If you’ve read this blog for any time, you know that I love music and singing is a huge part of my individual worship. Like anyone who finds joy in something, I want to share it with others.
Recently, I invited someone new to join the choir. “Oh, no.” She shook her head. “I can’t read music.”
Why do we so often avoid using an imperfect talent? I’ve seen parents pull their children out of sports because they didn’t win enough ribbons or trophies or zoom from one level to the next. I actually had one friend tell me that if God wanted her child to play this sport, she would be better.
The funny thing? Like the person I invited to choir, I don’t read music. I know treble clef vs base clef, EGBDF and FACE and middle C. I can tell the difference between a whole note, a half note and a quarter note. On a great day, I can tell you how many beats each note has. But hand me a piece of music I’ve never seen before and I have no clue how it should sound. It might as well be Sanskrit.
Hand this same piece of music to one particular choir friend and she can sing it. Yes, she has to look at it for a minute but then she’s ready to sing. That said, if we have an accompanist who doesn’t keep a steady tempo, it drives my friend crazy. Heaven forbid we have someone who improvises.
Me? I just close my eyes and listen. I have a good ear so I can follow along.
Neither of us is perfect, but God has put song in both our hearts. What slightly imperfect gift has He put in yours?