Come to find out, we were just three of the ten guests who'd be in attendance, along with Lily, her husband, and their son Daniel. Altogether, we made thirteen. We headed inside, and the owner of the restaurant had to push four tables together to fit us all, but that's alright. The more the merrier. There was a keyboard, along with several saxophones, a trumpet, a flute, and a clarinet at the front of the place. There was also a retro-mint green box.
But, first, we ate. (I didn't know we'd be eating). It was a delicious meal! Very Taiwanese, not just in that there were copious quantities of a variety of family style dishes served, but the food itself was very Taiwanese. It included: cabbage with oysters, several different leafy, green veg dishes (one of which you can only find in the mountains of Taiwan), steamed fish, chicken, stuffed peppers, three huge meatballs (the house specialty), and a delicious soup to wash it all down with. Daniel and his friend, Benjamin, translated between conversations, seeing as everyone had varying degrees of English and Chinese in their language arsenals.
After we'd finished eating, David (Lily's husband) asked everyone to go around the table and introduce themselves. We were to state our name, hobbies, and a dream we have. Being that we were all a variety of ages and coming from a variety of backgrounds, it was interesting to hear what everyone had to say. And then it was time for music.
Lily had us start. So, I went to the keyboard and played some FNBS songs, while Rachel led the singing and helped with actions. Then Rachel and Emily played the hymns. One of David and Lily's co-worker's daughters also played flute, so she played a flute solo for us. Another of David and Lily's co-workers sings and knows Hakka (a traditional aboriginal language of Taiwan), so he performed a song in Hakka. Somehow, by this point, the owner had heard that I play drums, so he asked if he and I could improv together, with me playing the retro-mint green box, while he played saxophone. Then Emily and the other flutist sightread a hymn as a flute duet together. And finally, with Rachel on piano, Emily on flute, and me on the drum box, the three of us pseudo-sight read a hymn and performed together.
|The owner and I jamming (photo courtesy of: Lily)|
|The three of us playing "Praise to the Lord the Almighty" (photo courtesy of: Lily)|
|Emily and the other flutist playing a hymn together.|
|Our whole group (photo courtesy of: Lily)|