Day 27 - March 19 - A Zen Moment
Friday, April 15, 2016
I have to admit, I started this day off a bit cranky. It was an all-day rehearsal (to follow up last night's 3+ hour rehearsal) and it would have been nice to spend a little time at home during the daylight on a Saturday. But singing in my chorus is my choice. And singing in an elite chorus is my choice. Which means working hard even when I don't necessarily want to.
And then, suddenly, I was reminded why I made those choices. We were working on our new song with Coach Marcia, putting pieces together, adding artistic choices to enhance the meaning of the words. And she listened to it and liked it a lot. It touched her.
But then she said, "The problem with this song now is it's not long enough." Which gave Director Pam permission to play. And every one of us, standing side by side, singing together, became something more. Something greater. The emotion swirled around. Each one of us was unified in our breath, in our focus, in our love for what we were doing.
If you asked me what changes were made in that rendition...I have no idea. Everything was completely in the moment, in a zen-like state of mind. Just air and sound and emotion.
When we were done with the song, there was a moment of silence. And then we turned to our coach. She had no words. Her face was bright red -- not with embarrassment but from the effort of holding her emotions inside.
And instead of coaching, she asked, "What just happened with you?" And singers shared their experiences instead of discussing the technical elements of the performance.
A moment to remember.