I am up very late, relative to our normal routine. We were blown away by the musical professionalism, high energy showmanship, and (almost literally) face-melting pyrotechnics and light show at the final night of the Trans Siberian Orchestra 2009 winter tour down at the Sprint Center. (Let us regale you sometime with our story of fail after fail trying to navigate our way out of the downtown area. Complete with accidentally driving on the sidewalk…) Holy cow! What a fantastic night. Glad we stayed all the way to the end.
It occurred to me early in the show, before I would say that I truly trusted myself to the performers, that one or two of the soloists seemed to be milking more applause out of the audience than I felt they deserved at that point. I came to see Trans Siberian Orchestra, not individuals on stage. I only remember one of their first names because I share it with him. Each one did in fact deserve an ovation all their own by the end of the night, but to give it would miss the point.
An act like TSO is an ensemble, in which the whole show is exponentially greater than the sum of the individual parts. So it is with a great ministry team, especially of volunteers. I may have felt a certain affinity for this or that performer, for any number of reasons, which for many audience members likely included shared instrumental backgrounds. Some kids are naturally drawn to certain leaders more than others, and that’s OK.
I have been guilty of being a diva within volunteer teams, and it’s not pretty. An especially ugly manifestation has been when I have felt jealousy over another volunteer getting the attention of “my” students. Since then, and it’s not necessarily in my distant past, I have learned to view the entire team, men and women, front line staff, worship team, support roles, everyone, as vitally important to the spiritual formation of every student. The role we each play will look different to various kids, but the entire ensemble is what makes the show great.
Merry Christmas all. I suppose I could blog over the next couple of days, but I don’t think I will publish anything until the weekend. None of us should be that glued to the interwebs when our family is sitting right next to us.