Tuesday, April 19, 2005

brilliant comment

deborah made this comment in a post below. i think it deserves more prominence. fantastic thought:

While I was sitting in the pews at rehearsal today, I couldn't help but ponder over some of the comments mentioned in class and on the blog over the past few weeks. Experiencing the choir as a bystander made me realize just how different our experience is from those sitting in the audience. We're like the inner workings of a clock, each piece needing to fit perfectly into the next piece for the clock to function properly. Only we can't see the end product, the face of the clock, the time. We only see and hear those directly by us. Only those who are on the outside can truly experience the product of our hard work. We are the harshest judges, yet we're the only ones who can't truly hear ourselves.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

I wasn't going to blog this, but I don't know if I'll be able to go to sleep if I don't. Because I recently visited some old friends, memories from the past few years have resurfaced. We are given a very limited number of opportunities, and we don't always get to choose which ones we get and we don't always appreciate their worth. What you have to remember is that by accepting an opportunity you are potentially taking it away from someone else. We have to put all of our passion and desire into our work, because we want people to leave our concerts inspired to be like us (in that we are expensing all of our energy and passion into what we love and then sharing it with others) and not letting them leave thinking that, if given the opportunity, they would have put any more passion and love into the performance than we did. I know first hand that it is very difficult not getting an opportunity you really wanted. What is worse is having that same opportunity given to someone who doesn't do it justice. Competitions aren't just about beating other people, it's an opportunity to reach more people in ways you couldn't have otherwise. Whether we win or not, we won't be satisfied if we haven't given it everything we've got.

Anonymous said...

I wasn't going to blog this, but I don't know if I'll be able to go to sleep if I don't. Because I recently visited some old friends, memories from the past few years have resurfaced. We are given a very limited number of opportunities, and we don't always get to choose which ones we get and we don't always appreciate their worth. What you have to remember is that by accepting an opportunity you are potentially taking it away from someone else. We have to put all of our passion and desire into our work, because we want people to leave our concerts inspired to be like us (in that we are expensing all of our energy and passion into what we love and then sharing it with others) and not letting them leave thinking that, if given the opportunity, they would have put any more passion and love into the performance than we did. I know first hand that it is very difficult not getting an opportunity you really wanted. What is worse is having that same opportunity given to someone who doesn't do it justice. Competitions aren't just about beating other people, it's an opportunity to reach more people in ways you couldn't have otherwise. Whether we win or not, we won't be satisfied if we haven't given it everything we've got.

Deborah said...

Hi this is Deb. I'm retarded and I just published the same thing twice. Sorry.

Katie Mo said...

oh no, she's got the bug!
and she's got Charles beat for intellectual insight :)