Saturday, August 1, 2009

What will he do next?

As you may remember, I sing at church. Well, three churches to be exact. In those churches, I work with different music directors who have varying abilities and personalities. For the most part, I enjoy doing what I do. It can be lots of fun and hard work (yes, singing is work--you use many different muscles!). Anyway, today was one of those fun days.

One of my favorite directors is RL. He is incredibly talented, has a type A personality, even-tempered and has a great sense of humor. I often wonder what he's doing in a rinky dink little church on Long Island and not in Manhattan playing at St. Patrick's Cathedral. However, the cathedral's loss is my gain. This man challenges me to become a better musician. During mass, he will modulate keys, add interludes between verses of songs (when none are written), play a different harmonization (such as English ones), go off on musical tangents all while expecting me to go along with him. Some singers might find this stressful, but I don't. He and I both feel it makes things more interesting. Playing a hymn over and over can become tedious and boring. My job is to encourage the congregation to sing along with me. If I let his creativity stress me out, the people won't feel comfortable and won't sing along. They should feel as if singing with me is like taking a walk in the park. Something that is an easy, enjoyable activity. Not to blow my own horn, but I know RL doesn't do this kind of thing to the other singers. He has told me so. It makes me feel good, really proud of the musicianship I've achieved, yet I find myself wondering what will he do next. It's good, it keeps me on my toes.

10 comments:

Natalie said...

Oh, that is so fantastic Joyce - Anne! I would love to see you both in action,I would definitely join in.xx♥

Suzanne said...

Way cool! He 'gets it' as a director, that the goal is to challenge you and keep things interesting.

Momisodes said...

Sounds like you have a wonderful dynamic. That's great this allows you to grow and explore more in your art. I can only imagine how amazing it is to see in person :)

Joyce-Anne said...

Natalie- I'm glad to hear you would join in singing.

Suzanne- You'd like him.

Momisodes- If you're ever in town, let me know... :D

Holly at Tropic of Mom said...

Oh, you're a singer! Yay! Hope you can post a video or an audio file on your blog sometime.

Isn't it great to have people around who challenge you?

Cookie said...

Sounds like a great director!

Joyce-Anne said...

HAToM- That's not a bad idea. I could also use the video as a learning tool too.

Cookie- He is.

LceeL said...

It's good that you CAN work together - it's entirely too possible for a singer to get hung out to dry, so to speak, by someone unexpectedly going off in another direction.

Joyce-Anne said...

Lceel- Someone going off on a completely different tangent HAS happened to me too. I think that's when I learned to "just keep singing, (he or she) will catch up or find me eventually.

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