I loves me some Sandi Patty.
For those of you in the know, Sandi Patty is a Christian music artist whose heyday was in the mid-eighties, but is still going strong. She sings inspirational songs that start all quiet and end with a huge orchestra and on a high note. Lady has pipes.
I was turned onto Sandi by Wanda Basham. She was my crush in early high school. I know: “Gross! A girl?” Wanda sang and signed Sandi Patti songs. I borrowed her “Make His Praise Glorious” tape, and fell in love with Sandi. Back then, she called herself Sandi Patti. With an “i”. ‘Cause it’s cuter!
I sang with Ms. Patti when she came to the Cumberland County Civic Center in the eighties with the Bill Gaither Trio (Wikipedia them. Go ahead – I’ll wait. …Back? Ok). I was a part of the children’s choir that Sandi requested at every venue. Of course, I was too young, and don’t remember this very well. I’m sure I was amazing, though. Duh.
So, I am a Sandi Patty(i) collector. I have all of her commercially released albums. I also have several songs that she did as collaborations on other artist’s albums, like the duet with Deniece Williams (They Say). I frequently go on the internet to find music that I didn’t know about, and try to acquire it.
Yesterday on Ebay I found a cantata that Sandi was featured on that was released in 1987. (A cantata is a musical that choirs perform in church, during Easter or Christmas.) It was a CD. I was thrilled. At quarter past ten last night, I was sitting on my computer hitting refresh every few seconds. When the time limit got down to 2 minutes, I put in my bid. I put in a few dollars above the current high bidder, so that even if they saw my bid and tried to top me, they would eat up the remaining time trying to get in over my maximum bid.
I realize as I am staring at the computer that I am excited about the prospect of winning this cd. My stomach is fluttery and I am sweating a little bit (just a little dewy glow, of course). I think that this is the way that big game hunters feel when they are about to shoot their prey. I am going to win this! I am the top rung on the Sandi Patty collector’s food chain! I feel slightly weird getting this rush from fighting an online war for a cd.
After I won the “very rare” cd (YAY!), I glanced at the previous high bidder – RPatty. Hmm. Where have I heard that name? R Patty. R Patty. Oh yes. Ron Patty. Sandi’s FATHER. Oh, well. Sorry, Ronny. Leave a comment if you want a copy.
PS – If you found this entry while searching for Sandi Patty, please be advised that this is an irreverent website of a heathen gay foodie. Please stay if you would like to free your mind (and the rest will follow), or move on to: http://sandipatty.com/
PPS – Including “Make His praise Glorious” (pictured above), these are her best albums. You can find them. Go get em!