So this evening Central will present the annual, CHRISTMAS AT CENTRAL concert of music from the Handbell Choir & Chancel Choir. We, in the choirs, have worked since August on this program and spend each Wednesday night (and some other extra rehearsals) making sure that the audience gets to hear and enjoy the music as well as we can present it, and hopefully give an accurate performance as each composer & arranger intended.
Music is a craft that requires several levels of learning and, most of all, constant practice. There is of course the learning of the notes: making sure the notes being played or sung (as far as tones & melody) correspond exactly to the notes written on the page. Once those are in place it is time to look at how the notes are played or sung (loud, soft, slow, fast, etc.) Once that is done then it is a matter to detail out the song in full, making sure that we are not ONLY singing or playing the correct notes at the correct time and with the correct dynamic range, but that we are communicating the mood and message of the song. All of this learning is under the direction of a trained ear and trained teacher of music, like our fine director, Randy Frieling. It is HIS job to listen to ALL of us together and thus determine exactly what type of practice is required at what time. It is his job to make sure that the performance is as musical, as communicative and as precise as possible. We don't start the first rehearsal knowing everything or giving a perfect performance, it takes time, energy, heart & soul; it takes practice. We don't start making music well simply because we are labeled as members of the choir or handbell choir.
God, our Father, has called each of us to a place where we ARE His children when He calls us by that name, we are the sheep of the flock that His Son leads. But becoming who we are labeled as takes time, energy, heart & soul; it takes practice. A common mistake is for the individual to believe that once a choice is made to Believe & Follow Jesus there is nothing more to be done. "I am CALLED a Disciple, a child of God, therefore I AM what God says I am." And that IS a true statement. But being given that label is not the end, it is only the beginning of the life-journey. We realize what it means to truly be a member of the Handbell Choir when our individual notes not only fall into place with the other members so that together we play beautiful music, but also when we breathe together, accelerate and decelerate together.
When we sing together concentrating only on whether the notes are right but also concentrate on the true message and the true music THEN we begin to understand what it means to truly carry the label, member of the choir. And when we walk with God, together with those around us who also believe and follow, without necessarily looking at where we are going but listening intently to the One who leads us and trusting the Voice we truly understand what it means to BE a Child of God.
It is up to the Director (with a capital "D") to listen and watch US, determining what type of practice would best lead us to that place. And it takes patient practice to become that disciple with a depth of faith to experience the indescribable peace of the believer. It doesn't happen at once. The notes have to be learned first, then the appropriate dynamic. Then the detail touches. Even then, one can't take their eyes off of the Director/Father, for He alone is in charge of the performance.
Practice, be willing to fail, go back and do it again. Get the notes into your voice before moving on to something else. The message of the music is most important to those watching your every move and listening to the song you sing.
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