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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Music (03/08/07)

TITLE: Celestial Idyll
By Donna Powers


ZION: Good evening, saints! Iím Zion Seabreeze! Welcome to our monthly singing contest that chooses a soloist for our heavenly choir. As always, the winner is up to you! First, letís meet our judges! Welcome Randalus Bar Jak! How are you , Randalus?

RANDALUS: Well, dawg, Iím doing fine. You know, Zion, itís really tough to pick just one singer.

ZION: Too true, Randalus. Next, hereís Paulina Abdullah! You look lovely, Paulina.

PAULINA: Oh, thank you, Zion. Iím so happy to be here. Everyone is wonderful.

ZION: And now, hereís the guy you love to disagree with: Simeon Callous!

SIMEON: Well, Zion, I hope one of these amateurs can sing tonight. Last month when the Israelites sang I felt like Iíd been wandering in a desert for 40 years. Afterward, all I wanted to do was jump in the Red Sea.

ZION: Well, SimeonÖ this week even you should have something to cheer about. Weíre taking four people whose singing was mentioned in the written Word. Letís begin with a judge from the land of Israel. Hereís Deborah!

DEBORAH: (sings)

Iíll make music to the Lord
Iíll exalt His Holy Word
He caused the hills to shake and fall
He sent a heavínly waterfall
I will heed not what you say
For Iíll praise Him every day

RANDALUS: Well, you sang that pretty well! It was a little pitchy in parts, but you did it justice.

PAULINA: Oh, you are wonderful. To see a lady judge is so inspiring.

SIMEON: I donít know, Deborah. Thereís something a bitÖ Old Testament about you. It sounded like you were singing through your robe.

ZION: If you want Deborah to be our soloist, vote for her. Next is someone who usually sings in a duet, but tonight heís by himself. Hereís Silas!

SILAS: (sings)

You can chain me up in prison
But you canít change my decision
I just want to praise His Name
He will ever be the same
Though my body you might kill
I will always do His Will

RANDALUS: Hey, dawg, that wasnít bad. I heard you wrote that song in prison. You might want to work on your lower register, but itís pretty good.

PAULINA: Oh, that was wonderful. I felt so bad when I heard that they whipped you and Paul.

SIMEON: Well, Silas, that one might have brought down the jailhouse but it left me cold. You should have stuck to singing with Paul.

ZION: Well, saints, if you disagree, then vote for Silas. Our next contestant is usually found in the temple. Please welcome Kenaniah!

KENANIAH: (sings)

Sound the cymbals! Play the harps and lyres!
Kindle your hearts into heavenly fires
We bow at His altar and pray
We read from His Writings each day
Join me in praise, all ye lands
Letís offer our hearts and our hands!

RANDALUS: I donít know, dawg. That just wasnít my thing.

PAULINA: I disagree, Randalus. Singing in the temple must be so wonderful.

SIMEON: Well Kenaniah, I must say Iíve never heard of you, and now I know why.

ZION: Well, if you like Kenaniah, vote for him. Our last contestant is David, the former King of Israel.

DAVID: (sings)

I will praise You with all my heart
Thatís how I want all my days to start
You make all my enemies flee
Youíve been a protector to me
Youíve brought me through troubles and woe
So Iíll praise You wherever I go!

RANDALUS: Hey dawg, not bad. You should really publish some of your songs in a book.

PAULINA: Oh, Your Majesty, I still get misty-eyed when I think of you standing up to that awful giant. You are just wonderful.

SIMEON: To me, your voice sounds tired. It sounded like you were up all night watching sheep.

ZION: Well, if you want David as our soloist, then vote for him. Now, as you go out to cast your votes, letís give it up for our heavenly choir as they sing one of their wonderful Throne Room songs:

CHOIR (sings)

Worthy is the Lamb!
Worthy is Your Name!
Youíve given us Your grace
Your works have brought You fame
Power, wealth and wisdom find You
Let our heartfelt praise remind You
That we live to give You glory
Let our songs proclaim Your story
Worthy is the Lamb!
You are the Great I Am!
Hallelujah to Your Name!
Age to age You are the same!

Judges 5:1-5
Acts 16:22- 25
1 Chronicles 15:19-23
Psalm 13:1, 71:20
Rev 5: 11-13
all verses are NIV

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Marilyn Schnepp 03/15/07
Creative storyline. Had those Judges pegged to a "T". Wow!
Lynda Schultz 03/15/07
I was expecting some comments on the ability of the heavenly choir ó the ending was a little abrupt for me ó but, hey! You know your "Idol" judges very well. This was unique and very well done.
Jan Ackerson 03/16/07
Oh, this is priceless! You nailed it, dawg! I hope this is a winner!
Julie Arduini03/16/07
This was fantastic. The judges, the title, just everything was superb. Excellent work!
Verna Cole Mitchell 03/17/07
Wonderfu satire! This was delightful! I love the creativity here!
Ed VanDeMark03/18/07
I'm glad you ended this piece without trying to explain it. It told its own story very well. Good job.
Laurie Glass 03/20/07
I love this! What a cool idea and you pulled it off great! Awesome!
Pat Guy 03/21/07
Okay - you got me - an Idol fan and this is IT! It's got my vote! You did a perfectjob on all characters - I loved it!
Jen Davis03/21/07
This was cute, creative and a whole lot of fun. Great job!
Tiffany Secula03/21/07
Super Cute and Creative! A very enjoyable read!!!
Sara Harricharan 03/21/07
Hilarious! You had me laughing all the way through this. I liked how you based it on a certain show ^_^ yet did such a wonderful job it came across as something completely different and very enjoyable. I liked the judge's commentary on the singers, especially with Deborah and David. Too funny!
Linda Watson Owen03/21/07
ROFL! What a hoot! You've got us rolling in the aisles with this creative and oh so funny take on 'American Idol'! Your skill makes writing something like this look easy. It isn't! Great job!
Loren T. Lowery03/21/07
An "eartly" slant on "heavenly" matters. So humerous, creative and very well done
LaNaye Perkins03/21/07
I really liked the way you did this piece. Very creative, keep up the great work!
Sandra Petersen 03/21/07
But you didn't tell us the winner!

There were some funny lines all through this. I've never watched 'American Idol,' but heard enough about it to enjoy the humor. Good job!
Sheri Gordon03/21/07
This is too good. I'm glad to see there are other "Idol" fans. You described those judges perfectly. (But I must admit I often find myself agreeing with Simon. I think he's misunderstood.) Clever piece -- great writing.
Myrna Noyes03/21/07
Hilarious! :D I have only seen "American Idol" a few times, but it seems that you've captured the personalities of contestants and judges so perfectly! Thanks for the laughter you gave me in this terrific piece!
T. F. Chezum03/21/07
This is very good. I enjoyed it a lot ... even though I'm not a big AI fan. Good job.
Betty Castleberry03/21/07
What a hoot! I actually started writing an entry based on AI, but abandoned it when I couldn't get it right. I would say creative minds think alike, but yours is wonderful, and mine was going nowhere. Fun take on the topic. Well done!
Shari Armstrong 03/21/07
Very cute :)
Clyde Blakely03/22/07
You continue to amaze me, Donna. What a fertile imagination! Won't it be wonderful to sing with all those saints before the throne.

God bless and keep writing.
Mona Lisa03/23/07
Your parody of American Idol personalities is comical. Outbursts of laughter echoed my kitchen. I especially like Simeon's opinion of Deborah..."there's something a bit Old Testament about you. It sounded like you were singing through your robe." The title, the characters you chose to sing, the lyrics...outstandingly creative.