If Music Be the Food Of Gods …

Last Sunday I played a solo in church. It felt good to be practicing again, and it felt good to play.  I like myself better when I’m playing; my posture is better, my mood is better, my outlook is brighter.  I organize my time better, and I make clearer priorities.  I am able to reconnect with the person I have been since I was five.  It feels good to play.

I didn’t realize it had been so long since I last played in church, but some of the people who used to know I could play, had forgotten.  Gil even told me “you’ve been hiding your light under a bushel.”  Yikes!  So I thought about it, and realized that it had been several years.

I’ve always struggled with doing musical numbers in church.  I demand that the piece has enough substance to it that it interests me as a performer, but I often worry that it would be too ostentatious, or – worse – that people will think I’m doing the musical number to show off.  This week I was able to see that the music made people happy, and that as I shared my life’s work with others we were all edified.  For the first time I didn’t worry about someone thinking I was pretentious.  I just presented my offering for everyone to enjoy. 

It’s so much easier to get out of the apartment to practice now that the boys are older.  I will do another musical number.  Soon, I hope.  It feels so good to play again.

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5 thoughts on “If Music Be the Food Of Gods …

  1. Great to hear! It’s good to reconnect with what brings us joy. I’m glad you are taking advantage of this chance.

  2. “If music be the food of Gods, play on.” Shakespeare. (That used to be the signature line on my email a long time ago.)

    I’m so glad you had a good experience with your musical number. I am sure it was beautiful. I’m happy that you are happy, and that everyone else enjoyed it as well. I would never think of your playing as pretentious, I’ve seen other musical numbers that were definitely pretentious.

    I know the song you chose, and I look forward to the day that you and Shane can play his arrangement together in church. (you know, over the rainbow, someday)

  3. ABQ, it was your signature that made me think of it as a title.

    Yes, I, too, look forward to the day when we can all do musical numbers together.

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