Last week was bookended by Songweavers annual concert and a two-day Vibrant Voice workshop. I was bathed in music- focused, passionate and beautiful. Songweavers is a community chorus with a wide range of vocal experience, learning everything by ear, essentially memorizing the entire concert.
I have learned a very important life lesson in my years performing. Perfect is not a product in which goals bind people in a straight jacket of judgments, both from others and ourselves. Perfect is the process. Perfect is what is.
What was perfect about the Songweavers concert was the process of singing together once a week all year, rehearsing intensely the week before, learning all we could, including how to let go of mistakes and to sing in the moment. The result was a concert of joy – smiling faces, dancing bodies, and colorful women, happy to share our love of music with families and friends.
Mary Anne Radmacher said, “What joy there is when one gets to take part in the song of love itself.” That’s what Songweavers did in concert this month. What a wholehearted performance – focused, musical and joyful, the songs of love itself. Perfection is what is.