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Half the Old Testament is the word Remember. No, that’s not true. It’s 48%. I just rounded up. As Israel forgot, so do we. Today’s insert is a simple reminder of some of the standards we work to maintain as we sing for the Lord. My prayer is that you […]

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March 26th, 2013

Choir Note-Sunday, March 24, 2013

Know what that means?

It loosely means (in music terms): hanging out and playing music together. You don’t really play a song, per se, but you jam out some music.

Jamming is a fun experience for anyone involved. Typically the term is used in a jazz/blues/rock setting, but it doesn’t always have to be. I used to jam all the time with bluegrass music. I loved it! I went to a church in KY that played bluegrass hymns before and after the services. A little bluegrass band sat around and jammed every week. How cool!

Jamming together helps everyone. It gives the experienced musician a chance to mentor others. It gives him more experience and a wider variety of experiences. It gives the less experienced musician a chance to try new things, practice techniques, and experiment with new instruments. It is a fun, purposely imperfect setting in which to develop everyone and offer enjoyable entertainment.

When I jam with bluegrass, usually it means there are several other guitar players around that can play the same few chords over and over. Any time I don’t have to play guitar I jump onto my banjo or mandolin and test out some new things. If there’s a more experienced banjo player near me, I watch him and try to learn all I can. It beats paying for lessons! Sometimes when there was no one around to play with, I would record myself and play it back. Or, I would turn on a CD and try to play along.

“Jamming” can be done in church, too. No, I’m DEFINITELY not saying we should be the “Flock that Rocks” on Sundays. Nor am I trying to force this into a perfect analogy. What I’m saying is that every week you have the opportunity to sing together in congregationals. No one is pointing you out. No one is necessarily listening directly to you. As we perfect the sound of the choir in our weekly practices – drills, parts, perfection…—we are not working to perfect our congregational hymns. It is simply a time to sing together as a congregation in worship of our Lord.

Because you are in the choir, though, you should always have the mindset to try to improve in any way that you can. Try “jamming” with the congregationals tonight. Sounds bizarre, right? Basically this: try something new. Maybe you’ll enjoy it, and maybe you’ll teach yourself something!

-Bro. Ryan

NO CHOIR ON EASTER – Take the afternoon off!

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