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Okay NOW We Can Panic

November 25th, 2016


AAAAUUUGH!!!

I know I’ve been telling you NOT to panic. But that was last month. Now it’s this month.

It’s the middle of October and we don’t have our songs down perfectly yet.

Let me introduce one of my friends to you. This friend helps me get a LOT done in a LITTLE time. This friend’s name is pressure, and she’s helped by her cousins deadline and OnlyOneHourPerWeek.

The pressure of a deadline should not weigh SO heavily on you that it stresses you out and makes you hate the work. Rather, the pressure of a deadline should motivate you to do what it takes to meet the deadline.

I repeat (from last week)… these are NOT songs that you can just show up and sight-read your way through. My wife is a decent singer—not all that great, you know, but decent!—and she’s working on the music at home. She’s a good sight-reader, but her talent won’t be enough to slide through easily. It’s going to take extra work on her part.

Same for all of us. Please let me emphasize this to you: rehearse at home. Let’s learn these notes as quickly as possible so we can get to the real rehearsals—combined and singing through the music.

I hate stress, but love deadlines for the pressure they put me under to get it done. I think pressure turns to stress only when we delay too long and know we can’t meet the deadline at the level we want. We are STILL far enough out that I know we CAN, but it’s going to take incremental work. 

So have all songs down perfectly. By next week. Or you’re fired.

Wow! That’s pressure for you. It’s also not true. Just put a little time here and there and we’ll be fine.

-Bro. Ryan




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