Sometimes in the course of daily events, little things happen that make me want to stop and ponder for a moment, to count my blessings in life…
I was lucky enough to have an opportunity the other day to sing with five other HCMC women in a small group performance. We are forming an impromptu performance group for a private “Fall Fest” talent show next month. So the other day we gathered to go over a couple of songs and to give our audition for the festival committee.
Now, in this small group of women we have four singers who have performed in other small groups or quartets for many years, and we have two singers who have not. In fact, I think these two ladies have never performed in any group other than our very large, wonderful HCMC chorus setting. But both ladies did a great job in this group! Only in speaking with each of them afterward did I realize that they both had been nervous or unsure of their ability to do well in this performace, to one degree or another. So I was very happy for each of them that they overcame their personal worries, stepped into this new setting and really shined.
There was a day not too long ago when I would have been nervous in the same setting. And really, who wouldn’t be at first? But singing with Lustre these last four years has been a great blessing. It has given me so much more than the simple joy of singing – it has been a fantastic personal growth experience, too, in many dimensions. Overcoming personal doubts and gaining self confidence has been a real benefit of quartet singing.
I am really pleased to learn today that one of these “newbie” singers is looking into the possibility of forming a quartet. I hope she finds three like-minded ladies to sing with, and that their experience is just as wonderful as mine has been with Lustre.
Sweet Adelines International is a wonderful organization providing music, learning, fun, and growth all wrapped up with the joy of singing. Interested? Visit the SAI website to find a chapter near you.