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FDP Forum / Performer's Corner / up coming Church gig- stressing already


Robbinsville, NJ

what do you mean the bass is too loud?
Feb 28th, 2018 12:12 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

So I have to organize a three-hour special service done annually on the Sunday after Easter. 12 folk songs, including a repeated chant/Polish Folk melody. I've always looked forward to this, its a serious performer-congregation Christian interaction. There's
a chance for the music to really touch the
good folk, and we can make seriously good noise.

Just to bore you with what kind of agita a Church music leader goes through, here are thoughts and mumblings, starting 3 weeks ago:

1. Damn, ML's not gonna make it. (she's a great
harmony singer, and most dependable). BAD

2. Last time I asked guitarist from old group,
I got all kinds of noncommittal replies.
So, Scratch J, good

3. Have to ask my current wanna-be Praise band
mates, but can't be excluding anyone, just
have to push uphill to get a good sound.

Have an excellent pianist, OK-to-good
guitarist/vocalist, good Lady singer,
poor guitarist/singer (who is the bossy
leader) and her 80 year old accordianist
mom (!). some good, some bad

4. Got a commitment from the first three, good!

5. Bad singer/Leader will not be around, good!

6. Frumpy Old lady who organizes the event,
finds out our other previous singer R wasn't
invited, want me to include her,
BAD (she doesn't play well with others).

7. R says she's busy (translation I don't want
to be one of 4 featured vocalists), good!

8. F.O.L. say 'no one in the congregation' likes
to hear accordian (opinion of ONE. in actu-
ality she adds A LOT to our music). This one
I'm ready to take a stand on, but she can't
make it, so crisis averted, good.

I'm getting ready for our first practice, music is all assembled and distributed, everyone en-
thusiastic. So why am I worried?

Will guitarist do his usual 'no time to practice
but I know this one' ? Will he not have his
music prepared?

Will Lady singer have family crisis beforehand,
or will her chronic voice problem reappear?

Will pianist, a govt contractor, get called away
on a last minute business trip?

Will the Church be occupied with Baptism cere-
monies till an hour before start,
preventing a comfortable setup time?

Will OldFartBassPlayer Walt stroke out obsessing
about all that could go wrong?

Thanks for listening, Rant off...

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So. Cal. USA

Feb 28th, 2018 12:29 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Bless You!

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Mar 21st, 2018 08:26 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Walt, I think you're approaching this from the wrong angle.

It's not a performance for an audience, it's a sort of an everyone-inclusive jam. Which means the performance of the music is for the people playing and singing. Which is the musicians and the congregation, right?

These sorts of things can be a fun, successful event, or they can be a trainwreck--depending on who you talk to afterwards.

The best thing you can do as the organizer is enable as much participation as you can, and foster an environment of encouragement of one another, which I think you're already doing.

Do not be afraid to tell everyone to check their ego at the door, because this a group thing. Remind all musicians that there are varying levels of skill, and everyone needs to accept that. If anyone goes 'diva' on you, ask them for a copy of their latest hit record.

Worry is wasted energy. Focus on the good stuff and go in smiling. It will be a success, because you are thoughtful and thorough.


Robbinsville, NJ

what do you mean the bass is too loud?
Mar 22nd, 2018 11:56 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

thanx for good words, guys.

I was blessed with 3 talented musicians who have checked their ego's at the door.

We are actually 4/8 of a Praise group, and the chemistry here is MUCH better.
I have to trust, with the philosophy is "if I've been asked to do something,
He will give me what I need to do it".

Now if I can only stop stressing about a last-minute fill-in on bass in a bar band this Saturday. Have to learn 14 new songs by then..

(This message was last edited by wborys at 01:57 PM, Mar 22nd, 2018)

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Mar 22nd, 2018 04:12 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

It's not an audition, so no worries. You've already GOT the gig :o)

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