First of all, I’d like to thank those of you who spoke their minds and hearts last night. I hear you and appreciate your willingness to share. And, thank all of you for staying, accepting the challenge of this amazing music and working very hard to make it the best it can be.
Here are some things to contemplate–
• Read the poetry.
Let the poetry guide you to experience the music more fully, taking you to a new level of understanding and music-making. It’s an awakening of sorts, a new way to perceive and accept your potential in the complete expression of the intention of this poetry and music in the context of this amazing choral performance.
I believe in you, I believe in us. And, together we will make beautiful music shimmer.
• Do your best. Be your best. That’s all you can ask of yourselves and your neighbors.
• Think of your musical neighbors and forgive them their mistakes.
• Then, think of yourself and forgive yourself your mistakes.
Making music is a live, fluid, human experience. And, that live, fluid, human musical experience is why we’re on this journey together. It’s not about perfection. It’s about coming together as a community, bringing our best selves, supporting one another in this unique opportunity to express the joy and love of music-making.
When it comes to performance we all must accept and love who and where we are and allow the music to flow from there.
Be very present with it–with the poetry, with the music, with your section, with your choir, with your accompanists, with me, with the setting and with your audience. And, be very proud of your and everyone’s hard work
Invite your friends, family, and neighbors to join you in this expression, this celebration of our humanity in music-making.
Loving thoughts to all.