Posted on January 7th, 2015 in Experiences
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Think back to the last time you really connected with a performer at a concert. What about his performance inspired you? Was it the lyrics of the song? The power of her voice? The emotion of the music? Was it the way the performer moved on stage? Was it the way he made eye contact and held it?
Chances are it was a combination of all of those things. And although it probably felt like a beautiful, mysterious, maybe even religious experience, it wasn’t an accident. That performer had honed his or her craft—trained his voice, perfected her onstage presence, did the hard work of mining his emotions in order to connect with as many people as possible and create a memorable performance.
Those are the moments we strive for in the Collinsworth School of Music. Plenty of musicians can become technically proficient with their instrument of choice. They will perform and audiences will recognize their proficiency. And that’s where the memory of the performance ends for audience members encountering that kind of skill.
When you can connect with an audience member, when you can make them feel deeply or change the way they think about themselves or the world—even for a second—you are fully realizing the beautiful gift that God has given you. Best of all, you’ve given the audience member a gift that they will never forget.
The ability to make meaningful connections will not only give you a deep sense of satisfaction as a musician, it’s also a skill that will enhance your personal, professional and spiritual life. Because what else are we really trying to do as human beings other than connect to one another in ways that are meaningful and present and authentic?