Things have actually progressed remarkably smoothly since my last update. There has not been a moment throughout the past week when I have felt that “life” was getting in the way of my artistic progress. To the contrary, I finished scoring all the parts for the other players tonight, and we’ve arranged a time and place to practice this Sunday for the upcoming show the following Saturday. One more practice after that, and I think we’ll be in pretty good shape.
As I might have mentioned, I agreed to continue to accompany the Wednesday evening Taize services on a volunteer basis, while no longer being on salary at my church. I understand that the woman who is replacing me for the next two months is very capable, and I’m looking forward to sitting in the pews on Sunday, soaking in the sermon and all aspects of the service, and no longer having to concern myself with the strange conflicts that would rear their heads whenever I tried to play piano or organ properly for the occasion.
It would seem that my background in Musical Theatre somehow interfered with my ability to grasp the worshipful context. Although I identify as a Christian, it was unusually difficult for me to shake the idea that my playing was a “performance” rather than an “offering” or a “presentation” before God. I would constantly refer to the chancel as the “stage,” to the prelude as an “overture,” and to the postlude as “exit music.” I am certain that a period of observation, without mandatory participation, will help me to shed these conflicts. It’s entirely possible that when the four months are over, and both of my replacements have served their terms, I might regain some kind of paid position with the music ministry. But I’m neither banking on it, nor shunning the prospect. To paraphrase John the Baptist: “God must increase, and I must decrease.”
Along with this transformation, my zeal for the production possibilities of my own musical has skyrocketed. Of the five originals that we will be performing on Saturday the 6th, three of them will be from Eden in Babylon. If you want to look at the lyrics I will be singing, here are the links thereof:
Ode to the Universe
The Very Same World
I’ve decided on four theatre companies where I have worked in the past, or where I know people with whom I’ve worked, where I will submit the musical immediately upon completing my demo. Then I think I’ll relax and see what we can do about producing the show on a regional level here in the Palouse Empire, where I have chanced upon a community of like-minded Artists who believe in me. I’ve been here only nine months as of yesterday, and I never cease to marvel at the miracle of it all.
I didn’t have to let an entire lifetime go by without seeing the city where I was born — where I had only lived for the first year of my life. When I first saw this city, I saw that it seemed custom-designed for me — right to the point of their being a running shoe store conveniently placed on the lower floor of the very apartment building in which I live:
There also turned out to be a Conservatory of Music that I didn’t even know about in this town, sponsoring an annual jazz festival. Moreover, Idaho Repertory Theatre was founded in this city in the year I was born. And when I went to see the house where I was born, the cross street as I approached said: “Home Street.”
Sure beats being hit on the head with guns by gangbangers and having four laptops full of costly music production software stolen in a three-year period of time! I still have the same laptop I had when I moved here — in fact, I even have a back-up, in case this one should fail me. Once again — there is a God.