Middle of the Road.
Certainly not bad in any way. Yet not really anything to write home about.
That was yesterday – at least for me.
Yeah, I was playing – which is usually a real charge – but I think I know why I was kinda ho-hum about it:
First of all, we didn’t do any specials (opener or closer), which can make a Sunday a lot more interesting.
But the biggest culprit, for me, at least, was PARTS.
Some songs lend themselves to great, naturally flowing parts – meaning what you play and when. They fall under the fingers with ease, and quickly become second nature. And that allows your conscious mind to focus more on worshipping God than worrying about what to play.
Unfortunately, not all songs are like that – and it differs from instrument to instrument! What is great and natural for, say, the rhythm guitarist might be a nightmare for the bassist. Again, each song is different.
So yesterday, while the rest of the band chugged merrily along, I was in “parts stress land”. Songs that other people love were causing me frustration. Again, not because I couldn’t play them, but that they just didn’t, how should I put it – “flow” from the subconscious.
I know that sound weird, especially if you’re not a musician. But trust me – think of something that’s part of your job that is easy and comes natural, then think of something that isn’t natural and that you really have to spend energy and brainpower on. Yeah, that was me for 2 of yesterday’s 3 songs.
Don’t get me wrong – they’re not hard tunes. It’s just the subtle things that no one else would notice – but we as players do…
BUT…. Todd and Kristian did do a great job leading the people, so kudos to them!
Beautiful One (culprit #1)
Let Me Sing (NOT a culprit – one of my faves!)
Son of God (culprit #2)
East Band – Todd Fields, Danny Grady, Karyn List, Pat Malone, Ashley Appling, Me
West Band – Kristian Stanfill, Alex Nifong, Matt Melton, Joe Thibodeau, Brad Gage, Jared Hamilton, Chrystina Fincher
And now, everyone’s favorite segment: Candid shots from stage during the Welcome (being fed from the other auditorium)
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What causes YOU to use too much brainpower on stage?
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