The Traveling Musician

March 10th, 2013

I played up in Vancouver this morning at House of Providence, a church plant started by Imago Dei. It's been a while since I've played out on a Sunday morning, and it was nice. It's got me thinking about musical variety.

A couple years ago, after we left Ethnos, I spent some time playing at a number of different churches and venues. It was almost a different place every week. When people ask about that time, I typically talk about how crazy busy it was and how nice it is to be playing just at Westport. I think I may not be entirely truthful in that. I secretly relish that season, where I was getting a lot of variety in my playing and exposure to different environments, musicians and tunes. It was a lot of work, but also a lot of fun.

I think I need to make this a regular part of my life. Not so much the constant variety, but playing out at least once a month. It's really refreshing. I think Westport does a pretty good job with the Sunday experience, better than most, but even the same quality experience can begin to breed monotony. Just being in a different physical setting can be enough to make you sit up and pay attention again. Sit-in at a place with a truly different vibe, musicality, and taste and style can really start to flex some of those muscles you don't often use.

I had a really enjoyable time this morning, but am finding myself feeling a bit sad. This morning was a reminder that I may not be doing what I'm called to do. I love being a software developer and the challenges it presents, but I know that my heart yearns to make music more than anything. If a winning lottery ticket blew in my face, I would quit my job and practice drums eight hours a day. Without even thinking. At the least, this morning has encouraged me to get back into my regular practice routine again. Maybe I can't be a touring rock star, but there's a lot more opportunities available to me than I'm currently pursuing.

In short, I'm realizing again how much variety is essential to becoming an accomplished musician. What's even more interesting is that, as an introvert, I feel like musicians are a group of people I have little trouble interacting with. More than the half the band this morning were people I didn't know from Adam, but in short order I was able to meet them and start communicating with them in a common language. There's just not a lot of other contexts that can happen in. It's pretty amazing.

I wanted to share this song from this morning, because I'd not heard it before and it was really enjoyable to play and encouraging to me as a follow of Jesus. I haven't been able to shake the melody out of my head.

Divine Invitation

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PMasta says...

It's certainly a possibility.

Posted March 14th, 2013 @ 11:35 AM

Jenny says...

I'm tellin' ya...classical piano and drums. How much more variety can one want!?

Posted March 13th, 2013 @ 12:40 AM

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