Andy Andrews is an author, storyteller and comedian. He’s in high demand and speaks for organizations, military bases and even four different U.S. presidents.
While at a speaking engagement, he recaps a tale of his childhood that most who were raised going to church can relate to.
He recounts hearing “Amazing Grace” every Sunday and how monotonous the beloved song became to a small child. He continues with the story and talks about how his father was a Music Ministry Pastor. Next, he brings up another subject all of us church-raised kids can relate to, being “volun-told” to do something for church.
One Sunday, Andy’s father asked him to sing “Amazing Grace” in front of the congregation. The musical mash-up that came out of his mouth earned him a swat on the butt from his dear ol’ dad.
Being an intelligent seven-year-old child with a creative imagination, he changed it up a bit. Andy sang the lyrics of “Amazing Grace” to the rhythm of “Ghost Riders in the Sky,” his mother’s favorite song. The congregation laughed, but his father was not impressed and told him to try it again. His next mash-up with “The House of the Rising Sun” Elvis style failed to impress, so he tried one more time. Thinking he would speed up the composition, he started singing to the tune of the theme song for
His next mash-up with, “The House of the Rising Sun,” Elvis-style failed to impress, so he tried one more time. Thinking he would speed up the composition, he started singing to the tune of the theme song for Gilligan’s Island. And that’s when his dad had finally heard enough.