Celebrating TrueCity & John Perkins!

Dad vs Son vs Noise Beat copyIt is easier to sound angry, moody or sad then to make sounds of joy and celebration. Dad vs Son is my experimental electronic music project with my 11 year old son. He plays drum machine and I play synth. On March 3rd we will be setting the welcoming mood for this year’s TrueCity Festival. We will be playing a set while people are entering the space. I’m super excited about this because Civil Rights leader John Perkins (one of my heroes) will be the key note speaker. We are working hard to make a sound that helps celebrate the great work this man does and the great things happening in Hamilton Church Communities. The above recording is one of our practices leading up to the festival, and we would like to dedicate the track to Mr. Perkins.

My Grandma’s Ukulele Band

Allisa Bender Photo 13645165_10154367513604861_7668832117826885092_nSaskatoon Update copyI feel like every day there is something that happens at this Mennonite Assembly that overwhelms me emotionally. After a very heavy discussion and question period about the future structure of Mennonite Church Canada, it was announced that the Bethany Manor Ukulele Band would be leading us in worship before lunch. My Grandma Neudorf passed away just a month ago and she had lived at Bethany Manor. I suddenly remembered that back in the winter before she was sick that she had told me very excitedly that her Ukulele P1010668Band was going to be playing at the Assembly. Although I was sad that my Grandma wasn’t up there with her friends I was happy to be reminded of her and our shared love of ukuleles and twangy old hymns. I wasn’t able to go to my grandma’s funeral and when the band sang Amazing Grace and I’ll Fly Away that was it, I started sobbing, I felt like these songs were for my Grandma and me.

If you would like to see the Ukulele Band in action fast forward the video below to 1:48:00 and watch for the standing ovation they received at the end.

SASKatoon Updates from Assembly 2016:    

  1. Repudiate the Doctrine of Discovery
  2. “It is never too late!” for Truth & Reconciliation
  3. Mennonites voted YES to Repudiate the Doctrine of Discovery!
  4. My Grandma’s Ukulele Band