Magic Choral Trick #132 Why We Work So Hard At This
This Trick is not a physical tip about singing, but simply a reminder about the depth of work in which choirs and choruses are involved.
Here are some of the reasons why I work so hard at this:
The joy of being part of a group of people all intensely focused on excellence
The energy and feeling of rejuvenation at the end of a great rehearsal
The physical sensation of being enveloped by the sound of voices singing in harmony. It feels like it’s good for us.
We’ve all envied those flocks of birds that swoop and soar and dive all in perfect formation. This is the next best thing. The sense of the group energy field feels ennobling
The women’s Barbershop organization that I belong to has a wonderful slogan: “Ordinary Women Making Extraordinary Music”. Just calling what we do extraordinary makes us all want to do and be more.
The encouragement of excellence is not something that shows up regularly in most of our lives. What makes this experience exceptional is that we as individuals are not exceptional. Music making at this level becomes the embodiment of exhilarating teamwork.
And of course there are the goose bumps – forearm, neck and scalp, and full body goose bumps.