“Hello” from your Sing God’s Word Friends
Anthony Williams: It’s really great to be back in Symphony City. I’m super excited that I could bring my cousin, Daniel, with me this time. When I saw that he was kind of scared to run in the Libertyville town race, I just knew our friends here could encourage him. Learning Bible verses about Jesus through awesome music is the best! I’m glad we got to go to the benefit concert for The City Music Hall too. I always feel inspired by all the music and by everyone in this place. Well, except maybe for the Dissonance Brothers.
Kori Anderson: I have been visiting Mr. Wells’ Music Shop for several years now. I love it there! My best friend is still Anthony Williams, but because I’m at the music shop so much, I also hang out with Katie Wells, Mr. Wells’ granddaughter. I’m so glad that she has been able to make a visit to Symphony City with us. M.C., Joni Microphonie, Benita Bongo, Tara Tambourine, and all the others are very special to me! The lessons I have learned from them continue to help me know and love Jesus more and more. I want to be able to share his love and his Word with everyone around me just like my musical friends do.
Matt Cello: Hello boys and girls. This is M.C. (short for Matt Cello). I am a manager at Well’s Music Shop in Symphony City. I’m pretty busy as I keep the shop running well, place orders for new items, and help teach our young ones how to play music skillfully. As a Christian, I love being a part of worship at church. I also find it very rewarding to help children learn the Word of God through music. I’m always happy to have guests at the shop, and I hope you will visit us often and join in the fun.
Joni Microphonie: Hi, friends. I’m Joni. Since I’m in between concerts on the road, I thought I’d take a minute to say hello to all of you. I really love my fans! God helps me to deal with the long hours, training and busy schedule that I keep, but I look forward to meeting all the individuals that come to my concerts, and that keeps me going too. I have very busy days during concert season. I get up early to do my Bible devotions, run a little bit and eat breakfast. Then I spend time in a trailer that is my classroom so that I can finish high school on time. My favorite subject is English literature because I love to read books and poetry. This helps me to write some of the songs I sing. After school time, I am in practice four to five hours in the afternoon, and sometimes three or four more hours in the evening. It’s not always easy because I’m often away from my friends and most of my family. But, I love music, I’m very happy singing for the Lord, and I’m glad He’s allowing me to use my gifts and talents for Him. Hope to catch you at my next concert!
Lonie Microphonie: Hi y’all. This here is Lonie catchin’ you on a break from my practice schedule. I’m not with Joni right now, and I miss her somethin’ awful! Even though she’s my “cuz,” she’s like my sister and my best friend all rolled up into one. I like when we take the time to shoot the breeze about just being teenage girls. We talk on our cells, text and such, but I prefer face to face with her. We should be hitchin’ back up real soon though, and I’m really lookin’ forward to that. When we talk, Joni and I are keepin’ each other accountable in our Bible readin’ and prayer time. God is so faithful to us both, and I want to stay real close to Him. It’s so good to know that while I can’t be with my loved ones, God is always with them and with me. I couldn’t do what I do without Him, that’s for certain! With school and practice and performin’ I got a real full plate, but God gives me grace and strength when I need it most. I better run. Hope to see ya real soon, y’all. Bye now.
Donny Dissonance: This is Donny Dissonance, THE Donny Dissonance, and you’re lucky that I decided to say hi to you. I’m in a band called…well, never mind, we don’t have a name yet. But, we’re the coolest band around! Me and my brothers, Danny and Doofus really lay down some awesome tunes – no, not awful, I said AWESOME, man. The only people that think we’re awful are people that really like music, and we have a whole town full of them. What do they know? School? Yeah I go to school, but nobody appreciates how smart I am. I can understand two languages, distortion guitar and the language I’m using right now, whatever it’s called. My favorite subject? Bet, you think I’m gonna say recess. Well, your wrong. It’s lunch, and then recess. At lunch there are better things to throw. See you around, man. Oh, and the green slime and flat tires around town, it’s just a coincidence that I was there every time. AND IT’S NOT MY FAULT THAT I GOT CAUGHT!
Buddy Bass: Oh, hello, Mon. Dis is Buddy Bass. I always be glad to hook up wit me friends, ya kno’. Sometimes we just be sittin’ around and talkin’ together. Sometimes we be sharin’ a meal. Bot, da best time is when we go to church and worship God together. God always be watchin’ over me. I want always to be praisin’ ‘Im! For me work, I play in a band. I work ‘ard practicin’ and playin’ our gigs. Bot, me best time is when I swing in me backyard and just look up in de sky. No worries, Mon! I be thankin’ God all de time for di beauty of di sky, trees and birds. ‘E is de Great Creator. I be wantin’ to serve ‘Im all of me life.
Wally Bassoon: Hi, kids. It’s a wonderful day here at Clef Park. The Wonder-Go-Round has been spinning almost… ACHOO… non-stop, and my friends and I spend wonderful days playing music and helping others appreciate the wonders of God. All of us on the Wonder-Go-Round have been together for a very long time, so we feel like family. Of course, we have all made a commitment to Jesus, so we are all a part of the family of God. We worship together, work together, have fun together, and… ACHOOO… try to help each other when there is a need. The last time I got an allergy shot, Harry and Glenda were right there with me. I know that God is always taking care of me, and with the special folks He has brought into my life, I have incredible joy inside of me. What could be more wonderful… ACHOOOOO… than that?
Cynthia du Flaut: Oh, dear! I just caught my C# trill lever on the front window curtain. But, I’m okay and so is the curtain, and the window, I might add. How are you doing? Wonderful, I hope. Things have been really busy at the music shop, but I enjoy serving our customers by finding the music they want or locating a new part or item they need. M.C. is very kind to me, and he’s helping me to be the best employee I can be. When I’m not at the shop, I’m studying or in classes at our local community college. My goal is to attend Sing University and study classical music. There are a lot of professional musicians in my family, and some day I would love to play in a symphony orchestra. I’m sure I have a while to wait as I perfect my skills. For now, God has me serving others at the shop, and it’s another great place to learn more about music. M.C has taught me that it is truly a beautiful gift from God! You, too, could learn much about music and about how music can help you learn God’s Word. I hope I see you the next time you stop in.
Millie Marimba: Hi there, sweetie! Do you remember me, Millie Marimba? I spend most of my time at City Music Hall. There are a lot of great things happening as the whole town is raising funds to make this the magnificent place that it once used to be. I remember those days. The symphony would be on stage, the lights would come up, and we would play to great crowds – families from our city and visitors from important places. It was grand! We have done several concerts to help with the renovations. It feels so good to be up on stage playing beautiful music again. Through it all, God is blessing our efforts. He has brought us through hard times here, and He continues to be faithful as we now see our dreams begin to come true, dreams to give to our community the wonderful gift of harmonious music that God has given to us. My little friend, Tillie Triangle, just reminded me to say “hi” to you (remember, she’s a little on the shy side). I wish you could have seen her in our last performance. She stood out just like a shining star, playing with all her might. We are so happy to be able to do what God has created us to do. I hope you will have a chance to see all the improvements at the hall and hear us play sometime soon.
Tillie Triangle: I used to be a pretty shy little percussion instrument; I could barely be heard in the orchestra! But, there are two places in Symphony City that mean a lot to me, City Music Hall and Worship Community Church, and being a part of the family in each place has helped me to not be so afraid to talk with others. I’m happy that the music hall is going to be able to continue presenting great programs, and I’m planning to play my best and sing out loud and strong to honor God and bless others with his wonderful gift of music.
Slammin’ Sammy Saxophone: So many good things were passed down to me from my family. My mom was a real pro in the kitchen. She always had us kids help out to fix meals for our family, for folks coming over or for people in need. My Dad was an incredible musician – still is. He gave me such an appreciation for good music. And both of my parents made sure I had the Word of God in my life to guide me. They helped me to see how good God is and how much He cares for me. Now my wife Sophie and I use these blessings in our lives and pass them on to others at our café, in our neighborhood and wherever God allows us to be. Make sure you stop in and see us next time you’re in Symphony City!
Benita Bongo: It has been such a great day in the Lord. I had many special passengers on the Rumba Bus today. It makes me very happy when I tell people about Jesus and the love He has for me and for them. I hope you will ride along sometime so that we can talk about Jesus and learn more about one another. Have a blessed day!
Juan Carlos Benito Bongo: Hola! I am so happy to meet you. It is such a blessing to live in Symphony City. I often ride along with my aunt, Benita Bongo, on her very special Rumba Bus. I’m sure you see that I share a very close name with hers. Benita and Benito mean blessed or happy. Tia (Auntie) is the happiest person I know. It is “muy bueno,” very good to make others happy! It is through our great God, Jesus, that we can share joy he puts inside of us. My friend, Dilly Dissonance, has told me that it is the best to be with my aunt and me because he feels so great when he is with us. That makes me feel “muy bueno” too! Adios, amigos. Come for a happy ride on the Rumba Bus with us sometime.
Shaker Shake: I’ve been running my coin shop now for nearly 15 years. That has been plenty of time to pick up some very valuable pieces. Coin collecting started as a hobby that has grown into a really nice business for me. Some people think I must be rich with all that valuable treasure in my shop. However, my greatest treasure is not in costly coins, but in the Son of God who has given me eternal life. That makes me shake all over!
Tara Tambourine: Serving God at my church and in my community is one of my favorite things to do. Not only do I like to sing, I love to work behind-the-scenes to get everything ready for a service or a program. It makes me feel so good inside to know that I can be a part of something that God can use to bless others. May He always be given honor and glory for what He does through me!
The Drummer Family: I’ve always loved anything that has to do with cars. I worked in my Dad and Uncles’ shop from the time I was a little tom. Our Salvage and Auto Supply shop is loud, to be sure. I think all the noise is great. It’s no surprise then that I sing at the top of my voice, clap loudly, and shout to praise the Lord. But my wife Dee Dee is trying to make sure we take time to worship God quietly too. That sounds good to me as long as my family and I show our love to God.
Ricky Drummer: Hi, I’m glad you’re dropping by today. I’ve just got to tell you about the great things the Lord is doing in my life. It’s awesome that I’m getting to do some writing, recording, and touring with Joni Microphonie and my best friend, Skeet Snare. It’s been really sweet to see how God is using each of us to bring honor and glory to him. I’m blessed to come from a family who loves God and praises him through music, but I never expected that the Lord would give me even bigger ways to share my faith with others. I don’t know what might happen next, but I trust God to lead me exactly where he wants me to be. I’m thankful he’s with me every step of the way!
Skeet Snare: Hey, Skeet here. What’ve you been up to? Hope you’re having an awesome day; I definitely am! I love it that City Music Hall is finally going to get the attention it deserves. I’ve played on the stage a few times, and now that my best friend Ricky and I are doing some gigs with Joni Microphonie, I’m looking forward to playing some concerts there. It’s really cool to be a part of a good band, but you know what’s even cooler: dedicating and giving our gifts and talents to God for his glory. It’s not always easy to follow his ways, but it’s totally the way to go. Catch you at the music hall.
Cadena Conga: People seem to love when I come to their parties and play for them. I still enjoy that part of my life very much. But since I’ve become a Christian, I know that my purpose is far beyond entertaining others. God’s purpose for me is to share the love of Jesus. I look forward to the day when we will have a great big party in heaven. I will really be excited to play along for Jesus the King!
Gracie Guitar: I am so grateful to God for His love and care for me no matter what I face. Even though sometimes life is hard, I have the joy of the Lord as my strength and the blessing of sharing that joy with others. I also thank God for my family and friends like Matt Cello, who help me, encourage me and pray for me often. The Lord is so kind to provide for all my needs.
Officer Barry Tubanski: It’s been quite a long time since I joined the Symphony City Policy Force. It’s my job to make sure that our streets are safe and free from trouble. Symphony City is a pretty nice, quiet town. But every once in a while I’m forced to blow my horn to stop someone from getting hurt or doing something that is a problem for others. God always protects me as I do my job looking after our citizens. I’m thankful I can always count on Him.
Mr. Clave: All glory to God! I am so grateful to the Lord to visit America and bring our children to sing in many churches. God takes care of us every day and shows us many miracles as we honor Him with our music. I pray we will always bring Him glory as we give Him thanks and praise in song.
Jaron Zimri: Hallelujah! Thank you Jesus for your wonderful gift of music and singing! The Bible says that when we are with the Lord we will be praising Him forever and ever…I’m so glad that we can start now – this very day. Let everything that has breath praise the Lord! AMEN!
Ksana Zimri: I am so blessed to be involved in music ministry with my husband, Jaron. We have been singing together since we met at Sing University. There is nothing like gathering with our brothers and sisters at Worship Community Church and praising our wonderful God! I look forward to every meeting time, whether I’m helping to lead worship, sitting and listening to an encouraging sermon, or participating in a church event. I thank the Lord that we are a part of such an amazing church family.
Daniel Williams: I can’t believe I have been with a whole lot of musical instruments that can talk! They are all so nice, and they really have helped me to see that Jesus can be trusted with every part of my life. I feel like such a winner with Jesus running right beside me. I especially liked hearing Bible verses set to such cool music; I’m still wondering where the music comes from, though. I can’t wait to come back with Anthony and Kori again!
Katie Wells: What a surprise to find that we have special friends in Grandpa’s music shop! Kori Williams has been coming here for quite a while, and we spend a lot of time together. It was really cool that she took me along to visit Symphony City. Everyone was so friendly and helpful; and the music was amazing! Grandpa never mentions the musical characters, though sometimes I think he knows all about them. He loves all kinds of music and he loves the Bible, so I know he would appreciate the advice and the help our friends give us through the Scripture verses they share. I hope you are learning a lot, just like I am, as you sing God’s Word!
Turn T: Hey, what’s up? Thanks for stopping by. I’m on a little break from my job at Drummer’s Shop. I’m thankful that the Lord is in my life and he’s providing for all my needs. Sharing the message of Jesus with others is what I’m all about; I wouldn’t want it any other way! I’m so excited to use music to spread the good news about him everywhere I can.
Melvis Wesley: I’ve been around here for a long time. My Momma used to bring me to City Music Hall when I was just learning how to play a rock ‘n roll groove. We listened to good ol’ tunes, songs that brought tears to Momma’s eyes because they were about faith and hope and love. For me, those are wonderful memories! Now when I share the good news about Jesus through a special song, I’m praying that I’m making precious memories for others. I praise the good Lord for everything he’s done for me, in me, and through the songs I sing.
Aunt Sadie Shurman: Well, how are you all doing today? It’s so nice to have you stop by. You’re all welcome to call me Aunt Sadie. My life has gotten very busy since we had the benefit concert at City Music Hall. I’ve been singing quite often at local events and at church. People really seem to enjoy those big band numbers that have always been a major part of my life. Oh, I feel so good when I praise the Lord with my voice! I have a beautiful niece, Joni, who honors the Lord with her musical gifts too. I’m so thankful for the Lord’s hand on our family and for the wonderful miracle of salvation he has provided through his Son, Jesus. No matter what kind of song I sing, I want it to bring glory to my God!
Mayor Benton Brass: As mayor of this fair town, I want to welcome you to Symphony City. Our citizens are genuine, down-to-earth folks who are also incredible patrons of the arts. That’s why I am so pleased our benefit concert was such a success, and our magnificent music hall will go on as the wonderful place it has been for decades, a grand auditorium dedicated to the performance and appreciation of music, drama, and all the fine arts. Thank you all for your incredible support. May God bless you all!
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