Band redeems airport delay
31. March 2009 by Norman Jameson, BR Editor
Members of the new Christian band “Rubies and Embers” took advantage of a big flight delay in Raleigh recently. According to Danny Musten, proud father of band member Laura Musten, the band was returning to Nashville via the Raleigh airport after leading worship at a mother-daughter retreat at Oak Island. Initially informed of a two-and-a-half hour flight delay, it stretched eventually another three hours.
Instead of flopping down on the airport furniture and fuming for a few hours, the young ladies broke out their instruments and started playing. Before long many of the upset, anxious passengers who also were enduring the unanticipated delay began gathering around the trio and encouraging them to play more. Soon, people from the entire terminal gathered to hear this mini-concert, erupting with encouraging words and applause.
One lady asked them to open an instrument case so she could plant a little thank you gift. Others followed suit.
Band members Melissa Hill and Abby Hinton were singing with Laura some of the worship tunes they had written when one of the waiting passengers asked if he could play along. He picked up the mandolin and Laura said, “his playing was insane.” She later learned he was Craig Duncan, author of one of her fiddle books and a professional player in Raleigh.
Just as much a thrill for her was Duncan saying, “I loved your playing, thanks for letting me jam with you!”
Danny Musten, a Baptist sound and video professional in Raleigh, said the band could have sold all their CDs at the mini-concert, but of course, they were packed in their luggage on its way to Nashville. With just one CD in hand, fellow passengers passed it around and copied it to their laptops.
The band ended up giving that one CD to a Southwest Airlines representative who ended up being their flight attendant. As the flight was about to take off, six hours after scheduled, all of a sudden “Come Among Us” one of the band’s most worshipful and peaceful tunes, sounded over the plane’s speakers and the CD continued to play as they took off. Laura described the scene to her dad as, “like crazy.”
“It was like a lullaby and everyone got quiet and it was like inviting the Lord to come among us and to dwell among us as we took off,” she said.
As they were tearing up, passengers wrote their mailing addresses on bits of paper to hand to the girls, wanting them to mail the music. The flight attendant told them, “I think a lot of people needed to hear what you girls were singing about. Thank you. It seems like it’s from God.”
What a sweet testimony and demonstration of I Peter 3:15, being always prepared to give a reason for the hope that is within you.
You can hear the tune that moved the waiting passengers here.
Hear Laura in fiddle solo at Belmont University here.
*people – I have known two of these band members for several years, and could not be more excited about what they are doing!!! Using their gifts and their lives to glorify God…….May God be praised!
Now, my friend, go and do the same – go forth and live for Him!