|Rae wanted this quote used in her memorial. We used it as the|
first slide in a slide show of her life.
This will be short, because I hope those of you who read this will also take the time to listen to the video. The video was made at my friend, Rae's Memorial in November. She was loved by so many people and there was standing room only at the service. She had given me instructions of how she want her memorial. Some were difficult to follow...(Ray and I singing Amazing Grace and another friend, Stephanie singing Ava Maria)...but we did it. The one thing I added to the service (it just felt like the best way to end it) was to have the Lutkin's Benediction sung. For those of you who know this song...it needs to be sung by a choir...not just a few people.
So...I went to Facebook and asked for those who knew this song to please join us at the end of the service...we would meet at 3:30 to practice it one time. I had no idea who would show up and if we would have enough singers. I did send a message to a former student who I thought might help sing the bass part as I was concerned that would be the weak area. Spenser said he would gladly come and he would ask some other guys voices to join if they could. I asked him if I could pay them, and his reply was. "You and Ms. LeCompte and so many teachers did so much for us...this is our gift to you."
So here it is...the Lutkin's Benediction, as sung at Rae LeCompte's Memorial service...directed by Stephanie Stephens...retired music teacher. The video is not that good because the camera had been bumped...so just listen...it is so pure and with only practicing it one time...such a gift by so many.