Last week I said I was going to address the second thing that I didn’t get to.
I direct the choir at my church. I absolutely love it. I love to sing. I sing tenor. But leading the choir brings me even greater joy, in hearing the blend of voices when it all finally falls together in the performance. And that seems to be the way it goes for us, it falls together in the actual performance.
Riding high on how well it went for us last Christmas, I thought, “Why not try something from Handel’s Messiah.”
A couple years back, my daughter’s chorus teacher at her school had the fifth graders singing the Hallelujah Chorus. I thought, if fifth graders can sing it, our choir should be able to do that, too. But I knew we would need to build our skills, work a little harder.
We started in the middle of August. If I could get more than six people to come to a practice at a time, I think we could get there. But it seems like each week, that’s about all we get, and when we sing, once a month, we get about twelve people who have learned the song, and about as many more that just come up for the performance.
I think God sends a healthy compliment of angels to help us out, because, without fail, it sounds beautiful.
So, here’s my dilemma. How do I get more people to come to choir practice? None of us are paid to be there, they way we’ve been working it, the performances are good, so why try and add stress by getting more people to come to practice?
Because it would be good to grow. We have a number of people who are beginning singers, whether they are youth, or old men. They would benefit from having the experienced singers at practice to learn from, while the experience singers know they can show up on the day of the performance and learn the song as we warm up before church.
So my question is this; How can I get people to do something that they can really enjoy and will benefit them if they participate?
And what does this have to do with writing?
I don’t know, other than, when I think of the effort we put into an issue of Flagship, and set a reasonable price on it, I asked myself the same kind of question, “How can we get people to try this thing that they will probably really enjoy?”
More questions than answers this week.
In my nanowrimo story, I had to suddenly switch gears and write a side story that one of the characters shares with another. In the story, the boy finds this land where everybody is free to do what they choose, they share in the work equally, and share in the rewards equally, and everyone chooses to do so. They are all happy, have plenty to eat, and have plenty of free time. But the boy can’t get anyone back at his village to believe that this place really exists. Maybe it’s too good to be true, maybe it’s because the messenger is too young to be credible, maybe it’s because people are really afraid to be happy, or don’t want to admit that they actually could be happier.
How do we get people to buy in to our projects that we throw out there for peoples benefit? Can we convince them that what we offer them enhances what they already have, not detract from it. By sharing what we have, we all have and get more than we would have on our own. Like Steven R. Covey says in “The Seven Habits of Highly Successful People”, when we synergize, work with people instead of against them, “one plus one equals three”.