it-forward opportunity for Miracles Can Happen Boys Ranch. The ranch is a private non-profit boys home where teaching family and love is the order of the day. Following the concert was a pie supper with many wonderfully yummy treats to share.
The day of the concert, I spent the morning in the kitchen making pie. As I was reading recipes, preparing ingredients, mixing, and baking; I was thinking about how making pie and preparing for a concert are a lot alike. First the crust was made. Ingredients were measured, mixed, and then just the right amount of ice cold water is added in to create a good dough. Just as the musical choices start as a broad selection that get selected through and mixed together, the dough becomes the list of songs.
After the dough is made, the filler gets the attention. Lemon, apple, berry, chocolate, or varieties of other flavors are there to choose from. The sugar, corn starch, flour, and other ingredients are mixed; when the recipe is right, they are prepared for cooking. When the music list is created, more work is done on those specifically; sweetening the notes and making it work until the harmony is tightly and comfortably working.