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

TITLE: Large Mouth Basses
By Allison Egley


Eli the Reporter: Hello! This is reporter Eli Higgins reporting for Channel 22 Nightly News. Tonight, we have a special guest with us. His name of David. David the Psalmist. Come one out Dave!

David: Thanks. But please call me David. My brothers used to call me Dave and I hated it.

Eli: Ok. David it is. Now tell me, what do you consider your greatest accomplishment? Slaying Goliath? Killing a lion and bear with your bear hands? Leading the Israelite's army?

David: Actually, I think my greatest accomplishment is all the songs I've written. Well, I mean, I didn't write them. Not alone anyway.

Eli: What do you mean you didn't write them? Who helped you?

David: The Lord. He told me what to write.

Eli: Well, that's certainly... interesting. And what do you consider to be your main influences?

David: Well, I'd say Yahweh, the Promised Messiah, and the Holy Spirit. In no particular order.

Eli: Um, correct me if I'm wrong, but aren't those all the same?

David: Well, yes and no. They are all forms of God, but they are still separate. Kind of like how one person can be a father, a son, and an uncle. But that's really not a very good comparison, seeing as the three cannot separate themselves and would be considered schizophrenic if they talked to each other.

Eli: Ok. Right then. So when do you find the most inspiration for your songwriting? While you're keeping watch over your flocks?

David: Sometimes. But I have to be on the look out at all times. Somehow, I can't seem to write songs while I'm fighting off bears and lions with my bear hands. I don't know why.

Eli: As king, you have court musicians, right? And I've heard you lead the palace choir yourself. In fact, I believe we have video of one of your choir practices.

David: Oh no.

*******fades to video*******

David: Places, places everyone! Basses front and center, tenors in back of the basses, altos to my left, and sopranos to my right.

Choir member one: Where are the fish?

David: Fish?

Choir member one: Yeah, you know. Like large mouth bass. The basses.

David: It's pronounced bases. Like military bases. Front and center. Ok everyone. My assistant Jonathan will pass out your new music. (After a few moments) Ok. Does everyone have it? Let's try to take this from the top. I'll count you off. One, two, good, luck. (After the first attempt at sight reading the music) Well... that was... fascinating! Next time, though, let's all try to sing in the same key.

*******back to the news studio*******

Eli: Well, that was a fascinating look into the life of David as choir director. How is your choir doing now? Did they ever master that piece?

David: It took awhile, but they did finally manage to sing in the same key, I'm happy to say. Unfortunately, I can't say the same thing for the orchestra.

Eli: Oh?

David: Yeah. They can't get it into their heads that a "C" on a lute is not the same as a "C" on a horn.

Eli: I'll bet you use the word "fascinating" a lot during orchestra practice.

David: More than I'd care to admit, actually.

Eli: We're almost out of time, David, but I've just got to ask you more thing. I just can't get over this whole Goliath thing. How did you, as a young boy, have the courage to do that? He must have been twice, no, maybe three times larger than you!

David: The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped.* That, and the Lord put a rather appropriate song in my head.

Eli: What song is that?

David: "I Will Survive." At least, that's the title I gave it.

Eli: Well, that's about all the time we have left. This is Eli Higgins signing off. Join us next time as we interview Gallina, Goliath's granddaughter. We'll hear her side of the story, and find out what she was feeling when her dear old grandfather was killed.


*Psalm 28:7

Psalm 66:1-4 (NASB)
[1] Shout joyfully to God, all the earth;
[2] Sing the glory of His name;
Make His praises glorious.
[3] Say to God, "How awesome are Your works!
Because of the greatness of Your power Your enemies will give feigned obedience to You.
[4] All the earth will worship You
And will sing praises to You;
They will sing praises to Your name.

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Joanne Sher 03/15/07
Cute and clever - love the humor, and the truth, you impart.Your title definitely intrigued me and I wasn't disappointed! You definitely gave David a personality I could "accept" :)
Julie Arduini03/15/07
My goodness I wish you could see my smile. I loved this. The creativity, the style, and especially the line where David named the song I will Survive, hysterical!! Great, great work.
Marilyn Schnepp 03/16/07
A different look at music in this story - rather unique, but interesting. (One thing I'd change...killed bears with his "bare" hands.) Otherwise, very Nice job.
Jacquelyn Horne03/17/07
Cute! I liked the format you used. By the way, it should be "bare" hands, not "bear" hands. Just a minor change needed there. Very good.
Jan Ackerson 03/19/07
Lots of charming humor here!
Verna Cole Mitchell 03/19/07
Cleverly done! I loved David's title of his song.
Pat Guy 03/19/07
So creative! And I, too loved the humor. I could see this as a youth skit - they's have a blast. Really very good!
Linda Watson Owen03/19/07
Oh, yes, very clever for sure! I saw this all along as a puppet skit. That would be really cute too!
Loren T. Lowery03/20/07
"I Will Survive" Clever, creative and insightful. Good writing that kept me entertained.
Sherrie Jackson03/20/07
This was too cute! I love David's "Oh no" right before the fade to video. Had me laughing out loud!

And you know what's cool? When you had David explain the trinity like one man being a father, a son, and an uncle--that's awesome, I've never heard it put that way! I'll be using that, if you don't mind... :-P

Great job!
Leigh MacKelvey03/20/07
Ahhhh! I love skits. This was one very good. Yes, you had some typos, but the idea was entertaining and clever. Well written there, my friend!