Friday, October 29, 2010

Wow . . .

Almost six months.

Six months and I haven't done any writing. Things are starting to settle down and I'm hoping to start again soon. I started playing music (guitar) in church again.

I say again because it's been, with a couple exceptions, 15 or 16 yrs since I last played with a worship band. I had to quit playing because my left ear suffered some damage. So much so that I had to stop attending church. It's not that I couldn't hear, but any loud noise--even clapping--caused a lot of pain. I had to wear an ear plug for a year while my ear slowly healed. Right when I stopped wearing the plug, a transformer blew in my ear as I walked out of a local drug store. Another year of pain a ear plugs.

I have not been able to attend concerts, wedding receptions, church services, or any other noisy venue for 15 years. Two months ago I realized that my ear hadn't hurt in a few months. It dawned on my that I was listening to the radio louder than usual. I decided to attend church where the real test--live drums and bass--resided. No pain. I then inquired about playing in the worship band and was welcomed. So far, so good. I still wear the ear plug, but I haven't had any problems. I even played one Sunday without the plug and it really didn't hurt although there was some discomfort.

It's been a long time since I've played. Don't know any of these new fangled songs and I'm definitely rusty, but it's a blessing to be able to serve in that capacity once again. I just hope I'm not causing damage to the ears of those who have to listen.


Glynn said...

Good to see you back, Dayle.

Kay Day said...

That whole ear business sounds awful. And that's such a long time!
I'm glad you're better and I hope it stays that way.
How's the house?

Dayle James Arceneaux said...

House is coming very slow as usual. At least it gives me something to blame the mess on.